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HOPE Home

In November, the Hope Center of Edmond will raffle off a home built by McCaleb Homes in the Town Square community. The groundbreaking took place in July, and the home’s construction continues according to schedule.

The HOPE Center of Edmond (Helping Our People in Emergencies) is a privately-funded organization with the goal of assisting the Edmond and Arcadia communities by providing food, clothing and other expenses. The center was founded in 1984. Tickets for the raffle are available at $100 each. There is no limit on the number of tickets per person. You can buy tickets by going to the HOPE Center website and filling out the form, which can be submitted online, via mail (PO Box 2915, Edmond OK 73083) or taken directly to the HOPE Center of Edmond, located at 1251 N Broadway. You can also call directly to purchase tickets.

McCaleb Homes is happy to help the Edmond community by being a part of this collaboration.

Can I Hire My Own Contractor?

A question like that is common for home builders to hear from customers. It is not unusual for the client to request that a trade contractor that they have worked with in the past be used instead of those subcontracted by the builder. They may also ask to use specific brands or materials, such as carpeting or plumbing items. There is a good reason that the majority of builders do not agree to this. Standing by proven and familiar subcontractors is beneficial for both the client and the builder. The reason has to do with the relationships between the parties involved: The builder, the supplier and the subcontractor.

Approved Suppliers

To begin with, we will talk about purchasing from suppliers. Most builders have a selection of approved suppliers for the sake of reliability and standardization. The warranty was created based on the performance of reliable materials that the builder is used to working with. If a builder allowed the client to choose unfamiliar products from an unproven vendor to fill critical roles in the home, that could put the guarantee behind the warranty at risk.

For instance, if the homeowner were to order a carpet from a supplier that was not approved by the builder, then discovered that it was from a European carpet supplier that takes many weeks for delivery and it is made with metric measurements. Products from unfamiliar suppliers bring an element of risk with them, potentially capable of putting the whole project behind schedule.

Approved Contractors

The reasons for using trusted contractors are even more evident. Most builders rely on subcontractors as much as their own workers. Trade partners are an essential part of the building team. As such, the builder will usually only give highly important jobs to subcontractors who have demonstrated skill and reliability. With familiar partners, it can be easier to give the homeowner an accurate estimate and stand behind the quality of the work.

To see whether a subcontractor will be a good fit for a larger project, they will usually hire them for smaller jobs and evaluate their performance over a period of time. They should be able to produce work of high quality, able to stand up to the requirement of the warranty, on a consistent basis, they should work well with the project managers, they should be able to make accurate bids, and they should be reliable and responsive. It might take years to determine a professional’s skill level and build up trust to the point that they can be let loose on large, complicated projects with minimal supervision. A single good job does not necessarily guarantee that future jobs will be handled with the same level of quality.

If a builder allows the client to hire unproven subcontractors, they lose a measure of control over the project. An unfamiliar subcontractor can be a wild card. There is no way to know for sure how they will perform or how they will interact with the other workers on the project. And even if the homeowner agrees to be responsible for the final result, and potential problems could still reflect negatively on the reputation of the builder. And a good reputation is one of the most vital qualities of a successful home builder.

In the end, construction is an industry where good relationships are key. Maintaining amicable partnerships with trusted subcontractors is one of the primary assets to making a the construction process go smoothly. And the relationship goes both ways. If the subcontractor fulfills their end of the deal, they deserve to get paid a fair price and have their shot at the major contracts they have worked hard to earn.

Not everything will always go completely according to plan, and when problems arise, such as poor weather or delays in shipping, a good relationship with a subcontractor can pay off. If the builder and subcontractor have a mutual familiarity and respect, they might be more inclined to make adjustments in their schedule to make sure the project stays on track. Everyone’s on the same team.

Affordable Housing in Oklahoma City

Shaila Dewan at The New York Times recently wrote an article about trends in the housing industry, and why many people are finding Oklahoma City to be a particularly inviting destination to move to. Some of the points from the article include:

