Merit Award - Kinsley Place

With its vertical proportions, board and batten siding, and gable brackets, this 3,575-square-foot “folk Victorian” concept home gives a polite wink to tradition on the outside, but quickly dispenses with it on the inside for the sake of saner, more harmonious, big family living.

The first rote feature to be reassigned by Looney Ricks Kiss was the typical grand foyer staircase. Here, the stairs are more functionally located in the middle of the plan, thus freeing up the front of the house for a dramatic yet practical dining room plus extra kitchen-side territory for a multipurpose “do all” zone that can play any number of roles.

Built-in shelving and stowaway workstations on wheels blend function with good looks throughout. All in all, it's a plan that's designed to be as dynamic as the family that inhabits it.

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