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In the email box: Something serious and something sweet in Oklahoma City

Certified Aging in Place; more on “dog” houses; Central Oklahoma Habitat gets $5,000 donation.
by Richard Mize Published: December 28, 2013

It's a Christmas miracle! Two letters (email), each reflecting the nature of my commentary here: part serious, part sort of silly:

The serious

Dear Richard,

The most useful and exciting certification that I have obtained since my construction degree is the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation from the National Association of Home Builders. The American Institute of Architects, AARP, kitchen-bath remodelers, occupational therapists — all these groups built the course. It is about exactly what you said: “Yes, kitchen counters should be height-adjustable.” (“Ideas for columns stream in,” Nov. 23).

The CAPS course is about making homes work pleasurably and safely for everyone. For example, wider hallways and doors, better lighting, attractive, secure grab bars and rails, removal of dangerous clutter, level entries, great insulation for low utility bills, and becoming aware of and including community resources in a plan for remaining in one's own home. It is about how to accomplish these things and how to market them.

I was so excited by the course that I went on to become certified as an instructor. ... Thanks.

Jack L. Werner

A to Z Inspections

3625 N. McKinley Ave.

For more information, call Jack at 412-7861 or send an email to

The sort of silly

Dear Sir:

I look forward to your column. I especially enjoyed today's reference to dog houses. (That's houses for sale that are “dogs,” not dog houses: “Oklahoma homes sell for the holidays,” Dec. 7).

When we came to look at homes in Edmond, I was stunned a few times, too. My favorite was the house with the den of deer heads, not one or two, but a dozen. It is hard to focus on a floor plan with that many glass eyes on you.

It also had the required sand bucket full of discarded cigarettes and an overflowing trash can. Add John Belushi and Tim Matheson, a toga party, and a live calf, and it would have been “Animal House.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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