• Most of Oklahoma may see first freeze of the fall Saturday morning

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The National Weather Service offices in Norman and Tulsa have issued freeze watches and warnings covering most counties in Oklahoma for the early hours of Saturday morning. Forecasters say temperatures could be cold enough to kill tender outdoor plants.

  • Murals Add an Artistic Touch to Home Decor

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Are you an artist in your heart? If so, you most probably use your home as a canvas to express your free-spirited style. A design trend that may appeal to you is decorating one wall in your house with an eye-catching mural. This is an affordable home hack that allows you to stamp your space with an exciting splash of color and unique personality. There are a number of ways to add a mural to your house's décor. Why Decorate with a Mural The most common reason for decorating with a mural is to add a personal touch. This may be especially important to artistic souls who are living in condos or tract housing. With an impressionist masterpiece on your living room wall or a cascading waterfall in the master bath, you'll fee

  • Oklahoma news briefs

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Oct. 30.

  • 9 Favorite Holiday Dishes, Healthier

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Thanksgiving is coming. If you groan at the prospect of a calorie-heavy, nutrient-scarce meal, there's good news in sight. You can take family recipes for your favorite holiday foods and swap them out for healthier, lighter, and (dare we say?) tastier versions. Use a little imagination and a lot of love to create celebratory fare that even the staunchest traditionalists will enjoy. Best of all, you'll leave the table pleasantly satisfied, not stuffed. Here are some guidelines for healthy-ing up popular festive dishes. Turkey. Help yourself to a portion of guilt-free turkey breast. White meat offers plenty of protein and folic acid, as well as B vitamins, potassium and zinc.

  • How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Water Heater?

    Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Have you ever had one of those mornings? It's hard enough to drag yourself out of bed, but you think a steaming hot shower just might help to get you in shape for the long commute to work. You head, bleary-eyed, to the bathroom and turn on the tap. Oops! Only cold water is coming out. Twisting the faucet every which way doesn't help. Eventually you have to pull yourself together and face the chilling truth … your current hot water heater has had it. Well, that news is enough to wake you up. But now what? How much does it cost to replace a water heater, anyway? Tank Style vs Tankless Water Heaters The first factor in determining water heater prices is the type of unit you purchase. Water heaters can be divided into tank

  • Health and Safety Tips for Indoor DIY

    Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    If you are a serious lover of do-it-yourself, you rarely let anything slow you down. Day after day, you put in your time crafting, painting, building, growing … doing whatever you love best. Time spent on creative projects is "me time," when you recharge your batteries and reduce your level of stress. But when winter approaches, things change. What may comprise a large chunk of your DIY real estate -- the great outdoors -- is temporarily unavailable for you to use as a workshop. Even inside, you might be limited by the weather -- you can't open windows, for one thing. Safe indoor DIY takes a little thought and planning and may mean postponing a few projects until spring returns. Materials Give careful thought to the ma

  • Easy DIY Fixes for a Naturally Clean Kitchen

    Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Are you sick and tired of spending big bucks on chemical cleaners chockfull of scary ingredients? If so, it may seem that your only option is to go out and purchase organic versions with even scarier price tags. However, there are alternatives. You can find some wonderful natural cleaning agents already in your pantry or on the shelf of your local health food store. No advanced chemistry degree is required to use "as is" or mix them up into cleansers that will help you wash away gunk and grime throughout your kitchen.   Dishes Make your own dishwasher soap with pure, non-toxic ingredients. You can even form it into handy pre-measured tablets.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Oct. 25

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Oct. 25.

  • At Home With Marni Jameson: Design team promotes 'gilt by association'

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Atlanta architect Bobby McAlpine woke up one morning and saw the light, in the most poetic sense. This never happens to me. “I noticed the light would move through the space, selectively choose objects and illuminate them to the point of bursting,” he told me describing the moment he knew he was onto a new book. “It was very choosy. Everything got its turn at being precious and focused upon.” How many of us, and my hand is up, would have rolled over that morning, pulled a pillow over our heads, and said, “Who opened the blinds, dagnabbit?” Not McAlpine, which is why we have “Art of the House: Reflections on Design” (Rizzoli 2014), which McAlpine wrote with his long-time business partner, interior

  • Listing of the Week: 7025 NW 131 Terrace, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    The 1,640-square-foot home at 7025 NW 131 Terrace has three bedrooms, two baths, one living room, one dining area and an attached two-car garage.

