Monthly Archives: October 2012

Niches, Nooks, and Crannies

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by

Over the years we are sure you’ve collected a lot of beautiful things in your home. Whether from far and distant lands or at a neighborhood garage sale, these items have become treasured pieces in your home… where do you put them?

If the answer is in the overflowing garage storage, there is a better way to keep your treasured items out on display in the home. Built-in niches, nooks, and “crannies” are perfect for adding a greater aesthetic to your home’s interior design and gives you more room to store and display items.

Front entrance Niche

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You can put niches in almost any room you please, the most common are the living room, shower, and dining room.



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Nooks are larger than niches. If you have certain accent or antique furniture, these larger items would be excellent for that space.


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Crannies are the smaller crevices that you can strategically place around your home to give you more space for those smaller items like baskets in the kitchen.

Where could you use a few niches, nooks, and crannies in your Kansas City home?

Architecture at Night: Illuminating the Home

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 by

Just about all over the United States, the arrival of the fall season means temperatures will be dropping and the days will be shorter. Usually Daylight Saving Time is the end all indicator that a little after work, darkness comes. With the night coming an hour or so earlier, during this time you begin to notice more how certain homes and buildings are illuminated.

Those lit up homes and buildings with interesting architectural details have a very unique presence at night. Take a look at how these homes and buildings enhance beautiful architecture at night.




Is there a certain home or building that you have seen in the greater Kansas City area or somewhere else that has captured your intrigue at night? What illuminated architectural features grabbed your attention?

The Community Bookshelf at Central Library

Posted on October 18th, 2012 by

Design Build Team just wanted to take a moment to recognize wonderful architecture that is right here at home – The Community Bookshelf at Central Library in Kansas City. As children, remember how easy it was to get lost in a good book? The Community Bookshelf, which is actually the parking garage, does an excellent job of recreating that feeling of being lost in a book. No, you will not get lost in the parking garage, but the”larger than life”  book spines remind us all of how easy it is to be consumed in the magic of a great read.  “Measuring 25 feet by 9 feet, and showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers.” –


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kansas city central library childrens-area

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Inside the Children’s area, imagination is set free and the continued book motif encourages kids to become immersed in a world of great books. This is how creative and imaginative architecture inspires!


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If you are familiar with the history of the library, you might know that the building was once a bank. The original bank vault was converted into a 28 seat theater, a great space that makes the experience of a trip to the library a truly awesome event!

Have you enjoyed a trip to Central Library yet?