Lawrence homes

Locals use time at home to work on renovations, creative projects

Adam Sullivan wasn’t able to be with his wife, Kacey Sullivan, for her ultrasound appointment a couple weeks ago. It was an experience the couple wanted to share: seeing their future baby for the first time. But due to restrictions placed on doctors’ offices by the coronavirus, Sullivan ...

Couple furnishes final home with diverse decorations from their life abroad

Framed maps line the wall in the entrance of David and Sacie Lambertson’s home, a hint at the worldly collection of decorations the couple has inside. The former career diplomat and his wife have lived in six countries and multiple states, and their renovated home at 715 New York St. ...

Lawrence homes special section: Take a look inside

EDITOR'S NOTE: A cozy bungalow in East Lawrence. A seven-level midcentury home on the west side. A modern abode with dozens and dozens of windows. A couple of houses that are more than a century old. Those are just a few of the interesting homes whose stories the Journal-World has told ...

North Lawrence home boasts eclectic art decor

The unassuming ranch-style home doesn’t provide a clue to what visitors will find once they walk through the front door. Guests enter into a brightly lit space in Steve Fendt and Marty Olson’s North Lawrence home at 822 Maple St., where at every turn objects and pops of color meet the ...

157-year-old Pinckney home is a good fit for Busker Fest organizer

Richard Renner thinks he and his home at 408 Indiana St. are an ideal match for each other — and for Lawrence's Pinckney neighborhood. Renner owns the Vodvill Entertainment Company, a talent agency for variety acts, and organizes the quirky Busker Fest in downtown Lawrence every year. His ...

A Lawrence house and its current owners weave their histories together

Two years ago when Rodney and Judith Taylor decided to move to Lawrence to be closer to family, they found the perfect home just three hours after walking through its front door. Rodney didn’t hesitate. He thought the blue house with the wrap-around front porch at 2135 Massachusetts St. was ...

Almost beyond repair: Lawrence couple gives midcentury house a second chance

For several years overgrown trees hid most of the house at 1051 Wellington Drive. Built back in 1960 by Dwight Burnham, a University of Kansas art instructor, the house fell into disrepair before Burnham died in 2013. When the property came up for auction in 2015, Gordie Sailors and Paula ...

Homes: Couple find cozy bungalow, community in East Lawrence

After moving from a west Lawrence apartment to an East Lawrence bungalow, Kristen Allen and Jake Bellucci felt they had relocated to a different state. There was that much of a difference going from a contemporary apartment complex to a tree-lined, neighborhood just a block from Lawrence’s ...

Lawrence homes: Sharing a roof works for this mother and adult daughter

There was one question Vicki Weseman and her daughter Leah Wisdom needed to answer before they bought a house together in Lawrence. “We had to decide: Could we live together?” Weseman said. After giving the idea some thought, they agreed that if they found the right house they could do ...

Neglected eyesore transformed into a functional home

For years, nobody seemed interested in the house at 646 Rhode Island St., except the pigeons who roosted inside. The house — with its wraparound front porch, just a block from downtown — sat empty and on the market for years. Pipes had burst in a second-floor bathroom and soaked the ...

North Lawrence home is a family heirloom

Marvin and Kathy Pine have become curators of what appears to be a living history museum. It's also their home. In a time when more people are moving toward a minimalist lifestyle, the home at 1741 East 1500 Road on the edge of North Lawrence tells the story of the Pine family through a ...

Homes: Owners believe they are just caretakers of restored early pioneer cottage

Robert Sterling’s neat craftsmanship remained a selling point 146 years after he laid the stone for the small cottage at 1117 Connecticut St. Warren Hays and Melody Stratton purchased the house in June 2015, after moving to Lawrence from the Washington, D.C., area for Stratton’s job at the ...

Homes: Couple begin with a blank sheet of paper and end up with their dream house

When Brad and Cailan Silva open their green front door at 1616 Massachusetts St., first-time visitors are surprised. Stepping through the door, they enter not the house but an outdoor living space, which isn't visible from the street. Another door inside the secluded area takes them into the ...

Homes: Couple renovates old Lawrence home for a mix of historic, modern

Renovating a rundown home in a historic part of town allowed for a young couple in Lawrence to mix the old with the new. Lindsey and Kyle Weiland purchased their home at 1327 New Hampshire St. in January 2014 with plans to gut the interior and rebuild it to their liking. Kyle, who is a general ...

Homes: Well-known holiday house holds 45 years of Christmas memories

People keep asking when Donna Osness and her husband are going to sell the house. But for her five children, nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, the Osness home on University Drive is the heart of the holiday season. “Of our grandchildren, I don’t think any of them have spent ...

Homes: A look at a unique East Lawrence house with 54 windows

Designing a beautiful home does not need to be difficult. The tall one-story, open-floor home of Tami and Mike Nevels shows how. The construction for their sleek three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in East Lawrence finished in the fall of 2017, with the Nevels moving in last September, ...