• Oklahoma builders return from Las Vegas builders show with ideas

    By Tim Fall For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    For Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, and builders like Mike Gilles, founder of Savannah Builders, the annual International Builders’ Show is first and foremost an educational opportunity. The show in Las Vegas is presented by the National Association of Home Builders.

  • Rodd Moesel: Good choices for medium-size trees

    Rodd Moesel, column | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Selecting the right tree for your yard depends on your soil type, distance to your home or other structures, and purpose of the tree, whether for summer shade, fall color or sheer beauty and color like flowering or ornamental trees.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Jan. 29

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    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 •WATER GARDEN SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Northwest Church of Christ, 4301 NW 23. Visit www.wsgo.org for information. •CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BONSAI SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Visitors welcome. •MUSTANG GARDEN CLUB, 10 a.m. Feb. 10, Mustang Community Center, 1201 N Mustang Road.

  • Marni Jameson: Finding the zen in getting digitally organized

    Marni Jameson, column | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    I have a confession. Remember when I wrote about downsizing my parents' home, then wrote a book about it, as if I had this all on lockdown? Well, I did clear the house out, figured out what to keep, toss and sell, and sold the old homestead, all inside a month. But what I didn't tell you was that I hit a hard stop at the photos. I cleared the boxes of snapshots and carousels of slides (my dad's preferred photographic medium) from my parents' home all right. But then I parked them at my brother's home in Los Angeles, where they've remained for three years in his garage stacked in a pile up to my elbows. When I sorted through my family home, I simply did not have time to go through each image, nor did my brother.

  • The Nation's Housing: Are some realty agents hyping their numbers?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Researchers compared closing documents, which are supposed to indicate the final price in sales transactions, with the prices that agents actually reported to their local MLS and found that in nearly one of every 11 cases (8.75 percent) there were discrepancies.

  • Kaitlin Smith of Oklahoma City named Rookie Sales Person of the Year

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    LAS VEGAS — Kaitlin Smith, community manager for Two Structures Homes in Oklahoma City, was named Rookie Sales Person of the Year in the Nationals new homes sales and marketing Gold Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders' National Sales and Marketing Council. The award was presented recently during the National Builders Show. "Kaitlin's success is her drive to succeed and her willingness to study and 'perform' her sales training," the council said. "She has a talent to study what she needs to do and perform what she has studied. She improves on her process and it shows in her videoshops. She has sold two homes on a customer's first visit. She really believes she is going to sell a home when she meets

  • Contractor explains why it’s worth it to hire an architect

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Jeremy Jackson from Jackson & Leroy construction company tells how involving an architect on a remodeling job impacts the project large or small.

  • Nature & You: Wasp nests are boon, not bane

    By Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Wasp stings are very painful, but in the wintertime, their empty paper nests can be the source of a fun craft project.

  • Oklahoma City Orchestra League cancels Symphony Show House event

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Orchestra League has canceled the annual Symphony Show House fundraiser, which was scheduled for April 30 to May 15 at a former monastery.

  • ‘Antiques Roadshow’ to come as close as Fort Worth

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    “Antiques Roadshow,” PBS' most-watched ongoing series, is headed to Fort Worth, Texas, as well as Orlando, Fla., Virginia Beach, Va., Indianapolis, Palm Springs, Calif., and Salt Lake City for its summer tour. Episodes recorded in those cities will be included in the show's 21st broadcast season, to air in 2017. The show will be in Fort Worth on July 23. “This year we are excited for first-time visits to Fort Worth and Virginia Beach, and a return to Indianapolis for the first time in 15 years,” executive producer Marsha Bemko said. Admission to “Antiques Roadshow” is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can apply now for a chance to receive one pair of free tickets per

