Illinois Creek Ranch

Posted on November 3rd, 2015 at 3:08 pm by


It’s been some time since we wrote about Flint Hills Residence #1, which is really the Lockton Residence. This new home is part of Illinois Creek Ranch, a sublime, working cattle ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. We had the distinct honor to work with serious talent on this unique home. George Terbovich and his dedicated staff were the interior designers. David Rogowski from Genesis Structures was the structural engineer. Andy Fritzel and “Cowboy” with Gene Fritzel Construction were the builders. And, of course, our supportive, inspired clients were Kelly and Ron Lockton and their three children.

Everything looks simple and straightforward, which is the ultimate compliment to a design team. With more than one third of the U.S. wind capacity located in the Midwest*, pulling off the construction of the glass-enclosed breezeways between the main living areas (cedar “Flint Hills boxes”) was no small structural feat. One of the nicest compliments to date came from Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz, who toured the ranch and grounds last spring. He was moved by the uniqueness of the landscape, of the tall grass prairie. Peter appreciated that the house deferred to it’s surroundings and felt that it struck the right balance between honoring the integrity of the site and designing a boldly contemporary project.

This is our first new construction project in the Flint Hills. Previously, we completed The Volland Store, an adaptive reuse project in Volland, Kansas, which we converted from a neglected, century-old, two-story brick structure originally built as a general store into an exhibition and event space with a small apartment for artists. A handful of other projects in various stages of development are also nearby, including the Alma Hotel and Flint Hills Residence II. Stay tuned for ongoing progress as we expand this part of our portfolio.

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*American Council on Renewable Energy. (2013). Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Midwestern Region