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  • Recycled Content Tile: Choose the Eco-Friendly Option

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Whether it's used for flooring, backsplashes, or countertops, tile is beautiful, durable, and fire resistant. Easy to maintain using biodegradable cleansers, it's also hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly. It doesn't off-gas dangerous VOCs, absorb pollutants, or harbor allergens. If a part is damaged, you won’t need an expensive replacement for your entire tiled area. Recycled content tile, a relative newcomer to the home improvement scene, goes conventional tile one better by offering all its traditional advantages together with an even more impressive green scorecard.

  • Cleveland County Free Fair marks 107th anniversary

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Cleveland County Free Fair visitors didn’t let the rain dampen their fun on Saturday in Norman.

  • Upcycling Creatively

    Shaun Bell, FamilyShare | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Saving money is always a good idea. There are many ways to save, but few are as fun as upcycling.

  • Why Not Plant Vegetables this Fall?

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    As your late summer vegetable harvest winds down, why not celebrate a great home gardening season by … planting some more!! “What?” you may ask. “The leaves on the trees are starting to change color already and we’re getting out scarves and sweaters. Why plant anything now?” Well, no matter how generous Mother Nature was in supplying you with homegrown produce over the past weeks, it soon will be used up, given away, or preserved for the coming winter. Imagine having a new stock of fresh, delicious, healthful veggies to enjoy as the weather turns nippy. What Are the Advantages of Fall Planting? Planting in the autumn means you’ll be able to extend the season when you can pick the freshest imaginable vegetables.

  • Remodeling: Envision Your Dream Home

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Just about everyone has a vision of their dream home. Even if you built it yourself or had extensive remodeling done before moving in, after several years in residence you’ve likely come up with ideas about how your living space could be improved. It’s human nature to want to create a “nest” that’s as cozy, attractive, and practical as can be. Clarifying your needs and wants before you hire a professional remodeler helps ensure that the work will be done to your satisfaction. Mentally walk through your house and picture how you'd like it to look and feel. GET STARTED Find Your Personal Style Your personal style will determine the direction your dreams flow in.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Sept. 6.

  • Smart Moves: Selecting a more functional house

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    John Rygiol, a real estate broker since 1971, said it’s wise for all buyers to define their search criteria thoughtfully rather than simply visiting an indefinite number of properties.

  • Oklahoma City foreclosure specialist is a national leader

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    REAL Trends and The Wall Street Journal named Oklahoma City foreclosure specialist Mary Berry No. 12 in the nation on their “Top Thousand” list for 2013 in the category “America’s Top 250 Individual Sales Professionals — Transaction Sides.”

  • The House Detective: Basics of maintaining a septic system

    by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: I have some questions about maintaining a septic tank. Someone told me to have my tank pumped every one to two years. Someone else said, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” I’ve also been told that pumping can disturb the solids, causing them to seep into the leach lines and clog the system. My system is 12 years old and has never been pumped. What is your advice? — Ken DEAR KEN: There are differing views about how often to pump a septic system. One-to-two years is a needless waste of money. Every five years is a more reasonable routine. If the bacterial environment in the tank is good, solids should continue to decompose, even if you wait an extra year or two.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 6

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Sept. 6, 2014

  • First Fidelity to conduct homebuying seminar

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Sept. 18 class will explain the phases of purchasing a home.

  • Richard Mize: No barriers to recycling in Edmond

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize finds no barriers to recycling in Edmond.

  • Cleveland County Free Fair runs through Sunday in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The Cleveland County Free Fair in Norman includes all of the usual fair trappings and also contests for food products and arts and crafts.

  • University of Oklahoma professor plans earthquake safety videos

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    A University of Oklahoma professor is making videos for the Federal Emergency Management Agency about ways to secure homes in the wake of frequent earthquakes.

  • OKC Beautiful: Favorite early-blooming bulbs

    By Carla Sharpe | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Though not as spectacular as the large flowering tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, the early bloomers will be welcomed because they offer color until the blooming explosion later.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Sept. 6

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma City building permits for Sept. 6

  • Marni Jameson: How to take your decor from country comfort to city chic

    By Marni Jameson, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Design expert Christopher Grubb says you can create a great urban space with traditional furniture. The trick is to add a few contemporary moves to create a look he calls transitional.

  • The Listing of the Week: 3200 Sycamore Drive, Moore

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The Listing of the Week is a former entry in the Southwest Showcase of Homes in Moore. The 2,391-square-foot home has a storm shelter, three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a living room, theater room, study, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: A policy switch at FHA may help home sellers

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The National Association of Realtors, which had railed against FHA’s policy for more than a decade, estimated that during 2003 alone, sellers and refinancers were forced to pay nearly $690 million in extra interest charges.

  • Oklahoma City to award $2,500 storm shelter rebates to 830 homeowners

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Apply through Sept. 30 at www.okc.gov