Oklahoma Home and Garden News and Features

  • All the Home’s a Stage Part 10: Blending households — mergers and acquisitions

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    While you’re trying to blend decorating styles, you’re really trying to blend two lives.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 18

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Oklahoma City Manhattan Construction Co., 605 N Tulsa Ave., office-warehouse, erect, $9,359,420. Manhattan Construction Co., 605 N Tulsa Ave., office-warehouse, erect, $9,359,420. City of Oklahoma City, 3827 W Hefner Road, storage, erect, $6,000,000. City of Oklahoma City, 3827 W Hefner...

  • There's still time to plant flowers, vegetables

    By Rodd Moesel | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    This year we have had to do remarkably little watering compared to normal as Mother Nature has been handling most of the watering responsibilities.

  • House Plan: The Lynden provides spacious feeling

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Multiple peaks and a lofty arched porch make viewing the Lynden an uplifting experience. A wrap-around planter, plus half-round windows in the door and front bay, add touches of grace. This single-level plan could be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. The 12-foot-high entry gives you an...

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 12

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Oklahoma City Clyde Riggs Construction, 7501 W Memorial Road, office, add-on, $10,000,000. Hixon Construction Co., 1320 Classen Drive, apartment, erect, $5,500,000. Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC, 6120 SW 29, shell building, erect, $2,745,000. Dub Stone Construction Co., 14421 Brent Drive,...

  • The Listing of the Week: 2624 Cattle Drive, Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The 3,405-square-foot home at 2624 Cattle Drive has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, three living rooms, two dining areas, a storm shelter and an attached three-car garage.

  • Avondale addition goes all geothermal in Moore

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Thanks to geothermal heating and cooling included as a standard feature in all 44 of Avondale’s home sites in Moore, Oklahoma builder-developers Greg McAlister and Josh Kitchen said that residents could expect dramatically lower monthly costs for those services.

  • Smart Moves: Tips for young buyers in expensive areas

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Besides the continuing availability of low mortgage rates, more young purchasers are now eligible for down-payment assistance programs. One source of information about these — along with homeowner education seminars — is the NeighborWorks website: neighborworks.org.

  • House Plan: Duplex has different floor plans

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The Corydon is not your standard mirror-image duplex. In fact, it takes a bit of study to see what's going on with the floor plan. Here's how it shakes down. The plan is designed for construction on a corner lot, or a wide lot with both front and side access. Front porches are not next to each...

  • Straw bale gardening has benefits

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Some benefits include extending the growing season by planting a little earlier in the spring and later into the fall as the bale provides insulation to plant roots, plus, as it decomposes, it provides heat to keep plants warm.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for July 11

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    CALENDAR  For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@oklahoman.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS...

  • All the Home’s a Stage Part 9: First comes house love, then comes marriage

    By Marni Jameson   | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    While the ink was still wet on the loan docs, DC asked me to meet him back at our happy yellow house. There, he opened a kitchen drawer, pulled out a little box and asked me if I would marry him.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Mortgage customers vent; lenders fume

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Starting in late June, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began posting what it calls "narratives" that name the bank or company involved in a complaint and go into sometimes excruciating detail. Allegations get pretty serious — charges of lending fraud, violations of federal regulations...

  • The Housing Inspector: Additions without building permits

    By Barry Stone | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Whether your home inspector is liable for professional negligence depends on whether pertinent defects involving the additions were visible and accessible at the time of the inspection.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs