Highland Village was built on one of the highest vistas in North Norman with alluring views and a welcoming community. Highland Village strives to maintain it’s well-kept appearance and sense of community by hosting events throughout the year. The most recent event was a Pool Party complete with food and fun with all your favorite neighbors!
Not only is Highland Village breathtaking, but the location makes it just as appealing. Only 5 minutes to the highway and major chain restaurants and shopping, Highland really has it all; the feeling of tranquility coupled with convenience. Whether you’re just starting a family or looking for the perfect place to retire, Highland Village definitely deserves a look.
When you are building your dream home, location is key. The town you choose to build in will become your community. Brookfield Custom Homes has built many homes in the Norman area. We have seen many families completely fall in love with their home and the community surrounding them. Here are just a few reasons why you should build in Norman.
You will never be bored in the “City of Festivals”!
There is always an event happening any given weekend. Norman is home to many local festivals including the annual Chocolate Festival, Summer Breeze Concert Series and the Norman Music Festival. Norman may house big events but it is still a small family oriented community. The city also host many smaller events like their annual fall festival filled with rides, activities and food. During the holiday season the Downs Family Christmas Lights Ministry has become a tradition for many Norman families. Without a doubt you are sure to find something to become your new tradition.
The food will not disappoint. For those days you don’t want to cook in your beautiful new custom kitchen, Norman has your covered. You can pick anything from classic American food from the Classic 50s Drive-In, to traditional Venezuelan or Japanese food that can be found on Campus Corner. Some of the hot spots in Norman include Greek House, Tarahumara’s Mexican Café, and Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ. Whatever it is you are craving to eat, Norman has it!
Norman public schools take pride in focusing on their students’ needs. Majority of Norman schools from elementary to high school test better than 90% of the rest of the state of Oklahoma. Elementary and middle schools have an average of 15 students per teacher. Once in high school, the small town feeling is strong but the options of clubs and sports a student can partake in are unlimited. Solve the summer and winter blues.
When the days seem to drag on and you need a change of scenery you can grab your family and jump on to I-35 N to visit Oklahoma City. Within 30 minutes you and your family will be where the OKC Thunder play. Norman is the perfect distance for you and your family to spend the day in OKC, while being able to return home to sleep in your own bed.
Whether you are looking for a small home for yourself, a larger home for your growing family or a home where you can age in place, Norman is for you. If you have fallen in love with the Norman community, fall in love with your home. If you cannot find your dream house, let Brookfield Custom Homes built it for you. Build your perfect home to fit your needs and become part of a neighborhood community where you will be welcomed with open arms.
Are you running out of ideas where your elf on the shelf should go? Try these creative things in your home this year. If you haven’t already heard of Elf on the Shelf, here is a brief description. This idea of elves hiding around the house comes from a book titled “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition”. An elf is sent from the North Pole to help manage the naughty and nice list. Only when you start to personalize the scout elf, he will receive the Christmas spirit. Each night the elf flies to Santa to report what he sees, and in the morning he hides in a new spot for you to find.In general, hiding the elf to surprise the kids is the main reason to grab an Elf on the Shelf this year. Running out of ideas for hiding spots? We’ve got you covered. First, start off with a shelf of some kind. Pick a place with the most traffic, like the living room, so the children can spot him. Next, leave your elf with a note stating why he is there and that he needs a name. Let the children pick a name for him. Now that the kids are familiar with the elf, it’s time to get creative. Here are some ways to let your elf have some fun this Christmas.1.A board game. Believe it or not, elves love board games. They just aren’t very good at cleaning up afterwards. Pick a board game in the closet and put it to use by staging a board game scene.2.Get out some food! Elves don’t eat that much, so don’t worry about wasting food for this choice. Pick out a cereal or a cracker for the elf to eat when the kids wake up in the morning. 3.Let the elf have some company over. Bring the kids dolls in to interact with the elf. A play date, wrapping presents, spin the bottle or a snowball fight with marshmallows will do the trick. Alternate with these ideas, or have some fun with your own. Elf on the Shelf is sure to make your children’s Christmas much brighter.
