• Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Community briefs

  • 8 Tile Floor Repair Tips

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Tile floors have a lot going for them. They're handsome, durable, and easy care. To add even more to their appeal, individual floor tiles are also relatively simple to repair or replace if they become damaged. This means that you'll avoid the bother -- and the expense -- of installing a new floor. Here are 8 common tiled floor problems and their solutions: Small chips in tile. Find a shade of nail polish to match the tile (with today's range of offbeat polish colors, that shouldn't be too difficult -- and you can mix shades to get the hue you're looking for). Dab it delicately onto the chipped spot. The color of the tile floor repair may darken over time; if so, remove with acetone and redo this quick fix. Larger chips or holes

  • Build Wood Decks/Porches/Ramps Good-Looking and Safe

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Nothing beats the look of real wood. Natural woods add eye appeal to any part of your home, but are especially important in highly visible outdoor decks, porches, and ramps. Of course, these structures will also need to conform to building standards so you and your family can enjoy them in comfort and safety. Here are some questions to consider when you are planning to build a ramp, porch, or deck. Is a permit necessary when you are planning to build a deck, porch, or ramp? That depends. According to where you live, you are likely to need a permit if the structure will be more than 30 inches above grade at any point, or constructed on top of a part of your home (such as a basement).

  • 18 Steps to Ladder Safety

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Ladder safety would seem to be a matter of common sense. However, among construction professionals, high importance is placed on teaching workers the correct procedures for minimization of risks to life and limb while using a ladder. Lost-time injuries and even fatalities due to ladder-related accidents are disturbingly widespread. As a home handyman, you can learn a lesson from the pros; follow these 18 basic ladder usage tips to work safe.    Basic Ladder Safety Tips: Don't replace a ladder with a straightback or, even worse, a swivel chair.Make sure that your ladder is in good shape, without any treads that are worn, loose, or missing. Other parts to check include the feet, stiles, platform, and locking me

  • Improving Your Home: How to prevent ice damming

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Ice damming is not common in Oklahoma, but has occurred at times in recent years.

  • Children to learn about peanuts at Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    “Dr. George Washington Carver and the Amazing Peanut,” a class for children, will take place Feb.7 at the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.

  • Plastic panels offer homeowners temporary protection for high winds

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Storm Stoppers’ 3/8-inch translucent panels, which can be quickly installed, can withstand sustained 125 mph winds. Developed for protection against hurricanes, the product has made its way to tornado-prone Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Saturday, Jan. 24.

  • Edmond Exchange for Jan. 24, 2015

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Edmond Exchange, a wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond this week.

  • 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.

  • 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 insulation. Installing wet insulation inside the walls seems like a bad idea, but I’d like to know what you think about it. — Frank DEAR FRANK: Spraying wet cellulose insulation into wall cavities has become a common construction practice in many areas.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 24

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 24, 2015

  • 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. Amongst my brown resting bermuda grass there are a few flashes of green, but unfortunately, it is the wrong kind of green. The cool-season weeds are rearing their heads and preparing to produce seeds for next year. This becomes a real eyesore in the middle of a sea of brown and is also starting a ferocious cycle that I would rather not have in my front yard. Weeds in a stand of turf are not only aesthetically displeasing, they also weaken the

  • Smart Moves: How to avoid a long commute

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Commuting problems aren’t easily escaped in many areas. But homebuyers who are careful to research the neighborhoods they’re considering can ignore some of the more horrific travel problems.

  • 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 to work at crafts or hobbies, perhaps a cozy retreat (man cave, anyone?), a convenient home office, or even additional living space. The key to a successful garage construction project is careful planning before you begin to build. Here are 7 important steps to take. Look into zoning laws, setback rules, and homeowner's association stipulations. Make sure that local regulations will allow you to build the garage of your dreams.Think about your

  • 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 may be necessary after windstorms or heavy snowfalls. Read the terms of your homeowner's insurance policy and your roofing warranty carefully to see what roof maintenance is required. For the best care, set up a professional maintenance plan through your roofing contractor. Roof Safety Tips If you are planning to clean your roof yourself, start working from the top downward.

  • 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 walls of kitchen and bath. Take a peek at today's tile styles and care. Wall Tile Styles Tile shapes: they're not just rectangular anymore. Choose from contemporary contours like circles, diamonds, hexagons, or marquises. Texture is also important.