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 22

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Oklahoma City Dematic Corp., 605 N Tulsa Ave., warehouse, remodel, $7,500,000. Robbie Hudson Oncue Marketing, 3700 SW 119, retail sales, erect, $4,448,200. Willco Homes LLC, 17700  Blue Heron Court, residence, erect, $1,250,000. Jahco Oklahoma Properties, 3725 S Western Ave., retail sales, erect, $850,000. Cortland Morgan Architect, 1615  Penn Park Blvd., retail sales, remodel, $647,910. Apollo Building Systems Inc., 13800 S MacArthur Blvd., warehouse, erect, $600,000. J.R. Bowers Jr. Construction Co. Inc., 10824  Orleans Court, residence, erect, $599,250. Jim Cooley Construction LLC, 6424 S MacArthur Blvd., office, remodel, $572,400. The Roberts Group LLC, 16412  Morningside

  • House plan: Carrington has pleasing front facade

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Textural variety melds with Craftsman styling to give the Carrington a pleasing yet unpretentious front facade. Shingles and foundation materials are slightly rough, while windows, doors, columns and railings are smooth and sleek. Fairly similar gables on the house and garage add to the visual appeal, and the full front porch has a welcoming appearance. Entering, you step into a wide foyer brightened by sidelights and a row of small windows high on the door. The right-hand hallway leads to the den and dining room. Decorative columns on the left mark the wide passageway into a living room with a fireplace flanked by Craftsman windows. Another walkway, at the rear of the room, leads to the owners' suite, stairs, and

  • Richard Mize: A magnetron muffin with your coffee?

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    My ears are playing tricks on me, apparently in collusion with my house. They've been stopped up for a week, the left one more than the right one, so sound everywhere is out of whack. (Yes, I've seen my doc and am taking meds.) First, you all sound like chipmunks. No joke. Everybody's voice has higher pitch than it should have — mine, other people in person and other people on TV, Internet and radio. It's hard to take Corey Flintoff on NPR seriously when he sounds like Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Noah Adams doesn't stand a chance. My wife sounds like a cartoon. In my head, I sound like a 51-year-old Urkel with a Sequoyah County twang. The neighbor's dog, which is not a chihuahua, sounds like a chihuahua.

  • Oklahoma Realtors are ready for new legislative session

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Earthquakes, the definition of “property management” and electronic notaries are on state Realtors’ agenda.

  • Buckelews to present real estate programs for seniors at Northwest Library

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    There is no cost for seniors and caregivers. Register at www.seniorlivingtruthseries.com or by calling 708-7010, ext. 803.

  • Listing of the Week: 3808 Deerbrook Court, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The Listing of the Week is a large, two-story brick home on a cul-de-sac lot on Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond.

  • 10 habits of daily living for an orderly home

    At Home with Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Several months ago, right after DC and I bought a house and got engaged on the same day, and after I pinched myself into reality, the cold fact hit me that my four years of living a clean, well-ordered, show-home-ready, go-ahead-and-open-any-cabinet-because-it's-perfect-and-everything-is where-I-want-it lifestyle was about to change. I panicked. Living with someone else would mean, well, living with someone else, which means establishing a whole new order, or disorder. This new thought had me tying the ends of my hair in knots and worrying a hole inside my cheek. Sure, as we began to meld our respective households, DC and I tussled over whose dining room table to keep, whose artwork would get prime placement, and which

  • Ray Ridlen: Tips on vegetable transplants

    Ray Ridlen, gardening column  | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    If a gardener has plenty of time and space, vegetables may be started indoors from seed and then transplanted to the garden. Growing transplants from seed gives the gardener a greater access to more cultivars and produces a large number of transplants inexpensively. To ensure the successful production of transplants, the gardener needs to meet the following requirements: insect-, weed- and disease-free growing medium; adequate heat and moisture; enough light to grow a stocky plant; and the time to harden off the transplants before planting them outdoors. Buy seed only from dealers with a reputation for handling good seed, and always look for well-adapted varieties that have insect and disease resistance.

  • The Nation's Housing: Keeping your home deal on track in the new year

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The big three causes for delays are buyer financing setbacks, home inspection issues and appraisals that diverge from the agreed upon contract price.

  • Paul Bianchina: How to deal with ‘old house smell’

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Q:  Our house was built in 1976. We like our house, it needs some updates, which we would like to do, but the problem is that it has what we call “an old house smell” and we can't determine the cause. We notice it especially after the house is shut up for two or three days, and when we return and open the door, there it is. We've heard it's insulation, Sheetrock or some other material used but I don't know about that.