Prairie Mountian Renovation
Architect/Designer | Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc.
Builder | Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc.
Photographer | Blake Mistich
The challenge was to convert a dark and dysfunctional 1950s ranch-style home into an inviting space suitable for entertaining and showcasing the couple’s Asian and culinary background. Staying within the overall budget of only $130 per foot required that the project was tightly managed. Interior walls were removed and ceiling heights were raised by 8 feet. Clerestory windows were added to the central core of the home, the kitchen, and adjacent passageways, flooding the spaces with natural light.
Commercial-grade appliances and fixtures were used to provide the owners with a kitchen that equals their five-star culinary skills. The double-sided stone fireplace warms both the kitchen and dining area. Reasonably-priced aluminum windows and doors were detailed to resemble expensive steel counterparts for a modern prairie style impression. Antique decking and framing lumber was salvaged during the raising of the roof and repurposed as the ceiling cladding and accents. This not only saved budget dollars, but also adds striking accent against the subtle white walls.