A Little "Downton Abbey" 13

Builder Brent Gibson Brings English Class, Style to His Home

Brent Gibson of Classic Home Design is known for his custom-designed and built homes throughout the Oklahoma City metro, but his own home harkens back to the warmth and comfort of the English countryside.

Brent and his wife, Peggy, live in a 1920s-style English Tudor home that Brent designed and built. With the facade built in a custom brick that Acme calls “Gibson Brick” and adorned with notable touches like darker brick patterns and custom scrollwork, Brent says he wanted a home that was comfortable and cozy in that “old English” way.

“This is my little Downton Abbey. That was the look and feel of what we were going for,” he says. “It’s cozy and family-friendly.”

The special English-inspired touches add style to the Gibson home in subtle ways. A mixed paver stone path leads to a front door made of mahogany that Brent designed, which sits under a cast stone framing that features Celtic accents and the Gibson family crest. The door also features stained glass, which casts a rainbow glow both outside and inside the home.

A hand-carved molding along the front of the home features an acorn and oak leaf pattern that Brent created that carved into cypress wood.

Walking into the Gibson home is like walking into an old English mansion. The entrance way features gold leaf and custom stenciling along the walls that lead to a dining room that also boasts of rust paint with a gold glaze stencil. The ceiling is created from molded plaster in an English geometric pattern.

The flooring features blue tile and wood patterns with little bronze insets to add color.

Though Brent does cathedral ceilings in many of the homes he builds, he opted for a 12-foot ceiling in the living room to add to the ambiance of coziness.

For Peggy, her favorite room in the home is the kitchen, which includes granite countertops, a massive kitchen island with built-in electrical outlets and a fun miniature fireplace built into the wall. The windows in the kitchen also have custom stained glass designed by Carol Brock that displays birds, which Peggy adores.

Even the chandelier in the kitchen pops. It is mounted on a decorative tin plate that Brent concerted into a base for the light fixture.

“We have a big family, and Peggy likes to cook and put all the food out,” Brent says. 

Another traditional touch in the home is the piano room, located just outside the family room so Brent and his daughter can play for visitors. The room features a tray ceiling with layers of crown molding, and most of the woodwork in the home is pecan, which Brent loves for its warmth.

Upstairs, an art studio was designed to showcase artwork that Brent created when he was a famous Western watercolor artist in the 1980s. It also serves as a playroom for the grandchildren when they visit.

Another favorite area for the Gibsons and their grandchildren is the backyard, which includes a pool designed with a waterfall and fountain accents. Awash in flowers and landscaping that Brent designed and maintains himself, the backyard is a riot of color and greenery. A sunny yellow country cottage shed not only houses Brent’s tools, but also one half of the little building serves as a playhouse for his granddaughters.

“As in every home we design, the details make a big difference,” Brent says. “When you go into a home, there should be something of interest in every room. Being an English-style home, the details are very ornate, but it’s a comfortable home for the family. It’s a happy home.”