A growing toddler signals time for change in the household. What are the proper precautions to take when considering your home safety? We have simple tips to guide you through your safe and effective child-proofing.
Corners and edges.
1.Rather than refurnishing the entire house, look for rubber cover pieces that stick to those pointy corners. This will help insure the falls and bumps of a clumsy child to be far more safe. This will also protect your furniture from the damage of toys. For a exploring toddler, cabinet locks may come in handy to keep hazards away.
2.Knick knacks and breakables.
Sadly, these objects will have to be put out of reach or in a sturdy place: picture frames, vases, statues, books and other possessions. It takes nothing but a few seconds for a spark of interest to appear in a toddler’s eye. Only a few more for it to be broken and on the ground. So, keep your valuables and breakables behind locked cabinets or up high.
3.Soft and comfortable.
When fixing an environment for a child, keep in mind where all of the slip and fall areas might be. Rugs can be an excellent choice for breaking a fall and accenting the style of a room. Toys with hard areas, like plastic eyes and removable small objects, can be a major hazard to children as well. Adult supervision should always be considered when playing with hard or small materials. Plush toys can be a nice solution for playtime until transition.
Making sure your things stay unbroken and your child is safe can be done in just a few steps. See your local store for kits to make life just a little less hectic.
There are many reasons you should be living in an energy-efficient home. It saves money, it’s better for the environment, and it might be easier than you think.
Here are a few ways to start living energy-efficient in your home.
This is a great first step towards saving money in the long-run, and living more qualitatively in your home, though it can be an investment for the short-term. According to Energy.gov, to improve your windows, you can begin by adding caulking and/or weather-stripping to reduce the amount of air leaking from your home. This means keeping heat in during the winter, and coolness in the summer. The site suggests using weather-stripping which can withstand temperature changes, friction and weather. The site also suggests using window treatments, like blinds, drapery and curtains to keep sunlight from heating up the inside of the house during warmer months.
Unplug your Appliances!
Energy.gov said this small, simple fix could save up to 10 percent on your energy bill.
“Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances,” according to the site.
It starts with simple appliances, such as toasters, game consoles, cable boxes and TVs. A cable box alone racks up about $18 per year. Energy.gov stated that a good way to keep from wasting that money is to use a power strip, which easily switches off each standby appliance that’s plugged into it.
Replace those light bulbs
Replacing standard light fixtures with CFL (compact fluorescent light bulbs) can save money and provide the same amount of light. According to SCE.com, a 14 watt CFL uses 1/4th the amount of energy of a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Recent surveys also suggest 65 percent of Americans have made the switch to more efficient bulbs, with 46 percent choosing CFL lights over LEDs and Halogens, according to the 2013 OSRAM Sylvania Socket Survey.
Overall, an efficient home is a quality home, and will make your living experience less expensive and often more comfortable in the long-run.
The first benefit you can enjoy with custom homes is knowing the materials used in the construction process are of good quality. When you buy a home off the market that has already been built by a commercial company, oftentimes they are mass-manufactured with cheaper quality products. Building your own custom home ensures that you not only select your own materials, but can find out first hand whether or not they are of sufficient quality.
The second benefit you can find with the custom homes is you are able to have the house laid out like you want it to be laid out. Dishwasher way too close to the refrigerator, or laundry room doors in the way of the garage door? When you design your home’s layout, discrepancies like these won’t ever get in your way. If you like a chute upstairs for your kids’ laundry to come directly to the laundry room, so be it – it’s your house, you can lay it out how you want to.
The third benefit you will notice with the custom homes is you will have the chance to exploit the land and the home. Typically you would not think about the land and home being exploited at the same time, but you will find this is possible with a custom home because you can make the house look like what you want it to with the land.
Fourth, you decide your budget and price range. You can skimp here and there in order to obtain your must-haves, and using a trusted company like Brookfield can advise on which components of the home are more important than others.
