As seen in the Kansas City Star
Words like “custom” and “luxury” have lost meaning in today’s real estate market according to Greg Duncan, vice president of Cates Real Estate Auction Company. “Even upscale developments often seem to offer variations on a few standard floor plans and anyone with granite counters or stainless steel appliances feels comfortable throwing around the word ‘luxury’ these days” says Duncan. He adds, “If the same feature is found in homes up and down the street, it’s a bit of a stretch to call it ‘custom’!”
Contrast that with a home Duncan’s company will be selling at auction on Friday, December 12th that he says truly meets the definition of both custom and luxury. When the owners began design of the home, they wanted a plan that was truly unique and could meet the sometimes competing demands of comfortable living and grand entertaining. They also wanted to create a home to showcase their growing collection of artwork.
A perfect example is the striking atrium of the home which anchors the entry hall, living and dining rooms. The octagonal space is defined by tall columned arches that rise to support a 19 foot ceiling topped with a lighted dome. The centerpiece of the dramatic space is an octagonal pool with a 14 foot copper leaf motif fountain named “Whispering Cascade.” Renowned sculptor Charles White was commissioned by the owners to design the fountain during the construction of the home. The one-of-a-kind piece took more than a year to complete and features water gently falling from leaf to leaf down all sides of the sculpture.
Many other elements of the interior take their cues from the design of the front rooms. All throughout the home there are high ceilings, arches, expansive windows, customizable lighting and special architectural touches that set the home apart. A number of the spacious rooms and wide hallways on both levels of the approximately 7,000 square foot home offer hand-embellished walls, lighted niches and display spaces for artwork and collectibles.
The home was laid out to allow for complete one-level living with the master suite, the large primary kitchen, multiple living and dining spaces, and laundry all on the main floor. In addition, the main floor features a garden room with triple arched windows that leads out to the upper deck, two fireplaces, an opulent power room, two additional bedrooms and a handsome study with warm cherry paneling.
Despite all that is offered on the main floor, Duncan says that the huge lower level, which was fully renovated in 2009, is truly indicative of the levels of custom design and luxury finishes the new homeowners will enjoy. Accessed by either a circular stair or elevator, the lower level continues the arch design them and integrates stone and wood to add definition to the open spaces. Multiple areas for gathering, entertaining, gaming and conversation flow easily.
A living/media room with remote blinds features a 72’ built-in TV on this level. The full bar has an integrated aquarium and the dining room features a wall of built-ins with a hand painted mural. A variety of outdoor living options were expanded during the renovation. The lower level also houses a guest suite complete with a large sitting room along with a few surprises like the wine room with custom iron doors and even a “secret” room accessed via remote controlled wall!