As PV council prepares to consider home design guidelines, a look at more of the new houses going up in the area

The increasing number of tear downs in Prairie Village  has led the city to try to develop better design guidelines for new construction.
The increasing number of tear downs in Prairie Village has led the city to try to develop better design guidelines for new construction.

Prairie Village Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan told the city council earlier this month that he expects to bring the first iteration of design guidelines the city has been developing over the past several months before them for consideration in February.

UPDATE: Jordan said that the council won’t be formally considering any design guidelines at the Feb. 1 meeting. The council will just be presented with the committee’s initial suggestions for guidelines prior to scheduling public information sessions. They’ll go before the Planning Commission for review and approval before they come to the council for any official action).

The guidelines process, which came out of the stalled attempt of a group of Prairie Village Homes Association homeowners to develop homes association-specific design rules, comes as the city has seen a marked increase in the number of teardown-rebuild projects.

Last month, we brought you a look at a few of the teardown-rebuild projects either under way or recently completed in the city. Here are a few more:

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This is the house that went up on the site of the home shown being knocked down in the photo at the top of the post. It’s considerably taller than the neighboring properties, but shares a good deal of the aesthetics of other homes on the street. KOENIG Building + Restoration is the contractor.

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This is an under-construction house that backs up to Prairie Elementary on the west side of the school property. It’s on a corner lot. Here’s a look at it next to the neighboring home to the north:

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Roeser Homes is the contractor on this project.

Just a few blocks away from the home next to Prairie is this home that was completed within the last year on Delmar:

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And here’s that home in the context of the neighboring property:

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And…one more, this time on 67th Street near the intersection with Nall. This home was completed within the past year:

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Here’s a view from a side angle to give some perspective with the neighboring property to the east:

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There’s an underway teardown project just a few lots to the east of this one.

So, what do you think of these new homes? Do they fit into the existing neighborhood? What, if any, design changes would you want to see to make them meet the characters of their blocks better?