This 10,200 square foot home, perched on a bluff with an expansive view of Skiatook Lake in Northeastern Oklahoma, is the primary residence of a successful couple with a large extended family.
The design of the home references familiar rural structures of the Midwest – farmhouses, homesteads, barns, outbuildings – modernized with clean-lined, careful detailing to make it authentic to this era. The result is a home that, despite its large size, is at once inviting and comfortable. Its size is visually reduced by breaking up the home into smaller “homesteads” according to their function, and joining them with small flat-roofed connectors. The overall floor plan composition is a crescent shape, with the open arc facing the lake. The resulting angles of the individual homesteads allow for both lake viewing and of the surrounding woods on the family’s acreage.
The main public space homestead is built of a solid timber structure with articulated steel knife plate connections. Solid timber posts and beams are also used throughout to support generous covered porches. Local Oklahoma stone is used on the homestead exteriors. The roofs are of a galvanized standing seam metal supported by exposed timber rafters to create deep protective overhangs, further recalling the metal roofs of earlier rural structures.
The interiors are a combination of modern day and older recycled materials; fireplace mantles are formed with massive oak beams from a family member’s unused Kansas barn. The resulting home interior is a clean and crisply detailed palate with warm, natural materials.
The home is a comfortable resolution of a vernacular Midwest rural archetype with a modern sensibility, respectfully sited on this beautiful rural acreage under the big skies of Oklahoma.