The 3,600-square-foot custom metal home at 411 Pennell in Sherman was designed by owners Cheryl and Jim Stroup. The three bed, three bath home sits on 12 acres and was created as a sanctuary for the owners and their horses. The property is complete with pool, guesthouse, and 40x60 horse barn.
The building is constructed as a free-standing red-iron welded building with blanket insulation. The exterior is wainscoted with natural stone. Inside the home, there is a 12-inch airspace between the metal skin and the stud wall framing, which is also insulated.
Homes that are similarly constructed may be referred to as barndomeniums but are typically smaller in size. The home is unique due to its composition and layout which was made to be conducive to caring for horses as well as to reduce long term maintenance for the home.
“We got the idea from a ranch over in Valley View,” Jim Stroup said. “We went to a reigning competition over there and the house had a big plate glass window upstairs that overlooked the arena. We decided we wanted to do that.”
After establishing that they did not want to climb stairs every day, they decided to change their idea to a design what would better suit their needs. Instead, they built a one-story home together with a barn that could be accessed without going outside.
The home was built in stages with the metal frame being constructed first. While construction was underway, the owners lived in the 820-square-foot guesthouse. The guesthouse, which is across the pool from the main house, now houses Cheryl Stroup’s mother. It is complete with one bed, one bath, laundry, kitchen and living room. The same exterior and interior country chic features are consistent throughout both the main and guest houses.
After the steel erector completed construction, an interior contractor came and finished the inside of the home. The exterior walls of the home measure about one-foot thick with nine-inch purlins spaced evenly along the walls. The home took 11 months to fully complete construction of the inside and outside.
The home has been featured on Mueller Metal ads and commercials because it was one of the company’s first major projects of this kind. It has also received other film and TV attention as a forerunner in the metal home scene for North Texas.
“These things weren’t popular ten years ago when we built this house,” Jim Stroup said. “We were one of the first and on the edge of these metal homes back then.”
Cheryl Stroup explained that the decision came in part due to the economical nature and durability benefits of the metal structure.
“For example, the metal roof gives you a discount on your insurance,” Cheryl Stroup said. “It’s incredibly sturdy. You don’t have to worry about termites or ever having to replace your brick or siding. You don’t have to worry about painting. It’s very low maintenance.”
This unique equestrian retreat has been recently put up for sale. The owners are downsizing in order to allow them more time and energy for travel.
The Stroups initially began with seven horses on the property. They equipped the property with an arena and covered paddocks to accommodate those needs. As the Stroups got older, they stopped horse training and now have only three horses as companions. They no longer use the arena and as such grass has grown over the area but the structure is still in place.
The three pastures for the property are separated so that horses can be rotated from one to the next as needed. Two loafing sheds connect the three pastures to provide shade. Automatic waterers are located in the pastures allowing the owners to leave for periods of time without worry.
Over 5,000 feet of pipe fencing surrounds the property to provide boundaries. The land was being used as corn and wheat fields when it was purchased by the current owners. All of the improvements and developments to the property have been made by the Stroups.
A cowboy named Rowdy greets visitors as they enter the Texas-themed home. The mannequin has been part of the home since its construction. Jim Stroup laughingly declared that Rowdy has become part of the family.
“When we were building this house everything was her decision,” Jim Stroup said. “So, when she was on a business trip one time, I decided to get something that was mine to contribute to the house. I found Rowdy online and brought him home.”
The Texas theme continues with a horse mural on the wall of the foyer, hand painted by Cheryl Stroup. Off the foyer, an office occupies the front of the home with dark wood, built-in shelving that pulls out into a Murphy bed.
The high vaulted ceilings of the great room improve the already open feeling of the space. Living room, dining room and kitchen all occupy the space of the great room. Custom light fixtures and another hand-painted mural continue the equestrian theme of the home.
Rustic decor is mixed with contemporary updates in the kitchen and wet bar area. The breakfast bar of the kitchen is lined with saddle stools constructed by owner Jim Stroup made with plow discs and real saddles.
“Our kids absolutely love the stools,” Cheryl Stroup said. “Their favorite is the oldest saddle for some reason. Everyone likes to sit on that stool.”
A hallway off the dining area leads to the two guest bedrooms and bathroom. On the other side, leading from the kitchen, a large utility room connects to the master suite. This design allows the occupants of the master bedroom to access the master bathroom, utility room, and kitchen without having to exit into the great room.
The home is constructed to be contiguous with the garage and barn. This way the homeowners are able to access the barn without being required to go outside. The garage separates the barn and home and provides an additional living area with separate air conditioner in a loft space above the parking space. The loft area serves as a theater room complete with large screen and candy machine.
“This is where our grandkids spend a lot of time,” Cheryl Stroup said. “Sometimes all ten of them will sleep out here.”
The horse barn is 40 feet by 60 feet with five modular stalls on one side of the barn. A feed room, tack room and office or storage area line the opposite side of the barn. A wash bay and full bathroom with a shower are also located in the barn area.
On the other end of the home, a door leads out from the living room onto a seating area overlooking the pool. The custom pool is surrounded by landscaping consistent with the Texas theme of the home. Across the pool, is the guest house, which was constructed with the same materials as the home and has its own garage.
Cheryl Stroup explained that they have loved their time in the unique home but want to look toward the future and build a home that will meet their new needs as a family.
“There’s going to come a time when my mother needs to be in the house with us,” Cheryl Stroup said. “My mom is still very active, but at some point, she is going to need somebody to help her. We want to build our next house with two masters so that she will be there in the home with us.”