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.
The home even features a natural gas-powered electric generator, which Hall joked is there to support the few energy needs that can still be met only with electricity.
Hall arrived at the Carrington Lakes home driving an ONG-branded compressed natural gas vehicle so he could show off the CNG filling station. Reeves said the unit delivers “about a gallon an hour,” allowing for an easy, overnight fill up.
Fowler Honda, whose CNG-powered Civic GX is the only factory-produced non-fleet vehicle of its type produced in the United States, partnered with Landmark and ONG on the concept home.
Entering the home, visitors are greeted by an expansive living room and formal dining room that flow from the foyer. A study inside the front door features built-in bookcases under a vaulted, wood-plank ceiling.
A wall of windows connects the family room — with its cathedral ceiling — and the bright chef's kitchen to the covered patio that Reeves aptly called an outdoor living room.
Two children's bedrooms are linked via a children's living room (convertible to a third bedroom).
The master suite features an exposed brick interior wall and a soaring ceiling. In the adjacent bath is an elevated tub surrounded with custom tile.
Upstairs the home features a family recreation room and theater-media room.
“We make sure there's something unique in every room in every home we build,” said Amy Reeves, Dan's wife and design partner.
Landmark Fine Homes was named “America's Best Builder” in 2012 by the National Association of Home Builders' Builder Magazine. The home is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.