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  • How design-build remodeling works

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The process of remodeling has changed, with design-build being the new normal. Because it is widely used, it is important to understand the process and how it came about.

  • Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows attract hundreds

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Australian terriers are among the dog breeds showcased at the Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows at Cox Convention Center.

  • Using water to manage insect problems

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    It seems like too simple of a concept, doesn't it? One of the most common substances on the planet can actually assist you in keeping bugs at bay. Consider using one or more of the following ideas as you maintain the grass, flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables on your property this year. Irrigate to build up plant health during dry times One way to keep your trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and turfgrass growing well is to reduce the stress due to lack of moisture. Stressed plants do not adequately resist pest attacks. Natural rainfall supplies the water needed by most plants in the typical urban/suburban yard. When rainfall is limited, irrigating with 1 to 2 inches of water every 4 weeks will keep an established

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for June 28

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 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 mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS WATER GARDEN SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA general meeting, 7 p.m., July 9, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Visit www.wgso.org for information. WORKSHOPS USING HERBS IN COOKING AND CRAFTS, 10 to 10:45 a.m., July 12, Cleveland County Master Gardener Association demonstration garden, southwest corner of the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E Robinson, Norman. Master Gardener Barbara Tunney will discuss basic principles of growing

  • Oklahoma City realty agents react to FAA drone notice

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Not many real estate agents in Oklahoma City have adopted drone technology to obtain aerial photos and videos. Now the Federal Aviation Administration says if they do, they need to be certified by the FAA for commercial use.

  • 5 ways to be happy with who you are

    Gary and Joy Lundberg, FamilyShare | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Start noticing all the good things you have in your life instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Be content to be the best you instead of trying to be someone else.

  • Planning for an emergency: 5 things to prepare

    Valerie Steimle, KSL | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Being prepared can have a different focus depending on where you live. What are the differences between surviving in the city and surviving out in the country when there are disasters?

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for June 21

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 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 mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS Apogon Iris Garden Club, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 3421 NW 19. Garden brunch will be served. Hosts are D. Treat and K. Brian. Program and tour is “How Does Diana’s Garden Grow.” Roll call is “What Is Your Favorite Rose and Why.” Oklahoma Horticulture Society, 7 p.m. Wednesday, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. TLC Nursery Landscape plant specialist Cindy Townsend will give a presentation on Plants for the Butterfly

  • Rodd Moesel:: Break in weather provides another good planting season

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma has been blessed with wonderful soaking rains the past three weeks. Our trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables have responded with lots of new growth and great green colors. This break in the weather has given us another good planting season. Many plants are the happiest they have been in years with the nurturing rains and mild temperatures. You can still plant most all kinds of container-grown color annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs and trees and get lots of enjoyment this year. At some point we will get hot and dry again. Mulch your vegetables, annuals and perennials now to reduce soil temperatures, soil moisture evaporation and to reduce watering by up to half when it does get hot and dry. This is also the

  • Richard Mize: Did housing crash spook Millenials?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    HOUSTON — Someone finally said it, sort of: The idea of owning a home — as American as the flag and apple pie — may have been tarnished for good by the housing crash. We should all hope not. “The housing market appears to be in recovery mode, though at a meandering pace,” said Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D, chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, based in Chicago, and clinical professor of real estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Yes, yes, go on.

  • The House Detective: Home inspection vs. builders' warranty

    by Barry Stone | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: I’m buying a brand-new home and was planning to hire a home inspector before closing escrow. Two of my friends in a similar community advised me to save my money because the builder provides a new home warranty and his crew will fix any defects we find on the final walk-through. Under these circumstances, is there any reason that I should spend hundreds of dollars for an inspection? — Arthur DEAR ARTHUR: Your friends are giving you some very uninformed advice, and here is why. Warranties on new homes provide free repair work for problems that are called to the attention of the builder. What many people do not realize is that most construction defects are not apparent to the untrained eye and often are

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: How healthy is your 'hood?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    For those of you in the market to rent or buy a new home, or who just want to know how your neighborhood stacks up, Marni Jameson has created a quiz.

  • Prudential Alliance Realty honored for distination services

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    This award recognizes the office in the Prudential Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services networks that demonstrates excellence in destination referral relocation performance, conversion, customer satisfaction, supporting the needs of Brookfield Global Relocation corporate and government clients.

  • The Listing of the Week: 1015 Irvine Terrace, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The 3,497-square-foot home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • Improving Your Home: Cleaning up with a new pressure washer

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Pressure washers can help you with a wide variety of tasks year after year, and they’re probably more affordable than you thought — and they even do windows.

  • Builders have lots to be concerned about

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City is in the unusual position of being in step with a national homebuilding trend. Metro-area builders have faced lot shortages and rising prices since at least late 2012.

  • Feed The Children launches new logo and vision and introduces new food programs for Oklahoma City and New Orleans

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Kevin Hagan, chief executive officer of Feed The Children, said the Oklahoma City-based relief organization has been working for two years to “rebrand” and “revision” how it seeks to reduce food insecurity in America and around the world.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for June 17

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for June 17, 2014

  • Mark Dale dies after helping shape two sets of Oklahoma City home builders, 20 years apart

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Dale, 63, owner of Carriage Homes, died Saturday after a bout with cancer. He was a former president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association and two-time former president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

  • Plan your home remodels with your life in mind

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Why heat, cool, clean and pay taxes on space that isn’t contributing to you or your family? Many clients feel they need more space, so the first thing they think of is an addition, when many times they aren't fully using the space they already have.