Dreams of home(s): Festival of Homes features new construction over two weekends
With houses in short supply and home remodeling booming, more traffic than usual is expected at the Festival of Homes this weekend and next in Norman, Moore, south Oklahoma City and other points south.
The annual event is this weekend and again Aug. 7-9 with 36 news houses open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m.
Buyers and dreamers are welcome.
"For many years, the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma — BASCO — has presented a Festival of Homes as an opportunity for the area’s best builders to showcase new homes that meet every customer’s needs, from those looking for their first starter home to those ready to finally build their dream home," said Stephen Koranda, executive officer of BASCO. "Of course, some of the festival attendees aren’t homebuyers at all.
"Many come out to see the latest homebuilding technology and trends to get inspired for remodeling or decorating their existing homes. BASCO’s builders love showcasing their work for these festival-goers, as well."
This year's festival will feature 36 homes ranging in size from about 1,650 square feet to luxury homes over 3,800 square feet, and ranging in price from about $230,000 to $750,000. Because of the coronavirus, masks are encouraged on the tour and will be provided at the Festival Show Home.
The Festival Show Home is at 2215 Kimball Drive in St. James Park addition, built by Cougar Homes with financing provided by Armstrong Bank. St. James Park is just south of E State Highway 9 and 24th Avenue SE. Cougar Homes, in business since 1995, is owned by Jon and Laura Horn and their daughter, Savannah Horn. Jon Horn is a Certified Professional Builder.
The 2,130-square-foot home is in a modern-traditional style "with city loft influences." It has three bedrooms, two baths, and features a large, open living plan including a great room with linear gas fireplace. The kitchen has a large marble-topped island, designer vent hood and stainless-steel appliances with a five-burner gas cooktop and separate electric oven.
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The show home is landscaped front and back, and has full guttering, underground irrigation and a security system. It has energy-efficient heating and cooling, above-code blown-in insulation and double-pane low-e windows.
Some proceeds from the sale of the Festival Show Home are donated to community endeavors such as the BASCO student chapter at the University of Oklahoma and to scholarships at Mid-America Vo-Tech and Moore Norman Technology Center for students interested in careers in the construction industry.
Festival of Homes Tour Books, with details on the homes, photos, a map and directions, are available at at 7-Eleven. For more information, go to www.BASCO-Festival.com. Or call Stephen Koranda, BASCO’s executive officer, at 360–4161, or email email@example.com.