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New Park Planned in Oklahoma City

2007_0725Image0045Public parks offer many benefits to a community.  They add a natural beauty to a city and make it more attractive.  Residents and tourists love to visit parks in order to commune with nature and enjoy the beautiful day. Parks are also great venues for outdoor public events, such as concerts, picnics, and festivals.

Oklahoma City is planning to add another beautiful park to the area. The new park will be divided into two parts: the upper part will be located from Southwest 3rd Street to Interstate 40, and the lower part will be from Interstate 40 to the Oklahoma River. The entire park will be 70 acres and will cost $80 million.

The new park is part of the MAPS 3 project and will be another beautiful way to connect downtown to the Oklahoma River.

Features of the park will include walking trails, a children’s play area, and a lake that will allow paddle boats. From the Oklahoma River, there will be a trail system going leading to Lake Overholser.  A bridge will also be constructed to provide easy access from downtown to the river.

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

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Oklahoma Officials Call for Groups to Tackle Proper Storm Safety

Oklahoma Officials Call for Groups to Tackle Proper Storm Safety

The storm that hit Oklahoma last week caused millions of dollars in damage to residential properties and commercial buildings.  Sadly, in addition to that, several people lost their lives.  That is why state officials are looking for ways to enhance safety within the state, especially in schools and residential areas. Officials are forming discussion groups and task forces to tackle ways in which to better prepare for future natural disasters and save lives.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is calling for state discussions concerning the safety of schools. Gov. Fallin stressed the need for safe rooms that will better protect students and teachers during possible storms. In addition, schools need to implement practice drills in order to better educate the students and administrators on what they should do in case of storms or other dangerous incidents.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is also forming a task force to address the issue of safety in the city. The task force will discuss the recent storms and lessons learned as ways to determine what to do in future. The city task force will consist of state leaders and members of the business community. They will discuss the need for storm shelters, safe rooms, and other precautionary measures that can help save lives in future natural disasters.

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

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Renovations Planned for Edmond Boulevard Academy

Renovations Planned for Edmond Boulevard Academy

Many people in Edmond still consider the old Boulevard Academy their school. It served many students over the years, but closed its doors in 1994.

The Boulevard Academy in Edmond is a 90-year-old structure that has served many high school students over the years. The academy served as the home of Edmond High School from 1924 to 1994. However, due to its old structure, the building was eventually left behind and no longer used to house the main high school.  Instead, it became an alternative high school, and Edmond students now attend their classes at Memorial High School.

It now remains a historical and memorable place, but it could still be viable for future classes if it went under proper renovation. Because of this, renovations plans have been put into place and have already started, so they can be complete in time for the new school year in the fall.

A $3.3 million budget has been allotted for the renovations, and the money was generated by the  the 2011 and 2012 bond issues.  Part of the renovations include an elevator from the first floor to the second floor. More restrooms will also be added, as well as new fixtures like doors and windows. Science and computer rooms will also be added where the old auditorium used to be. There will also be major infrastructure improvements to heating, air conditioning and plumbing systems.

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

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Decorating Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Decorating Beyond Your Comfort ZoneOne day, you enter your living room and start to realize that it has the same look it’s had for years. You start rearranging the furniture and decor inside the room. But, when you step back to evaluate the new design of your living room, it still looks and feels exactly the same.

Simply rotating the same design throughout your living room, dining room, or bedroom can become boring. If you want to see something new inside your home, you need to get out of your decorating comfort zone and work on something bolder and more fearless.

Below are some cool tricks on how you can transform the repetitive look of your home interior to something new:

  • Change your artwork. The great thing about artwork is that you can easily change it. Update your artwork with new colors and concepts, so there is something more interesting to look at. Store your old artwork for future use because you never know when you may want to bring it out again for future use.
  • Use wallpapers in other places besides your walls. There is no rule that says wallpaper is meant only for the walls. You can update the look of your cabinets with beautiful wallpaper on the inside. Or, cover the doors of your cabinet with different patterns that pop out and adds color to the room.
  • Choose bolder lighting. Instead of blending your lamp into your living room’s neutral color, choose a bolder color for your lamp base, such as orange, red, or yellow. These warm colors will not only brighten up your day, but they will also offset the monotonous look of your living room. You can even explore colorful chandeliers.
  • Paint your furniture red. Wouldn’t a red dining room cabinet look attractive amidst your darker or lighter walls, table, and chairs? Find the courage to paint your cabinet, chair, or table red (or whatever color you like) for added attention to the room.
  • Use words. Try using quotes or jumbled letters for added decoration inside the room. Paint it yourself or have your kid paint one for you. It will be a lot of fun.
  • Enhance your staircase. Use a patterned and/or colorful floor runner to add more vibrancy to your staircase than plain wood.
  • Install bolder drapes. If your furniture and walls have neutral colors, add something lively via your drapes. You need not cover your entire window with a full drape. Use an elaborate hook on the sides to fold your drapes into place while letting the natural light come in.

