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Day Residence

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Energy Modeling, Full Architectural Services, Interior Design


Leawood, Kansas

The design for this home in an established mid-century neighborhood in Leawood stems from a careful analysis of the site and the owners’ needs.

Its form loosely derives from the lines of a “shotgun” house, a traditional residential style in which circulation along an exterior wall connects living spaces arrayed from public to private.

Combined with exceptional insulation levels, the home allows the occupants to keep energy costs to a minimum.

Responding to the owner’s request for a semi-contained courtyard, the “shotgun” rotates around this central exterior space, creating dynamic living spaces, each directly connected to the exterior. The home’s form was also directly influenced by energy and daylight modeling, which maximizes filtered natural light and takes full advantage of prevailing breezes.

Other features include obscure interior glazing in bedrooms to “borrow” light from public area and the usage of interior wood cladding taken from a barn that was being demolished on a family farm.