EDMOND, Okla. -- From the outside of the spacious home in the Rose Creek housing addition, you can’t necessarily tell that it’s been dubbed “the home of the future.”
But the plaque by the front door tells you it’s special.
It’s the most efficient green home in Oklahoma that is Gold LEED certified.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
The gold certification is the second highest designation, platinum being the only one higher.
“Our energy bills in this home run on average $400 a month, that’s electric, gas, water, trash,” said owner, Jeff Lytle.
And the home is more than 8,000 square feet.
It’s made of almost four million pounds of concrete, 82,000 pounds of steel … and 20,000 man hours.
“There’s four inches of concrete, two inches of Styrofoam, then another four inches of concrete. That’s most of where our energy efficiency comes from,” said Lytle.
A manhole in the side yard covers a 30,000 gallon rain harvest tank.
It captures the rain water and connects to the sprinkler system that actually knows the vegetation.
“They measure the rainfall that’s fallen in Oklahoma in this particular area through the mesonet and they know how much water to put on each zone each day to keep it properly watered,” said Lytle.
But the brains of the home don’t stop there.
“If the garage door is up and it’s after dark, it tells you the garage door is open. If you come home and it’s less than 40 degrees outside and it’s dark outside and it’s before 10:00 in the evening, the gas fireplace automatically comes on,” said Lytle.
Lytle says it was important to him and his wife, Suzy, to use as many recycled materials as possible.
There are wood beams in the home that came from a barn that was built in the 1870’s in Lytle’s home state of Ohio.
The doors on the study are originally from India and date back to the 1500’s.
“This is what you put out beside the curb when you recycle your glass. It goes into making something like this,” said Lytle.
But perhaps one of the most unique features of the home is what lines one wall of the basement.
“This is the original bar from O’Connell’s in Norman, the location on Lindsey Avenue.
That’s right, the original bar, from the original O’Connell’s before the iconic landmark had to move to campus corner.
“We power washed it every day for about six days because it didn’t smell very good,” said Lytle.
Besides the cleaning, it’s all authentic, same cabinets, same door fronts, same shamrocks.
“I don’t think it should be destroyed number one, and it was O’Connell’s,” said Lytle. “It should be saved. So, it shouldn’t have been torn down with a wrecking ball.”
And Lytle says people get very nostalgic when they see it.
They’ve even had two couples contact them who got engaged at O’Connell’s.
“It’s our anniversary, it’s our 30th anniversary and so yeah, we’ll let them come back and have a drink at the bar,” said Lytle.
The Lytles have put the home up for sale.
Their next challenge is to take an existing, older home and make it just as green and just as smart as their current one.
The home is currently listed for $2.25 million with realtor Wyatt Poindexter of Keller Williams Oklahoma Luxury Homes.