MOORE — On May 20, R&R Homes was putting the final touches on its project home for the Southwest Showcase of Homes when co-founder Rocky Clark decided to take a break from the workday:
He'd go with his wife, Phyllis, to lunch and then a matinee movie — at the Warren Theatre.
“We saw about half of ‘The Great Gatsby,' ” he said, “when they shut it down.”
The theater took a big hit that day when what turned out to be an EF5 tornado wrecked Moore and part of south Oklahoma City. Moviegoers took refuge in the hallways.
“We heard the roar and felt the vibrations,” as the twister passed, he said, and emerged in the quiet to find their car in the parking lot “totaled, but it started.”
They threw jackets on the glass-covered seats and sped off to reunite with their family and see who else needed help. They were not the only builders touched by the May 20 storms — but their project home, one of two centerpieces for the Southwest Showcase of Homes, was unscathed.
The show goes on
The Southwest Showcase concludes this weekend with 29 new homes open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The annual event is organized by the Moore Home Builders Association and the Southwest Home Builders Association. Information and directions to the showcase homes are available at the two project houses.
The Southwest association's project home is by Huffman Construction at 3509 SW 126 Terrace in Oklahoma City's Rockport addition, southeast of SW 119 and Portland Avenue.
R&R Homes built the project home for the Moore association. It is a three-bedroom, 2 ½-bath home at 1105 Dayton Lane in the Rock Creek addition off SE 4 between Bryant Avenue and Sunnylane Road. Rocky Clark founded R&R Homes in 2000 with his son, Russell.
The home is centered around a spacious kitchen with an oversized island and custom design elements — a polished-glass backsplash, cabinetry with an antiqued tea-stain finish — created by Russell Clark's wife, Tabitha.
The same kinds of custom details are echoed in the master suite, with its granite-topped vanities, more glass tiles and Travertine flooring. A spa-inspired shower and a walk-in closet large enough for a game of racquetball round out the master.
Two kids' bedrooms are in a half Jack-and-Jill layout — one has a door to the granite-and-tile finished bathroom they share; a separate door is open to the rest of the house. Both have ample closets.
The living room gives a feeling of open, connected flow from the kitchen, its natural stone fireplace, substantial wood mantel and a custom built-in corner cabinet.
The study, which looks out on the covered patio and outdoor fireplace, has an exposed-beam ceiling.
Upstairs is a large bonus room — maybe a kid zone, could be a dad cave — complete with built-in cabinetry and kitchenette.
The 2,395-square-foot home is offered at $284,900.
Clark family business
Russell Clark said he knew by about age 20 that he wanted to be a builder and that it's been great growing the business with his father. But it wasn't just by chance that Russell was drawn to home design and construction. For the Clarks, it's all in the family.
His maternal grandfather, Durward Marical, “built most of Moore” in the mid-1900s, Russell said. His uncle, Dwight Clark, acts as superintendent for all R&R Homes projects. Sister-in-law Mandi Clark is their sales representative and has been with R&R since 2007.
R&R Homes is developer of the Rock Creek addition, which after nine years and more than 500 home sites is in its final phase. The neighborhood is literally across the street from neighborhoods destroyed by the tornado. Rock Creek lost only a fence.
“We lucked out. It just weaved through us,” Mandi Clark said.
Russell said that he hopes this year's Southwest Showcase of Homes helps people who suffered damage or loss “to get back on track and move on with their lives.”