NORMAN — Dan Reeves, president of Landmark Fine Homes, sells a lot of houses to a lot of people, but one of the most exciting sales he's made lately was to Oklahoma Natural Gas.
Reeves went to the state's primary natural gas supplier with a pitch to build a house showcasing “the natural gas appliances that are good for my customers and good for Oklahoma business.”
The model home, at 4500 Northfields in Norman's Carrington Lakes neighborhood, is a 4,073-square foot, three- or four-bedroom retreat with a theater room, recreation room, kids' living room — and the highlight: a compressed natural gas auto filling station in the garage.
Pamela Hall, ONG's regional manager for customer development, said the partnership is an example of how the company works with builders and homeowners for energy efficiency. Landmark Fine Homes has participated in ONG's ONE in Energy program since 2007.
ONE in Energy rates new, ONG-connected homes according to construction standards and by builders' selection of energy-efficient equipment and appliances.
Landmark's “Natural Gas Concept Home” is one of a series of innovative projects that Reeves said his company builds on nearly an annual basis. Recent “concept series” homes include an “iPad Home” that can be controlled remotely using Apple's nearly ubiquitous device via a wireless network.
Reeves pointed out the concept house's natural gas elements during a recent tour. In addition to a gas kitchen range, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, high-efficiency water heaters and a natural gas clothes dryer, the home features a covered patio-outdoor living room illuminated by traditional gas lamps.
Pool-area hookups allow cool-weather swimming or outdoor parties warmed by portable natural gas heaters.