Above & beyond: Reconstructed Tulsa residence delivers breathtaking results
BY STEFANIE FORNEY World of Homes Editor
Monday, April 23, 2012
Kitchen designer Mick De Giulio is internationally known for innovative design excellence. De Giulio has designed test and demonstration kitchens for companies such as the Chicago Tribune, Sub-Zero Freezer/Wolf Appliance and Meredith Corp. His distinctive kitchen designs also grace many homes, including Oprah’s.
His creative genius takes center stage in this week’s featured home at 2829 E. 34th St. The canvas for the breathtaking kitchen includes an Australian cypress floor and 12-foot ceiling with reclaimed beams. At the center is a massive granite-topped island with a granite sink that includes a sliding chopping block.
Along one wall is a LaCornue dual-fuel range with gas cooktop that is flanked by pewter countertops and antique doors that conceal pot and pan storage. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer is on an adjacent wall near a prep station topped with a spectacular exotic granite that you will only find in this home.
“It’s called French brown,” said homeowner Leigh Farrar. “It was made in Chicago and shipped here.”
Leigh and Jordan Farrar purchased the home in 2005. It was a small, 1,800-square-foot ranch house built by a lake on land that, by then, included 10 other homes. The original estate, which was built in 1955, belonged to the Beck family. Now all 11 homes surround Beck Lake.
Once the Farrars purchased the property, they contacted local architect Philip Doyle of Philip Doyle Designs to renovate the home. Leigh and Doyle brainstormed, while sharing all their favorite ideas for the property. The main goal was to open up the home’s interior and make it larger.
“Basically every wall came down. It’s almost entirely new construction,” Leigh said.
The new home is built around a pool that is raised above the backyard, which slopes down to the lake. Almost every room has large windows to make the most of the terrific view. Australian cypress flooring was selected for its beauty and because water won’t harm it.
The De Giulio kitchen was one of many ideas that came out of the brainstorming session. The kitchen also includes a smaller baking kitchen and a walk-in dish pantry that is gorgeous.
Leigh and Doyle were enchanted with Louisiana architect, A. Hays Town, so they have incorporated his timeless, earthy elegance into the home with the use of reclaimed wood and plank ceilings. The plank ceiling in the entry has a natural look, while the vaulted, reclaimed wood ceiling in the dining room is painted a beautiful pale green reminiscent of depression-era Jadeite kitchen glassware.
The one-level, 3,950-square-foot home has three bedrooms as well as three full and two powder baths. You are sure to notice something delightful at every turn. In addition to a collection of antique doors used in different ways in several rooms, one powder bath has a sink fashioned from a large shell.
“Leigh has a fabulous sense of design. This house has a very high finish level, and it has great proportions,” Doyle said. “It’s open, but each room is still defined.”
The property is listed for $1.39 million. To make an appointment to see the home contact Jacki Crews, the McGraw Realtor representing the property, at 918-232-7179 or e-mail to jcrews@Mcgrawok.com.
2829 E. 34th St., Tulsa
PRICE: $1.39 million
BATHS: 3 full, 2 half
YEAR BUILT: 1955
LOT SIZE: .59 acre
SQ. FOOTAGE: 3,950
EXTRAS: Australian cypress floors, elaborate beamed and painted ceilings, exquisite kitchen designed by internationally acclaimed Mick De Giulio, high-end appliances, antique doors throughout interior, unique sinks in baths, vintage hardware, Duravit Starck tub, Kohler fixtures, three fireplaces, whole house water filter, automatic outdoor lighting, security and sprinkler systems, copper guttering, pool, large pool heater, automatic pool cleaner, flagstone patio and fire pit near neighborhood pond
OFFERED BY: Jacki Crews • McGraw Realtors • 918-232-7179
The home’s carefree facade only hints at the charming architectural secrets within.
Reclaimed wood beams and Australian cypress floors enrich the palatial living room, which includes a French limestone fireplace.
The family room/sunroom has heated floors and its own air conditioner and heater. Outside shades lower to cover the windows on the pool side of the room.
Beyond the cooktop area of the designer kitchen is a walk-in dish pantry. A beautiful orangery iron door adds an exciting element to the kitchen and nearby dining room.
The baker's kitchen is equipped with a Wolfe kosher oven, Miele dishwasher, stainless steel countertop and stainless steel open shelving and custom storage features.
The dish pantry has a 11.9-foot dark wood butcher block countertop.
The Australian cypress floor, reclaimed wood ceiling and antique chandelier create a breathtaking entry.
A flagstone patio near Beck Lake is the perfect spot for alfresco dining. It’s also where you can push off in the pink paddle boat that comes with the property.
There is plenty of outdoor living space surrounding the heated pool.