Affordable, SIP-Built Family Home in Kansas City

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January 22, 2009

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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Jamie built the decking, of ipe, to accommodate a tree by the entrance to the garage.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    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.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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."  Photo by: Chad Holder
    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."

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  An Eero Saarinen Womb chair sits in the master bedroom, which also has a small office space.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    An Eero Saarinen Womb chair sits in the master bedroom, which also has a small office space.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Judith and Maple at work in the living space, which has a deck off the side and a view of the neighbors' house.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  The childrens' bathroom, which is just off the central hallway.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    The childrens' bathroom, which is just off the central hallway.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  A rear view of the garage and the deck off the master bedroom.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    A rear view of the garage and the deck off the master bedroom.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  Maple performs in the basement playroom. The basement windows are coated with a polycarbonate greenhouse glaze.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Maple performs in the basement playroom. The basement windows are coated with a polycarbonate greenhouse glaze.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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."  Photo by: Chad Holder
    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."

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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