We Love Connectedness

JCH talks tech and trends with The Oklahoman's Real Estate Magazine.

posted Dec 19, 2011 by

The Saturday Oklahoman's Real Estate Magazine recently gave JCH some love with a feature story. The topic? How Technology and Current Trends are Affecting New Home Design. So, naturally, The Oklahoman came to us and one of the best remodellers in Oklahoma City, A Karen Black Company, for some insight on the matter. We'll let the feature story speak for itself as to its focus: "technology has changed the game in entertaining, replacing bulky televisions and stereos with more streamlined devices that take up less space and draw music and movies wirelessly through the Internet."

Our "Luxe Entertainment Wall", an option in the Mello plan, gives asymmetrical balance to a large flat
panel display, keeping it from becoming a bulky focal point.

We know a thing or two about "connectedness" in the home. We use it in a multi-faceted way encouraging both physical and virtual connections. So the feature uses our our Mello furnished model home located in the Silverhawk addition to illustrate how the use of space can encourage social connectivity (the physical). We also believe that seamless, and in some cases, concealed, integration of technology plays a major role in design (the virtual). For example, our flat panel display serves as a complement to, rather than the focal point of, our "Luxe Entertainment Wall" in the great room of our Mello model home.

The Mello Great Room

The Mello Media Room

The Mello Powder Bath

The story also touches on other amenities and design considerations for social aspects of the home, mentioning our built-in dining table that seats up to 6 (8 if you include the bar), which can be both formal and casual. But not all of our design and tech comes in big packages. "Some of the most appreciated items seem to be the simplest: motion sensor lights in the bathrooms, Touch 2 O Faucet in the kitchen, or the simple shiny button (Disposal Switch)," says our Sales Manager, Brodie Tucker, regarding other nice touches in the model.

Our built-in dining table is as formal or as casual as you want it to be.

This, friends, is why Jeff Click Homes is known as leader in both design trends and in the implementation of new technologies into its homes. Given Jeff's formal background in technology and software development, it's no wonder he's the go-to guy as a thought leader on the topic.

"Connectedness" = our design philosophy. Read up on it by checking out the full feature story on Jeff Click Homes at NewsOK.

Sketched: The 2008 Parade Home Pt. 2

The 2nd part of Jeff's fresh sketches to modern catches for the JCH 2008 Parade of Homes entry.

posted Sep 27, 2011 by

In our inaugural "Sketched" series post, we teased you with tantalizing tid-bits on the process that Jeff and team took to get his visions from start to finish in our 2008 Parade of Homes entry. Now, we're back to kick-off the second part of this lovely specimen and it's tour of the remainder of "sketched" rooms and surprises that surfaces throughout this home.
Simple, sleek, and sketched.

From the "Gentry Entry" surrounded by columns wrapped with some stone to the "Great Escape" room with it's forethought design elements sketched out by Jeff we're now on to the Living Room where "innovative living...is a way of life". How profound.

The "After" of Jeff's vision for the kitchen of the JCH 2008 Parade of Homes entry.

The last couple parts of the magical sketched sections of this home are the kitchen and breakfast space. Really, if you make a magnificent entry, dining and living room, it's a given that the kitchen (with a breakfast space!) will be equally as posh.

The side wall of the kitchen, as sketched by Jeff.

We wanted to introduce a more European take on our urban modern style for the 2008 Parade of Homes. Flat slab, Euro-styled maple cabinets were designed in an asymmetric arrangement and accented with several decorative niches and metal-framed glass doors complete with accent lights. The focal point of the kitchen is the arched glass, stainless steel vent hood over the slide-in range.

The side wall, as built by the JCH team.

Since the breakfast space was widely visible from the living space and entry (and it's technically a part of the sweet kitchen) we couldn't disappoint by falling short of even more visual interest. So, Jeff added side columns with lower stone facade. They created a deep inset where we also tucked in a built-in bench seat under the 4'0" x 4'0" horizontal sliding window. Hiding beneath, is a built-in table with storage cabinet.

The breakfast/informal dining space as sketched.

