When you dream up your ideal forever home, you may not be able to find a home on the market with everything on your checklist. What happens when you want a farm cottage that’s classic with some farmhouse flair? Do you buy something you don’t love and embark on a major remodel, or do you start from scratch? That’s when working with a homebuilder could help bring your vision to life by starting anew.
Cottages & Bungalows and American Farmhouse Style have teamed up with Scissortail Homes to design and build a unique home that showcases cottage and farmhouse details for our Project Home 2020. Here we share our hopes for this exciting project, which you can read about over the next several issues.
“The vision for this home is to combine modern farmhouse style with modern cottage style,” explains Victoria Van Vlear, Brand Leader for American Farmhouse Style. “The two styles go well together because farmhouse living is all about family-friendly, deeply rooted and comfortable design. Cottage style is cozy, comforting and welcoming, and those aesthetics blend well together.”
Partnering with Scissortail Homes was a natural fit for this project, especially since their primary client base is 30-something couples with school-aged children, who seek these same elements in a home. “We’re excited to work with Scissortail Homes because their vision as a company, as well as their design aesthetic, aligns so well with the farmhouse lifestyle,” Victoria says.
About Scissortail Homes
Founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife team J.J. and Lindsey Morris, Scissortail Homes builds new homes with a fresh and modern appeal in Carlton Landing, Oklahoma. With expertise in real estate and construction, they help local families customize their homes with crafted details that speak to their personality and lifestyle. “I was basically born and raised around construction. My grandfather was a homebuilder; my dad was a homebuilder,” Lindsey says. “My dad actually taught me how to build my first house at 21.”
“Technically, the house has two fronts, which I believe you can easily identify from the site plan. You can walk in off the front living room or off the double doors coming off the master bedroom,” Lindsey says.
And now she and J.J. work with homeowners step by step—from blueprint to the walkthrough—in building dream homes for their families. “We’re only building in Carlton Landing, but keep getting requests outside of the area,” Lindsey says. “We would love to grow into the Tulsa and Oklahoma City market.”
All the Cozy Details
While it’s tempting to call the project home’s aesthetic “modern farmhouse,” that description doesn’t quite fit because this home is one of a kind. “It’s a little Scandinavian inspired,” Lindsey says. “We want it to feel clean and simple but homey and cozy.”
Plans for the exterior include beautiful white Texas stone cladding and dark bluish charcoal siding, contrasted with black-trimmed case windows for a modern vibe. On the inside of the farm cottage, picture a mudroom with warm Cherokee Brick flooring, which they’re considering laying in a herringbone pattern on the floor. “It’s just a welcoming, old-timey, cottagey flooring style, and we picked some pretty modern glass exterior doors from Rustica,” Lindsey says.
Farm Cottage Style
Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studios has been selected to carry out the interior design vision that Jickie Torres, Brand Leader of Cottages & Bungalows has crafted along with Victoria. “We chose Rachel because to to me she embodies that fun fresh cottage spirit. Her work is always cheerful, fresh and happy,” Jickie says. “I love Rachel’s sense of color and texture. The interiors she creates are vibrant but chic, elegant but never too serious and to me that’s what cottage style is all about.”
Rather than following a design style, it’s more about how the home feels. “[We’re] playing with proportions, materials and décor to show an updated interpretation of both cottage and farmhouse aesthetics,” Jickie says. “I can’t wait to show our audiences some really fresh and vibrant rooms that play with expectation but are always going to be cozy and warm and nostalgic. It’s exactly what farm cottage style is all about.”
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