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From Nathan Kalaher
The two-story home was designed by Lisa and Nathan Kalaher (us), both Architects for themselves and their two young sons.
In terms of site, we desired a home that allowed us to both connect with and separate from the prairie covered site along the Missouri River. In terms of dwelling, we were looking for a home that is simultaneously open and welcoming to guests while maintaining privacy for the family.
We used these somewhat opposing desires for the home to develop a design parti.
Family vs. Guests
The home concept was developed with three types of spaces in mind: Family Space, Guest Space and Shared Space. Family bedrooms and a private deck are located at the upper level; while the guest bedroom, guest living space and guest patio are located at the lower level. Spaces used by both family and guests include the kitchen, great room and a shared patio located on the main level. The great room is a two-story space which connects the upper and lower level living spaces.
Beyond locating spaces by floor level, form and materiality were used to delineate the family, guest and shared spaces. The shared exterior patios are found adjacent to the black-cedar sheathed two story volume, while the family exterior deck is located above the concrete storm shelter, and the guest patio is located in a nook defined by a concrete form wrapping the black-cedar form at the main level.
Transparent vs Opaque (Glass vs. No Glass).
In an interesting dichotomy, at dusk the viewing rooms become the viewed rooms. As the home stands exposed to the street, the river and neighbors, we developed a strategy determining which areas have large expanses of windows, which have smaller windows and which have none. There is direct correlation between how public or private a space is in the home and how transparent or opaque the exterior skin is.
Natural vs Manicured
The site vegetation consists of short-cut manicured lawn surrounded by a tall natural prairie. This configuration allows for a constant connection to the natural environment while still supporting more structured play and lawn activities for the family. Even the skin of the home itself uses a contrast of highly machined materials such as glazing systems against less-machined materials such as knotty-cedar. The cedar siding is used at the interior in many locations with views to the exterior in order to strengthen the connection between the exterior and interior.
The result of these strategies is a home that serves to simultaneously connect to and escape from its context as desired by the family.
Architect: PLaN Architecture
The home has 4 bedrooms (2 kids bedrooms, a master upstairs and one guest suite downstairs).
The home has approximately 4,000 square feet. Completed in 2017.
The exterior (and sometimes interior) materials include black cedar siding, cast concrete and aluminum framed glazing.
The interior public guest spaces have wood flooring. The private family spaces have carpet flooring. Black cedar siding and white sheetrock are used throughout the interior for the walls.
The kitchen cabinetry is Poggenpohl with white quartz tops.
Much of the artwork throughout the house is about the site such as the collage illustrating 1092 (the one-hundred year flood plain elevation at the site) or the painting showing the numbers 530 (the address of the house).