These only scratch the surface of the many reasons to choose a custom home. If you work with us, we promise to deliver all the benefits you need/want, and more.
These are great ideas to keep in mind when you are designing your custom home, or to improve the one you already have. Who says home improvement has to be boring, or expensive?
This idea is free! De-cluttering can make your house feel bigger, nicer, and less stressful. If you have enough extra unwanted stuff, you could even have a garage sale and make some money off of it. Even if you aren’t getting rid of stuff, putting things away or into organizational containers will make your home more aesthetically pleasing overall. Rearrange your furniture or buy new decorations to really get a new look.
A $30 gallon of paint can go a long way, and moving up to our $50 limit can give you enough rollers, brushes, and paint for multiple rollers. Tired of that yellow that has been in the study since you moved in? Revamp your feelings about your house just by simply adding or changing the colors.
Replace the doorknobs and drawer handles
When designing your own custom home, you can select these things from the get-go! But if you purchased your home off the market, replacing details such as the handles and knobs can go a long way.
A super cheap way to do this is to “shop the house.” This simply means going from room to room and swapping things out like knick knacks or lamps. If you are ready for new, check out Target or Pottery Barn to add some throw pillows or a mirror to a room or two.
Rent a power cleaner
Sometimes a vacuum just won’t cut it. A power cleaner deep-cleans your carpet to give it that “like new” look. You’d be surprised how satisfying it is to have clean carpet. Home Depot rents carpet cleaners for $25 for 24 hours, and many grocery stores and other stores also rent carpet cleaners for a day.
Swap light switches
Just like paint can change a mood, so can the light in a room. Swapping out discolored switches and outlets for sleeker new ones with dimmers not only gives you more control over your home’s lighting, but is more eco-friendly as well.
Install energy efficient thermostats
Although this might not improve the look of your home (even though some certainly look better than others), it will definitely make it feel better. Digital programmable thermostats can save about $180 a year on energy costs by setting temperatures for when you’re home and adjusting them when you’re sleeping or out of the house. Here’s one for $36 that is Energy Star compliant.
For $50, you can purchase several frames for family photos. If you want to save money, simply replace the older photos that are already in the frames you have. Pick your favorite memories and happy times that you want to see every day.
This is so easy to do, and there are so many options online that you are sure to find something that you like for a very reasonable price. Quotes, flowers, decals, and posters all add so much personality to a room and can fill those boring, empty walls.
An easy and inexpensive way to make a room more cozy is to add potted plants. If you have a garden or a nursery nearby, fresh flowers can add so much life to your home.
A comment thread on Houzz.com explores what different users thought were “must-haves” or helpful, fun additions when building their custom homes. You might find an idea you hadn’t thought of before!
Magnetic door switches. The light comes on when you open a door – great for closets!
A built-in dirty laundry bin in the kitchen or bathroom areas.
An in-drawer ironing board.
Swinging laundry room door, since your arms and hands are usually full when coming and going!
In the kitchen, place the outlets under the cabinets instead of on the wall. This will allow you to tile the backsplash with a seamless, uninterrupted look.
Alarm systems for fire, carbon monoxide, and theft.
Electrical outlets on every wall, and at least two cable/internet outlets in each room. It will never be cheaper than now to add them so you have options in the future.
A large bathtub, especially if you’re tall!
Placing an outlet by your steps for Christmas garland/lights, and then the same on or by the fireplace mantel.
If you are going to tile the master shower, make sure there is a niche for shampoo, a ledge to rest your foot when you shave your legs, and a bar for washcloths.
Dimmers on all the light switches.
The largest walk-in pantry possible to get stored food OUT of the kitchen space.
A bath drawer set up for hair dryers, curling irons, hot rollers etc. that has its own power supply inside the drawer. No more laying around or having to unplug and wrap cords.
A tankless water heater under kitchen sink for all kitchen water. (Only a cold line need be run to kitchen, so there is no heat energy lost by water sitting in pipes and no running the water till it gets hot – making it more efficient.)
