Archive for January, 2013

Replace or Repair: What to Do with Your Old Window

Replace or Repair What to Do with Your Old Window

Not all old windows need to be replaced. When there is damage, sometimes it’s better to repair it versus replace it, so you can preserve the look of your window. However, some old windows are better off being replaced than repaired, especially if damage is already prevalent.

So, what can you do to your old windows?

Repairing or replacing an old window has its own benefits and drawbacks. They may oftentimes include your added effort, your constant maintenance, and your overall cost. It is important that you evaluate the best way to do with your window before you jump on the decision of either repairing your old window or replacing it with something new.

  • The cost of repairing your old window may be minimal compared to replacing it with a new one. Repairs often only require a few needed materials, whereas replacement will require you to buy a new set of windows, which can be very costly.
  • When it comes to maintenance, repairing an old window may be difficult if the materials of your window are already deteriorating. It requires constantly cleaning the windows, applying sealant for wooden frames, and so on. New windows may only require you to regularly clean the glass pane and the frame.
  • The intricate designs and styles of your old windows are well preserved if you choose to repair them instead of replacing them with new ones. If you choose to replicate the old designs, it will likely be very expensive.
  • Replacing your old windows with new ones will allow you to enjoy the added features of new windows these days. For instance, added insulation is integrated in every new window, thus enabling you to cut down cost of energy. Good weather stripping is also included.
  • Sometimes, there can be more damage caused by replacing your old window than repairing it. In addition, damage on the wallboards may emerge once you remove the old window, which can be very expensive to repair.

When you decide to repair or replace your old window, seek a recommendation from a specialist to ensure that what you decide upon actually gives you more benefits. Always weigh the pros and cons of each option to help you decide.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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What to Do with Empty Dining Room Corners

What to Do with Empty Dining Room Corners

When you enter your dining room, you see beautiful lighting fixture, a lovely dining table and chairs, and a decorative centerpiece. Then, you cringe over an empty space in the corner of the room. Dining room corners are sometimes a dilemma. We want to have a grand room in which to eat and entertain, but having a bare spot makes it less easy.

To help you solve your dining room corner woes, here are some fresh decorating ideas to follow:

  • Build a corner cabinet. Create your corner cabinet so that you have storage space for extra plates, napkins, and spoons or use it to display your expensive china.
  • Spare an extra seat in the corner. There may be times when we need more than the usual number of chairs around our dining table. So, have an extra seat on standby in the corner, so guest can simply pull them out when needed.
  • Display something natural. Add a table in the corner and feature a lovely vase with fresh flowers. You can also use a tall plant to fill the corner. The natural look of plants will create a refreshing mood in your dining room.
  • Add a buffet table. Buffets can be ideal for certain celebrations, but turning your dining room table into one one isn’t always the best idea. Have a table ready in the corner for buffet dining in the future. You can cover it with a table runner or decorate it when not in use.
  • Create a small dining nook. It can take the formality out of eating at your dining table by having a small dining nook with a small table and seating to make any breakfast or snack more fun.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Oklahoma Governor Fallin Seeks More Funds for Mental Health Services

Oklahoma Governor Fallin Seeks More Funds for Mental Health Services

Enhanced health services, with added services, allow more people with health conditions to have access to the support and assistance they need. Education and care, for example, are expanded to help prevent negative situations brought about by health conditions, such as suicide and death.

To assist children with mental health conditions, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is seeking more funds to expand mental healthcare services in the state. The added funds would specifically offer extensive services to children with mental health problems.

According to Governor Fallin, an additional $16 million would help expand these services by adding a third crisis center, a suicide prevention initiative, and a treatment program for prescription drug abuse. Two crisis centers currently exist in Tulsa and Ardmore, thanks to last year’s funding. The location of the third crisis center would be determined by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Governor Fallin said that about $8 million would be allocated to existing programs, while the other half would be allotted to new services.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Science Museum Oklahoma Accepts $12 Million Grant and Opens Children’s Museum

Science Museum Oklahoma Accepts $12 Million Grant and Opens Children’s Museum

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation recently granted $12 million to the Science Museum in Oklahoma City. It will be used for the museum’s capital campaign, which will include a children’s museum in Phase One and interior and exterior improvements of the museum in Phase Two.

According to the Science Museum Oklahoma, Phase One will include a children’s museum that will feature scientists from the past and their contributions to the science community. Each area will feature one or two scientists with themed activities and interactive tours geared toward 3 to 6- year-olds.

