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Design runs in Perry family

More than 60,000 homes have been built from their drawings of Bill and Billy Perry since company was formed in 1959
BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman Modified: June 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm •  Published: June 7, 2014

If you knew that Billy Perry had been designing houses since 1976, you’d think you had a man with plenty of experience sitting at the drafting table.

But Billy’s partner makes him look like a newcomer.

Bill Perry, Billy’s father, started his business, Bill G. Perry Family Design, in 1959 and just celebrated his 55th anniversary in home design.

Bill watched the company he founded at his own kitchen table grow during the 1960s, with Billy Jr. joining his father along the way to their current tally of more than 60,000 homes built from their drawings — both locally and around the world. The company is at 4821 NW 36.

Builder Jason Powers, who started JP Homes in 2005, said he frequently directs his custom-build customers to the Perrys because of their reputation for “great flow” in the home and “efficient use of space.”

In the model Powers recently completed at 8813 NW 110 in the Chapel Creek addition, he said the 2,400-square-foot floor plan “feels 400 feet larger” thanks to the Perrys’ design.

Powers, who is breaking ground this summer on his own development, Prairie Hills Estates, said he plans to build most of his specs in the new neighborhood from Perry designs.

Powers’ three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath model features an upstairs bonus room and a “flex room” or study. It is listed at $266,900.

While designing houses put bread on the table, it wasn’t the only endeavor that Perry Sr. and Jr. took on as a team. When he was 10 or 12, Billy Jr. said, his father started him on music lessons. As Billy Jr. picked up the five-string banjo, Bill came along for the ride, starting guitar lessons himself.

For Billy, music grew into much more than a hobby. As a founding member of the bluegrass band Mountain Smoke, he has played professionally for nearly four decades.

Bill Sr. stuck with his guitar too, and, along with Billy, continues to play with the band Cimarron Station.

All while maintaining a catalog of more than 8,000 different house plans.

Bill Sr. said the principles of house design have remained consistent for 55 years, although “there’s so much more detail” in houses today.

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