Two years ago, Nick and Sybil Allegri bought a 70-year-old Dutch Colonial house in Platte Woods, a secluded Northland neighborhood with winding streets and huge trees.
The house had major curb appeal. It also had ugly wallpaper, a staircase slicing through the kitchen, a dungeon-like basement and a towering pile of brush in the backyard that nearly dwarfed the house.
When Sybil’s dad first saw the foreclosed property, “he said we should take a bulldozer and tear it down,” Nick remembers.
The Allegris didn’t take that advice. Instead, they worked with their real estate agent to finish the basement, reconfigure the layout of the second floor and renovate the kitchen. They added three bathrooms inside and a stamped concrete patio out back.
The design-minded couple (he sells eyewear for a Danish company called Lindberg, and she’s an interior architect for Populous, which designed Livestrong Sporting Park) documented the renovation process with a blog, Lost in Restoration. It follows the house’s transition from a bare shell to a warm, classic home decorated simply with beautiful objects from the couple’s travels to Denmark, Japan and the River Market Antique Mall.
Today, the Allegris’ abode looks like something from Brookside — with a bigger backyard and a shorter commute. Platte Woods is less than 10 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. That means Nick, who travels every week for work, gets to spend more time at home with the couple’s proudest addition: 1-year-old daughter Holland.