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

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Working with a Landscape Professional

Working with a Landscape Professional

When you want to increase the curb appeal of your home, one of the many things you take into consideration is landscaping. Having beautiful landscaping in your yard will enhance the look of our property and make our home appear more elegant. Lovely flowers in bloom, green grass,  stunning water features, and well-crafted stone pathways all serve as eye-candy for homeowners and potential buyers.

If you want to add a scenic touch to your yard, a landscape professional can help. Landscape professionals are experts in beautifying your yard and garden, so you can simply relax and enjoy them.  To make your landscaping project a success, it is important that you work well with your landscape professional. You will be spending a lot of money, so it’s important to communicate well the first time around because mistakes and changes can be costly.

So, how do you work well with your landscape professional?

  • Set a budget. Before you begin any home project, always set your budget first to evaluate whether or not you really can afford hiring a professional to work for you for a period of time. Consider the costs of hiring a professional, including labor and overhead.
  • Decide what you want and use it as a basis for hiring the right kind of landscape professional. There are different kinds of professionals that can work on your landscape, so you want to be sure you’re working with someone who will address your needs. A landscape architect will focus more on the overall structure of your landscaping, while a designer will concentrate on its aesthetic appearance. If you only need help in growing more plants, try working with a horticulturist.
  • Sign a contract prior to the start of the project. A written contract will provide support and security for both you and your hired professional. Make sure that everything you want and everything your landscape professional needs are described in the contract.
  • Supply the resources that your landscape professional will need. This includes access to a source of water, electric outlets, and added space for their materials and equipment. If you give your landscape professional what he or she wants, then your project will be done in no time.
  • Set the ground rules up front. You may be working with people you don’t know, so it is important to establish guidelines before you work with them. If you don’t want somebody to smoke on the job, you need to express that from the beginning.
  • Learn everything about maintenance before the project ends. Ask your landscape professional to teach you how to properly maintain your landscaping, so it can last for a long time.

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

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Decorating Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

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A lot of entertaining occurs during the holiday season, and when you are hosting a party, there are many factors to consider in order to make it a success.  In addition to having one-on-one contact with your guests, the way you decorate your house to create a feeling of comfort will also contribute to the memories they make.

To help you prepare your home with decorations for holiday entertaining, here are a few tips:

  • Play with alternative Christmas palettes. You don’t have to limit yourself to red and green – other combinations, like green and brown, violet and bronze, or white and gold, are also beautiful options, especially when it comes to table settings.
  • Create a holiday-themed centerpiece instead of a traditional floral one. Think of creative Christmas themes to decorate the center of your table like a bright gingerbread house or a lovely nativity scene. Perhaps you could recreate a mini-North Pole with Santa Claus and several elves making gifts. Just remember to keep your centerpiece low, so your guests can converse with each other easily.
  • Add scented candles or potpourri.  They add visual appeal and create a welcoming scent to make your guests feel comfortable and at home.
  • Rearrange furniture to create a more intimate setting. This encourages conversation within the group. You may also want to add more seats, depending on the number of people you have invited to your celebration.
  • Use your best dinnerware.  A complete table setting adds an elegant element to your table.  Use folded table napkins we well, as they provide a great opportunity to incorporate your color theme.
  • Add a place card at each setting.  Create small greeting cards with your guests’ name on them and place where you want to assign your guests to the table.
  • Expand your holiday decorations to the kitchen and bathroom. It will keep the festivity present, regardless of where your guests may be.
  • Dress up your food. Add something festive to your holiday feast, like a small Santa statue on a cake.

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

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Interior Doors for Your Home: Ideas to Consider

Add more value to your home with beautiful interior doors. Whether you choose a traditional swing door, a folding door, or a sliding door, it will enhance the overall beauty of your home.

To give you an idea of the different styles of interior doors that are available, here are a few to consider:

Two-Way Door– Why not save more space in your house with a rotating interior door instead of a conventional door? All you need to do is rotate the door at the center so you can move from one room to another. The rotating effect also adds aesthetic appeal to your interior in addition to its space-saving benefit.

Asian-Inspired Door – Add traditional flair to your home interior with Asian-inspired doors made from materials such as bamboo and teak. These types of interior doors give warmth to your home and make it feel comfortable.

Pocket Door – If you have no space left in your room for a swinging door, try a pocket door instead. This type of door is hidden inside a compartment within the wall, so you can save more space than if you used a visible sliding door or customary swinging door. It also serves as a great architectural statement and can be adorned with attractive hardware for an appealing appearance when hidden.

Folding Glass Door – Two reasons for adding a folding glass door are that it adds more light to the room and saves space.  In addition, it is a unique design that can provide a unique elegant element to any room.

Sliding Glass Door – These are currently quite trendy and are great solutions for small spaces, especially in modern houses. Glass doors create the impression of a wider room because they allow your vision to expand without interruption.

Sliding Barn Door – Barn doors offer a unique look and are rolled open and closed by barn door rollers. You can paint your barn door white or simply leave it in its natural wooden tones.

Stained Glass Doors – No need for added décor with these doors. Designs are intricate enough to make a room look artsy and beautiful. These are perfect for closet and bedroom dividers or the entrance to your home office.
Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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