House VIII - New Residence, Westwood, Kansas


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Description: House VIII is located on a quiet street in an established neighborhood. The owners enjoyed their current location and large acreage, which was previously an arboretum, but desired a larger home for their family. They also owned a small second home on an adjacent property north of their home. Piper-Wind Architects worked with the owners to develop a unique solution. Both houses were demolished with basement & foundation walls of the main house remaining. Then a new house was built on the existing foundation with a detached garage where the second house was located. This reduced the overall project cost, but more importantly, allowed a majority of the substantial trees and landscaping to remain.

Replacing the 1960s style split-level which was totally out of character with its neighbors, the new house was designed to resemble a country home with porches and a gable roof with second story dormers, gently tucked into the existing trees. The wood siding and wide front porch tie into the character of the existing historic neighborhood. Large windows on the back open out onto a patio and the backyard for entertaining. A walkway connects a side door from the kitchen to the new garage. The combined result is a house that appears to have been on the site for decades.