Morton Buildings Constructs Home And Barn For Lindsey Family
When Tim and Kim Lindsey bought 20 acres of land in Piedmont, OK, the first thing they built wasn’t a house.
It was a horse barn, designed and built by Morton Buildings.
The Lindseys grew up showing horses, which is how they met. Now they are parents of a 17-year-old daughter who shares their passion for equines and began showing horses when she was 5, as well as an 18-year-old son.
The family owns eight horses — three of which are off property with trainers — plus two cows, five dogs and five cats.
In addition to the barn, which includes 900 square feet of living space, Morton built two pasture shelters for the animals.
Home On The Range
When the barn project was finished, the Lindseys continued working with Morton on the plans for their home.
“Our inspiration for the house stemmed from a longtime vision of having a simple, modestly sized ranch home on a larger piece of land, along with a barn for our livestock and animals,” Tim Lindsey says. “We wanted to be out with our kids where they could have some land and a pond and grow up with the responsibilities of caring for livestock in a more agricultural environment.”
Lindsey worked with an architect to refine the floor plan for the house, but he served as his own general contractor for much of the other work, such as plumbing, electrical and interior finishes.
As a subcontractor for Morton, Lindsey used his company, Central Glass, for all of the windows and the large glass area that looks out onto the patio.
His sales consultant from Morton, Steve Meek, recommended a concrete contractor who built an above-ground safe room in the couple’s master closet to serve as a tornado shelter.
Why Post Frame?
The Lindseys chose post-frame construction for their 3,000-square-foot home because they liked the expansive, open spaces it offers.
They also love their vaulted ceilings and covered back porch, which includes an outdoor fireplace and finished wood ceiling, that overlooks the pastures and pond. The stained concrete floors inside the house provide the family with a low-maintenance, durable surface for its active foot and paw traffic.
“I love the floor plan, I love the layout, I love the openness,” Lindsey says. “I really like the exterior look of it. We were going for that Texas Hill Country/Austin kind of look with the light-colored stone and metal roof. And I’m really pleased with that.”
The Morton Advantage
The Lindsey home took about a year to build, from March 2013 to March 2014, which included many rain delays along the way. Other than the weather, Lindsey says the rest of the process went smoothly.
“[Building our house with Morton] was a phenomenal process from start to finish — from design and engineering to delivery and construction,” Lindsey says. “You can count on their word. When they say, ‘This is when something is going to be done and this is when we’ll be here,’” they start and don’t stop until they’re finished. You don’t have to chase them down or worry about them not showing up the next day.”
Morton is happy with the finished product too.
“I show pictures of their home fairly regularly as an option of what we can do other than just metal siding,” Meek says.
Plus, thanks to Morton’s Energy Performance Installation Package, the Lindsey home is also quite efficient.
As Meek explains: “With traditional construction, or stick-built construction, you have a stud every 16 inches. And although wood is a natural insulator, that stud is not as good as the insulation product. So you’re interrupting your insulation every 16 inches. With post-frame construction, we can fill a much large cavity, so you have much bigger spaces of undisturbed insulation. That’s the key. In our system, the insulation is interrupted every 90 inches versus every 16 inches.”
The durability of a Galvalume (coated metal) roof saves the Lindseys on their homeowner’s insurance too. They used the same type of roof on the barn and guest house.
They were also able to tie in the color of the siding on the barn and guest house with the stone on the main house. The fabricated material is much thinner and lighter than real rock that requires a footing.
“Post-frame construction gives customers flexibility in their floor plans,” Meek explains. “They can literally build circular rooms if they want to because they’re not going to need load-bearing walls.”
Meek says Morton did something a bit unusual for a post-frame structure by adding a breezeway to connect the home and the garage, which contains more than 1,000 square feet and sits at an angle to the house.
Making Their House A Home
Lindsey credits his wife with the eclectic interior of their home.
“A bit of western, a little bit of French country, a little bit of Southwest. It’s just a little bit of everything,” he says.
Some of the more interesting touches include a sliding purple barn door on the kitchen pantry, a variety of horse paintings given to them by friends and a polka-dotted acrylic side table next to their gray sectional sofa.