This project, for a young family in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, modernized a home built in the 1930’s as well as transformed the backyard with a series of modern pavilions. The interior spaces were designed to provide better visual connection to the back yard (with a landscape concept designed by Kevin Yates, The Muddy Gardener, LLC.), its new deck and children’s play area. The material palette and details complement the existing stucco clad home, but with a distinctly modern aesthetic. Constructed in phases, a garage addition and shed we fondly call the “mini / MAXI” provide much needed overflow space for the main house and also frame an outdoor living space used for play and entertaining. Green design elements for the renovations and addition include durable finishes, recycled content and reclaimed flooring, low VOC paint, and rapidly renewable interior finishes, such as bamboo. The mini / MAXI pavilions, while functional storage spaces, also offer play areas for the clients' daughters who use them as a playhouse and stage area for impromptu performances.