A Modern Renaissance
Photos by Brandon Snider
If every home tells a story, the Nichols Hills home of Randy Sudderth could convey an epic account of triumph over tragedy. For Sudderth, owner of Sudderth Design, this is a central theme to many of the homes he has transformed throughout his career as a professional remodeler.
Before Sudderth purchased the home, the California Ranch house sat vacant following a fire that destroyed much of the structure. Sudderth recalls having been familiar with the house from the outside, and when the opportunity to purchase the property became available he was intrigued by the prospect of starting almost from square one.
For Sudderth, a native Oklahoman who has been remodeling and reselling homes his entire adult life, design inspiration often occurs organically, as part of the remodeling or construction process. He demonstrates a keen eye for color, design and use of space at every turn. With the freedom to reconsider doorways, room perimeters and other areas of the home from which he could optimize space and function, he has made several excellent tradeoffs.
“I’m not exactly sure what kind of name to give the design of this house,” Sudderth admits. “I usually refer to it as midcentury modern.”
Emerging from Sudderth’s design is a genuine appreciation for texture. Deep pile area rugs, velvet and leather furnishings, marble tile detailing on bathroom walls and even gravel edging in the driveway suggest that Sudderth’s home provides a very tactile experience. “I do love texture,” Sudderth says. “A lot of the furniture and accessories in here are things I’ve had for years. They all just seemed to come together in this house.”
As with each property he buys and remodels, Sudderth has been involved in each phase of the renovation process. Remarkably, he doesn’t draw blueprints or floor plans. Instead, he relies on his gut to tell his direction, designing exclusively for himself – and not for a particular client. “The cool thing about doing your own house is you can do whatever you want. You can try different things,” he says. “You can’t do that when you’re working exclusively with one client,” he adds, noting that, when he has transformed a space, he expects to sell it and move to the next project.
“In every case, I invest my own money to take a house to the next level, so I want to get it right,” he notes.