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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Marni Jameson: Love wood floors but not the cost?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Unlike wall color, tile, carpet, windows, cabinets, or any other home finishing or furnishing choice that is easy to blow, you can’t miss if you choose wood floors.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for June 21

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for June 21.

  • Improving Your Home: Tracking down the perfect gift for dad

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    These items can be found at most home centers, hardware stores and other retailers, as well as online.

  • Ray Ridlen: Dealing with abiotic diseases of tomatoes

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    While tomatoes are easy to grow, insects and diseases can damage plants and reduce crop yields. Environmental stresses can cause additional problems. Physiological disorders of tomatoes include blossom end rot, fruit cracking and sunscald. Blossom end rot Blossom end rot is a common problem on tomatoes. It appears as a brownish black spot on the blossom end (bottom) of the fruit. Secondary organisms invade the brownish black spot and cause the fruit to rot. Blossom end rot is most common on the earliest maturing fruit that ripen in July and early August. Blossom end rot is caused by a calcium deficiency in the developing fruit. Wide fluctuations in soil moisture levels impair calcium uptake by the root system of the

  • Oklahoma City Metro Technology Center student learns about floral industry

    By Billie Smith, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Jacqueline Sanchez gained valuable experience by working for a flower shop during the Mother’s Day rush.

  • Listing of the Week: 1101 Olde Bridge Road, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The 3,508-square-foot home has four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, three living rooms, two dining areas and an attached side-entry two-car garage.

  • Richard Mize: Deal killer? An inspector weighs in

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Here’s the fourth and final (?) installment of a series that started with my musing over the ups and downs of “deal breaker” and “deal killer” home inspectors, and misunderstandings and disagreements between inspectors and Realtors. Jack L. Werner of A to Z Inspections, 3625 N McKinley Ave., was the only inspector to weigh in. Knowing him to be meticulous in these kinds of detailed matters, I yield the floor. This is an edited version of his lengthy email: “Inspectors are REQUIRED by the CIB (Construction Industries Board), our governing agency, to comment on the life expectancy of all appliances. Several inspectors were at the CIB meeting several years ago when this was addressed.

  • Couple offer charitable contribution to market secluded home east of Edmond

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Tom and Lisa Price are using an “I win/you win” philosophy to market the more than 7,600-square-foot house in the Sugar Hill addition, which they built in 2007.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for June 10

    Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for June 10, 2014

  • Questions to ask when considering remodeling

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Whatever the motive, there comes a time in life when our homes don't work for us anymore; when we need a change. There are essentially two ways to accomplish this change: move or remodel.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for June 7

    Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Oklahoma City J.E. Dunn Construction, 4401 McAuley Blvd., medical clinic-office, add-on, $34,675,000. JHBR Architects, 1901 SE 15, school, erect, $7,000,000. CASCO, 2135 W Memorial Road, retail sales, remodel, $1,300,000. M. Rose Homes LLC, 17801 Blue Heron Court, residence, erect, $850,000. Alliance Property Development, 801 NW 9, condominium-townhouse, erect, $800,000. Nabholz Construction Corp., 5224 E Interstate 240 Service Road, hospital, remodel, $750,000. Timberlake Construction, 3001 S Morgan Road, school, remodel, $600,000. M. Rose Homes LLC, 204 NW 151 Place, residence, erect, $482,000. Sheppard & Sons Construction Inc., 2501 S Richland Road, residence, erect,

  • The House Detective: What is best way to insulate an old house?

    by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: We have an 80-year-old home with lathe and plaster on the inside walls. The house is hard to heat in the winter and becomes very hot in the summer, so we want to add insulation. One contractor recommended injecting insulation into all of the outside walls, but another contractor said this is not as good as removing the plaster and installing fiberglass and drywall. The second method is much more expensive, so we’re not sure what to do. What do you recommend? — Lewis DEAR LEWIS: Injected insulation is a popular method for upgrading the energy efficiency of older homes. This type of insulation comes in two forms: expanding plastic foam or particles of cellulose, usually consisting of pulverized newspaper.