• At Home with Marni Jameson: Putting a sense of place in your space

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Twenty years ago, when I knew even less than I know now, if that is possible, I renovated an old California bungalow in the Santa Monica Mountains. The construction project felt exactly like childbirth – except the advanced labor part lasted 36 months. Seriously, the remodel took 50 years off my life while simultaneously assuring that I would need to work until I was 107. But in the end, the wood, Craftsman-style home was a gem. I regarded every piece of that house — the solid wood siding, the preserved used-brick circa-1920 fireplace, the wood-beam ceilings, and the cabinetry I distressed by hand — with maternal pride. In homage to the canyon the home was nestled in, I decorated with shades of eucalyptus, sage, cream,

  • Ray Ridlen: Short-tailed crickets help aerate lawns

    By Ray Ridlen | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    With all of the rain that we have been receiving, homeowners are concerned about the small mounds of dirt in their yards caused by the short-tailed crickets

  • Improving Your Home: Reader confused by all those PVC cement and primer colors

    By Paul Bianchina | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Q: I just bought a little apartment complex — 16 units. It was shut down, and I had to have the plumbing installed. My plumber used blue primer on the PVC pipes, and yellow on the CPVC. Can you please tell me if this will pass inspection? I’ve heard three different licensed plumbers tell me three different things. One said it should be purple everywhere, and another said that the PVC should be purple and the CPVC should be yellow. I’m sooo confused and feel like a fish out of water. Thank you so much for your help! A: I know, all these colors can be confusing! The purple primer can be used on both PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) pipes.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Changing credit reporting rules could impact borrowers

    By Kenneth R. Harney, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Congress is beginning what could be an important long-term review of credit reporting and scoring system practices. But figuring out how to treat everybody fairly could be a challenge.

  • Richard Mize: A move crops mental images of grandbaby

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    What do you call it when your baby bird moves away, gets married, has a baby bird of her own — and then moves again, just when Paw Paw has gotten used to where the grand nest is?

  • Smart Moves: Keeping it clean for the long-term

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Potential buyers never want to see your dirty boxers on the floor

  • Land Sales for Sept. 20

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Land Sales for Sept. 20, 2014

  • Two developers vie to redevelop area around Page Woodson school in Oklahoma City

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority on Wednesday heard two competing proposals to redevelop housing on Urban Renewal land around the historic Page Woodson school on Oklahoma City’s northeast side.

  • Expect a hot time at Oklahoma City's Parade of Homes

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    The Fall Classic Parade of Homes Sept. 20-28 will present 103 new Oklahoma homes and feature three Edmond neighborhoods.

  • There are seven riskier places to live than in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    CoreLogic ranks the Sooner State at No. 8 for risk exposure to natural hazards.

  • Listing of the Week: 223 N Second St., Okarche

    Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    The two-story, brick Old English-Tudor-style home has a garage apartment, saltwater pool and new cabana.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Underwater homeowners hold their breath

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    For many underwater borrowers who plan to receive principal reductions this year or already have, it’s still nail-biting time. But the odds for eventual renewal by Congress — yes, even this Congress — appear to be a little better than even.

  • Concept Homes tour fights childhood hunger

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    The News 9 Concept Homes tour will provide new ideas and concepts for building and home decor, and raise awareness and money to fight childhood hunger through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids programs.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Saturday, Sept. 13.

  • Gaillardia House to benefit Habitat for Humanity

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    All proceeds from open-house ticket sales and private fundraising events at the mansion will go directly to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.

  • Oklahoma City Realtors to star in HGTV hit show 'House Hunters'

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Troy and Denise Schroder of Keller Williams Realty Elite will be featured in an episode of “House Hunters” in the show’s first visit to Oklahoma City.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: From traditional to modern and everything in between

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Back in my college days of idealism, when I worked for no pay, I wrote a paper called “From Fiction to Non-Fiction: Writing Along the Continuum.” I looked at writing at its extremes, from fantastified fiction to stripe-straight reporting, with stopovers at essay, memoir, humor and opinion writing. I did this for selfish reasons. If I were going to be a writer, I wanted to write it all: facts, lies and everything in between. (Hence this column, a blend of fact and fiction if there ever was one.) I wanted to know the rules, so I could break them. I feel the exact same way about decorating. Maybe that’s ideal, but I don’t like to feel pigeonholed.

  • About Space — Real estate briefs in Oklahoma, Sept. 13

    Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    About Space — Real estate briefs in Oklahoma, Sept. 13, 2014

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $90 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • The House Detective: One too many roof layers

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    The fact roof has three layers of shingles, in violation of building code, was missed by the home inspector, the city building inspector and the appraiser.