Affordable, SIP-Built Family Home in Kansas City

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January 22, 2009
Originally published in Home Savings
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Plains Gold

Architect Jamie Darnell had a simple plan for his family’s home in Kansas City, Missouri, but the result is anything but plain.

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  Jamie built the decking, of ipe, to accommodate a tree by the entrance to the garage.
    Jamie built the decking, of ipe, to accommodate a tree by the entrance to the garage.
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  In the main living space, stairs lead to the basement. The white-framed chairs and couch were built by Jamie; the cabinets were designed by Jamie and built by a local cabinetmaker. Brazilian cherry floors run throughout the main house. The clerestory windows allow light in without sacrificing privacy.
    In the main living space, stairs lead to the basement. The white-framed chairs and couch were built by Jamie; the cabinets were designed by Jamie and built by a local cabinetmaker. Brazilian cherry floors run throughout the main house. The clerestory windows allow light in without sacrificing privacy.
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  Michele eats lunch in the kitchen; a view of the central hallway and master bedroom lays beyond. Three-year-old Maple slurps from a water bottle with Judith, five, at the dining table, also built by Jamie. The Arco armchairs are by Mario Bellino for Heller, and the Bubble lamp is by George Nelson for Herman Miller. The photograph series is by David Hilliard, titled "That Glorious Society Called Solitude."
    Michele eats lunch in the kitchen; a view of the central hallway and master bedroom lays beyond. Three-year-old Maple slurps from a water bottle with Judith, five, at the dining table, also built by Jamie. The Arco armchairs are by Mario Bellino for Heller, and the Bubble lamp is by George Nelson for Herman Miller. The photograph series is by David Hilliard, titled "That Glorious Society Called Solitude."
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  An Eero Saarinen Womb chair sits in the master bedroom, which also has a small office space.
    An Eero Saarinen Womb chair sits in the master bedroom, which also has a small office space.
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  Judith and Maple at work in the living space, which has a deck off the side and a view of the neighbors' house.
    Judith and Maple at work in the living space, which has a deck off the side and a view of the neighbors' house.
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  The childrens' bathroom, which is just off the central hallway.
    The childrens' bathroom, which is just off the central hallway.
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  A rear view of the garage and the deck off the master bedroom.
    A rear view of the garage and the deck off the master bedroom.
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  Maple performs in the basement playroom. The basement windows are coated with a polycarbonate greenhouse glaze.
    Maple performs in the basement playroom. The basement windows are coated with a polycarbonate greenhouse glaze.
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  The house in the evening, with the main living space and basement illuminated. "It gets pretty windy here," Jamie says. "I have nightmares about the roof coming off like the lid of a can."
    The house in the evening, with the main living space and basement illuminated. "It gets pretty windy here," Jamie says. "I have nightmares about the roof coming off like the lid of a can."
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