Establishing a Tranquil Space in Your Home

W hen we were building our home 10 years ago, I had a dream of incorporating a sunroom porch after realizing that the homes I loved included them. I have always loved the character, the mix of rustic brick and large open windows letting in tons of natural light. Most importantly, I loved the idea of basking in the warm sun and…

Fun and Functional Decorating Brightens Lake Home

On a quiet autumn day, Joan Walker’s family home is beautifully reflected in the serene waters of Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. But on any given summer afternoon, the lake is alive with family and friends enjoying their backyard liquid playground. It is that fun and lively spirit that Joan wants to be reflected inside her home.

Lake Living Inspires Serenity

For many area residents, living on a lake provides the tranquility of home combined with nature. Whether the house is at Lake Quivira, Smithville or Lake Lotawana, these residences often offer a slice of splendor. Over the decades, structures originally built for weekend getaways have been remodeled. Or, owners raze their homes to make room for more permanent living. In…


The floor plans for all three models, now open in the Reserve at Stoney Creek, are from Summit’s popular Signature Collection and feature the latest trends in home design with stylish finishes and fixtures chosen by the builder’s award-winning designer.

Modern Meets Gravel

When a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of Midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. Throughout the custom-build…

Fall Homes Tour

Estes Park, by Award Winning Summit Custom Homes, has brand new floor plans and offers great use of space. Gorgeous granite in all bathroom & kitchen, and the 5" hand scraped hardwood flooring adds additional beauty to the space. The home also boasts a wide open loft as you come up to the second level. Along with a huge cover…

Lake Lotawana Homes Tour

“Oh, what a beautiful morning”… rain or shine, you are invited to the Lake Lotawana Homes Tour. Let us entertain you that day! Be ready for lots of “eye candy”. Your heads will be swimming with innovative new ideas from SEVEN lovely homes.


Diane and Jeff are known to their eight grandchildren as ‘DD’ and ‘Papa Jeff.’ Right away, they make young visitors at home by engaging them in lake life and all their home has to offer. Take a ‘green boat ride’ – sit on the dock and reflect on the water. You’ll save some gas not taking the boat out.

A Local Gem for the Arts

For details about upcoming productions, or for rental information, contact Ryan Morehead at 816.604.2200 or It might be a disservice to call the Longview Cultural Arts Center one of Lee’s Summit best kept secrets. Local patrons nod knowingly about the diverse shows, concerts and classes the CAC has been putting on for years in its facility overlooking the vast…

A Winter

To say Angela Grego loves Christmas is an understatement. A co-owner of Summit Flooring and Turf with her husband, Kirk, Angela's passion for the season originates with memories of her grandmother who helped raise her. The yearly traditions impressed deeply on her heart the beauty of time together and the importance of the love of family. All of those impressions…

A Labor of Love

Chris and Megan Culbertson bought a 20-year-old house in Winterset Park last fall.  It was not only stuck in the past with pickled oak cabinetry, etc., it was a total wreck. Over a couple of months, they turned it into the house of their dreams, serving as the subcontractors and doing a lot of the work themselves. "Type A," super-organized Megan created vision boards and Chris…

From Wedding Dress Memories to Baby Bedding

There has never been a time in my life where I felt more beautiful than on my wedding day. Wearing that gorgeous, white gown made me feel like a real princess. The only sad thing about wearing that beautiful dress was knowing that I would wear it for just one day.

The Silverton at Woodland Trails

Tucked away from the city and nestled amidst the backdrop of ponds, twisted oak trees and wooded glen, this beautiful home stands regal. Certainly not your typical cookie cutter house, The Silverton, located at 509 Wilds Parkway in Greenwood, is part of the new development off 150 Highway, and adjacent to James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife area, called Woodland Trails.