In 2009, we decided to build a farmhouse on land that we owned. It was a long road to get to that point. We had been working with an architect designing a typical house and talking with builders, when we decided we were not building what we really wanted. We dreamed of lots of character, small & simple living, old fashioned charm. What we wanted was a farmhouse! You know, the kind of place that has a wide front porch with rocking chairs that just invite you up to sit a while. So... we pitched the plans, gave the builders the boot, and started it ourselves.

What came next was a 6 month whirlwind! Never did we imagine it would be so difficult and never did we imagine that it would be so worth it! People have been amazed that it took 5 1/2 months and that we contracted it ourselves. It also cost around $90/sq. ft. without the land. The builders and banks said it wasn't possible to do either. But anything is possible if you are building dreams and your not afraid to jump in there and do the work yourself if you have to.

What we ended up with is a quaint 2,014 square foot, old fashioned farmhouse with contemporary flairs. The Daily Oklahoman, our local newspaper, called it "a not-so-big masterpiece". I don't know that it is a masterpiece - we just call it home.

Let's take a look inside at some of the features that make our house our home.

Our farmhouse is completely open downstairs except for the master.
Sealed, not stained, concrete floors are throughout this space.

We have a "family" dining room.  Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served here.  There's no room for formal in this farmhouse.

An old fashioned wood burning stove is centered in the living area.

The floating staircase is anything but old fashioned and supported by pine glue-lam beams.

In the kitchen, we have a mixture of butcher block, black painted, and granite countertops with classic shaker glass front cabinets and a oversized stainless steel apron sink.

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A pine cabinet gets a updated look paired with stainless shelves for dishes.

Around the corner is the mudroom.  It has a hand sink, a toilet room, and stacked washer and dryer.

All of the interior doors (except the pantry) are 7 foot sliding barn doors.  With leather handles, they make quite a farm statement.  We love them!

But before we peek in the master bath, here is our master bedroom.  Simply for sleep with a comfy quilt.

We have no cabinets in our bathrooms.  Instead we chose furniture pieces and an open vanity.

There is also a cast iron clawfoot tub in black

and classic black and white tile shower with 5 shower heads.  (It's excessive, I know, but it's wonderful!)

Upstairs, the boy's rule.  They have a bedroom that they share and a loft for studying.

They have a bath with a commercial double sink that keeps them from getting water everywhere.
I love that.

Across the breezeway next to the garage, the boys have a "kid cave" to play pool and video games.  Every house with three boys needs a loud room like this.

That's it.  A little red farmhouse big on character.