Oklahoma homebuilders get mixed news at International Builders Show

by Richard Mize Published: February 9, 2013
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At the International Builders Show itself, held Jan. 22 through Jan. 24, the exhibit floor offered the usual variety of new products and services with side orders of “subdued confidence,” said Oklahoma City homebuilder Jeff Click, who is president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association.

Click said he went specifically to check out new fireplaces.

“It's one of the focal points of design in our homes, and we have a unique clientele, many of whom are willing to put additional money toward stylish design elements. There are a number of really impressive newer fireplace designs that take an otherwise traditional home amenity and turn it into a contemporary element that fits well with our homes,” he said.

On the show floor in general, Click said, “There was an impressive spectrum of the usual big vendors all the way down to the small, one-product companies, but first-time vendors as well. I see that as a sign of life, optimism and a belief that housing still has a significant role to play in contributing to the productivity of the country.”

Click said there will be even more to see — and to bring back to Oklahoma homebuilding — at next year's show.

“One of the most exciting things announced was that beginning next year, the International Builders Show will co-locate with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, which will dramatically increase both floor space and attendance. ... (The International Builders Show) is already one of the largest trade shows in the world, so I can't imagine how bad my feet will hurt after walking it in its entirety next year.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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