Design features of the Byers residence include a cantilevered roof, expansive windows facing west, clerestory windows throughout, ground-source heating and cooling and a rain screen wall system with a natural cedar plank façade. The low-slung exterior was designed to respond to the Missouri prairie topography and offers a contemporary interpretation of prairie-style architecture. The home was designed by El Dorado Inc., and Dave Byers acted as the structural engineer and general contractor for his own house.
The Byers family desired an expanse of windows through which to view incoming thunderstorms and stunning sunsets, and this is their favorite feature of the home. To achieve these views the home was situated to mimic the rectangular shape of the lot. The family also desired a safe environment for their disabled son, which was achieved with a courtyard and open spaces. The exterior and interior designs were influenced by midcentury modern design with its clean lines, minimalism, extensive use of glass and open design concepts.
Favorite places to shop for interior items include Crate and Barrel, CB2, West Elm, Room and Board and Design Within Reach. A few pieces are authentic and trademarked, while others are reproductions. The design goal for this home was midcentury modern without being midcentury “musty,” achieved with the use of neutral colors on large pieces with accessories providing color.