Urban Modern Brownstone in Deep Deuce District Offers It All
When looking to build their “forever” home, Anthony McDermid, AIA, RIBA, a principal at TAP Architecture, and his wife, Aubrey, had a lengthy “must” list. First, they wanted it in the heart of Oklahoma City, where they could get a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. They wanted it to comfortably accommodate both family and guests. He wanted plenty of garage space. And, of course, they wanted it to be beautiful and functional.
The Urban Modern-style Brownstone home, situated in Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce district, checked off all those boxes—and then some.
The three-level floor plan was designed by Anthony McDermid and represents a celebration of and collaboration with his partnership with OKC City Planner Aubrey McDermid. Muirfield Homes’ Alan Cheshier was in charge of seeing that the McDermids’ dream house plans were fully carried out.
The First Level
The first level of the brownstone includes a conditioned eight-car garage to house Anthony’s collection of classic cars and motorcycles, and to provide a comfortable space for him to work on them. The main entrance foyer serves as the gateway to the rest of the home, while an elevator and stairway provide access to the home’s second and third levels. The main floor also features a space that doubles as a guest suite and a part-time Man Cave, complete with a bathroom that serves both the suite and garages.
The Second Level
Here is where the fun really begins, as the second floor features a beautifully appointed open-concept kitchen, dining and living room bathed in light from the western sunset disappearing behind the downtown OKC skyline. A smaller private deck is located off the dining area.
The master suite takes up the rest of the second floor, with the exception of a mechanical room that serves as the home’s nerve center and a guest powder bathroom. The master bathroom features his and her vanities, a large spa tub and a separate shower for two. A spacious master closet is provided with access to a gigantic laundry and mudroom with a clever hiding door access for laundry.
The Third Floor
Two bedroom suites, each with their own bathroom, are located on the top floor, while a second full-service kitchen provides an atmosphere conducive to entertaining. Again, the design concept is open and modern for the dining and living areas.
The third floor also is the location of the home’s biggest surprise. Large glass doors slide away to reveal an urban outdoor living oasis with a panoramic view of downtown OKC. A floating deck is a softening texture that offers a slice of South America in the middle of downtown.
Other Notable Features
Alan explains that this incredible urban home was constructed with the thought of the owners having the ability to age in place: an elevator, wide accesses and wide hallways allow occupants and guests to easily access most areas by foot or wheelchair.
The list of other features is long, starting with energy efficiency. “Open cell, foam insulation in the walls and rafters as well as between the floors offers both energy efficiency and an escape from exterior noise. Geothermal heat and air supplies endless hot water and heat with a small carbon footprint, Windsor wood windows, LED lighting and accents make the home beautiful and efficient,” Alan says.
Then there’s the beautiful finishes, including quartz and granite countertops, wood flooring, and partially open staircase featuring exquisite, custom iron railings.
The home is outfitted with some of the most desired home automation features, including automatic window treatments and scene lighting.
“The details of the home were thought out in advance to make it blend with other multi-unit dwelling in the Maywood area of Deep Deuce, including precise starting and stopping of a more modern linear laid brick to accent the windows that are most visible and slate and steel wall sections to accent the upstairs deck,” Alan says. “A great deal of thought also was paid to the home’s exterior, which demonstrates the use of many textures—brick, cast stone, slate roof and walls, steel panels and wood—orchestrated together with each playing a part in the symmetry of the home.”