Q+A | Jon and Kelly Lambert, Kansas City

Updated: 2012-12-09T02:42:25Z


The Kansas City Star

JOB DESCRIPTION: He’s president of Pacific Mutual Door & Window, a company that sells windows, doors, stair systems, hardware, moldings, cabinets, architectural millwork and columns for new construction and historic restoration. Its showroom is the Window, Door and Trim Store, 7211 W. 97th St., Overland Park, 913-642-8861, PacificMutualDoor.com. PMD is headquartered on 31st Street in Kansas City and has locations in Nashville, Tenn.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Osborne, Kan. She recently started an interior design consulting business, K. Lambert Design, 913-484-7780.

Q. Pacific Mutual Door celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. How have doors changed in the past decade?

A. Jon: With exterior doors, technology continues to improve and evolve, such as engineered panels and rot-resistant features. There wasn’t much more than a six-panel molded door and now there are 15 different designs just in that category. Also, it can be made to feel more like a solid door instead of a hollow core. There’s a lot available in different species of wood. Rustic and craftsman styles have been popular. In the modern category are flat, smooth doors. Routers can carve designs such as circles into MDF doors.

Q. Has anything changed about the company in recent years?

A. Jon: Diversification is the key. Especially with the economic chalenges of the last few years. We added a multi-family housing division and added a custom cabinetry department. We also upped our architectural millwork offerings. We’ve produced some of the most amazing millwork in the last few years and I can’t be prouder.

Q. Did Gillpatrick Woodworks at PMD build the cabinetry in the kitchen?

A. Kelly: Yes. The kitchen is the first room in our house where every little detail is exactly what we wanted it to be.

Jon: Box beams were matched to other box beams throughout the house. Headers above windows match the others throughout the house.

Q. Tell us about your home.

A. Kelly: It was built in 1910. In 1980, it was a Symphony Designers Showhouse. Later it was for sale and we moved in.

Q. What attracted you to your house?

A. Kelly: We’d looked at so many houses, and I remember peeking in the window and seeing the staircase and entryway and thought it was so cool. We walked through the house and could visualize what rooms would look like and how they would function. You can’t always say that about an old house.

Q. What’s your favorite room in your house?

A. Jon: The study because of the woodwork.

Kelly: The kitchen. We tore off the old one. It didn’t fit the house. The work took about eight months, because it was extensive. We worked with John Wind of Piper Wind Architects. Now the kitchen looks like it’s always been here. It’s surrounded by windows, and I love it.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Jon: History books.

Kelly: Art. Especially our kids’ art.

Q. What’s your next home project?

A. Jon: We’re done.

Kelly: We have this arched space in the basement that would make a perfect wine cellar. And the master bath.

Jon: Well, we’re almost done.

Stacy Downs, sdowns@kcstar.com

100 years of Pacific Mutual Door

• The company began in Tacoma, Wash., but moved its headquarters to Kansas City. Jon Lambert, grandson of S. Ray Lambert, one of the company’s early executives, serves as president.

• PMD became the world’s largest distributor of Douglas fir plywood and through World War II became part of the war effort making crates, ammunition boxes and prefabricated field hospitals and other buildings.

To reach Stacy Downs, House + Home editor and writer, call 816-234-4780 or send email to sdowns@kcstar.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/stacykc.

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