22 Jul 2010 New home a dream come true
“I remember telling Daddy that I wanted to live out here since I was 7 years old,” said Linley. Her dream came true two years ago when the Shurtleffs were able to start construction on their new house, built just across the road from her childhood home.
Linley and her husband, Cy, plan to raise their three children Chase (6), C.R. (4) and Cylin (10 months) in their new home.
The Shurtleffs rock house was built to take advantage of the stunning land it sits on. Surrounded with large oak trees and a pond in the back yard, the kids have a tremendous time exploring the grounds.
Visitors are in for a great surprise when they step into the great room of the house. Handsome 5,000-pound custom, hand-constructed trusses adorn the ceiling of the lodge-style room. There is a tall fireplace, with plenty of windows to take in the outdoor views.
The great room has a unique feature – two flat screen television sets that flank the fireplace. “Cy and I both graduated from Oklahoma State, so one television is for the big football games, and the other is for Oklahoma State games,” explained Linley. “That way we are always able to keep up with how well Oklahoma (State) is doing.”
There are stained concrete floors throughout the great room, kitchen and dining area with strong timber barstools and a dining table made in Mexico. “We tried to build the house in a way that people could come in, dirty boots and all, and feel welcome,” Linley said.
Open to the great room, the kitchen was designed for entertaining. Tall cabinets, granite countertops and a stylish farm sink are all surrounded by a semi-circular bar where more than 10 people can congregate during meal preparation. “We are always cooking and we enjoy it so much,” Linley shared, “so it was important to be able to spend that time with friends and family.”
Off of the great room, the Shurtleff children have a place of their own, complete with a playroom.
“Chase’s room has the best view of all because it looks out on the front lawn and rolling hills across the road,” said Linley.
With the kids having their own space, Cy wanted to include a place of his own as well. Cy has his own hunting trophy room with large windows and vaulted ceilings, but the neatest part of the room is in the walls. “The walls are reclaimed barn wood from Missouri and Cy also wanted to include a cedar closet for his hunting clothes,” said Linley.
The Shurtleffs have created a home to be proud of and one they will grow old in together with their children.
“I love coming home,” Linley said. “It isn’t the house that makes it home, it’s my family.”