Katherine Bontrager, a writer for Johnson County Lifestyle, covered the 2016 Spring Parade of Homes winner in Old Leawood, Kansas. She spoke with CEO and president, Lance Larson about the process that went into building this home and what makes LBC so special.
Building Custom Dreams One Home At A Time
by Katherine Bontrager, Photography by Paul Versluis
When a client found the ideal location to set down new roots, but the existing home on the property left much to be desired, a call was put in to Larson Building Company with hopes to remodel the abode. The desired changes were significant, however, and beyond the bones of the existing structure. So Lance Larson and his crew found themselves with an exciting challenge on their hands—a total tear down off of Mission Road in Old Leawood. The end result? A stunning home with 12,000 square feet of finished space in an equestrian-like setting and curb appeal that causes many a driver to slow down in appreciation.
The project, which took a little over a year from footings to finish, is a one-of-a-kind custom design by Gerald Janssen at Elswood Smith Carlson with a High Plains Transitional Equestrian Estate-styled theme, featuring seven bedrooms, nine full baths, and two half baths. The front of the home is distinctively adorned with authentic stone, brick wainscot, HardiePlank lap siding, and board and batten siding on the second floor exterior. A turret on the rear of the home carries from the lower level through the second floor, creating the feel of an early 1900s railroad water tower.
The interior is just as fantastically attired, with rift-and-quarter-sawn white oak flooring (random widths with flush-mount wood vents), custom wood cabinets, GE Monogram professional-grade appliances, and custom marble countertops and granite throughout. An awe-inspiring theatre seats 24, while a basement bar boasts rounded walls for a unique look.
As you enter, the home’s breathtaking views beckon, drawing you through the Great Room into the spacious outdoor living area overlooking the infinity-edge pool and picturesque lake beyond. After a little more than a year, the elated homeowner is honored to call it home and can’t wait to enjoy this amazing abode with family and friends.
This home authenticates the Larson Building Company catchphrase “Industry Leading Energy Efficiency” with a HERS Rating of 38, one of the best ever in the city.
Building since 2013, Larson Building Company focuses on truly one-of-a-kind custom homes of the highest quality, with a focus on distinguished architecture and industry-leading energy efficiency. As this spectacular home attests, Larson is adept at both.
“When you build a custom home with Larson Building Company, you are able to get exactly what you want, eliminating the things that you don’t,” says Lance Larson, President and CEO. “This allows for nicer spaces in the areas that you live in the most. Eliminating the spaces that you don’t need also helps greatly when trying to meet a client’s budget. Each home that Larson Building Company constructs is a home that is built for the very first time. Our homes are designed by us with the expertise of a professional architect, which gives our clients the distinguished architecture they expect to receive when building the home of their dreams.”