Phase Two will be an overhaul of the museum’s main entrance and lobby. The area will be moved to the west end of the museum, so it will be closer to the children’s museum. In addition, there will also be improvements on the museum’s exterior. The remaining $10 million needed for funding the project is still needed, and the overall campaign project is expected to finish by summer of 2015.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Planning Your Living Room Layout Properly

Planning Your Living Room Layout Properly

Sometimes it takes a while to realize that your new living room arrangement isn’t actually what you wanted or imagined. So, you spend half the day rearranging your furniture and your room décor to fit exactly what you want.

Planning a living room layout is not a walk in the park, especially since it is the place in the house that you want to look the most elegant and perfect for guests. Whether you’re entertaining new guests in your living room, spending some me-time on your couch, or playing games with your family, it helps to have a living room layout that caters to multiple uses.  And, that requires planning.

When it comes to planning your living room layout, the first thing to do is to sit down and sketch. Try to visualize what you want your living room to look like and draw it in a notebook. You will probably create a lot of drafts, so it may be beneficial to buy a notebook, so you can keep them all together.

Keep in mind that your furniture must fit the right scale in order to look great in your living room. This means that if you have a small living room, you might want to consider smaller furniture. Otherwise, it will either not fit properly or will look too crowded.

Then, stage your living room in a way that everything flows easily inside the room. For instance, arrange your seats in a way that encourages relaxed conversation. Add side or coffee tables that can be easily reached, so your guests don’t have to constantly stand. Make sure that there is enough space to walk around without disrupting others in their chairs.

For living rooms that require a television set, make sure that your TV is the right distance from your seats. Ensure also that people in all seats can conveniently see the TV without having to move their chairs or strain to see.

Planning a living room does require a lot of consideration, yet with some planning and strategizing, you can create a relaxing space inside your home.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Organizing Your Bathroom More Effectively

Organizing Your Bathroom More Effectively

Your bathroom serves as a relaxing place, where you are able to refresh and rejuvenate or, after a hard day at work, enjoy a hot bubble bath. However, with all the essential things inside your bathroom, it can also become quite cluttered and messy. Instead of indulging yourself in the bathtub, you end up spending yours time cleaning up the mess.

The best solution is to make your bathroom more organized, so you can relax without any hassle. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Throw away unused things. If you have bottles of shampoo or bath gel that you no longer use, throw them away to free up space in your bathroom. We tend to replace old shampoos with new ones, even if we haven’t completely finished using them yet, and the old ones end up sitting on the shelf. So, either use them right away or get rid of them – don’t keep them around.
  • Organize storage. Use pretty wicker baskets for bathroom towels and plastic baskets for small bathroom essentials. Sort everything rather than jumbling it up in one place. You may also try using different storage solutions for each family member, such as each using a different colored container, so everyone knows whose things are whose.
  • Store everything in places where they are needed. For instance, your medicine should be stocked in the medicine cabinet, since it would be the first place you would look if you were searching for it. Place your soap and shampoo in your shower or tub. Keep your toothbrush and toothpaste near your sink for easy access.
  • Add a towel rack. It doesn’t need to be big, but the point is to have a place to hang your towels versus leaving them on the floor or thrown over something random. It will also help you keep new towels separated from old, dirty ones.
  • Use extra storage solutions. Install a shelf on your cabinet door for extra space to store jars and bottles. You may also want to use an extra shelf above your bathroom door for new towels and robes.
  • Make it a habit to clean up after yourself. If you maintain a routine of “clean as you go,” then you will find that your bathroom remains well-organized.s

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Oklahoma City Government Opens Board Positions to Residents

Oklahoma City Government Opens Board Positions to Residents

The public plays an important role in any state or local government. People’s opinions affect how they vote, which can significantly affect the way the government operates. If the public objects to certain activity, the city government must hear them out and implement action to support public opinion.

In Oklahoma City, to show how important public opinion is, Mayor Mick Cornett is opening several board positions to the public. Volunteers will be accepted for boards, committees, and commissions staff under the City Planning Department.

Committees and commissions that are now open for new applicants are: Arts Commission, Bricktown Urban Design Committee, Citizen’s Committee for Community Development, Downtown Design Review Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Riverfront Design Committee, Stockyards City Urban Design Committee, and Urban Design Commission.

Interested residents can submit their applications through email anytime. The positions are open to all qualified residents, and there are even some commissions and committees that allow non-residents to apply as well.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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