North Lawrence is my favorite part of town. So when choosing my first house to feature, naturally I looked to a group of lots on Walnut Street designed and built by KU’s very own, Scott Trettel and his company Scott Trettel Design Build Fabricate Inc.
Clayton and Molly are the proud owners of 638 Walnut street, just north of the Kaw river. This is one of Trettel’s five houses with another currently under construction. I began watching these houses go up years ago while bike riding in North Lawrence, and have always loved the close-knit community.
The couple approached Scott Trettel Design Build Fabricate Inc. three years ago with a limited budget and a desire to build a home where they could be very much a part of the design process. The result is this modern, uniquely designed one bedroom home with personal touches.
Clayton and Molly’s home consists mostly of open space with the upstairs bedroom and downstairs office being the only closed off rooms.
The house features many green construction techniques as well. All of the doors and windows are from the Habitat Restore and outside a chicken coop was built with surplus materials. In an effort to keep costs down while adding visual interest and functionality, the couple took creative approaches when it came to light fixtures using industrial, outdoor fixtures inside.
Clayton and Molly consider their residence a work in progress, and are continually planning for renovations and additional space.