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  • Improving Your Home: Universal shower trim a great remodeling solution

    by Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    You’ve been looking at that outdated, 1980s trim in the bathtub or the shower. It’s water-spotted, it's got a yellowed plastic handle, and it’s really standing out against all the other remodeling and freshening up you’re doing — or at least planning — for your bathroom. But replacing the old trim means you’ll need to tear into the wall and replace the entire valve assembly as well, right? Not necessarily. There’s a nifty little kit on the market made by plumbing fixture manufacturer Pfister, called the Pfister Universal Tub Shower Trim Kit. It’s actually a very well thought out kit, and it might be just what you need to update your tub-shower trim without expensive replacement of the entire valve

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for July 12

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    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 Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA CITY, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Room 194, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Thursday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Plant and seed giveaways, drawings and exchanges. Refreshments are also provided. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, 7 to 9 p.m. July 24, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland.

  • Richard Mize: Do-it-yourself disposal swap left me drained

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about his do-it-yourself disposal swap.

  • Ray Ridlen: It's almost time to plant fall vegetables

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    When selecting vegetables for fall plantings, choose varieties that have a short maturation period.

  • Smart Moves: How to plan as widow

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Anyone who loses a spouse is well advised to wait for a time before making a major move.

  • Bounty of edible blessings: Oklahoma City-area churches reach out through community gardens

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Several Oklahoma City area churches, including Del City Church of Christ, Wesley United Methodist and Portland Avenue Baptist Church, reach out to the surrounding neighborhoods through community gardens.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Decorating from a Distance

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    So sight — and site — unseen, with no more than a handful of photos on a cellphone, I help them cobble together a look.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 12

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Oklahoma City CGA Construction LLC, 16829 Little Leaf Lane, residence, erect, $452,000. Grapevine Homes LLC, 328 NW 154, residence, erect, $450,000. Dodson Custom Homes 1 LLC, 10517 Concord Drive, residence, erect, $370,100. The Roberts Group, 16405 Scotland Way, residence, erect, $365,000. Dodson Custom Homes 1 LLC, 6109 NE 103 Court, residence, erect, $308,100. Cobanks Construction Inc., 8512 NW 126, residence, erect, $305,000. Shellback General Contracting, 301 N Harvey Ave., office, remodel, $300,000. Tim Hughes Custom Homes LLC, 15708 Cambria Court, residence, erect, $275,000. Taber Built Homes LLC, 9901 NW 141, residence, erect, $258,000. Ron James Designer Homes LLC, 8728

  • The Nation's Housing Column: A tracker for housing-price trends

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The new house-specific indexes for consumers will offer graphic displays of how prices on individual homes have moved — up, down, sideways — over a period of recent years in relation to an index.

  • The Listing of the Week: 4 Summit Road, Guthrie

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The 3,506-square-foot home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached two-car garage.

  • Beautiful Built-In Benches for Your Deck

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Whether your home already features an exterior deck or you are planning to build one, a built-in bench or two will add immensely to its beauty and usefulness. A built-in bench is a décor focal point that encourages family and guests to gather round. It gives off the message: “Sit down, relax and enjoy the summertime.” Here's the lowdown on built-in benches for your outdoor space. Beauty Built-in benches create a classy custom appearance for your deck that will complement its original design. To enhance their good looks, use your Denver carpentry skills and incorporate handsome planters for flowers (or perhaps fresh herbs) into the design of the benches, whether as part of the seat back, the edges or an overhanging arbor.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Community briefs

  • What’s Your Ironing Personality? A Quiz

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Ironing is a subject that brings up an enormous split in attitudes. Some folks achieve a Zen-like state of tranquility at the ironing board steaming their wrinkles away. Others would rather crouch on hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor with a toothbrush. How do you relate to this household chore? Take our tongue-in-cheek Ironing Personality Quiz and find out. 1. Which statement sums up your ironing philosophy? A)     I press neckties, underwear and microfiber cleaning cloths. B)      I give a quick touch-up to cotton or linen outfits once in a while. C)      What’s an iron? 2. Do you iron your bed sheets? A)  &nb

  • 9 DIY Accent Wall Updates

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Back in that misty time between the era of avocado refrigerators and Corian countertops, the accent wall was born. When showing up at work wearing mismatched earrings was trendy rather than a sign that you'd overslept and gotten dressed in a tearing hurry, it was considered the height of style to paint one wall of a room an intense, dramatic color like rust or deepest mauve. In fact many of those who did it may have been motivated more by fear than fashion - fear of painting the whole room or, in the case of renters, fear of what their landlord would say to a total immersion hunter green paint job. Well, what goes around comes around ... and in the second decade of the 21st century, accent walls are back. But they have a modern twi

  • Should You Swap Your Tub for a Shower?

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Showers are big bathroom news right now. Up-to-the-minute features such as stone wall tiles, pebble floors, rain showerheads, body sprayers or no-threshold showers are making this often-neglected little room into an exciting décor statement. Decorators recommend imbuing the bathroom with a relaxing spa-like feeling. As part of the process, switching out the traditional tub for a shower-only bathroom is becoming more and more popular. Is this trend right for you and your home? Your Motivation If you’re itching to throw the tub out with the bathwater, first consider why you want to make the move. You may be motivated plain and simple by the current dilapidated state of your bathtub.

  • OKC Beautiful: Consider verbena to fill bare areas

    By Carla Sharpe | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Both perennial and annual verbena do great in Oklahoma City. They provide an array of beautiful colors during spring and summer. With just a little extra care now, they will provide that same great color until it gets cold again. Here are the late Loretta Aaron’s thoughts on the verbena and her tips for how to keep them looking great through our summer heat until next fall: To fill bare areas, consider the verbena. This is a colorful, low-growing plant for borders or beds, and it can be found in a wide range of colors. I set out just one plant in the early spring to see how it would perform. It has covered an area 30 inches square and is blooming heavily.

  • Rodd Moesel: Early presidents were gifted farmers, gardeners

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Happy birthday, America! Hopefully, you and your family got the weekend of celebrations off to a great start yesterday. Our great country is 238 years old and gardening, horticulture and agriculture have been a key part of our country’s history and success from the beginning. Many of our early presidents were gifted farmers and excellent botanists and gardeners. To this very day, two of the most visited gardens in America are those of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Va., and Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, also in Virginia.

  • Richard Mize: Fiery Fourth makes for smoky Fifth

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The ’hood smells like hell? Ah, I love the smell of sulfur, nitrates and carbon in the morning. SNIFFF! Breeeaathe in that fine ash still hanging in the air from all that black powder! Pack away those memories. Oh, what? You are one of those “people” who don’t like fireworks? So you sure don’t like the Fifth of July then, with its lingering smoke and smells and spent shells and duds and a scorched patch of grass here and there. When I was little, smoke just hugged the pastures around our place the morning of the Fifth. Coolish morning air at ground level helped it settle, I guess, just off the Cookson Hills to the north and down to the Arkansas River bottoms a couple of miles south.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Get ready for gold rush

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Move over tight-fisted silver and poor-cousin nickel. We’re having a gold rush. It’s back with a fervor, and looking lavish.

  • Improving Your Home: Replacement best way to handle cracked concrete slab

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Q: Our house is only 4 years old. Within months of closing our builder went under, so we have no warranty. Also within months, our covered back porch started to crack. The crack now extends all the way across — about 25 feet — and several additional cracks are starting to appear. Although my husband and I are knowledgeable about remodeling and repair, we are wondering whom to contact about this problem. We do not believe the issue to be structural and can remember that there were haunches extending from the foundation and columns.