This traditional Tudor-style home began as a farmhouse and has seen many renovations and additions over the years. The most recent restoration was completed in 2014 by Katie & Jay Longhauser and their two children. The remodel was beautifully designed by architect Chris Castrop and masterfully executed by Noblit Didier Design & Build. Mrs. Longhauser and her mother did the majority of the decorating in traditional style with modern elements. The family enlisted Karen Brandl’s help in choosing wallpaper and paint colors while Zakk Hoyt from Nell Hills provided guidance on accessorizing with the perfect details to pull everything together.
Jay and Katie Longhauser
Florist: Santee Floral Design
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Guests cross through the threshold of the 1926 farmhouse door into the entryway onto original brick flooring. An antique monkey table from Seville Home adorns the space as the original archways lead from the entryway into each adjoining room.
The piano room was added to the home in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The leaded glass windows were repurposed from an old Loose Park mansion. The lighting has been replaced and the fireplace retiled in the most recent remodel.
The office/workspace is a distraction free location for homework and other projects. Six blueprints adorn the walls showcasing the original home design. Formerly the dining room, the office now features large windows which replaced doors initially leading to the side yard pergola for afternoon tea or cocktails.
Previously the living room, the dining room is overlooked by the original 1926 balcony and railing. The second of three fireplaces is also original to the home. The wallpaper, from the Seabrook Designs Platinum series Artemis, is highlighted by the Currey & Company chandelier.
The hallway contains a glass cabinet and doors also original to the house. Converted from a screened-in-porch the mudroom’s wood look tile flooring serves as the perfect place for coats, shoes and the family’s two energetic dogs.
The most used room in the house is the kitchen/family room added in the 1990s, but underwent further remodeling in 2014. New countertops and the banquet were added and the fireplace and mantle were rebuilt. The perimeter cabinets received a fresh coat of paint while the island was refinished in grey with metallic glazing by Michelle Kelly. The brick patio off of the kitchen, originally a greenhouse, was also redone in 2014, now creates a perfect connection to the outdoors and the rest of the scenic property.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour
December 2-3, 2015
3pm – 8pm | Wednesday, December 2nd
10am – 8pm | Thursday, December 3rd
This year, five of Kansas City’s finest homes are on display for the 64th annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour. decorated for the holidays by outstanding local florists, the tour has raised about $1.9 million for area non-profits and the Kappa Foundation since its inception. The two-day event will be held Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd.
Tour tickets are $25 in advance at local outlets, including Hen House markets and tour florists, as well as from area Kappas and online. Tickets also are available for $30 on the days of the tour at the featured homes.