  • In the past, many Americans were willing to pack up a moving truck and hit the road to pursue their dreams, find a better job, or live in a more comfortable clime. But more and more, the primary motivation for relocation within the United States seems to be the desire for cheaper housing.
  • In the US, the cheapest housing can often be found in the fastest-growing cities, which is a 180 from the trends that developed in the earlier years of the 21st century, when credit was easier to attain. The number of domestic migrants that point to housing costs as their reason for moving is over twice what is was just under a decade ago.
  • The ever-increasing rent prices and difficulty of getting a mortgage on coastal cities has led to a surge of new blood headed to cities located in inland states. These cities tend to create and easier and more stable living situations for families. Oklahoma City has been particularly friendly to those who choose to relocate there.
  • Oklahoma City was the 12th fastest-growing city in 2013, and has captured a large part of the millennial demographic. Many of the new residents have had their lives transformed for the better. Many now enjoy bike rides through beautiful suburbs, coming home to enjoy master suites the size of entire apartments they once stayed in.
  • The total volume of people who relocate to a different city or state has seen a decline in the recent past, but a noticeably larger number of movers say that their main reason for making the switch was the search for an area with more affordable housing. The decline in total movers could be linked several different causes, including a slowly-recovering economy, and various trends in the job market. As mentioned at the outset, there are number of different reasons Americans pack up and move. But nearly 20% of movers venturing more than 500 miles cite cheaper housing as their motivation. This is more than double what is was in 2007.

You can read the Full Article at NYTimes.com. And of course, to see some of the beautiful homes available in Oklahoma City from McCaleb Homes, have a look at our home listings and be sure to follow our Facebook page to stay up to date.

HOPE Center Dream Home Giveaway

At 2 pm on July 9 at the Town Square community, a groundbreaking for a new home will take place. This home is the result of a collaboration between McCaleb Homes and the HOPE Center of Edmond, and will be part of the Dream Home Giveaway sweepstakes. Tickets can be purchased for a chance to win this beautiful home in a brand new neighborhood, with the proceeds going to the HOPE Center.

For more information on entering, you can visit the HOPE Center website.

Creative Uses for Glass in Your Home

The term “Jack of all trades” usually denotes a person or object that is somewhat good at multiple things, but not great at any one thing. Like the phrase itself, the connotation is somewhat neutral: not bad, but not great. But something being versatile does not have to mean it has to be mediocre. Out of the common building materials, glass not only fills a large number of roles, it fills some of them as good or better than traditional materials.

Glass designs for your home straddle the line between beautiful form and functionality, and with the numerous and diverse forms, styles, colors, patterns and textures available, you can find something that fits well into almost any design scheme. But what glass does best is to create sleek, modern styles.

Glass Used as Tiling: The most common use for glass panes in the home would likely be as tiles. In recent times, many designers have opted to use them in kitchens in bathrooms. They come with several distinct advantages over ceramic tiles. They tend to be stronger for their weight, they are naturally waterproof, and they come in a wider range of colors and patterns.

interiordesignGlass for Railings: Glass railings are a common sight in the upper levels and staircases of American office buildings. They are usually made up of panes of glass supported by metal frames. Using such a style in your home can create a fantastic, contemporary look. If you find metal to be too cold and industrial for your home, you could instead use plastic or wooden frames.

Glass for Tables: Whether it’s on a coffee or dining table, glass table tops are very sleek and clean looking. The transparency also makes the area look a bit more spacious. Even other table surfaces can benefit from glass table tops. Placing one of the right size on top of a wood or stone surface can protect the finish from damage.

glass-door5Glass for Doors: Everyone has seen glass doors, whether they be on business buildings, shower enclosures or patio doors. However, using them in the interior rooms of the home can create a unique style. Often, you will want them to be textured or frosted, so that there is some amount of privacy between adjoining rooms. For something more modern, you might have a door made of a single glass pane that hangs and slides from a rail above the doorway.

Glass as Art: The possibilities of glass really open up in the world of art. Glassblowers have refined their techniques over many centuries, and with modern equipment, they can create some truly breathtaking designs. You might choose small glass vessels and containers, or perhaps larger, more elaborate sculptures. Simple colored glass panes can be placed on the walls for minimalist art, or you can place custom printed or patterned glass. Glass mosaics can also be beautiful additions.

Making smart use of glass when designing a home can give it a unique personality that makes your home sleek and modern. In addition, glass is often affordable, eco-friendly and long-lasting. Have you considered some of the ways you could use glass designs in your home?

Craftsman Glass services and installs custom glass designs in the Denver Colorado area.

