Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Serra Residence Renovation


When residents Gino and Paetra Serra decided to renovate their 1933 Italianate foursquare-plan home in Kansas City, Missouri, to accommodate their growing family, they made sure that in addition to adding a first-floor bathroom, to open up their dark, cramped kitchen. Avid cooks and entertainers, the couple was limited by a lack of counter space and natural light, problems that their architects at Davison Architecture + Urban Design LLC quickly helped alleviate.

Like many similar homes of its era, the Serra Residence was small for today's family.
The original home lacked the space and rooms that the Serra family needed.
Working with general contractor Bryce Wittenborn at R-3 Home Renovation and builder Ian Hurst of Hurst Construction,...
Davison covered the countertops with stainless steel (chosen for its thinness) and inset a piece of carrera marble for...
The custom-designed bamboo shelves are a detail borrowed from Davison's house.
Davison placed the new, first-floor bathroom adjacent to the kitchen with a sliding door as the entrance and a blue...
Davison opened the wall above the sink to create a window into the backyard.
The backyard, as viewed from the kitchen, becomes a courtyard nestled between the main home and the garage and studio...
Though Davison left the stucco walls of the home as they were, she added an ipe deck and overhang off the back of the...

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