Rooted KC 5

with Lanie and 
Brent Draper

Tell us a little bit about how you got started in design and about what you do.

It all began when my husband and I started to establish who we were in our own home by experimenting with design. It didn’t take long to realize that we had found our passion of revitalizing homes and that we wanted to share it with others. Long story short, we began to receive phone calls asking for advice and if we’d be interested in home renovations. As we became rooted in our business, we quickly expanded form two to five, bringing what we were passionate about into the homes of others.  We are now a full-service design, build and real estate firm eager to help our clients from home search to housewarming.

What are you seeing as the biggest changes coming for trends in design right now?

Bring the outdoors in, 2018! What better setting to utilize this trend than at a lake house? Our Lake Lotawana home offers huge windows with lake views and large outdoor entertaining spaces that will make you feel like your lakeside all day. Besides, who doesn’t love a house filled with natural light?

Wide plank floors are on trend right now, and we’re so excited they could make an appearance at the Lotawana house! They are sleek and lend a mature, authentic look, perfect for a cabin.

How did the vision for this project take shape? What was the inspiration?

This home was built around the owner’s large family, as they wanted to create an oasis for relaxation that was also family-friendly. This home was built on the premises of blending functionality without ever feeling like your leaving the comfort of your own home—obviously with a wow factor.

Were there any challenges or surprises as you dug into the project? 

While the house was getting framed, we discovered the immense size of the attic, which resulted in the conversion of the attic into a huge master suite. This gave us the opportunity to add a wet bar, additional laundry room, sitting area and balcony with views of the lake.

What is your favorite part of the process?

We loved working alongside the owners to select finishes and furnishings. Their more traditional style blended with Rooted’s design aesthetic paired together beautifully to create a transitional and timeless look.

What aspects/features are the 
homeowners’ favorite additions with this 
finished transformation? 

There’s a lot to love about this home. For starters, there’s an elevator! With the master suite consuming the entire fourth floor, it’s nice to have a ride to the top! This house was built for entertaining. The lowest level has a full kitchen, bedroom, laundry room and full bathroom so that guests don’t have to track any messes up to the main living quarters.

This home also features balconies with panoramic views on every level. No matter where you’re at, you’ll have a gorgeous view.

Do you have any advice for our readers who may want to transform a space in their home? What are easy ways to change the look of a space?

Before going out and purchasing new furniture or decorations, rearrange what you already own! We are constantly doing this in our own home. Swapping out pillows, rugs or artwork can make your space feel entirely new.

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Architect: Kara Carlson of Carlson Duncan 
Architecture and Interior Design