Design With Kids in Mind

A new home in northwest OKC is built to evolve as a family grows and gets older.

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Regal landscaping enhances the home. Photos by flow real estate photography

Brian Jaggers faced an interesting challenge when Sean and Jennifer Snider asked him to design and build their new home at the Lakes at Rose Creek in northwest Oklahoma City.

Jaggers, who studied architecture at Oklahoma State University, was familiar with Rose Creek’s luxury homes.

“I’ve designed three at the Lakes and I’m finalizing plans for another,” he says.

The Sniders wanted a home that would easily adapt to the ever-changing lifestyle of a young family. Jaggers spent a year in the design stage and another in the building process.

“The biggest challenge was not knowing exactly how many children would eventually live in the home,” he says.

The Sniders also wanted a home that would make an impressive exterior statement, without being ostentatious – an old world look with modern touches. Jaggers achieved that with turrets to keep the lines of the home distinct, pops of color (turquoise and red) and outlining windows and shutters.

“Smoothed stucco exterior walls paired with clean-cut stone and copper patinas suggest that old world feeling,” he says. “They didn’t want their home to resemble a castle.”

But it does reflect a small glint of royalty. The formal entry, with its grand spiral staircase, is dramatic and surrounded by large windows adding natural light. The staircase is on the right side of the entry, with Sean’s study and home law library on the left. The grand living room is straight ahead through a barreled-ceiling alcove.

To create a feeling of continuity throughout the 5,300-square-foot home, Jaggers anchored the alder wood floors in every room with a stained patina. A taupe/gray color was used on all the walls with trim stained white.

“I liked the cleanliness of white paired with the gray to establish an old, traditional look,” he says.

The open kitchen hints of a farmhouse. To accommodate the family’s children – one at the time when Jaggers was designing; now two – he created a staircase from their upstairs bedroom suites directly into the kitchen.

“That way, they could come downstairs, eat breakfast, get ready for school and be on their way,” Jaggers says. “I also designed a small work station on the inside of the kitchen’s main area. It’s perfect for studying or tutoring.”

A large center island in the kitchen is dressed in white Carrera marble and provides ample seating for entertaining. The cabinets are all white.

“Rustic, reclaimed beams are used throughout the kitchen and travel well into the main living area,” Jaggers says.

A major design feature to accommodate the Sniders’ children is a luxurious nanny suite next to the downstairs master bedroom. It’s perfect if the baby sitter needs to spend the night. As the Sniders’ children grow, the nanny area will evolve into a place for the children’s overnight guests or grandparents’ visits.

Excellent design taste is also evident in the master suite, which opens to the expansive back lawn, pool and patio. It also overlooks the Rose Creek golf course and ponds. The master suite exudes a quiet, serene feeling. The adjacent master bathroom has a large walk-around shower, a television and white Carrera marble lavatories.

Some of Jaggers’s most forward thinking design plans are seen on the second level – the children’s atelier. This area is designed for entertaining, from their children’s grade school years through high school or even college. There’s a game room, a ping-pong area and a powder room for guests.

“I particularly like the small billiards room,” Jaggers says. “It’s one of the unique features I like about the house.

“The Sniders wanted a growing family house they could call their ‘forever’ home. It’s a perfect home for a growing family. I’m glad I was able to give them everything they wanted.”

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