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Prairie Legend Idea Home 2003

Arts and Crafts styling of grand old homes in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza area inspired our 6,000-square-foot two-story home, with a walk-out lower level.

Front Exterior

Easy upkeep is essential for today's busy homeowners. Hardiplank shingle siding resists damage from moisture, hail-even golf balls. Plus, it's guaranteed not to rot or crack for 50 years. This tough-as-nails siding can be painted, holding paint three to four times longer than wood. Sunny spaces are another must for Midwesterners. Historic touches such as open brackets under wide overhangs support the distinctive early 1900s Arts and Crafts style. An 8-foot door makes for an impressive entry. A shake roof enhances the traditional feeling, as do the classic columns in the front.

Read about our other 2003 Idea Home, Valley Cottage

Great Room

The fireplace, a Lennox gas model that's the focal point of the great room, commands attention, thanks to its oversize hearth area, tapered chimney and painted mantel. The couch curves invitingly, the perfect spot to watch the blaze.

Dining Room

PAINT in a bold color is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to add drama to a room. Ace Paint throughout the home provides a foundation for the rich decorating scheme. In the dining room, painting the 10-foot-tall ceiling a deep red visually lowered it, creating a cozier feeling. Crisp-white paint emphasizes the woodwork.

Kitchen

Be creative with tile. The space above the cooktop can become a focal point; a variety of sizes and colors of tile creates a rectangular piece of art. Stainless steel in the appliances and range hood echoes in the steel barstools and the stylish faucet, brightening the muted wood tones. Don't be afraid to mix it up by coupling traditional with modern, and bright whites and dark hues, for example. Attention to detail makes a big impact. The low-voltage halogen lights above the island concentrate pools of light on the work surface— something cooks will appreciate—and their clean, contemporary style complements the cabinetry. The custom-tapered wood furniture legs, with copper spheres, add a geometric profile to the island. Show off multiples by grouping collections in one area rather than sprinkling them throughout the house. "I see the homeowners as travelers and collectors of art, pottery and rugs," designer Linda Carroll says. Even baskets gathered atop cabinets create a memorable accent. Best of all, they're within easy reach for daily use or entertaining.

Hearth Room

The casual table and chairs also enhance the Arts and Crafts theme, as does the Craftsman-style mantel on the Lennox fireplace. Other Arts and Crafts pieces include a coffee table, a Stickley chair and a Prairie-style floor lamp, all from T. Orman's Furniture and Flooring.

Kitchen Dining

Windows can be tricky to cover, especially if you want to maintain the simple look. The solution: woven shades. Natural woven pull-up shades and blinds provide privacy, while allowing you to control the amount of light in the room. Add energy to a space by mixing textures such as the distressed-leather sofa, iron baker's rack, and soft chenille pillows on the sofa and chairs in the hearth room.

Study

Faux painting that simulates marble on the walls in the study adds depth. A Kansas City artist created this effect for our Idea Home, but information about using the technique is available at home improvement centers. Pieces of artful pottery group in the bookcase to produce visual impact. A few books and figurines lend variety to the look.

Master Bedroom

Don't buy just sets of furniture, advises designer Linda Carroll. Instead, she teamed a slightly Art Deco chest with a modern bed. Nearby, a traditional ottoman invites you to put your feet up.

Master Bathroom

To add energy to a floor, lay tile in a diagonal pattern. A smaller version of the tile trims the outside edge of the shower stall as well as inside.

Rear Exterior

Outdoor living spaces are desirable in the Midwest. So a pergola on the front and side of the home provides shade for relaxing. Maintenance is a breeze on the back deck built with a Trex decking and rail system. Under the deck, a lower-level patio stays dry with a new deck drain system from Dry B-Lo. Big windows by Jeld-Wen splash the home with lots of light. The true divided-light style replicates the look of homes built at the turn of the last century. A variety of window sizes also add architectural interest.

Floor Plans - Main Level

Prairie Legend Idea Home 2003. This is a floor plan for the main level of the house.

Floor plans - Second Level

Prairie Legend Idea Home 2003. This is a floor plan for the second level of the house.

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