Creating an Outdoor Space with a Theme

It’s a well-established fact that as time goes on, things change. Specifically, people and their cultures change and the styles they find appealing are vastly different from decade to decade. Hence, if you’ve lived in the same place for a long time and you take good care of your things, your decorating scheme might be something like a museum of different eras you have experienced. This isn’t a bad thing, but if you find that the inconsistent mood of the scheme is too chaotic, you may decide to update it and go with a more steady look and feel. You might be surprised by how much a consistent design plan can establish a mood. Here, we will talk about some of the decoration schemes possible in an outdoor space.

patioIn decades prior, backyards were designed with different goals and mindsets than they are today. For a family the 1970s, for instance, it was enough to have a manicured lawn, a simple picnic area and perhaps a barbecue. But modern Americans tend to have more of a focus on outdoor living in mind when they design their outdoor spaces. This often includes features that make the patio or deck as comfortable as a room inside the house. It becomes a living space in itself, with its own function. Just as a study can be used as a library, an office or den, an outdoor space can take on a number of different roles when the weather permits it. Many people enjoy having reading areas, outdoor kitchens or even projection screens for outdoor movies.

Interior designers know how important it is to keep a consistent style that isn’t distracting and doesn’t clash. Likewise, you would want to keep those guidelines in mind when picking features for your home’s outdoor areas. In order to keep a compatible design, it would be a good idea to take a look at the exterior of your home and note the colors and style of architecture. Most likely, you will be able to find furniture that matches the look . If you are able to tie it into your home’s interior design as well, that’s even better, but exterior compatibility is the most important priority.

Wicker furniture, along with other types of wood furniture, is highly versatile when it comes to blending themes. It has a naturally subtle appearance that doesn’t usually clash with other styles, and color accents can come from the cushions, allowing you to match it to any theme fairly easily.

If you have a pool, or are considering getting one, you might choose to go for a more aquatic theme. It can be easy to overdo it, but some subtle island-style furniture and bar setups can make for a fun theme to enjoy during the summer months.

Some people prefer a more modern look. Some go for the furniture with bright, solid colors with trendy, artistic shapes. Others prefer the clean appearance that can come from stainless steel and glass items. Either of these styles can be used to create a design that looks contemporary and simple.

Good use of stone and other hard surfaces can be a great way to make your outdoor area truly amazing. A well-placed stone walkway that wraps around a pond or water feature can be an amazing look for your yard. You might even have walled or dugout areas with cooking appliance built into them.

The possibilities are nearly endless. Whatever you choose to do with your outdoor space, planning a consistent tone and style can be the key to making your time spent there comfortable and memorable. To see some of the options available, including items by Patio Renaissance, be sure to check out Inside Out Furniture Direct.

Meet the Elliot and Thoreau

We are so excited to announce the introduction of two of our newest Craftsman floorplans, the Elliot and Thoreau.  Both single story plans with bonus room options, these new plans come in Craftsman, Tudor and soon to be Mission architectural designs.  The Thoreau is named after  Henry David Thoreau, author offers 2352sf with 3 bedrooms, a study and 2 bathrooms.  The Eliot is named after TS Eliot and offers 3 bedrooms, a study and 2.5 bathrooms 2604sf.  Now is a great time to view both of these new designs in person in Kingsbury Ridge.  Open 7 days a week and ready for move-in this summer.  For more information email sales@mccalebhomes.com.

The Spring Parade of Homes is Underway!

elevationThe second weekend of the Parade of Home Spring Festival is about to begin! May 9 through 11, McCaleb Homes’ model homes throughout Edmond will be open from 1pm to 7pm. This is an excellent opportunity to see one or more of these beautiful homes up close! Find out for yourself what makes a McCaleb Home different, and see the unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction behind every one of our homes.

The homes include in the Parade are:

More information about the Parade of Homes Spring Festival can be found Here.

New Model Home!

We are moving model homes! Make sure to come by and visit us at our new model home located on 3100 Trailhead Drive in our Centennial at Iron Horse Ranch Community. This home is our Steinbeck home with a Tudor elevation.

We have several other homes available in the Centennial community as well.

Centennial is located on Coffee Creek and Coltrane just north of Centennial Elementary. Our homes will be open Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 6 pm., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information contact a member of our sales team at sales@mccalebhomes.com

Tudor Takeover

We are excited to announce that we have completed our first Tudor Style home from our new McCaleb Homes Tudor Collection.

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The home is a beautiful Steinbeck floorplan with an upstairs bonus room and full bath. This home is a knockout, and the best part is is just the first of four other Tudor Style homes we have under construction. This home is located in our Centennial community in North Edmond off of Coffee Creek and Coltrane. The address is 3100 Trailhead Drive.

Make sure to view our new Tudor and also our new Mission collection on our website, and for any questions about the purchase of your new McCaleb homes, do not hesistate to contact our sales team.