With so many premier, award-winning homebuilders in the Kansas City area, it’s rare that a first-time builder garners the industry’s top awards.
Yet that is just what happened with Larson Building Company, the proud recipient of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s 2013 Fall Parade of Homes Grand Award and First Runner-Up for the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes American Dream Award, both for homes priced over $750,000; and the Kansas City Homes & Gardens 2014 Home of the Year Gold Award, “Best Model Home.”
The awards are a testament to the unique home designs and distinguished architecture the company brings to the marketplace.
“We were pleased and honored that these prestigious industry entities recognized our company mission with these first two homes,” said president Lance Larson, “which is to offer truly unique home designs and distinctive architecture that fit within and maintain the original ambiance and character of the communities in which we build.”
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Building primarily in Old Leawood, Fairway, Prairie Village and Mission Hills, Larson Building Company works with clients to take empty lots or remove older, decaying homes, and create beautiful, energy-efficient, one-of-a-kind, custom-built homes that meld with the existing landscape.
“There is a movement in the local housing market where people are choosing to move back closer into town in these neighborhoods,” explained Larson. “And because we already own a number of these lots, we have the ability to offer a wide array of architectural and interior design options, just as if they bought in a subdivision.”
The kicker is that there are no pre-designed options or plans, so every home Larson Building Company builds is personalized and created from scratch, and will only be built once.
“At first there was some opposition from people who only saw what looked like a lot of tear-downs just for the sake of putting something larger in its place,” said Jim Kiely, chief of operations. “But once neighbors saw the most degraded home on the street replaced with a custom designed, architecturally distinct and highly efficient Larson Building Company home, most neighbors were very supportive.”
“We believe that a major reason for the strong support we have received is that we have gone to great lengths to design and build our homes with the original intent, purpose and character of the area at the forefront of our design and build process,” added Larson. “Although our homes are larger than many of the homes that were originally built in these areas, each one is architecturally distinct, but at the same time pays tribute to the local character. We reside in Old Leawood, so protecting the integrity of the community is as important to us as it is to our wonderful neighbors.”
According to Larson, it takes an incredible amount of time, energy and effort to build a new home for the first time, every time, and it is much different and more complicated than building, for example, a production style “Aspen Plan” for the 20th time.
“And because we are building in so many different neighborhoods, it really allows us to challenge ourselves to design and build something special each time,” he said.
Although each home design is tailored to the homeowner’s particular needs, desires and lifestyle, Larson Building Company does provide a wealth of standard features considered and priced as upgrades by many other area builders. These include very generous allowances on appliances, landscaping, cabinets, carpet, hardwoods, light fixtures and hardware, just to name a few.
Industry-leading energy efficiency is integral to their home designs as well, using tight construction and ducts, high performance windows, 95 percent-plus efficient furnaces and humidifiers, and 16 SEER air conditioners and Energy Star-qualified appliances and lighting. These are just a few of the ways Larson Building Company is achieving industry leading energy efficiency scores.
The company’s most recently completed home resulted in a 47 HERS score from an independent third party energy auditor in Leawood, which the auditor said was the best he had seen in his 15 years in the business.
The company currently has several home sites available for custom build jobs in Old Leawood, Prairie Village and Fairway, as well as lots and spec homes in the Cedar Creek (Kansas 7 and Kansas 10, Olathe), Mills Farm (163rd and Quivira, Overland Park) and Glen Abbey (143rd and Nall, Leawood) communities.
“We believe that the key to our continued success will be driven by providing high quality homes that are unique and efficient at a fair and fixed price, so that our clients can truly enjoy the building experience without the fear of exceeding their budget,” Larson said.
For information about Larson Building Company contact its office at 913-221-0880, Lance Larson at 816-392-7353, or Jim Kiely at 816-365-9887. You can also check out its website at LarsonBC.com.
Larson Building Company
Contacts: Office at 913-221-0880, Lance Larson at 816-392-7353 or Jim Kiely at 816-365-9887.