Top Homes 2022: Lifestyles Building & Design

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Builder:  Jim Humbert

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If you are looking for modern living with a hometown feel, then it’s time to explore the exciting lifestyle at Symphony Farms in Gardner, Kansas. Nestled among 227+ acres, this cozy community is the ideal location to raise your family and create lasting memories for many years to come. At Symphony Farms, you will soon discover this is a place people truly want to be.

Now in its third year of development, Lifestyles Building & Design, LLC oversees this 500 unit project which began in 2004. When the recession hit a few years later, growth temporarily slowed down. When Lifestyles Building & Design took it over three and a half years ago, its growth has been on full throttle ever since, and the fifth phase of the development is gaining exciting acceleration.

“We are now starting to prepare for the sixth phase,” noted Jim Humbert, President of Lifestyles Building & Design. “We are building about 40 homes a year now.”

Humbert is no stranger to the construction industry and essentially cut his teeth in this business. His grandfather started a truss manufacturing plant in Kansas decades ago, and Humbert dedicated a significant portion of the beginning of his career working alongside his grandfather.

However, driven by his passion to create, Humbert began drawing floor plans for houses with a pencil, by-passing the traditional CAD methodology for doing so, and for good reason.

“I am old school that way,” he noted. “I do the drawing by hand and then have a draftsman draft up the plans. Most of the designs are mine.” 

Humbert has obvious passion for developing Symphony Farms to its fullest extent, incorporating a new blend of home designs with family and community at top of mind.

Humbert describes his homes as craftsman-style, a nod to his past interest in making craftsman furniture. His creativity seems to know no bounds as he continually develops more and more floor plans.

“We have a series of reverse floor plans for empty nesters as well as several two-story prints for 30-somethings. We also have a few one-and-a-half story prints for those families whose kids are growing up a bit and desire a floor plan that allows for the kids’ bedrooms upstairs and the master suite on the main level,” suggested Humbert, who indicated Symphony Farms attracts homeowners of all ages and stages of life.

Lifestyles Building & Design is known for providing a superior customer experience partnered with exquisite craftsmanship, and layers of integrity and transparency. Plus, the entire team is unafraid to roll up their sleeves and get right in the middle of things. He is a dedicated on-hands builder, overseeing the quality of production every step of the way.

“We like to provide unique designs and custom detailing, all while relying on leading-edge systems that allow us to build homes to fit the lifestyles and budgets of our customers,” he stated.

Among the amenities within this community include a new swimming pool which was installed last year and a community events barn.

“There is a 100-year-old barn on site that people use for private events and community gatherings,” said Humbert. “The community also uses it to host old-fashioned movie nights, projecting the moving on the front of the barn, or to enjoy a World Series party.”

In addition to the pool and the barn, Symphony Farms has a pickleball court and a large gathering patio. There is definitely something for everyone at a place that will always make you feel right at home.

Humbert emphasized the desirable location of Symphony Farms, which is just minutes off I-35 and South of Olathe. Despite its convenience to big city amenities, Gardner still holds its small town charm. It may be the third fastest growing city in Kansas but it doesn’t appear to ever want to let go of its traditional small-town values and welcoming atmosphere.

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