Builder Dan Smith brings decades of quality, new reverse plan

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Stone columns, soaring vaulted beam ceilings and a stacked stone fireplace are featured in the open concept Vail Valley Reverse 1
1/2-story floor plan by Dan Smith Homes Building Co.
Stone columns, soaring vaulted beam ceilings and a stacked stone fireplace are featured in the open concept Vail Valley Reverse 1 1/2-story floor plan by Dan Smith Homes Building Co. Submitted photo

Area families have been turning to Dan Smith to build their dream homes for more than 40 years. When it was his turn to go looking for the perfect place to build homes, he chose Chapel Hill.

It has the best schools and amenities package he could find for his clients, said Smith, whose company, Dan Smith Home Building Company Inc., has built homes ranging from $300,000 to more than $2 million in some of the Johnson County’s most prestigious subdivisions.

“The top quality schools they have here are an unbelievable secret,” Smith said. “Chapel Hill will also have multiple pools, great views and one of the area’s best parks right across the street. These are the things I want my clients to have.”

He recently completed three new homes in Chapel Hill. All will be ready for new families to move into during the next 30 to 45 days. Visit his newest model home, The Vail Valley, at 16709 Haskins St., Overland Park, and meet Smith today from 1 to 3 p.m.

“I just love the home-building business,” said Smith, who started working in construction at age 14. “It’s fun to build houses and work with people.”

That is why you will never find a construction supervisor on his staff. He works closely with each and every client and oversees all the construction work himself. In fact, Smith is very proud of the top quality subcontractors he has formed relationships with over the years and uses them on every construction site.

“Everyone should have the best work crew available building their new home, regardless of whether it costs a couple hundred thousand dollars or a couple of million,” Smith said.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Smith regularly travels to France, Italy, Germany and beyond to discover new trends and techniques in house building. He always takes his wife, interior designer Judy Smith, and their favorite architect. Together, they come up with innovative house plans, unique finishes and decorative touches to make Dan Smith homes distinctive.

The 1 1/2-story Toscana plan in Chapel Hill is loaded with all of the quality one would expect from this Master Builder. The main floor has a grand, two-story great room overlooking a covered deck, well-appointed master suite, flex room and small planning office. Upstairs is where you will find three additional bedrooms and a library loft. There is a fifth bedroom with fourth bathroom and recreation room in the spacious walk-out lower level. It is priced at $599,950.

Craftsman style can be found throughout the new reverse 1 1/2-story Vail Valley plan. It features a natural stone fireplace, stone pillars and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in the great room. The kitchen has a large granite island, beautiful custom tile backsplash, pot filler, walk-in pantry, custom cabinets and more. In addition, there are four bedrooms (two on the first floor), three bathrooms, covered terrace, deck, recreation room and oversized dining room.

Other prestigious building companies in Chapel Hill include Don Julian Builders, Rodrock Homes, ParkView Homes, Dan Smith Homes, James Engle Homes, Sallee Homes, Ashlar Homes, AZ Custom Homes, Bickimer Homes, Midwest Realty, LLC Builders, Nick Zvacek Construction, Martens Family Enterprises and Tom French Construction, all of which offer a variety of plans that may be viewed on the Chapel Hill website at or on the builders’ individual websites. Buyers may bring in their own builder and plans, as well, with developer approval. New home sites start at $74,900.

Although the community is spread out on 240 acres of beautiful, rolling terrain, developers decided from the beginning to set aside 70 acres of open green space. Residents love the heavily wooded tree preserve, small parks, open green spaces and hike and bike trails that link into more than 300 miles of Johnson County trail systems. Residents also enjoy a pool, lanai and play area and, soon, Chapel Hill will be a multiple-pool neighborhood, including a community clubhouse.

Also providing recreation is the Heritage Park complex adjacent to Chapel Hill. It covers more than 1,200 acres and features an 18-hole golf course and a 40-acre lake for fishing, sailing and swimming. A 30-acre off-leash dog park is a popular amenity as are picnic cabanas, sports fields and green spaces with trails.

Chapel Hill offers a wide variety of home options from 10 different building companies. The vision of Chapel Hill’s developer is to create neighborhoods within the community that emphasize the options and variety not typically available in other Johnson County new-home communities.

The sales office is staffed by Bill Gerue and Krissy Kempinger, who are ready to answer any questions or help you with a home or lot selection. Chapel Hill is at the intersection of 167th Street and Pflumm Road in Overland Park. Visit the community’s web site at

Chapel Hill

Prices: Chapel Hill: Mid $300,000s to low $500,000s.

Chapel Hill Estates: Upper $300,000s to mid $600,000s.

Location: 167th Street and Pflumm Road, Overland Park.

Hours: Open daily until 5 p.m.

Contact: Bill Gerue and Krissy Kempinger with Weichert Graham-Welch LLC at 913-681-8383.