Everything old is magnificently new again in this Olathe home thanks to Mid-Century and Craftsman influences.
Story By Rachael Hedgcoth | Photos by Matt Kocourek
When Carole Myers’ daughter decided to move a couple of years ago, Carole knew she and her husband, Don, would be moving too.
Mother and daughter had lived around the corner from each other in Lenexa for 11 years, but their dream was to live next door to each other on an open expanse of land. So when Carole’s daughter found a house on 6 acres in Olathe, the families re-platted the property so the Myers could build their home on one of those acres. Carole and Don opted to construct a new house with a vintage flavor to complement the surrounding acreage and pastoral setting.
The arrangement was ideal: Carole’s proximity would allow her to play an integral role in her grandkids’ daily lives as well as help daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Angie Myers and David Yu. The move to Lakeshore Estates also afforded Carole the opportunity to embark on a homebuilding journey that let her explore unique architecture, creative design and classic elements of bygone styles.
A nostalgia for the comforts and compositions of earlier times fueled Carole’s research toward home designs that incorporated traditional elements and modern conveniences. In selecting a floorplan, Carole said, “I was fascinated with retro things – I liked the concept.”
The Myers joined forces with prominent Kansas City homebuilder Glen Mock and esteemed architect Richard Beaman to modify the original floorplan into exactly what the Myers envisioned. “At the end of the day, I am a custom builder, but I listen to what my clients are describing and I work to make it all come together,” said Mock. “Carole had done her research and knew what she wanted.”
The home’s reverse story-and-a-half layout features the main bedrooms and living areas upstairs and a rec room, two bedrooms and a full bath on the lower level. When all was said and done, the 3,600-square-foot home showcased a clever mix of Mid-Century originality and Craftsman character paired with modern practicality and retro pizzazz.
Forms & Function
Hallmarks of Mid-Century designs include clean lines, ample natural light and a connection with nature, while Craftsman influences are often evident in low-pitched roofs, front porches, tapered exterior columns and natural materials.
The Myers’ home exemplifies a fusion of these styles through its sleek architecture, daylight-drenched rooms and the inviting screened-in porch off the great room. The great room’s soaring windows framed by cedar beams reveal sweeping country views while the home’s interior is a study in elegant charm, livable luxury and meticulous décor.
Additionally, the home’s layout defies current trends of large and open, and instead incorporates more intimately divided rooms that are blissfully cozy and reminiscent of homes down memory lane.
The galley kitchen showcases soapstone countertops, a butcher block peninsula, shaker-style beadboard cabinetry, glass transom cabinets, and a mosaic glass subway tile backsplash. But it’s the iconic apron-front farmhouse sink, the beach blue Big Chill retro refrigerator and GE’s line of Artistry™ appliances that truly bring to mind thoughts of a simpler era.
Mock added that a few discreet pocket doors and a massive sliding barn door to the master bath also give a nod to the past, as well as the stained wood moldings and casings used around all the main floor doorways.
The home is defined by an innovative mix of architectural styles, both old and new. “I think the best description of the house would be a Craftsman-style farmhouse with some retro elements and glamorous touches,” said Carole.
Construction on the Myers’ home began in fall of 2014 and wa completed in February 2015. The authentically and thoughtfully dressed home belies the fact that the couple has resided there for only a few months.
Carole noted that interior designer Deb King of Olathe’s Reused Consignment Furniture was instrumental in helping select colors, furnishings and décor for the home’s vintage palette. Hues of turquoise, teal and cobalt blues add a fresh burst of color against the main floor’s crisp shades of gray, wood trim and ceramic tile and hardwood flooring. A stylish mud room, custom and repurposed furniture, pendant lighting, ornate decorative mirrors and a hammered copper guest bath sink are just some of the main floor’s treasures that celebrate the past.
Additionally, Carole commissioned artist Kimbell McCurry to do a painting of a timeworn barn visible in the distance behind the Myers’ house. The “Backyard Barn” painting hangs in the breakfast room, near the window that offers picturesque views of the actual barn and old stone farmhouse.
Another testament to Carole’s diligent research is the master bath which unites black and white pinwheel mosaic tile flooring with a signature clawfoot tub and chrome plumbing. The pinwheel mosaic motif continues into the spacious master shower flooring and bench while the shower walls are adorned in white subway tile. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, frameless vanity mirrors, a beaded mini chandelier and soapstone countertops add to the historic luxe of the master bath.
Carole laughed that while her husband pretty much gave her free rein with the home’s design, he did have one specific request: a garage.
But not just any garage. Don requested a three-car garage that would be extra deep and wide and include a built-in cabinet and sink with running water. When off the clock from his position as vice president/general manager of Lenexa-based Central Biomedia, Inc., Don enjoys unwinding at home with family… and his vintage Corvette.
All told, the Myers are happily settled into their new home. And while they certainly are enjoying their new residence, they are most enjoying living virtually next door to their daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren. “I go over and cook dinner for them almost every night,” said Carole. “Most nights we eat together as a family.”
They enjoy hosting family gatherings, birthday parties, friends and visits from their son and his family who reside in California, as well. “Between our two houses, there is always somewhere for people to stay,” said Carole.
Clearly, for Carole and Don, the best part of their new home is its location. The couple cherishes the time their close-knit busy family can spend together thanks to the proximity of their homes. “We plan on being here for a long time and the kids will be raised here,” said Carole. “We spend a lot of time together. That’s the best part about all of this.”
Project by Glen Mock Custom Homes
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