Seen at the house

Owner or Caretaker.

It’s a funny thing when you sell your house. You inevitably have mixed emotions of joy and sorrow. You’re happy you’ve sold, and a little sad since you have memories associated with your home. In our case, it’s a combination of both. While we have loved almost 4 years at Modular 4, it’s time to move on, and on March 1st we will when we head to a loft space downtown.

All of this comes to a singular point about this house, or really any house. In reality you never really own your house. You are in fact a caretaker of the property. This fact is even more true when you possess something unique, like a piece of art, a collectible car, a piece of jewelry or in this case architecture. I say this because at some point in time what you have will end up in someone else’s possession, and they will take on the responsibility of being caretaker. And so we pass the responsibility on to the new owners, as we move to take care of our next unique place to live.

I really like the concept of being a “caretaker” as opposed to “owner”. It has a completely different feel to it. It takes a position that says “I understand the uniqueness of what I have. I understand my responsibility to take care of, maintain, and pass on to someone else in the future.” By being a caretaker instead of an owner, it means you are willing to look toward the future, and understand that at some point you will give up stewardship. That another individual will take over, and hopefully do as good as, or a better job than you in the future.

Modular 4 is not a house designed and built by someone like Renzo Piano, or Frank Lloyd Wright, Neutra, or any other internationally famous architect. It is however, a one of a kind architect designed house, that might have been designed by a future internationally famous architect. More over it is a house that hopefully will be here in a hundred or so years, and will remain true to form no matter how many individuals care for it over time.

Modular 4 is part of an architectural record. A section of a living program with ties beyond its location, it’s inhabitants, the neighborhood, the University of Kansas, and so much more. It is an object that will never be owned, simply cared for until it changes hands again in the future.

Anyone that has ever lived in a space like this, or designed a house like this can relate to what I’m saying here. If you haven’t on either count, think about it. The concept of ownership vs caretaker is pretty simple and applies to so much.

Goodbye Modular 4 we leave you in good hands.

In case you are wondering, this blog will continue with this name, talking about the same stuff I’ve been talking about every day for almost 4 years.


The Last One. I Promise.

OK I’m pimping my house again. I promise this is the last post about it being for sale. Seriously I won’t post anything else. Anyway here is a little video of the place. It gives you a little bit better feel for the space, light, open layout, and features etc. If nothing else, it is a testament to the coolness of Modular 4.

Move It

One of the things about selling your house is making sure it looks good. Modular 4 isn’t in bad shape but it needed a few paint touch ups, and wall dings fixed. Thankfully after a full day of patching and painting things are ready to roll. The last thing to finish before the realtor preview is adding the front railing to the ramp out front. That happens the first of next week and should be done in one day.


Getting the house prepped really is all about the details. Over the last two weeks I’ve been looking at new properties that range from a house that is gutted to the studs, all the way up to a stunning loft that is move in ready. Between these two extremes there has been number of homes that while nice, looked dirty, unfinished, dingy, unprepared. Most of them need to be cleaned and or painted. I have to say, if you want your house to sell, make sure the beds are made before you show it. Oh and you might want to vacuum, and clean the kitchen. I can get past needing paint, but its hard to look past dirty.


I’ve always believed in leaving something in the same or better condition than when you got it. That’s why I spent the day painting, and I’ll spend tomorrow cleaning up the yard, basement, and taking care of any other small things that caught my attention. If you really want to sell your property, take the time to get it ready before it hits the MLS listings.


Sometimes Ya Gotta Go. Modular 4 is For Sale.

Like the theme song to “Cheers” said, “sometimes ya gotta go”. This post really isn’t in the same context, but it is appropriate considering our house went on the market today. After 3 years, and 3 months were moving. Not because the house has issues, or the neighborhood has issues, not because of anything bad, just because… Sometimes you have to go. Maybe the sale can be chalked up to mid life trying to figure it all out syndrome or something. It’s hard to say, either way Modular 4 is going up for sale.

So what does this mean for my little blog experience? Nothing. The blog keeps on trucking. The house won’t be a part of it unless the new owner wants to be a guest writer, but the blog rolls on.

Look for a few posts about selling our house. I’ll try not to bore everyone to tears with commentary about the trials and tribulations of selling a modern home in traditional Kansas City.

UPDATE: If you want to see a video of the house click here.