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  • Midsize Coleridge plan has feel of larger home

    | Published: Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    The Coleridge's soaring archway makes a striking first impression. Equally appealing are the fanlight and stacks of multipane windows clustered beneath the center gable. This midsize plan has the feel of a much larger home, especially in its central gathering spaces. Entering, you step into a wide foyer with a lofty 17-foot ceiling. Sidelights provide natural illumination. An opening to the right leads into the formal dining room, and just beyond, a flight of stairs angles off at a diagonal. Two bedrooms, a bathroom and a large recreation room are on the second level. Ceiling height in the living room is nearly as high as in the foyer, and multipane windows fill most of the rear wall. This combination creates an

  • How to help: Nail Benders

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    How to help

  • Richard Mize: A little trouble in store

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    Our mostly peaceful, 75-minute, $275 run to the store we just made is an outright miracle.

  • Raised bed gardening is more accessible

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    Beds are usually raised at least 6 to 8 inches from the surface. It may be higher if it makes it more accessible for harvesting and removing weeds.

  • Oklahoma County Master Gardener program has roots in growing, sharing expertise

    BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma County Master Gardener Association and Program president talks about the training program.

  • Home and garden notes for the Oklahoma City area

    | Published: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the e-mail address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send e-mail to mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS •Apogon Iris Garden Club, noon, Wednesdayat 2721 NW 115. Hosted by Sybil Brian and Karen Brian. Program is “How can your Garden grow seedlings and cuttings?” Speaker is Peggy Ferguson. Roll call is most memorable Valentine bouquet received or given. Call 773-4443. WORKSHOPS •Lawn Management seminar,1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland.

  • Peggy Gandy: Social Scene: Feb. 16

    By Peggy Gandy pgandy@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Show House, Dinner/Gala, Taste of Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma builders find housing hot in Las Vegas

    BY TIM FALL | Updated: Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Oklahoma’s delegation to the co-located exhibitions — a joint production of the National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen & Bath Association — doubled last year’s.

  • THE NATION'S HOUSING: A helping hand on mortgages

    | Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Parents, grandparents and young adults know the problem only too well: Heavy student-debt loads, persistent employment troubles stemming from the recession — plus newly toughened mortgage underwriting standards — are all standing in the way of vast numbers of potential first-time homebuyers in their 20s and 30s. But are there effective techniques that family members, friends, even employers can use to bridge the generational gap by offering a helping hand without hurting their own finances in the process? You bet.

  • Improving Your Home: Sagging drywall tape could indicate moisture problems

    BY PAUL BIANCHINA | Published: Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    Drywall taping compounds are water-based, and typically about the only thing that will cause the tape to come loose is if the drywall gets wet.

  • The House Detective: Builder didn't install floor insulation

    | Published: Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: Our custom home was built about 10 years ago, and we recently discovered a major construction defect. The architecture is unusual, with the second story being cantilevered past the outer walls of the first story. In the second-floor rooms where the floors extend beyond the lower story, the floors are not insulated, and these rooms become very cold during winter. The lack of insulation was discovered when we had leaks from frozen pipes in the floor. When we told the builder about the missing insulation, he said, “Just turn your heat up and wear socks.

  • SMART MOVES by Ellen James Martin

    | Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Some first-time homebuyers are so fearful of making a mistake that they’ll reject a well-priced dream property for an unusual reason. That’s according to Ronald Woodall, who runs a real estate brokerage that does 80 percent of its business with first-timers. “I’ve been in the business since 1999, and have heard some very strange excuses,” Woodall said. For instance, he recalls one buyer who backed out of a deal for a ranch-style house he loved after spotting a black snake in the backyard, which he took as a “bad omen.” Another buyer rejected the townhouse he’d chosen after concluding that its dark-green front door would fade too quickly, thereby requiring repainting.

  • Winter is bowling me over

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Published: Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    My gas usage last month was off the chart – literally extending beyond the top line of the chart of my monthly gas usage over the past year.

  • The Listing of the Week: 1932 Cedar Pointe Lane, Edmond

    | Published: Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    The 1,951-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two baths, one living area, one dining area, a home office and an attached three-car garage.

  • 'Oklahoma Gardening' returns to OETA

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    Oklahoma gardeners who are ready to get back in the gardening groove can get started soon as new episodes of OETA’s popular television program “Oklahoma Gardening” resume airing on Feb. 15.

  • Home Style: ‘Plant This Instead’; lawn gone bad; sports-stain cleaner

    | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    ‘Plant This Instead!’ Troy B. Marden believes that when it comes to gardening, a lot of us could do better. We could grow plants that are more resistant to pests and diseases, plants that are less aggressive, plants that require less effort or are just more attractive than the common varieties we’re used to seeing. Marden, a garden designer, recommends dozens of those alternatives in “Plant This Instead!” published by Cool Springs Press and sells for $24.99 in softcover. Get your lawn in shape Is your lawn a wreck? Getting your soil in good shape is the first step toward growing a healthy lawn. A soil test will tell you which nutrients your soil is lacking, so you can feed it accordingly.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Sacramento Bee asks! We answer!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    (Debbie Arrington from the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Ca., reached out to the 20-40-60 team last week with several questions pertaining to water restrictions and neighbors.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: How should I respond to neighbor's wasteful watering?

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman and Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: How to respond to a neighbor's wasteful watering.

  • Oklahoma Contemporary Gallery does Marfa, Texas, right

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Updated: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Add Marfa Contemporary Gallery to the Marfa Lights, the Fort Davis Mountains, high desert climes and Marfa’s already substantial arts community to the list of reasons to visit the Way Far Out There West Texas town of Marfa.

  • Marni Jameson: How to make new a house feel old

    Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on the trend of residential designers offering up a new old house: “a sanely proportioned residence that’s historically accurate on the outside, but conceived for the needs of modern Americans on the inside.”