tyler residence, leawood, kan.
el dorado
kansas city, mo.

The jury singled out this project for its restraint. David Dowell, AIA, left well enough alone, executing a simple interior renovation, but one “that marks itself on the outside of the building and transforms the exterior,” a judge said. For clients wanting a playroom, Dowell wrapped the inside of the oversized garage roof volume in 100-year-old sinker cypress, extruding the “tube”—a platonic house shape—as an exterior balcony.

On the front of the house, he also carved a boy’s bedroom out of attic space by nudging the recessed roofline forward and adding a dormer with a glass front and ceiling. “It’s tough to get contemporary renovations through Leawood,” Dowell says, “but we had a very easy time. They were thrilled that the Tylers weren’t maxing out the build line.”

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project credits principal in charge: David Dowell, AIA, el dorado; general contractor: Ryan Gale, C&G Construction, Kansas City, Mo.; project size: 5,576 square feet; site size: 0.47 acre; construction cost: $210 per square foot; photography: Mike Sinclair Photographer.

product details

Doors/skylights/roof windows: Kawneer, www.kawneer.com; flooring: PlanetReuse, www.planetreuse.com; lighting fixtures: Louis Poulsen, www.louispoulsen.com, Bartco, www.bartcolighting.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com.