By Kelly Rogers
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Current and prospective homeowners can explore the newest trends in construction, design and building technology at the annual Festival of Homes (click here for online map).
Hosted by the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma, the festival will feature homes from June 7 to 15, with all homes open daily from 1 to 7 p.m.during these dates. BASCO is a nonprofit trade association supporting people involved in the building industry from the home buyers to the home builders.
With 31 news homes on the tour, feastival-goers can expect to see houses of all sizes spanning across South Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Blanchard and Newcastle. Each year a Festival Show Home is built to help raise funds for local foundations such as the Norman Public Schools Foundation, Mid-America Technology Center and the Moore Norman Technology Center. A percentage of the show home sale will help benefit these three educational facilities.
This year’s Festival Show Home was built by Canterra Signature Homes, a family owned business with father/son duo builders, Jesse and John Jennings. Jesse Jennings said he has worked alongside his father, John, building Canterra Signature homes in the OKC, Norman and Edmond areas for the past 10 years.
The official show home is located in the Windstone housing edition of Norman at 5913 Windstone Drive. The show home and other festival homes are furnished and decorated by contributing designers and stores such as Kern’s, Theo’s Market place, Thompson Pool & Patio and Two Hip Chicks.
Jennings said current homeowners can still benefit from looking, even if they’re not looking to buy. The festival homes provide interior and exterior design ideas, he said.
“We’ve started incorporating a lot of gray, and getting away from traditional brown,” he said. “There are a lot of new styles and color schemes to see.”
From custom made cabinets and outdoor grills to energy efficient spray foam insulation, these houses include special features to improve the construction and efficiency of the houses. Rhonda Trower, BASCO committee chair said home styles to be shown include French, contemporary and country styles, with open floor plans that home buyers look for.
The Canterra house also includes an engineered foundation system known as a post tension slab. Jennings said this holds the house together as one whole piece of concrete, which helps preserve the structure of the house since the soil in Oklahoma tends to shift.
The festival aims to showcase reputable builders, including those who are Certified Professional Builders and Certified Green Professionals. “We want to showcase their work and the latest trends in design,” Dana Kelso, BASCO executive officer, said.
Free copies of the festival magazine are available at 7-Eleven stores in South OKC, Moore, Norman, Blanchard and Newcastle. Visit basco-festival.com to review home entries, learn about the builders and plan festival tours.
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