• Marni Jameson: What sofa are you?

    Marni Jameson column | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    This quiz will help you figure out what sofa style best suits you.

  • Ray Ridlen: Fall webworms cause damage by eating leaves

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    All about fall webworms, hyphantria cunea: Hosts The fall webworm has been recorded on at least 88 species of shade, fruit and ornamental trees in the United States. The preferred hosts vary from one area to another. In Oklahoma, persimmon and pecan are most commonly infested, and black walnut and hickory are also common hosts. Sycamore, birch and redbud are often attacked in years of heavy infestations. Infestations on cottonwood, American elm and bald cypress have been reported a few times. Symptoms Damage is caused by the larvae feeding on the leaves. They rarely are heavy enough to defoliate trees except for young pecans and persimmons.

  • Barry Stone: What to do with asbestos siding

    By Barry Stone  | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: Our house has some kind of slate siding, and we've been told that it contains asbestos fibers. Would it be possible to wrap this siding with wire netting and cover the house with stucco, or does the asbestos siding have to be removed? —Jason DEAR JASON: The siding you are describing is not slate. It is a material known as transite, a concrete product that is reinforced with asbestos fibers. Applying stucco to your home without removing the transite siding would be problematic for practical reasons, as well as environmental ones. In order to stucco your home's exterior, the wire lathe (what you call “netting”) would have to be thoroughly nailed to the wall framing.

  • Richard Mize: My homes in Oklahoma are on Google, and the ones in Texas and D.C., too

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    I admit it. I stalk houses I've lived in before. If I'm in another town close enough to some place I used to live, I drive by to see what's become of it. But with Google Street View, I no longer have to be there to keep up with my former abodes.

  • Richard Mize: Does your home have super secret favorite space?

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com   | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    A man room is one thing. A favorite reading place is another. Do you have a super-secret private, everybody-else-out spot in your home? Here are a couple, Oklahoma style.

  • Rustic 1920s farmhouse grows on Del City family

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    With vivid recollections of family reunions and holiday dinners in the two-story house with the big wraparound porch, Fredda Puckett bought the property at SE 12 and Sooner Road and began a long, slow renovation. The work earned her and her son, Leyton Puckett, a Citation of Merit from the Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office.

  • Real estate briefs for Sept. 12

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Real estate briefs for Sept. 12, 2015

  • British couple are want to buy Waggoner Ranch to save world

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    A 510,527-acre ranch in Texas formally owned by the W.T. Waggoner Estate went on the market earlier this year after a judge finally closed the book on a 20-year family squabble between descendants of rancher Dan Waggoner, who started the operation in 1854. A group wants to buy the ranch for $1 billion and set as a black-separatist nation in the name of race relations.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Sept. 12

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City Vanhoose Construction, 13921 N Meridian Ave., shell building, erect, $7,500,000. AVC LLC, 12401  Trail Oaks Drive, nursing home, erect, $6,200,000. 240 Land LLC, 1615  Penn Park Blvd., shell building, erect, $2,000,000. AVC LLC, 12401  Trail Oaks Drive, nursing home, add-on, $1,614,000. Larry  Pickering, 1116 N Robinson Ave., restaurant, remodel, $1,500,000. 240 Land LLC, 1609  Penn Park Blvd., shell building, erect, $1,500,000. Lingo Construction Services, 2300 S Yukon Parkway, school, remodel, $1,000,000. Anderson & House, 4300 N Lincoln Blvd., office, remodel, $780,000. Gary Owens Construction LLC, 10700  Secretariat Drive, residence, erect,

  • Listing of the Week: 515 NW 15, Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    The 4,268-square-foot home at 515 NW 15 has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, three living rooms, a formal dining room, office-playroom, game room, combination utility-mud room and a detached two-car garage with workshop.

  • Smart Moves: How to sell when trouble knocks

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Here are a few pointers for those who must sell under less-than-ideal conditions.

  • House plan: The Bailey has inviting porch

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    The compact contemporary two-story plan has Craftsman-style flavor.

  • Marni Jameson: Despite high-tech ways to pick paint, low-tech still best

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Given a choice between picking paint — a painstaking process I’ve just gone through again — and shoving matchsticks under my fingernails then lighting them, I’ll take the matchsticks.

  • Rodd Moesel: Fall is great time to plant trees, shrubs

    Rodd Moesel | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Trees planted this time of year have more of a chance to get rooted out into their new soil environment and established so they can uptake moisture and nutrition before facing the punishing heat of next summer.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Are lenders cherry picking higher FICO scores?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Statistical evidence suggests that it is increasingly people with higher scores on average, not lower, who are making the final cut.

  • On door latches, pressure washers

    Paul Bianchina | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Home repair specialist Paul Bianchina answers questions

  • Becoming a home inspector without building experience

    By Barry Stone Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: I'm interested in becoming a home inspector. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience in real estate, construction or engineering. I've worked in the high-tech field since college and, having grown weary of hardware and software, would like to embark on a new career path. Can you offer some advice on the most direct approach I could take to get my foot in the door as a home inspector?  Should I try to join a professional organization like the American Society of Home Inspectors? Do I need to become certified or licensed?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. — Devin DEAR DEVIN: You are definitely a courageous and adventurous soul. Entering the home inspection profession without building

  • District: 2 players allege ref made racial slur before hit

    Associated Press | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two Texas football players accused of intentionally ramming into a referee during a high school game allege the referee directed racial slurs at them, school district officials said Tuesday. The district, which previously suspended the two players, has placed an assistant coach on paid leave while it investigates allegations that he suggested there should be retaliation against the referee for missed calls, Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian T. Woods said at a news conference. The two suspended John Jay High School students, whose names aren't being released, will go through a disciplinary hearing and the incident will be treated as an assault on a school official, according to the

  • Building codes continue to be reviewed in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission and its technical committees are nearing implementation of the latest revision to commercial codes.

  • About space for Sept. 5

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    About space for Sept. 5, 2015