Sneak peek at the Star Showcase Home

Benefitting the Wichita Children’s Home

Written by Karen Long

SPLURGE! recently had the privilege of touring the work in progress at the Star Showcase Home, a Tudor revival built in 1933. “Our team has had a blast,” said Star president Patrick Goebel. “I thought I was going to have to talk people into it, but everybody is so gung-ho.”

Marketing manager Kelley DeCesaro added, “Everyone was just charmed by the house and it’s been an interesting story-telling way to get our message out there about what we do.”

The 4,200-square-foot home was originally designed by Glen H. Thomas, a prominent Wichita architect who brought us the North High School building, the county courthouse and the original Wichita Municipal Airport. This home was Thomas’ personal residence.

Net proceeds from the eventual sale of the home will benefit the Wichita Children’s Home, in addition to funds raised through an open house planned for spring, circumstances permitting. The team at Star is using the project to help a good cause, while also flexing their ability to take a project from concept to reality. Everyone in the organization is getting involved, including the new construction crew, the custom millwork shop, and the flooring and truss divisions. At one point accounting and IT folks even pitched in to scrape wallpaper.

“Most of the remodelers we’re working with have given us at least partial labor for free,” Goebel said. The whole project is chronicled in a series of short videos at starlumber.com.

The Star vision of a fully updated home with all the modern amenities, plus vintage Tudor charm, is coming together. The Star designers have combined two upstairs rooms to create an expansive master bedroom with views on three sides and a walk-in closet. An open-plan kitchen and dining area is taking shape, and new James Hardie siding has already been installed on the exterior. There are plans for an updated HVAC system, electrical upgrades and deco tile on the stair risers.

At the same time, the builders are working hard to preserve the vintage charm of the home in the form of stained-glass windows and light fixtures. They discovered a safe hidden behind a painting that folds out on hinges, and a small cast-iron door — a milk and package receiver — where the milkman used to drop off his wares in glass bottles.

In the process, some decisions have led to passionate disagreements: for example the entertainment room that is entirely paneled, walls and ceiling, in wood. It’s been “hotly debated about how much of the wood to keep,” said DeCesaro, so they’re asking for readers’ help. Find Star Lumber & Supply on Facebook to vote on three design options that keep all, some, or none of the wood paneling.

“If you come to Star,” DeCesaro said, “this is the process you go through, and here you can see that happen.”

The house sports all new roofing, and new concrete James Hardie siding protects the many different charming angles of the exterior walls.

The open-plan kitchen will boast a white tile backsplash behind the sink and coffee bar, and a dark stain is planned for the dining room wainscoting and flooring. The space will feature a custom-build breakfast nook in the bay window across from an exposed brick chimney chase.

 
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