The first wave of fall home tours and related events is about to hit. Here’s a rundown.
• First some “inside baseball” for builders: The 2014 Oklahoma Building Summit Sept. 11 in Midwest City will feature a main presentation on ways for builders to improve their bottom line by eliminating waste.
Keynote speaker Scott Sedam with TrueNorth Development of South Lyon, Mich., will preach the “lean building” philosophy.
“Homebuilding is awash in waste, a documented minimum 20 percent, or a minimum of $50,000 in the average $250,000 house price in the United States,” Sedam said. “The savings are available to all homebuilders, enabling increased profit to builders, suppliers and trades alike.”
The summit, at Midwest City’s Reed Center, is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association. The all-day event kicks off at 8:15 a.m. For more information, go to www.okbuildingsummit.com.
Parade of Homes
• It’s called the “Fall Classic” Parade of Homes now, since builders started a spring event, but this one is the biggie: The Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association’s 69th annual Parade of Homes, Sept. 20-28, with more than 100 new homes open free to the public.
Three Edmond neighborhoods will be featured: Iron Horse Ranch, Birnam Woods and Rush Brook — and I confess a fondness for Iron Horse Ranch just because of the street names, which include: Stirrup Lane, Wild Horse Way, Roundup Road, Pinto Pass — and my favorite: Cattle Drive.
What farm-raised Okie wouldn’t want to live on Cattle Drive?
• The 48th annual Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27-28, featuring five private homes within walking distance of the historic Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15.
Organizers promise: “This self-guided tour offers a glimpse of the past and present beautifully melded together to feature the neighborhood’s ‘Historic Charm in the Heart of the City.’” They do deliver.
The Overholser will be the center of activities: food trucks, pop-up shops, live music, performances by the Oklahoma City Ballet, a guided walking tour at 2 p.m. each day, and trolley transportation to tour homes. For more information, go to www.heritagehills.org.
• The 2014 Garden Tour for Connoisseurs, presented by the Oklahoma Horticultural Society, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4.
Six families will open their landscapes and gardens to the public, showcasing their personal outdoor living areas. The homes are a short drive from one other in Putnam Heights, Crown Heights, Nichols Hills and near Lake Aluma.
Tickets go on sale Sept. 6 at metro-area garden centers. For more information, go to www.ok-hort.org and click Garden Tour.