Building the Creek House

Creek House Construction

May 2012 – March 2013

Construction began on the Creek House in May of 2012 and lasted approximately 9 months. Hank Starr and Tim and Rich and the guys put in a lot of hard work to make the Creek House spectacular! and we had a lot of fun along the way. Watch the video – 9 months of construction in just over a minute! – and see for yourself.

Creek House in the News!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


“As I soaked in the warmth of the Morso wood burning stove and views out of the living room windows, I experienced the feeling of floating on air in the treetops (this feeling was also enjoyed from the deck easily accessed by floor to ceiling sliders.)…” – article by Megan Oldenburger, aka Upstate Jane, of Dichotomy Interiors.

Thanks for all the kind words Megan!
Check out more of the article here on

    Creek House Open House

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    We had a fantastic group join us for the Open House Reception on Saturday! Lots of fun!!
    “Great to see the house full of life and laughter” … As it should be!

    We’d like to thank everyone who came by to celebrate our Creek House with us!!


      Made by Hand. With Care.


      THANK YOU to Hank Starr and Tim and Rich and all the guys who worked so hard to build our Creek House. They were there every step of the way to make sure every single detail was just perfect.

      Thanks guys!!


      Photo at left by Paul Warchol

        Nest Thermostat: Smart AND Sexy

        Creek House has Nest thermostats to control its radiant heating.

        The Nest is not only SMART, but its also SEXY according to Stephen Levy of Wired Magazine: “How the iPod’s Creator is Making Home Heating Sexy”. The Nest Learning Thermostat “learns your schedule, programs itself and can help save you money.” Visit to take a video tour of the Nest.

        The Nest can be controlled through your iPhone, iPad or online from anywhere. Using the Nest Mobile app you can change the temperature of your home, check and adjust the weekly schedule, monitor your energy use, change your settings and more.

        Read why Katherine Boehret fromThe Wall Street Journal says the Nest is “More Than a Stylish Programmable Thermostat…” in her article “A Gadget for the Home Learns by Degrees” and see why everyone is talking about it!

          Comfortable Luxury + Smart Design: Radiant Floors in the Creek House

          November 15, 2012

          Radiant heating installation was finished for both the first and second floors of the Creek House this week! The major benefits of radiant heating, besides the obvious comfort, are the potentials for energy and cost savings, quiet operation and improved air quality. Radiant heating systems essentially turn the floor area of a home into a large radiator, delivering heat directly to the person standing in the room rather than merely heating the air.

          How it works:

          In the Creek House the gas-fired boiler is connected to a system of pipes which distribute hot water from a single source into 4 different zones throughout the house. These zones allow each room to maintain its own comfortable heating temperature or portions of the house to be turned down to save energy when not in use. …Read More


                  About the Architect


                  Studio MM, founded by Marica McKeel in 2010, is an architecture and design firm specializing in residences in and around New York City.  

                  Marica McKeel has experience across a broad range of building sectors having worked for Santiago Calatrava in New York from 2007 through 2010 on various projects including The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Chicago Spire and the Master Plan for University of South Florida Polytechnic. Previous experience focused on designing residential projects in Tampa where she was partially responsible for developing the Channelside 212 Loft project, one of the first designed to bring residential housing into downtown Tampa.
                  Marica holds a Master of Architecture from Parsons School of Design and her work has been published in various journals and publications including Tampa Bay Business Journal, Florida Architecture magazine and the premier issue of Florida Design Review.