ideal homes: Cultivating the Popularity of the Modern Farmhouse Style - 09/23/18 04:22 PM
Back when this country was populated by colonists, farmhouses were built as simple homes for the families that arduously toiled over their land for survival from dawn to dusk. The architecture evolved with better access to more building materials. Centuries later, Americans and homebuilders are cultivating the popularity of the Modern Farmhouse style—a reflection of the desire to return to the simpler roots of our heritage. Of course, while homebuyers love the rustic nature of this style, today’s farmhouses are far more sophisticated than those that provided basic comforts.
The classic farmhouse style demonstrates the ingenuity of the pioneers, using reclaimed wood … (0 comments)

ideal homes: The Big Impact of Tiny Homes - 09/19/18 12:19 PM
Last year, McKown Village opened the doors of 32 cottages in Norman, OK. These homes—ranging from 358 to almost 700 square feet—might seem small to some people, but to those who moved in, they’re palatial. The residents had been homeless, finding shelter where they could, often on the streets. Here at Ideal Homes, we’ve witnessed the big impact of tiny homes.
Gene McKown, our president of development, spearheaded the project for Food and Shelter, a Norman-based non-profit organization. Gene raised money along with awareness. He reached out to friends, co-workers, business people, and community members and groups. Once an auctioneer as well … (5 comments)

ideal homes: The Online Open House: A Virtual Advantage - 06/29/18 06:56 AM
Homebuyers are increasingly turning to the Internet to do their new home search. The National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reports that 42 percent of buyers look online as their first step. They’re searching third-party sites for available properties that meet their criteria and then narrowing their search. What next? Well, if the buyer is looking for a new construction home, they click over to the builder’s site. When they arrive, they view the details about the builder, the communities, and the homes. This presents a virtual advantage for homebuilders to utilize the online open house as a … (0 comments)

ideal homes: When you live in a great location, a staycation is easy to plan. - 06/13/18 01:46 PM
There’s something special about taking a vacation without leaving home. You have time to kick back and relax, enjoy your home and yard, and do the things you put off all year long. When you live in a great location, a staycation is easy to plan. And when you don’t have a long list of chores, repairs, and clean-up to do during your time off, this vacation can be one of the most memorable ever. 
Start your staycation planning by making a wish list. Think about all those places you’ve passed while on your way to somewhere else. Remember all those out-of-the-way … (0 comments)

ideal homes: Get Your Outdoor Space Ready for Spring - 05/09/18 12:09 PM
We’re enjoying a beautiful spring here in the Oklahoma City area. Finally, the best part of the season has come, motivating many homeowners to take a fresh look at their great outdoors—and realizing maybe it’s not as great as it could be. Before Memorial Day launches you into outdoor entertaining, spend some time now and get your outdoor space ready for spring. Ideal Homes has a few suggestions to get it done.
Start with a clean canvas. Just like it’s hard to redecorate a room when it’s filled with furniture, you can’t get a clear vision of your yard’s potential when it’s … (0 comments)

ideal homes: 2018 Backsplash Trends - 02/05/18 08:39 AM
The kitchen has evolved from a purely functional space to one of the most stylized rooms in your home. The flooring, cabinetry (including the hardware), sinks, faucets, lighting, and appliances are available in a broad range of colors and styles, so you can create the very personal look you want. Backsplashes were intended to protect the kitchen wall from splashes and stains. They can still do the job, but with more style. Kitchen backsplash trends for 2018 give you more materials, more colors, and more design ideas to make a stylish splash.
Marble or (more affordably) marble-look tile combines the natural beauty … (0 comments)

ideal homes: How Many Ways Can You Use a Bonus Room? - 01/25/18 12:09 PM
No matter how much space you have in your home, you could probably find a use for an extra space that isn’t designated for anything in particular. It’s not part of the open concept where you don’t have privacy, or an extension of the owner’s suite where you might feel the use overlaps with the room’s restful purpose. At Ideal Homes, we’re finding that more homebuyers are interested in something extra. Think about it. How many ways can you use a bonus room?
A home office is definitely a possibility. Whether you work from home occasionally or full-time, a dedicated home office … (2 comments)

ideal homes: Deicing Alternative for Icy Surfaces - 01/15/18 02:00 PM
From the archives...
This time of year, there is often a need to address hazardous icy driveways, sidewalks or porches. When the next big snow or ice storm hits, be sure to follow Chad Tolle’s, our Director of Customer Care, advice regarding the removal of packed snow and ice covering:
Avoid salt and chemicals when deicing porches, sidewalks and driveways. This includes Calcium chloride, Magnesium chloride, Deicing fluid and all other associated chemicals. These chemicals can penetrate, corrode and disintegrate concrete.  (Read More)

ideal homes: The real estate market heats up during the cold winter - 01/11/18 12:49 PM
Whoever said people don’t buy homes in the winter or it’s just not a good time to buy a home is apparently out of touch with the current reality.
The real estate market heats up during the cold winter, and here’s why.
#1. Buyers are more serious.
Homebuyers who are making their decision in winter often have a strong motivator: job relocation or a change in their lifestyle (e.g., divorce, growing family). These buyers will make their decision sooner than the individuals who have less incentive.
#2. Homebuyers like less competition.
Because so many people accept the myth that homebuying is inactive in the … (0 comments)

ideal homes: 2017 Recap: Seven new model homes in six Ideal Homes communities - 12/29/17 06:22 AM
Things have been nonstop for us at Ideal Homes for the past 12 months. Not only have we been selling and building new homes for our homebuyers, but we have also developed seven new models in our new home communities in the Oklahoma City region.
Skyline Trails, the newest Ideal Homes’ community, is located in Mustang, OK. We have built a model home from our popular Edison floor plan. Inside the 1,386 square foot plan, every inch is used strategically. With three bedrooms, the open concept and vaulted ceilings add to the comfortable feeling in the central living area. When you reach … (1 comments)

