• Oklahoma news briefs for Dec. 4

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Dec. 4, 2014

  • 8 DIY Ideas to Put the *Splash* into Backsplash

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Backsplashes are one of the most exciting home decor features we know. Much more than mere wall protectors, they define your kitchen's style. The right backsplash can even increase the indoor curb appeal of your home. While beautiful tile backsplashes are traditional -- and with good reason -- other materials are making an appearance as well. Here are 8 DIY backsplash installation inspirations from readers of Hometalk. 1. Stick on faux wood flooring Want to add unique appeal to your kitchen without major hassle or expense? This cheap 'n' easy (yet lovely!) plank backsplash by Mom4Real can be crafted from peel-and-stick flooring in less than 90 minutes. Choose a moisture resistant variety made for basement and bathroom

  • Residents light up the season in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Norman residents string lights outdoors to prepare for the Christmas season.

  • What to Ask Before Hiring a Commercial Roofer

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Choosing a commercial roofing contractor is an enormous responsibility for you as a building owner or manager. Whether you are planning to install or replace the roof on a shop, mall, factory, warehouse, office tower, apartment complex, or house of worship, you'll be looking for a reliable professional service. You need a high-performance roofing system that will protect your premises and possibly valuable equipment and inventory as well. What's more, you want your new roof installed on time and within your budget. At this time, it pays to clarify some essential questions and make sure you find the best roofing solution for the job. About the Contractor 1. Is the roofing contractor licensed and insured? 2.

  • Install a Safe Shower for Universal Access

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    The idea of universal design is all about offering quick and easy access to every part of your home. It builds in the flexibility to accommodate users in any state of health or physical mobility. Whatever the current age and level of ability of your household members may be, a shower designed for safety and comfort, as well as style, is sure to be appreciated. And if you already have mobility issues, or if you plan on aging in place, a safe universal shower installation is an absolute necessity. Here are 12 shower safety features to consider. 1. Curbless -- Your shower stall should have a very low to non-existent ("dam-free") threshold for convenient roll-in access with a wheelchair or walker.

  • Oklahoma news briefs

    Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Dec. 2.

  • Downtown in December opens in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Downtown in December is in full swing in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Constant software updates threaten to run us all off the road

    Steve Eaton, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Have you ever finally agreed to update the software in your phone or computer and had it create far more problems than it solved? If so, you've probably been told it's just a "generational thing." It's not. The problems are real. I feel your pain.

  • Grow Flowers and Bushes that Suit Your Garden Climate

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Flowers, bushes, and flowering shrubs add eye appeal to any home's outdoor space. If you would like to feature ornamental plantings in your garden, you'll achieve the best results when you choose species that are suitable for the local climate and your property's own individual conditions. Not only will they tend to be healthier and better blooming, your plants will be greener in the figurative sense. They will usually need less care and feeding, and you will be contributing toward the restoration of flora native to your area. Gardening Zone The first step is to determine the correct gardening climate zone for your location. The USDA issues a plant hardiness zone map, which has been updated several times as new data are incor

  • Concrete Steps: Precast vs. Poured in Place

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    A new type of staircase has made its appearance on the home improvement scene lately -- precast concrete steps. These factory-molded stairs have a lot to offer in terms of ease of installation, convenience, and affordability. But how do they stack up against traditional poured-in-place concrete stairs? You'll find that there are different advantages and disadvantages to each, as well as a number of positive characteristics that they share. Poured in Place An obvious advantage of poured-in-place (also "cast-in-place") concrete stairs is that established contractors are familiar with the installation procedure through years of experience with this traditional method.

  • Fencing Fact Sheet: Aluminum and Steel

    Updated: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Aluminum and steel are two metals commonly used as fencing materials. While both are attractive and long-lasting, there are some significant differences between the two. Read up on the facts about aluminum and steel fences to see which one is the right choice for enclosing your property. Aluminum Fences 1. Aluminum is one of the most corrosion-resistant metals. It will never rust, crack, peel, or bubble. Not only does aluminum stand up to the moisture generated by rain, snow, and lawn sprinklers, it is not affected by lawn chemicals or salty beachfront air. 2. Aluminum is malleable, meaning it can readily be shaped into decorative designs. 3. Aluminum fences can be welded, rather than screwed or bolted, for strong

  • Smart moves: Tips for trading up or down

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Just as the market for large SUVs is again increasing, so are more people revisiting the idea of owning more living space.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Community briefs

  • Ray Ridlen: Poinsettias are a symbol of Christmas

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Now more than 70 million plants are sold nationwide each year making the poinsettia the No. 1 selling flowering potted plant.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Home equity lines are back in vogue

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Bottom line: HELOCs are hot. If you’ve got the need, the equity and the capacity to handle one, now might be a good time to check them out.

  • Craftsman-style bungalow to be among 6 stops on Mesta Park tour in Oklahoma City

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Dave Knox’s Craftsman-style bungalow will be featured among six different holiday-decorated stops on the 37th Mesta Park Holiday Homes Tour in Oklahoma City. It kicks off with a candlelight tour Dec. 6 and continues with an afternoon tour Dec. 7.

  • Oklahoma City home and garden notes for Nov. 29

    Published: Sat, Nov 29, 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 FALL-WINTER BEEKEEPING CLASSES, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 and Jan. 10, 17, at Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Location of classes in 2015 are to be announced. Classes are $75 for individuals and $25 for additional family members. Visit http://okbeekeeper.blogspot.com to check availability. OKLAHOMA HORTICULTURE SOCIETY HOLIDAY PARTY, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9, Ed Lycan Conservatory, Will Rogers Exhibition

  • The Listing of the Week: 22859 Crab Orchard Drive in Deer Creek area

    Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    The 3,823-square-foot home has five bedrooms, two baths, two half-baths, three living rooms, two dining rooms, a storm shelter and an attached three-car garage.

  • At home with Marni Jameson: Where are you on hoarding spectrum?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Look for the telltale signs of hoarding

  • Fabulous, Functional Cabinet and Drawer Design

    Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Today's kitchens are more fabulous-looking and functional than ever. And well they should be, since they're the room where families spend a large number of their waking at-home hours. New trends in kitchen cabinetry, reflecting current usage patterns, emphasize organization, universal access, and an outstandingly attractive appearance. Here are some of the latest cabinet and drawer designs. Organization The cluttered countertops of yesteryear are as out of date as dress-for-success shoulder pads. In the 21st century's fast-paced lifestyle, organization is key, and kitchen cabinet fashions duly reflect this mindset. Think ingenious features that are tucked out of sight but can be accessed in a jiffy, such as an up-to-date appl