What Does Your Dream Home Look Like?

If you were to design your own dream house, what would it look like? What features would you include? Would it look similar to others in your community, or something entirely different?

In this, our Design Issue, we feature two houses that are quite differently stylistically.

Our cover story takes a look at an H-shaped house located near the University of Oklahoma campus that brings the outdoors in by playing up natural lighting with tons of windows and lush landscaping showcased just outside the corridor. You won’t find this plan on any builder’s design list; it was sketched out by the homeowner and brought to life by a local custom home builder. Among its unusual features is a heated observatory that keeps plants safe through the winter and doubles as an extra workspace.

Stunning, breathtaking, luxurious. Those are adjectives that describe another beautiful home featured inside. Located in the exclusive Rivendell housing addition with views of a crystal lake and shooting water fountain, this four-bedroom French Country-inspired residence was built and crafted by master Chinese architect Wister Wu. Among the features of this home are a Tuscan wine room, Honduran mahogany doors, hand-carved accents in the kitchen and decorative metal tile accents on the curving staircase.

A third story features an interview with an architect and University of Oklahoma faculty member who designed his own home with “aging-in-place” principles in mind. After trying to recover from several surgeries in his former home, in which the only bathrooms and bedrooms were upstairs, he also has worked to raise awareness of the importance of incorporating Universal Design in the design of homes and other buildings in our community.

Also in this issue:

  • A local veterinarian offers tips to dog owners to ensure their pets’ safety and happiness before venturing outdoors for fall fun.
  • The executive director of an adult day care center discusses the organization’s much-needed role in our community and its new home that’s being built near I35 and Flood.
  • Exciting details are released on the third annual Oklahoma Designer Show House, scheduled Sept. 8 through 17 at a fabulous home in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

Of course, those are just some of the highlights. Publisher Jimmy Darden and I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we did pulling it together. As always, we’d love to receive your feedback either on the magazine’s Facebook page or our respective emails (Jerri.Culpepper@Lifestylepubs.com and Jimmy.Darden@Lifestylepubs.com).

Happy Autumn!