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New Spring Parade of Homes showcases 96 metro houses

Event chairman Jack Evans, managing partner of TimberCraft Homes, said builders created the spring parade so that buyers could experience the quality, workmanship and ‘individual touches' that go into their homes day in and day out.
BY TIM FALL Published: April 20, 2013

Evans said TimberCraft and other area builders are riding a boomlet of buyer activity.

“Right now we have 33 homes” in some phase of construction, Evans said. “Last year at this time, we had 22.”

New home permits in the metro area were on the increase in 2012, pushing past levels last seen in 2007.

Builders “want to use the Spring Festival to show buyers the advantages of a new home,” Evans said.

Chief among those advantages, he said, is the energy efficiency and utilities cost savings with new homes.

The four Spring Festival homes offered by TimberCraft are all “Positive Energy” homes, as recognized by the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. energy-efficient home certification program.

One of the Timbercraft homes, at 8440 NW 142 in the Pleasant Grove addition, is a “teenager-friendly” 1,950-square-foot layout featuring a large downstairs master suite, two upstairs bedrooms and a “flex space” bonus room.

The clean lines and finishes give the home a contemporary feel. A vaulted living room ceiling and a wall of windows in the kitchen brighten the home, creating a spaciousness and flow throughout the central living area.

The two-story home, with its reduced footprint, leaves plenty of backyard space — a vanishing feature, according to Evans, in an area where traditional 55- and 60-foot lots are in short supply.

With TimberCraft's “TimberCreek Plan” also shown in the Pleasant Grove addition, Evans has married “traditional prairie style” with contemporary lines and finishes.

“We think this clean, crisp look is where the market is going,” Evans said.

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