Our Team of Master Craftsmen Transform Charming Old Houses Into Masterpieces with Stories to Tell
When we – Joe and Mary Thompson – met while attending Kansas State University, we realized we had shared passions: residential architecture and home remodeling. Mary, who studied design in college, joined Joe, who studied architecture at KSU, as they rehabbed a 1910 Baldwin City, KS home after getting married in 1981.
Since then, we’ve maintained our remodeling mission: the motivation to uphold the integrity of historic buildings, while adding modern functionality and livability.
Joe has been in the construction industry for his whole life, gaining expertise in architectural design for a range of eras, including craftsman-style houses, Tudors, Victorians, and the iconic Kansas City shirtwaist – or any other style popularized prior to 1940.
Mary, a Universal Design Certified Professional, Certified Remodeler, and Certified Remodeling Project Manager, serves as our architectural designer, creating as-built drawings that depict your home as it is today, plus 3D renderings and designs for what your space will look like after your home remodel.
As a husband-and-wife duo, we’re well-versed in all aspects of historic home remodeling and track your project from start to finish. Today, we continue to renovate distinctive homes in established Kansas City-area neighborhoods, known for our close attention to detail and working with intention.
What Drew Us to Specialize in Historic Home Remodeling?
The home remodeling industry is rife with competitors whose results demonstrate excellence in craftsmanship and design. But by specializing our home renovation company in historic homes – those built in the 1940s and earlier – we’re able to put our architectural design knowledge to good use and provide a service that focuses on a level of preservation and maintenance of historic design elements that are meaningful both to your house and to the era during which it was built.
Anyone can tear a home interior down to the studs, hang drywall, and add sterile modern finishes inside. But it takes someone with a special touch to highlight what’s special about your home while still achieving gorgeous results. That’s Architectural Craftsmen!
We grew up in older homes, and those are the ones we love and find continuously endearing and special.
The Services We Offer Completely Transform Historic Homes
Because we know the ins-and-outs of a variety of architectural styles and can even recreate the often intricate woodwork found inside – and out – we specialize in whole-home remodeling, including exteriors.
But we’re also happy to perform kitchen and bathroom remodeling, or design and construct a historically accurate addition to your home to maximize square footage.
Establishing Our Award-Winning Home Renovation Company
Our passion and expertise influenced the creation of our home renovation company in 2002, after remodeling five family homes and working in the industry in other capacities for 40 years. Since then, we’ve earned a reputation for excellence and joined the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
Through NARI, our team has earned numerous certifications that contribute to the skills we use every day as we help breathe new life into old houses. And our skills pay off in a big way.
We’ve been listed as the 2018 and 2022 Best of Houzz for home design and have won 14 NARI REMY Awards for a variety of projects in neighborhoods like Roanoke and Mission Hills in the Kansas City metro area. These NARI REMI Awards include 2019 and 2020 Remodel of the Year for a Historic Home Renovation/Restoration, over $250,000, plus numerous awards for kitchen remodels and bathroom remodels.
By browsing our award-winning work, you’ll come to understand what we mean when we say we respect the soul of your historic home, but remodel it with the next generation in mind.
You can’t perform the level of historic home remodeling we do and collect awards for it without the greater design community taking notice. In fact, you may have seen Architectural Craftsmen in the national publication House Beautiful and in Kansas City Homes & Style.
Partnering with Our Home Remodeling Company in Kansas City
When your home remodeling focus is on preservation as much as modernization, then you probably believe your historic home deserves care and respect from a home renovation company who understands its illustrious story as part of Kansas City’s growth and culture. Homeowners like you turn to Architectural Craftsmen.
Our team of designers and master craftsmen help you achieve livable style that nods to your home’s past. Our unique approach to creating a design you’ll love has been proven effective time and time again.