• Install a New Kitchen with Timeless Style

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A new kitchen installation will cost you about $55K for a high-end job these days and take a minimum of 15 to 20 weeks ... during which time, you'll be without any but the most basic cooking facilities. Unless you're addicted to both excitement and takeout food, you'd like your investment of money and time to stand you in good stead for years to come. To make the most of your kitchen remodel dollar, choose a classic look that will never go out of fashion. Color -- White A white kitchen, like a diamond, is forever. White goes with everything, makes any space look larger and lighter, and offers the essential of curb appeal -- classic, neutral style. It also has a pristinely clean appearance -- exactly what you want for your foo

  • New fall festival is scheduled Saturday in Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    An old-fashioned festival is replacing Trick or Treat on the Street in Edmond. The new, free event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond.

  • 4 Ways Smart Homes Are Getting Smarter Than Ever

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    It used to be that we adults just had to worry about keeping up with our children in the smarts department. (Remember the first time you had to ask your offspring to show you how to use email or Facebook?) Now, as the technological revolution progresses ever farther and ever faster, we are faced with a new challenge … these days, not only our kids but even our houses are getting smarter than we are. You've heard of a smart house system? (If you haven't, just ask your kids what it is.) Well, today's home is no longer merely smart, it's a positive genius. Let's take a look at four of the ways smart homes are upping their IQs. 1. Control Smart home technology is all about control, so anyone who is a control freak will be

  • 'History Never Dies' is family festival theme at Guthrie museum

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    “History Never Dies” is planned for Saturday night at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie.

  • 15 Important Items for a DIY Emergency Preparedness Kit

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire! We all hope that none of these disasters will ever affect us … but just in case the unthinkable happens, it's wise to be prepared. Having an emergency supply kit packed and at the ready can make a difficult situation more bearable. It might even save your life. There are some very good kits on the market, usually sold complete with their own handy backpack. If you prefer, you can make your own to save money and customize the contents to suit your family's needs. Here's a list of suggested contents. 1. Water. Water is even more essential than food for human survival. Estimate one-half gallon (64 ounces) per person per day of drinking water, plus an equal amount for hygienic purpose

  • What reality TV doesn’t tell you about home remodeling

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The reality TV version of remodeling — in a show that is usually less than an hour — is missing a few truths regarding remodeling.

  • Green Clean Upholstery with These Natural Techniques

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Environmental awareness starts at home. Keep your house or apartment a hazardous-chemical-free zone; replace commercial upholstery cleaning products with eco-friendly versions based on easily obtainable, pure, non-toxic ingredients. This will improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergic symptoms in your family members. If you'd like to save pennies as well as the planet, mix up your own frugal, effective natural household cleansers to green clean upholstered furniture. Dust Removal Clean your upholstery regularly even if it doesn't look dirty. Thorough cleaning will minimize the amount of two major allergens in your home -- dust mites and animal dander, if you own a cat, dog, bird, or other pet.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: History as told by the chair

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Author Christophe Pourny said, “Over the centuries, furniture has evolved from the simple archetypal forms addressing only the most bare-bones needs to increasingly decorative pieces that reflected shifting political powers and tastes of sovereigns, to the domestication and eventual democratization of society,”

  • Oklahoma City Home and Garden notes for Oct. 18

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the e-mail address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send e-mail to mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS OKLAHOMA ORCHID SOCIETY, 1 p.m. Sunday, Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard Ave., Moore. Program is “Winterizing Your Orchids presented by Dr. Mike Friday. THE APOGON IRIS GARDEN CLUB, noon Wednesday, 1200 Chisholm Rd. Program is “Growing Healthful Produce and Herbs” by Fran Bladescentral. Hosts are Kennedy/Ferguson. OKLAHOMA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, 7 p.m. Friday, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N

  • Ray Ridlen: The Fab Four of Home Invaders

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, a certain cadre of insects slowly and methodically makes its way to our houses. These insects spend the winter as adults, and it is critical to their well-being that their little bodies don’t freeze. This is called overwintering. They gravitate to the south and west sides of many homes because these are the warmest sides of the building. They crawl upward until they can find a tiny crack or crevice to squeeze into. Some end up in your living area. Other unlucky ones attempt to spend the winter under a piece of siding or corner molding. They go to sleep, never to wake again. Others are more successful and end up in the wall cavity between the outside and the inside wall.

  • The House Detective: Home inspector didn't disclose leaky roof

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: Before I bought my house, several friends said, “Don’t buy a place with a flat roof. You’ll have leaks.” But I didn’t listen. I figured that a home inspector would let me know if the roof was OK. Well I hired a home inspector, he said the roof was OK, but one month after moving in, it rained and the leaking began. The inspection report says that the inspector cannot report future problems such as roof leaks. My friends say I should sue him, but that’s not what I want to do. What is your advice? — Salvador DEAR SALVADOR: The purpose of a home inspection is to report defects that are visible and accessible at the time of the inspection.

  • Oklahoma City housing market steals the show on HGTV's 'House Hunters'

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The show gives numbers and market context, and more positive exposure for the city, in a fun way.

  • Improving Your Home: Air compressors are a great DIY tool

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    If you're shopping for your first compressor, here a few things you might want to take into consideration, along with a few tool tips.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: FHA to quit financing short-term house flips

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Whether fix-up investors like it or not, FHA seems dead set on reverting to its prebust flipping restrictions. Financing will still be available, but selling prices of the end product — rehabbed houses for moderate-income buyers — are almost certain to be more expensive.

  • Metro achievers

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Metro achievers

  • Five kitchens to be featured Sunday on Nichols Hills tour

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The 23rd annual tour, presented by the Oklahoma County Medical Society Alliance, will showcase five kitchens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will include a Starbucks coffee bar, raffles and cooking demonstrations.

  • Oklahoma City featured in recent 'House Hunters' episode

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City mortgage loan officer Dominic Dangora’s options — an Edmond fixer-upper, a Quail Creek family home and a downtown Oklahoma City loft — were given full coverage by the show’s crew, as was Edmond’s Cafe Evoke, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar in Bricktown and other local hot spots.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Community briefs

  • 10 Questions and Answers about Terracotta

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Terracotta is gorgeous, earthy, and green. A richly colored ceramic, it is used for many diverse purposes in house and home, including plumbing pipes; bricks and pavers; floor, roofing, and counter tiles; dishes; sculptures; planters; and vases. Learn more about this amazing building and decorative material through our answers to 10 frequently asked questions. 1. What does the word "terracotta" mean? Terracotta is Italian for "cooked earth." 2. What's the difference between terracotta and ceramic? The term ceramic refers to a general grouping of inorganic, non-metallic solids that have been shaped (usually by hand rather than on a potter's wheel), heated by firing in a kiln, and then cooled.

  • Save Money with These Subs for Expensive Ingredients

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Reducing your weekly grocery bill is not simply a matter of spending less. You also need to cook smart to get the most for your money while producing meals the whole family will enjoy. When ingredient prices are higher than the New York City roof of One World Trade Center (tallest building in the US), sub in cheaper alternatives and save dough without sacrificing deliciousness. General Principles of Substitution Substitute ingredients with similar properties and flavor profiles. (For example, dry cottage cheese makes an acceptable replacement for ricotta; both are semi-solid and mildly cheesy tasting.) This is especially important when certain chemical reactions are necessary to make your cake or cookies rise.