ideal homes: How to choose the right ceiling fans for your home. - 12/14/17 02:30 PM
A ceiling fan adds to the comfort in your home at any time of year. In the warmer months, the ceiling fan creates a welcome breeze. When it’s cold outside, your fan pushes the warm air (that naturally rises upward) back down where it’s needed.
For your ceiling fan to produce the desired effect, you need to correctly select the fixture that will fit the room. Here are some tips for how to choose the right ceiling fans for your home.
          Identify the ceiling fan’s placement. Where do you need the air to circulate? In many rooms, that’s … (3 comments)

ideal homes: Things are looking up for ceiling design - 10/25/17 12:40 PM
A room is often defined by the color on the walls, the flooring, and the furnishings. Homeowners often ignore one other surface that could add significant design detail to the room.
The ceiling.
While ceilings used to be standard white, the ceiling design options, trends, and creativity have expanded our view of this “fifth wall”. The ceiling has become more than just the top dimension of the room.
At Ideal Homes, we’re often asked, “what’s the standard ceiling height?” The answer is 8 feet, but you can go up from there on your first floor (8-foot is still standard on the upper floors). Most … (0 comments)

ideal homes: Wildflower sprouts a new section of homes - 10/13/17 07:18 AM
The West Moore section on the southern side of Oklahoma City is a growing community. The quality of life and the close proximity to the city and all of its amenities add to the appeal.
Ideal Homes chose West Moore for our family-friendly Wildflower new home community, and it seems to have been a good decision. We’re now expanding Wildflower, adding a new section of homes that reflect the charm and energy-efficiency of our Ideal Homes here.
Available Home Designs
The new home designs range from the 954 square-foot Aster to the Foxtail, with 1,440 square feet. In between this square footage, we offer … (1 comments)

ideal homes: Why basements don’t make sense in Oklahoma homes - 10/05/17 07:32 AM
A basement can be a welcome space in a home. The downstairs room gives you storage and extra living space. In some areas of the country, a basement is also a safe place to escape a storm or retreat from the heat. But if you live in Oklahoma, a basement isn’t a viable option.
Why Not?
Tornadoes are not uncommon in Oklahoma. Between March and August of this year, 74 tornadoes hit Oklahoma. While they’re rarely devastating as the 2013 tornado, these violent wind funnels still cause damage. When a tornado strikes, the power of the storm can rip off a roof, crush … (2 comments)

ideal homes: Tiny homes, big hearts for the homeless - 09/12/17 09:45 AM
When you’re living on the street, the idea of your own home seems like an impossible dream.
A group of volunteers and businesses in Norman, Oklahoma, turned that vision into a reality for 32 people and families.
Tiny Homes
McKown Village recently welcomed its first residents to the community of tiny homes—cottages that range from 358 to almost 700 square feet, and each with its own unique look. The small homes are a big deal for the people moving in. They’ve been homeless, barely surviving on the streets or in temporary shelters. With McKown Village, every person gets a new start, rent-free in a … (3 comments)

ideal homes: A new dimension in finding your new home and community - 08/24/17 11:59 AM
Approximately 90% of homebuyers search online for a new home.
About 73% will spend up to a year browsing websites before they ever visit a model home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 68% of new home shoppers do their browsing with a mobile app on a smartphone or tablet.
These homebuyers looking at floor plans and elevations, researching options and amenities. They’re taking a close look at site plans to see which lots are available.
With digital advances, new home browsers experience more ways of seeing homes and communities—in a virtual world.
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ideal homes: Multi-generational living: The new version of “home” - 08/10/17 02:03 PM
Empty nesters are becoming scarcer these days. For the first time in 130 years, there are more adult children between the ages of 18 and 34 who are living with their parents than with a spouse, significant other, roommates, or alone.
More than 60.6 million Americans are living in multigenerational households—19 percent of the population, according to a Pew Research study. This is the highest number since 1950. From having the kids move back home to providing care for elderly family members, today’s homes are comprised of two or more generations.
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ideal homes: What is a Keeping Room? - 07/13/17 01:51 PM
Keep Close With a Keeping RoomThe open floor plan is a popular concept in today’s new home designs. It allows for a more spacious feeling and breaks down barriers to socializing.
But the idea isn’t a new one. Back in the Colonial days, before homes spanned thousands of square feet, people live in cabins with the “open floor plan”. Back then, homes had a space called “a keeping room” or “hearth room”, a nook near the kitchen usually featuring a hearth where the family gathered for warmth. Centuries before electronics, families spent their days working their farms and used the early evening … (0 comments)

ideal homes: Are standard counter heights still “standard?" - 06/06/17 09:57 AM
With changes happening so often, it’s important to be flexible and aware of the growing array of choices. Standards are no longer hard and fast.
Find the Right Fit
Standard kitchen counter heights, for example, have long been defined as 36 inches while bathroom counter heights have sat at 32 inches.  However, there is no right or wrong height, design-wise. Above all, your home should be the right fit for you, your family members, and your lifestyle. Keep this in mind when planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation.
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ideal homes: Homes make a neighborhood. Amenities create a community. - 05/25/17 02:04 PM
Every homebuilder knows that there’s more to building a community than designing and building homes that people want to live in. People choose their new home for its style, location, and “fit” with their lifestyle. Homebuilders who invest in creating communities recognize the importance of giving those homeowners and families more than a beautiful interior and exterior.
Homes make a neighborhood. Amenities create a community.
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