In 2005, while a partner of Studio Four Design, Mike was asked to design a Farmhouse for his friends Scott and Meredith Layton on land they had just purchase in East Tennessee. Having grown up on a farm in Indiana, the couple described their childhood experiences, and expressed that they wanted the 3700 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home, to be a place to raise their two, at the time, young boys and to have them be able to truly "be boys" and ride four-wheelers and plant a large garden. This was an experience that they just didn’t feel they could achieve at their current “city” home. Indoor and outdoor space was also very important, and the house was designed based off the East Tennessee farm house proportions and scale. The goal was to make the large program of spaces not feel like a box or too large of a house. The design separated the boys rooms upstairs with a separate play area and the master on the main but separate from the living space, giving Scott and Meredith some quiet space. The single wide design also allows for cross ventilation and for every room to have sweeping views of both the front yard and back yard.