• Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for July 25

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 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 •OKLAHOMA HORTICULTURE SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Tuesday, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. •WATER GARDEN SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. WORKSHOPS • STRATEGIES FOR SHADE GARDENING IN OKLAHOMA, 10 a.m. Saturday, Cleveland County Cooperative Extension Service, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E Robinson, Norman. Call

  • The House Detective: Repairing leaky pipes with epoxy

    The House Detective by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Its use is still subject to debate among plumbing professionals, but many plumbing systems where epoxy coating has been used have withstood the test of time.

  • What controls the speed of home sales?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    According to realty brokerage Redfin, the median time on market dipped to just 26 days during June — the shortest time on record for its database — with houses in some markets moving from listing to contract in 11 days or less.

  • Tips on choosing between one- and two-story house

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Mark Nash, a longtime real estate broker and author of "1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home," said homebuyers who have mixed feelings about housing styles should make sure they visit at least two horizontal properties and two vertical ones.

  • Low Maintenance Landscaping

    Connie Scothorn | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    This will provide tips for reducing the 'work' in yard work and improving landscapes.

  • Columnist wonders how his life would be different if he hadn’t run from the law

    Steve Eaton, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    I'm a rule-keeper. I didn't get kicked out of high school once. But there was one night when I was on the run from the law. I didn't get caught. I fear it may have changed my life forever.

  • The ‘Profit Doctor’ is making a house call

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

    Charles C. Shinn, Jr., known as the “Profit Doctor,” will kick off the 2015 Oklahoma Building Summit & Expo at 8 a.m. Aug. 26. Shinn also will lead two workshops on business management during the day's breakout sessions.

  • 1980s radio comes in on St. Jude

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The St. Jude Dream Home fundraiser reminds me of my good friend Mark Adams, who played a part in one of the earliest St. Jude radiothons.

  • Oklahoma City builder presents second St. Jude Dream Home

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    It's the second time in three years that TimberCraft, 510 E Memorial, has called on its network of suppliers and craftspeople to collaborate on a custom home built to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

  • Aging and disability home modification specialists to offer free consultation

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

    Kendra Orcutt and Jeri McKenzie will discuss home modifications and possible funding sources at a reception July 30.

  • 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.

  • Landscape contest to award $150 for first place

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

    The competition is open to anyone who receives a residential city of Oklahoma City water bill, including residents of The Village and Warr Acres. You can also nominate family, friends and neighbors with beautiful, water-wise landscapes.

  • 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 Road, equipment, install, $3,000,000. City of Oklahoma City, 3827 W Hefner Road, public building, erect, $2,000,000. Smith & Pickel Construction Inc., 2100 NE 52, canopy-carport, erect, $1,600,000. Continental 292 Fund LLC, 9900 S May Ave., apartment, erect, $1,423,441. Shiloh Enterprises Inc., 12200 Ashford Drive, medical clinic-office, erect, $1,200,000. Continental 292 Fund LLC, 9900

  • 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.

  • 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 instant feeling of spaciousness. Double doors on the left open into a bright room expanded by a window bay that fills most of the front wall. This room could be a home office, study or parlor, whatever suits the needs of the family. An art niche nestles into the passageway leading into the kitchen and great room. Across from the kitchen, another window bay brightens the eating nook. Kitchen and great room are all of a piece.

  • 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.

  • 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 other, and garages are well-separated. This gives each unit a large measure of privacy. Unit A has two stories. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are upstairs, and it has direct access to a two-car garage. Unit B is a single-level, two-bedroom plan with an attached, direct entry one-car garage, right next to a two-car garage. It would be up to the owners which unit used this double garage. This plan would be ideal for an

  • 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.

  • 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, residence, erect, $1,686,000. CP Integrated, 3901 S Roff Ave., office-warehouse, erect, $1,200,000. Bear Creek Homes LLC, 15201  Salem Creek Place, residence, erect, $500,000. The Roberts Group LLC, 16332  Morningside Drive, residence, erect, $500,000. TAP Architecture, 222 NW 15, church, install, $500,000. Clyde Riggs Construction, 5109 NW 3, office-warehouse, erect, $500,000.