  • Gatewood historic home tour in Oklahoma City includes remodeled 92-year-old Colonial Revival

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    The 18th annual Gatewood Historic District Home and Garden Tourwill be Sunday in Oklahoma City.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: For vets, a housing boom

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON — There may be fewer military boots on the ground overseas, but here at home there have been major campaigns in the housing market this year directed at veterans. Not only has the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA home-loan program gained significant market share compared with competing private and government mortgage options, but big banks and mortgage companies have stepped up efforts to help returning veterans obtain decent and affordable housing, including by gifting them hundreds of homes free of charge, with no mortgage attached. The VA’s home-purchase financing program is now at record levels. New loans to buy houses have more than doubled since 2007.

  • Haunt the Zoo opens Sunday night at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Haunt the Zoo will be held each night through Halloween.

  • Rodd Moesel: Extend the season of many of your plants by covering them

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Most of Oklahoma has been blessed with much-needed rain in the past two weeks. Hopefully, more rain will fall our way in the near future. Those rains have made our plant materials much happier as we march toward the first freeze of fall. If the averages hold true, we can expect our first freeze in the next week or two. We often end up with several weeks of beautiful “Indian Summer” after or between some of these early frosts and freezes that will give us even more time to enjoy our gardening. If we are going to get a light frost, you can extend the season of many of your plants by covering them with a commercial garden row cover, burlap, old sheets or towels for a few extra degrees of protection.

  • Smart Moves: Tips to make trading up easier

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    While the real estate market traditionally slows in the fall and winter, that doesn’t stop diehard buyers who aspire to a property that’s newer, larger or simply more to their liking. Take the true story of a couple in their early 60s, a travel agent married to a government consultant, who sold their multilevel family house and plan to buy a more expensive single-story place with a huge gourmet kitchen and an expansive patio. “Lots of baby boomers are now aching to bail out of a dated suburban house in favor of a newer one with no stairs. And some of these folks are so restless that they refuse to wait until spring to move,” said Sid Davis, a real estate broker and author of “A Survival Guide for Buying a Home.

  • Richard Mize: Oklahoma home love fades

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Romancing the home takes flowers

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Oct. 25

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City Concrete Enterprises Inc., 1609 SE Grand Blvd., warehouse, erect, $12,000,000. P&P Homes, 525 N Sara Road, business, erect, $550,000. Manhattan Construction Co., 800 N May Ave., warehouse, erect, $400,000. Manhattan Construction Co., 800 N May Ave., warehouse, erect, $400,000. Jason Powers Homes Inc., doing business as JP Homes, 10632 Daryl Drive, residence, erect, $390,000. Brass Brick Platinum Series Homes LLC, 2920 NW 184, residence, erect, $339,200. Brass Brick Platinum Series Homes LLC, 1001 NW 185, residence, erect, $339,200. Waldrop Construction Inc., 13401 N Western Ave., medical clinic-office, remodel, $324,000. Raywood Homes, 10905 NW 36 Terrace, residence,

  • The House Detective: The home inspector's Halloween

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: You never do columns that recognize holidays. Even at Christmastime and the Fourth of July, your articles are always about property defects, real estate disclosure and home inspections. Now that Halloween is here, how about a spooky house story? Something in keeping with the season. Surely you've inspected a few creaky old houses. How about it? — Bram DEAR BRAM: Home inspections tend to be business-as-usual events: checking the foundations, roofing, plumbing, electrical wiring and so on. But there was one inspection that I recall with dread and discomfort; an inspection where property defects ceased to be of concern, where routine was overshadowed by fear, where disclosures were eclipsed by a frenzied

  • Oklahoma City home supply slips again

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The number of homes listed for sale at the end of September amounted to a 4.17-month supply, according to the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors.

  • Last Frontier Council Scouts celebrate Centennial Camporee in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    About 5,000 Scouts from central Oklahoma are expected to attend the Last Frontier Council’s Centennial Camporee in Oklahoma City. Astronaut John Herrington is guest of honor and will speak at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Harrington is the first American Indian to travel in space and is an ambassador for the Chickasaw Nation.