Timber & Stone Architecture + Design

We are a group of architects in Manhattan, KS, seeking to enrich communities through unique, viable, and beautiful design. We work on residential or commercial projects and have significant experience with historic preservation.

 

Coffee, Honey, and Iron

In this home, our clients felt a bit claustrophobic within the existing layout of their kitchen, dining, and living rooms.  The kitchen, with its small breakfast nook and peninsula, felt too cramped and closed off from the other two rooms.  The owners also wanted to improve the lighting in their spaces, as well as update its finishes while adding a little bit of personality.  First, we removed the walls dividing the spaces and created a cathedral ceiling over the kitchen and dining room to really increase the volume of space.  We introduced a much darker wood tone on their kitchen island and lighted faux beam details to contrast the existing honey trim and new kitchen cabinets.  We also added a limestone veneered gas fireplace in the living room with a soapstone hearth to match the soapstone topped kitchen island.  We added touches of Honey stained wood, Coffee stained wood, and Iron details throughout each space to tie them all together.  With the help of Duell Construction, we remodeled the kitchen, dining room, living room, and the staircase in this home.  

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A Screened Porch and Interior Remodel

After exploring the option of buying a new home, many clients decide to stay in their current place and come to us for help. Valuing their neighborhood and location, they want to see if their home has the potential to suit their needs.
 
The Summit Drive renovation is a great example of the magic that can happen when your current home is renovated to meet your new needs.  This home, built in 1955, had served its family well.   However, the owners wished for an updated living space and kitchen, as well as a back yard that fit their lifestyle more closely.
 
We were excited and able to walk through the decision-making process with the client - weighing the options and finding the best solution for the family's need. With the help of Duell Construction, we ended up being able to remodel the kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and living space plus a new screened porch addition.

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An Addition to a Mid-Century Ranch

The same year NASA was founded and the microchip was invented, this one-of-a-kind mid-century modern home was built on Manhattan hill. This area was formerly a rock quarry, so it was a fitting place for a geologist to renovate and add on to their unique dream home. After an interview with a different architect who advised the existing home be torn down, Timber & Stone was brought in to design an addition that kept the great things about the site and home intact. Instead of fighting nature, the existing natural drainage swale between the home and addition was spanned with a bridge to create a unique link between the two masses. A large amount of limestone shelf was removed during the excavation and then used as landscaping rock, creating cascading stairs and retaining walls.

 

Timber & Stone provided architectural and construction management services for the owner, providing a high degree of service and daily site presence with a talented group of contractors and craftsman, including Appletech Construction, Koch Masonry, Josh Connet Excavation, Roberts Electric, and DeHart Plumbing. The budget involved balancing inexpensive yet durable materials like James Hardie panels with selectively placed weathering steel and Cumuru wood siding. Some of our favorite architectural features that were added were the unique trapezoidal windows that were duplicated in four new locations and the two stone veneered towers that anchor the vertical circulation in the addition and the main entrance.

 

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An Addition to a Modest Cottage

In 2015, a family came to us to add an addition onto their cozy two bedroom, one bathroom home. After searching for new homes on the boundaries of town they decided they loved their current home, their neighborhood, and the short walk they both enjoyed to campus every morning for work. Instead of buying a home designed for no one in particular, they sought a solution with Timber & Stone. 

With a limited budget, they foresaw the need that eventually their children would want separate rooms. They wanted laundry on the first floor, a dining room that fit their whole family, a screen porch, and a master suite. Starting with a sketch the owner had made in Excel, Timber & Stone created a plan for a compact addition that accomplished all their goals.  And, with the help of Duell Construction the vision came to life.

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A Historic Home, Revitalized.

This 1880’s solid stone homestead sits outside Manhattan overlooking a bend in the Kansas River. What is more remarkable is that it’s been in the same family for 3 generations! When the most recent owners decided to retire, and occupy the home, it required some much-needed updates.  They also had a strong desire to preserve its character for another 120+ years, and add a space that captured the beautiful view over a field to the river. 
 
With Timber & Stone’s help, they completely reconfigured the floor plan, created a vaulted kitchen, and a hearth room overlooking the field and beyond the river. A screen porch flanks this space and captures the same view along with cool breezes. The home required significant attention to restoring its original masonry, new windows, roof and systems, as well as structural work. However, it has proven that this structure built 30 years before the first cars were seen in Manhattan can still make a wonderful home. 

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Creating Enjoyable Family Spaces

This was a two-phase project for a family of five who first sought to remodel and then later add an addition to their charming two-story home. Seeking to maintain and enhance the character of the home -as opposed to overpowering it- the addition added a spare bedroom, library, and screen porch on the first floor as well as a master bath, closet, and laundry onto the second. Timber & Stone provided architectural services on both phases. The addition was built by Kelley Construction.     

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A Modern Twist on Mid-Century

Sometimes when a developer divides a piece of land there is a black sheep of a lot and this lot from Back9 Development held that in spades. With sloping land that required a street level garage but needing living spaces up a level to take advantage of the views, Timber & Stone was not afraid of the challenges it faced. We were able to minimize the square footage of the home and yet still accomplish the goals of the client. With the help of interior design consultants, AsterHouse Design, we were able to build a beautiful home that looked out onto the scenic greens of a local golf course. 

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A Historic Home Turned Bed & Breakfast

When a retired couple sought to turn their home into an eclectic Bed and Breakfast that uniquely expressed their personalities, they turned to Timber & Stone to help. We started with the layout of their 2nd floor which was to undergo a significant renovation. However, the clients decided to do their entire home instead plus an addition. We provided basic architectural services for the whole home renovation and added a single car garage with a shop for the owners. Additionally, we helped throughout construction by reducing construction cost through a more efficient layout. We sought to preserve the unique craftsman character of the home and love how it turned out. It has become the perfect place to stay for a night and wake up with a cup of tea on the beautiful front porch. 

Anderson Bed and Breakfast

 

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A 12-unit Apartment Building Near the K-State Campus

Located just a few blocks west of the K-State campus, Tecumseh Lofts offers the perfect location for those seeking walking access to the University District while living on the quieter west side of campus.  Combining new urban architecture and progressive floor plans, Tecumseh Lofts offers a unique living experience in Manhattan. 

The site posed many challenges, however those same challenges provided opportunities for unique design solutions. The lofts are contemporary with both an industrial edge and enough warmth to keep them from feeling inhospitable. Raw steel and corrugated metal were used throughout the construction, but softened through the use of warm colors and natural woods. This project allowed us to explore new design ideas within a construct that drew from contemporary as well as traditional and even primitive design themes.

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