The Bellerive

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Located on historic Armour Boulevard, The Bellerive was one of the first and most glamorous residential hotels built in Kansas City. Hufft Projects was hired by an enterprising developer to restore the common spaces of the building to their former grandeur.

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Our renovation, in partnership with Gastinger Walker Harden, recently won a 2014 Capstone Award for Adaptive Reuse from the Kansas City Business Journal.

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Modern on Meadow

"You can change everything about your house except the location," the old adage goes. The owners of Modern on Meadow loved everything about their Leawood neighborhood. It was the house that needed changing. The couple desired spaces that were open, modern and bright, and their 1950s single-story ranch home afforded them none of these things.

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We set out to renovate it to fit their lifestyle. When it became clear early on that the program they needed wouldn’t fit inside the existing footprint, the renovation became an addition.

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Health House

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Architects like to measure the success of their buildings after they’ve been constructed. Here at Hufft Projects, we’re no different. When we finished Health House, a fitness center on 81st and State Line Road in Kansas City, we wanted to see how our design performed. But boring post-occupancy surveys or piles of barely decipherable data generated by smart building systems? This just wouldn’t do.

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On a rainy evening, we pulled on our gym shorts, laced up our sneakers and set out for Health House. Walking into the workout facility, you’re greeted by a reception desk, the main built element in the space. It sits in a freestanding box, the pine-clad interior warmed by flush-mounted Edison bulbs. There are fresh flowers on the desk, and a sheet of powdercoated metal wraps a single workstation. 

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Now Hiring: Architectural Project Manager

We are currently seeking an experienced, design-oriented individual to join our team as an architectural project manager. Our environment is collaborative and fast-paced, so strong communication skills are required. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to advance design and documentation both individually and as a member of a team.

Additional Skills and Experience

·     5 years minimum post-graduate professional experience required.
·     Must have project management experience.
·     Must have construction administration experience.
·     Must have proficiency and previous experience in Revit.
·     Proficiency in SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
·     Portfolio that reflects a commitment to design excellence.

Please send resumes and portfolios to info@hufft.com. Portfolio must be provided for reference. We will review and contact qualified candidates to set up an interview.

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A day in the life of an architectural project manager at Hufft Projects. 

Baldwin Denim Plaza

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As construction on the new Plaza shop entered its last hectic week, Matt Baldwin showed up to an on-site meeting exhilarated. He’d just taken a ride on the Red Bull racing plane, enduring barrel rolls, nose dives, and speeds of up to 250 mph. At that kind of velocity, your body sustains G-forces so intense that your vision narrows to a thin tunnel of light. Matt was fairly certain he didn’t pass out, but then again, who could say for sure.

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Just another day at the office for Mr. Baldwin. Since Matt and Emily Baldwin first launched their clothing line in 2009, the husband and wife duo have rapidly ascended to the top of the fashion world.

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Home for the Holidays

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Happy holidays from all of us at Hufft Projects. This holiday season, home is particularly important to us. We’re moving to a new one. 

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Andy’s Frozen Custard: A Brief History

We just finished another Andy’s Frozen Custard in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s one of more than a dozen projects we’ve undertaken for the Springfield company. Andy Kuntz and his staff are great, hands-on clients. Not only does Andy share our passion for architecture, he’s one of the nicest guys we’ve ever met. When he hired us for the first time to design the Springfield store, we both had the same question: Can a well-designed building attract customers?image

Six years later, the business is rapidly expanding. We’ve designed four stores this year alone, with hopefully more to come in 2014. While Andy’s success is certainly a direct result of his delicious custard, we’d like to think that the architecture contributed something as well.image

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Tatami House

The Tatami House sits on a hilltop site in Springfield, Missouri, beneath a thick canopy of trees and the vast Missouri sky. When we designed the residence, we turned to traditional Japanese architecture for inspiration. We sought to create a strong relationship between the interior and exterior environment through spatial layout and the use of natural materials. We looked at traditional methods of construction and detailing and applied them in ways that fit with modern building technology.image

Like the mat that is its namesake, the Tatami House is a study in rhythm and proportion. A tatami is a traditional Japanese floor mat. Rice straw forms the core and woven rush grass creates the outer layer. The mats can be laid individually, but more often they are combined to cover an entire room.

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The earliest written record of tatami dates back to 8th century Japan, but they were probably used long before this time. Nobility slept on them. So did samurai. What began as a floor covering for a privileged few soon spread to reach all the people of the island nation.

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Boudoir Boudoir

We just finished a project in Springfield, Missouri called Boudoir Boudoir. It’s the first phase in the renovation of a traditional Tudor-style home—two wardrobes joined by a shared bathroom. The project offers a contemporary take on a room with a fascinating history.image

A boudoir is, at face value, a lady’s private dressing room, but the term is loaded with meaning. It comes from the Old French verb bouder, meaning “to pout” or “to sulk,” and so a boudoir was a space for a woman to beautify herself, improve her mood, and emerge out of an otherwise sullen state. Glamourized through 18th century romantic novels and popular lore, the boudoir became a symbol of female sexuality and male desire.image

And for good reason. These were opulent, luxurious rooms designed to please the senses and radiate beauty. Their scents, textures and sinuous lines were singularly feminine, in form and in aesthetic. They were places for steamy rendezvous and private romances. Anne Troutman, in her essay Modernist Boudoir and the Erotics of Space, beautifully describes the boudoir as “a whisper of space in an increasingly intimate conversation of rooms.”

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Do you want to help build a modern home? We are looking for a Construction Assistant.

Hufft Projects is looking for a motivated individual with interest in learning the construction trade. This position will aid our Construction Managers in all aspects of day to day construction. Please reply to info@hufft.com