By their own admission Ferry Kaiser’s and Caroline Grootes’ home at 1645 Cambridge Rd. in the West Hills neighborhood exhibits “hodgepodge” structure – a comfortable yet modern cohesion resulting from a series of renovations and additions by local designers.
The house started as a two-bedroom, one-bath kit house built in 1948 on a corner lot in the then brand new West Hills neighborhood. An extra wing, a study, and a garage were added at various points in the home’s history until Ferry and Caroline moved in in 1992. They made small changes during their first years in the home until 2006, when they hired local architectural firm Sabatini Architects Inc. and contractor Scott Trettel (both KU alumni) to coalesce the site’s elements to make them more cohesive and functional.
These designers worked to connect all of the existing elements (the original kit home, a study, garage, as well as other small additions) into a structure centered around a courtyard. The original home contains the living spaces, with the wings on either side containing Ferry and Caroline’s suite on the East and their two daughters’ living quarters on the West. In addition to reworking the plan, Sabatini and Trettel updated the windows and insulation and added cedar trim and “smoldering red” (actual name of paint) hardy board siding.
The result is a “comfortable, inhabited and warm” home that is modern yet fitting for the scale of the rest of the neighborhood. After the many years of work, however, Ferry and Caroline considering downsizing, so look for this one on the market in the future.
Photography by Vasu Gupta