Spencer Sight makes remodeling homes his business and passion. This Waldo house was his home and lab for less than one year. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com

Smart and stylish Waldo home will make you want to start remodeling

Spencer Sight, 28, a real estate agent and designer, remodeled this 1930s-era home in Kansas City, including this living room. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com
A vaulted ceiling and painted accent wall give a regular bedroom the feel of a master. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com
The tent ceiling gives the living room an interesting dimension, while Sight’s mix of furnishings and accessories adds texture and color. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com
A dark gray painted bathroom — ceiling included — is the standout room of the whole house, with its floating raw wood counter, geometric tile, walk-in shower, brass wall fixtures and pendant lights. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com
Sight lives with roommate Mackenzie Van Leuvan. Sight relaxes in an authentic Eames lounger, one of his splurges. “I use it to channel creativity; ideas just percolate here,” he says. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com
In the kitchen, Sight installed wood-veneer Ikea cabinets to keep his margins low but splurged on cool details like a raw wood bar top and concrete counter with quartz crystals a friend dug up in Arkansas. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com
Spencer Sight makes remodeling homes his business and passion. This Waldo house was his home and lab for less than one year. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com

Spencer Sight turns houses into homes, but he can’t get too attached — the 28-year-old is a flipper, using his properties as both a place to live and a way to make money.

“Flips have a sense of vacancy. I like to fill the spaces; I love reawakening the potential,” he says.

Sight bought this bank-owned property in Waldo last fall, redesigned it with a blend of low-cost upgrades and high-impact features that improve both looks and functionality.

As a real estate agent, Sight knows the business of moving houses, but his true passion is design.

“I’m a born designer,” he says. “It’s always what I’ve done, and now it’s turned out to work in my favor as a profession.”

His journey to becoming a self-made man stemmed from three major experiences: attending college in Boulder, Colo.; traveling through Southeast Asia for two years; and staying three months at an off-grid intentional community before “reinserting into society.”

His ideal career would become one that he would lead — no corporate day jobs for him. Sight contracts laborers and artisans and does much of the work himself, too.

Aesthetically, Sight is drawn to Danish modern. “Kinfolk is my trajectory,” he says.

Financial restraints mean more Ikea products and thrifted items, but Sight splurges where it counts. He installed a couple of raw wood countertops and kick-ass tile designs that elevate the house’s style.

Sight also favors sustainability and ethically produced goods. “We have a relationship with the earth,” he says. “It’s about keeping awareness of that connection.”

As Sight becomes more seasoned and successful, he would like to take his projects to the next level with smart technology: nest thermostats, automated lighting systems and solar panels.

Each project he takes on gets a unique treatment — his flips aren’t standard replications. That can make it especially hard to leave them after putting in so much time and effort.

“It’s bittersweet because I love this space,” he says.

If you’d like to contact Sight, visit wayofspencer.com.

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Smart and stylish Waldo home will make you want to start remodeling