His and her dual iPad and iPhone charging docks on the bedside tables.
If you live in Oklahoma, you are most likely familiar with the white fluffs that Cottonwood trees give off in the summer time. They look like harmless little wads of cotton, which typically they are, until they clog up your air conditioner’s condenser and can ruin it! It is a good idea to clear out your AC’s condenser both preventatively in the spring and following the falling of the Cottonwood seeds to make sure you’ve rinsed them all out.
Check out your roof shingles
The harsh summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Look for shingles that are cracked, buckling, loose, or missing particles – these need to be replaced. Storms during the summer can also be hard on your roof, so make sure you are regularly examining for possible damage.
Patch up the yard with compacted soil
If there are areas in your yard near your foundation that are lower than others, fill them with compacted soil. Summer storms can cause yard flooding, which can be detrimental to your foundation. Additionally, if these low areas fill with water in the heat, they can be a breeding ground for bugs.
Prepare your power equipment
Check your gas and battery powered yard tools to make sure they are energized and ready to go for the summer. Clean equipment and sharpened blades can make yard work more efficient and cut down on your workload later.
Clean your garage
A summer cleaning of the garage should be a ritual for everyone. Since this area is easy to neglect, giving it a thorough cleaning for the summer will make it easier to work in and last much longer!
Summertime in Oklahoma can be beautiful, unpredictable, HOT, and fun! Make sure your home doesn’t give you any extra stress during the season of relaxation.
Once there’s even a glimmer of spring, you’re ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year.
If you’re an allergy sufferer (and who isn’t?), that’s the last thing you want to do, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “It will allow pollen to settle in your home.”
If you really can’t skip that spring breeze, avoid opening them in the morning, pollen counts are highest in the morning; they decrease late in the day and at night.
And that’s not the only common spring-cleaning mistake homeowners make. Here are eight more to avoid:
1. Not Looking Up
You’ve worked up a sweat and everything’s starting to sparkle, but then you realize your ceiling fan is coated in dust. Uh, oh. Once you start wiping the fan, dust will scatter on what you’ve already cleaned. That’s why you should always look up to see what needs dusting before you start cleaning at eye level. Tackle hard-to-reach places like the tops of bookshelves, crown molding, and window ledges.
2. Starting to Clean Without a Plan
You wake up motivated — today you’re going to get all your spring cleaning done! But by noon, your house is in disarray, and not one single room is finished. Ugh. That’s why Briana Norde, owner of Caliber Cleaning Inc. says it pays to break up the biggest cleaning project of the year into smaller, more manageable tasks.
She recommends conquering your hardest job first, like the kitchen, which she calls the “most time-consuming room.” With that first accomplishment under your belt, you’ll have the momentum to take on the remaining tasks. The key is to give yourself plenty of breaks. And there’s nothing wrong with spreading it out over several days.
3. Ignoring That Weird-Looking Vacuum Attachment
Don’t let your carpet hog the vacuum. The crevice tool, Norde says, “is not used nearly enough.” Use it between your wall and refrigerator to get out the accumulated dust that’s otherwise unreachable, and run it around the edge of your baseboards to clean where standard upright vacuums can’t reach.
4. Skipping the Mattress
Think of how much time you spend in your bed. Yet, you probably clean the top of your fridge more often than your mattress. Your mattress harbors millions of dust mites, which cause various respiratory conditions including sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin rashes (not to mention just being plain gross).
“[Dust mites’] food is human skin scales, so the bed is just heaven for them,” says Ogden.
She recommends using a vapor steam cleaner to root out the itchy devils, then wrapping it in an anti-allergen mattress protector.
At the very least, sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and let it sit for awhile. Then (using the attachment mentioned above) vacuum it up.
