I knew this family before they were a family. We attended college together and have remained in touch ever since. So I am honored they asked me to help them create a place where they can live and love. Their tastes are simple, but their lifestyle is unique. They live on 15 acres in a metal shop building and the family is eager to migrate from the shop to a quaint, but comfortable farm house named “Amelia” which provides space to be together and space to be alone.


Claremore, Oklahoma (Designed 2010; Built 2012)


gathering inside and gathering outside

Personalized new home!


3,278 SF; 4BR, 3-1/2 BA, 1,089 SF patios, 2-car garage, 2-story

Client’s Style:

traditional farm house


The Sketch, The Details, The Docs

Lifestyle Features:
  • wide-open great room integral with kitchen for total family connection
  • furniture-style kitchen island for major kitchen activities and storage
  • kitchen office-center to organize family activities
  • formal dining oriented to the interior fireplace view and exterior landscape view
  • integral fireplace nestled in the entertainment center
  • intimate sitting space around corner outdoor fireplace
  • private bath for each bedroom to give kids their own space
  • split master to provide master suite privacy
  • home office located near entry to view approach
  • upstairs loft for kids to spread out and be themselves
  • insulated garage for all-weather hobbies
Environment Solutions:
  • geothermal heat pump to efficiently use the earth’s natural energy to heat and cool the home
  • Foam insulated envelope to improve thermal comfort and conserve energy
  • radiant heat floors in bath to cut cold winter chill
  • permeable gravel drive to allow water infiltration
  • site home to capture seasonal breezes and naturally cool/warm the home
  • deep overhangs to provide shade and naturally cool the home
  • individual HVAC systems to heat and cool based on occupancy
  • safe room (FEMA-spec) to provide an inclement weather refuge
Community Influence
  • low maintenance fiber cement lap siding to emulate agrarian architecture
  • thick window muntins to resemble traditional farm buildings
  • corbels and millwork to illustrate traditional farm house details
  • equidistant from site boundaries to create separation from neighbors