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An Urban Nest: A Kansas City Prefab Home

This Kansas City prefab, designed by architecture students, proves that green homes can be edgy and affordable.

Set upon a hill in Kansas City’s historic Strawberry Hill neighborhood, this modern home makes nice with its more traditional neighbors.
Diane Guthrie
A modernist take on the front porch, this space connects to the home through a wall of windows, enhancing the indoor-outdoor connection and naturally shading the interior.
Diane Guthrie
A simple geometric dining table complements the home’s clean, somewhat industrial feel. A piece of hand-painted art, reclaimed-wood stools and a naturally shaped Thai chair lend natural warmth and individuality.
Diane Guthrie
The home’s boxy design is softened by sustainably harvested Douglas fir cladding. Built on stilts, the home barely disturbs its infill site.
Diane Guthrie
Warm-toned furnishings and natural shapes and images tie the home to the natural world. The Thai chair (left) and coconut lamp are from local store Black Bamboo; loveseat, screen and art by Blue Heron Furniture in nearby Lawrence; and reclaimed wood table by Kansas City’s Acronym Designs.
Diane Guthrie
The galley kitchen, with its sleek, modern feel, is Kenny’s favorite part of the house. The layout works well with the home’s open floorplan while providing plenty of counter and storage space.
Diane Guthrie
Kenny enjoys the hilltop view overlooking downtown Kansas City.
Diane Guthrie
A moveable bookshelf, backed with transluscent Polygal, allows Leah and Kenny to manipulate the size of the second bedroom and neighboring office space, plus it provides storage for baby Myles’ clothing, books and family photos.
Diane Guthrie
Large platforms, decorated with pumpkins from a local patch, lead to the kitchen entry.
Diane Guthrie

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