House Tour: The Foster's Drummond Dream Home

House Tour: The Foster's Drummond Dream Home

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 11, 2008

Name: Jerad (Intern Architect/Contractor) & Jessica Foster (Registered Nurse)
Location: Prairie Village, Kansas
Size:1184 Sq. Ft.
Type: Mid Century Modern Drummond
Years Lived In: 3 come January


In January of 2006, Jerad and Jessica Foster purchased a Donald Drummond home that was designed by Architect David B. Runnels. This particular house was in the Revere Quality Homes Program which was part of several magazine publications "back in the day". The house was purchased from the original owners, who had lived there since 1951. Their new Mid Century find was in rough shape, (as you might expect from a home that is over 50 years old) but that didn't stop them from putting in the work it took to bring this home back into the 21st century.


The house was taken down to the studs and the pictures in this tour are the result of several years of homeowner DIY diligence. You can read about their renovations on their home remodeling blog. They experienced many of the same thing that normal home owners go through and it's a refreshing take on this long (and worthwhile) process. You will see everything from decking that was going up in the snow, to concrete finishing and wall paneling being hung in place.
If you are from the KC Metro area and this house is your cup of tea, don't forget to visit KC Modern for a two part driving tour of the homes in this same area.

AT Survey:

My Style: Our style is a mixture of mid century modern dashed with a some quality woodwork. In a house as small as ours style has to be functional every thing we have serves a purpose.

Inspiration: Great Mid Century Designers and Architects who took advantage of Post-War America and strived to provide high design to the masses. We spend a ton of time surfing the net and reading magazines and vintage home books from the 50's for inspiration.

Favorite Element: It would have to be how open our house is. From the front door you can see the whole house. Both Bedrooms, the bathroom, the kitchen/dining, and the pool and patio. We also love all of our windows (all 28 of them) they allow us to enjoy plenty of daylight and views of the exterior.

Favorite Room:. Jessica; the Kitchen Jerad; the patio/yard

Biggest Challenge: Completely gutting and renovating the house in 10 months while we were working our full time jobs.

What Friends Say: Can we have a party at your house? Did you find that on Craigslist too?

Proudest DIY: We completed 95% of the construction of our home remodel ourselves. Recently it was the design/build of our platform bed made with solid Walnut.

Best Advice: Take the time to blog your entire remodel process. Be diligent and try to post weekly if possible even if you don't accomplish much. Looking back over the process your remember so many small moments that otherwise would have been forgotten. We blogged our entire remodel here

Found Treasure: The house itself, while driving a different way home from work I noticed a for sale sign in a neighborhood I knew had some MCM houses. Six days later we had purchased our first house. I thought it was perfect it had had a very rough 55 years and needed a complete gutting and remodel.

My Indulgence: Buying Woodworking tools and designer furniture.

Dream Source: Estate Sales and Craigslist

Reality Source: I build what furniture I can and I have bartered several custom pieces for trade in order to indulge our expensive furniture taste. I love finding a bargain in unsuspecting places.

Had forever: Danish Modern Dining Table and matching Credenza that we got from the original owners of the house.

Just got: Vitra George Nelson Wall clock, a gift from one of our neighbors for helping them tile a bathroom.



Living Room Furniture:
White Couch is a vintage sofa I picked up from my boss; no idea who the maker or designer is.
Entertainment Center is one I custom built from Bamboo Plywood (
Rocking Eames shell chair was a wedding gift from my Grandma (Retro Inferno - Modernica).
Herman Miller Case Study Storage unit (
Brown Dux sofa was a Craigslist find.
Jens Risom Solid Walnut Rotating Coffee table (purchased at a local shop) we had no idea who designed it until we recently stumbled across another table labeled on the web.
Bertoia Diamond Chairs were a wedding present from my coworkers.
Plycraft Lounge chair was an estate sale find.
Fireplace set is from Crate and Barrel.
Bowl on Coffee Table is from Target.
Vases in Case Study Storage Unit are from Crate and Barrel.
The pillows are from Macy's.
Lighting: George Nelson Criss Cross Bubble Lamp from Modernica
Rugs and Carpets: Angela Adams (Retro Inferno), the entryway rugs are just carpet samples.
Artwork: Starburst III

Dining Room Furniture:

Teak Table and Credenza we purchased from the previous/original owners of the house.
Stacking Eames Shell Chairs (
Vases; Sears, Crate and Barrell, Home Depot
Concrete Planter is from Crate and Barrel
Lighting: dining table light was purchased on
Artwork: Alexander Girard for Herman Miller Action office Panel we purchased this one from a friend who got it at a local estate sale.

Kitchen Appliances:

Kitchen Aid stove and dishwasher, LG fridge
Cabinets are custom from H&S Cabinets
Planters are from CB2.
Drawer pulls are from Epco.

Bedroom Furniture:
Custom Built Solid Walnut Platform Bed (
Matching custom Nightstand
DIY closets w/ built in dressers
Lighting: Ikea
Artwork: Prints purchased on Etsy
frames from Crate and Barrel

Office Furniture:
Florence Knoll Walnut Executive Desk an estate sale find
Eames Aluminum Group office chair (
Bookcase is from Ikea purchased on craigslist
Danish Modern wall unit was obtained in trade for some of the existing lights that we took out of the house.
Lighting: George Nelson Bubble Lamp purchased from the original owners of the house
Artwork: Frank Lloyd Wright prints


(Thanks Jerad and Jessica!)

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