5. Relying on Harsh Cleaners
There’s a reason many commercial cleaners have the words “danger,” “hazard,” or “caution,” on their labels. Something in the ingredients is toxic in one form or another, and most all could aggravate allergies and asthma. So, “don’t go crazy with cleaners you don’t need,” says Ogden. Moldy bathrooms may scream for bleach, but most surfaces do not. Ogden recommends making your own solution of water and vinegar (use a fifty-fifty ratio), which will keep most surfaces clean and germ-free.
6. Using Chemical Air Fresheners
You want your home to smell fresh, so it’s tempting to reach for that mountain-rain-spring-fresh-scent in a can. But aerosol air fresheners contain high levels of toxic pollutants like phthalates, which can affect hormone levels, cause reproductive abnormalities, and increase allergies and asthma. Yikes. Try homemade (and less-expensive) alternatives, such as potpourri, or essential oils and water in a spray bottle.
7. Leaving the Clutter
All of the spring cleaning tips and advice are useless if you don’t declutter first.
“We tend to not clean well around clutter,” says Ogden. “You’re not going to reach the dust there.”
Make sure toys are put away, books are back on the bookshelf, and paperwork is filed before you begin the cleaning process. Otherwise, you’re leaving room for dust and pollen to hide — making spring cleaning all for naught.
8. Treating It Like a Chore
If you dread spring cleaning, this should make you feel better: a Harvard study found those who treated cleaning as beneficial exercise saw a decrease in weight, body mass index, blood pressure, and more. That’s what we call a trifecta: living in a clean home, breathing allergy-free air, and feeling great!
Custom homes stand out from the crowd. They are one-of-a-kind, upscale creations that come with luxury upgrades and unique architectural design.
Custom home buyers enjoy not only flexibility in home design and architecture, typically, they also choose their ideal location and environment. As a result, custom home design often incorporates elements of the local landscape, whether that’s a view of the ocean, a natural stream, or the distinct colors and plants of a desert landscape.
Differences Between Custom & Production Homes
While production builders build communities by restricting design to a group of preselected home types on lots they have picked and purchased themselves, custom builders usually build on land owned by the customer and can start fresh with each design.
Production builders typically construct many homes throughout the year and may offer a variety of options, but production builders generally do not use construction plans other than the ones selected by the building firm. Custom builders spend more time on each project and often work on fewer than ten homes a year.
Custom or Production?
It’s the big question when it comes to home buying: custom or production homes? Both ways of building new homes have advantages and disadvantages. But which is right for you? Let’s take a look at the factors you should look at when making this decision.
Most production homes are built in large communities developed by a home builder, so land selection is usually restricted. Custom homes can be built on any owned parcel of land, which offers versatility.
Production homes usually fit a unified aesthetic of a neighborhood or a community. Make sure you enjoy that neighborhood aesthetic, as your home will look similar. As for a custom home, the world is your oyster: anything goes!
With a custom home, every detail is worked out from scratch: a very tedious and methodical process that can take a long time for your dream home to be built. Production homes can be constructed rapidly, as several similar homes have been built already.
Concerns about the resale value of custom homes depend on the home you build. Michael Jordan’s behemoth of a house plastered with his own logo might not appeal to many people, but a home with a unique layout that fits you might be a fit for someone else as well. As for a production home, there are few special concerns for reselling your home.
Still have questions about whether or not to build custom? Call us today at 405.310.6656
Buying a house is the most important purchase during your lifetime. When you build a custom home you feel true ownership that the house is truly and completely yours. The decision to build a custom home is not just about getting everything you want in a home, but also bypassing the things you don’t want. If you don’t want a formal living room, and would rather use the space in a different way, we are able to make the changes needed to make your home perfect for what you want and need. With a new home, you don’t have the hassle of worrying about appliances breaking, cracks in the ceiling, and other maintenance issues that come with purchasing a home. Everything is new and put together with great attention and care to ensure that everything is impeccable. The experience you have with building a custom home is monumentally different than purchasing one, because the conversation shifts from what you are willing to compromise on, to all of the things that you want in to have in your home. A custom built home is just that – custom built for your family. From the day you move in, your new custom home will include everything you want and need out of your dream home.