Oklahoma Home and Garden News and Features

  • The Nation's Housing: Consumer agency rate checker gets an incomplete grade

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s online rate checker feature gives an incomplete estimate of mortgage APRs.

  • Ray Ridlen: Cool-season weeds produce wrong kind of green

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    You are not alone if the recent waft of warm weather has you thinking about spring. Dreams of planting in the garden and that first taste of fresh asparagus are getting closer. But the landscape is still pretty drab and has several more weeks to go until the first flush of vibrant green....

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 24

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 24, 2015

  • The House Detective: Problems with wet insulation

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: I recently did a home inspection on a brand-new house and found problems involving wet cellulose insulation in the walls. The insulation was installed about three months ago and the wall panels under the siding are now warped. In fact, the panels are still wet and so is the...

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Hospital takes healthy cues from home design

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    The architects’ objective was “to create a home for 245 patients,” according to the press materials handed to those of us previewing a new hospital tower, a $300 million structure at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

  • The Listing of the Week: 809 Ryan Road, Moore

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    The 2,787-square-foot home at 809 Ryan Road has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, one living room, two dining rooms and an oversized three-car garage plus a tandem space that can park five.

  • Build a Garage to Add Value to Your Home

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Are you thinking of adding a garage to your home? There are a great number of advantages to this idea. You'll be protecting your vehicle -- not only from weather damage due to snow, hail, or strong sunlight, but also from theft. In addition, you stand to gain extra storage, much-needed room...

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Community briefs

  • How to Clean and Maintain Your Roof

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Protect one of the largest parts of your home -- the roof -- with regular cleaning and inspection. This should be done at least twice a year, in fall to get your roof in shape for the cold weather and again in spring to see how it has held up to winter's hardships. More frequent checkups...

  • Tile Beautifies a Kitchen or Bathroom Wall

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Kitchens and bathrooms are a major focal point in 21st century home design. And no wonder! The modern trend is to transform these once-humble rooms into highly personal spaces that nurture body and soul. With this end in mind, we're seeing more and more exciting ideas for tiles to adorn the...

  • ID a Faulty Garage Door Spring

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    How often do you use your garage door? Even if you open and close it only when you're leaving for work or coming home, that's a total of approximately 500 times per year. All that wear and tear puts a lot of strain on your garage door springs, which act to counterbalance the door and hold it in...

  • Heat Pumps Provide Cheaper Heating *and* Cooling

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving heat, rather than generating hot or cold air. This heat may be sourced from the air (the most common type,...

  • Oklahoma features briefs for Jan. 18

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Oklahoma features briefs for Jan. 18

  • At Home With Marni Jameson: The difference between good old and bad old

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Sacramento, Calif., based interior designer Kerrie Kelly lists 10 once-popular decorating moves that did not get better with time.

  • Oklahoma City home and garden notes for Jan. 17

    Published: Sat, Jan 17, 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@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS VIOLA GARDEN...