Pictures and descriptions may speak for themselves but nothing can beat actually being there. Directly visual and even tangible is the way to go. Unfortunately, stopping in to see the place in person now would require stepping back in time...or a virtual tour. We left the amber lights on for ya.

Breakfast, anyone?

Sketched: The 2008 Parade Home

The sketch...unperplexed.

posted Aug 29, 2011 by

In the earlier part of the 2000's, the Chicago Art Institute featured a special exhibit called Revealing Picasso Conservation Project, which showcased rarely seen or talked about pencil drawings from Pablo Picasso. Picasso is known for his oil paintings but even he pre-sketched his paintings, now-famous works of art. The exhibit let folks in on the process that Picasso (and other painters) took to envision the final masterpiece. Think blueprints to architecture or storyboards to final movies.

What we're getting at here isn't sketchy. But, in a sense, it is. We recently introduced you to this process that Jeff takes to get his visions from start to finish in our modern and contemporary new homes in Oklahoma City that we build, and now we'll kick off the first part of our "Sketched" series with the a few rooms and their respective design processes of the home that we featured in the 2008 Parade of Homes. Keep that eye open...we'll unveil the rest of the house a few days later.
How does Jeff work out design problems? He puts a pencil to it.

The Great Escape Room:
Remember the Numbers Plan? This home was the inaugural bang of this floor plan. What makes this home so "great" is the quintessential great room. It's open and visible from the moment you walk in, and was rightfully the space Jeff spent the most time and forethought about its design elements. The cozy fireplace, the openness, the use of built-in cabinetry and lighting. Take a look here at the preliminary sketch then move your eyes to the finished product.

K, now look at the sketch, now back at finished product. Look at the sketch and back at the finished product.
Pretty cool, huh?

Feelin' Gentry at the Entry:
The Great Room may have been the focal point in this house, but to get to the Great Room, you have to walk through the entry, (unless you're Houdini). The entry's first big-impression points can't be lost. Jeff turned it into a nice "WOW" factor by utilizing the out-set coat closet (which in most homes is just a door hangin' out when you walk into a home, and usually nothing fancy) and turned it into an opportunity for a high-impact visual display by creating staggered "floating" shelves, under-lit with low-voltage LED lighting. Gah, it's awesome.

Win, lose, or draw.
Literally one drawing worth entering.

Because the formal dining room is part of the "gentry entry" we'll talk about this, too. It's surrounded by four columns, which Jeff used for interesting opportunities to play along with the ceiling and back wall. If you take a look-see, the lower half of the columns are wrapped with stone, and bricked the first 42" of the back wall.

A little touch of urban and graphite.

This left a perfect spot for some artful color lit so exquisitely with the above, recessed lighting. Another rare and daring choice? Using flat black on the wall to provide an untainted backdrop for a color blast in hanging art. It's like a utopia for the life of your favorite piece of art.

From sketched to etched...in stone.

Letting this sink in a little, and we'll come back at ya in a couple of days with a few more rooms and their sketches. Until then, enjoy the process, and be sure to check out our VR tour or photo tour of this home.

Gettin' Sketchy

Taking Jeff's fresh sketches to modern catches.

posted Aug 24, 2011 by

Remember when Spiderman's grandpa said, "With great power comes with great responsibility."? Well at JCH, great visions have a great processes. Which in a way, mean sort of the same thing because once Jeff envisions new ideas and designs, he sketches them out as a first step to makin' the magic happen.
We've kept Jeff's sketches (and some bomb-diggity photography) in a scrapbook over the years. This allows us to see a design evolve from a fresh, baby start to a mature, divine finish. (No pun intended.) And, most importantly, since Jeff Click Homes have takes a different angle on design compared to others hanging around the block, it allows the JCH team to see the direction of the build.

Great designs can begin on napkins. Whodathunkit.

We've decided to give you a peak into our design process with a new blog new series where we'll show you some examples of how Jeff's visions go from start to finished. We'll showcase a specific design element (such as a fireplace, or a kitchen element) that has gone through this very process. So, from time to time we'll post something that just has to be shown off and let you in on the ride from start to finish.

Enjoy the process!