When John and Debra Burgess were looking for a slightly larger residence for their young family, they found the perfect home in Nottingham Forest. The location was ideal for John’s commute to work at Saint Thomas Aquinas, and the Blue Valley schools offered just what they wanted for their two young children.
The cul-de-sac location was another bonus. It came outfitted with a basketball hoop that they hoped would be a draw for new neighborhood friends.
“We wanted a house with a more open concept than many of the ones we saw in the neighborhood and this one fit the description. What we didn’t like was the dated kitchen with honey oak cabinets,” says Debra.
Their initial plan was to remodel the dated kitchen. However, after discussing their plans and dreaming about a spectacular kitchen with their designer and contractor, Amanda Adams of KC Homes Today, they expanded the project to renovate the entire main floor. By doing so, they would create a cohesive flow throughout the main living space.
They decided to remove the paneling in the great room and darkened the beautiful existing peg floors to a warm and toasty brown color. They painted the honey oak trim and crown molding a crisp snowy white, and added custom shelves and a desk in the office.
In the kitchen, they altered the footprint by creating an 8′ island in the center of the kitchen, closed off a window, and added more lights to the room. The large island includes bar stool seating for four and is the perfect place to eat breakfast and work on homework. The kitchen table was designed by Unruh furniture in Grandview, and was custom made to fit the dimensions of the room.
One of the most dramatic surface changes took place in the great room and eat-in kitchen, where they white washed the dark brick fireplaces and rebuilt the mantels.
While the project took a couple of months, the results are something that brings them joy each time they walk into the house. They look forward to years of memory making with their family and friends in this new and updated space.