The Norman Transcript

Business

September 15, 2013

Alameda Park housing addition combines quality, affordability and security

NORMAN — Quality homes can be family affordable, according to one builder whose business is booming again in an east Norman locality.

Following a lull in the residential new construction market a couple of years ago, many developing neighborhoods are bouncing back, and Alameda Park is no exception.

Abdi Malakouti, project manager for Westpoint Homes in the blossoming Alameda Park neighborhood, said he approaches every build as if he were going to live in the home.

“From the foundation, the concrete work, slab, frame and roofing, all the houses we are building — whether we’re building a $300,000 home or a $150,000 home — are the same quality,” Malakouti said. “We are working with the same subcontractors.”

Special touches in the entry-level, family homes in Alameda Park make the difference.

Malakouti said Westpoint Homes incorporates quality that sometimes exceeds city code requirements. For example, the city requires lead-free faucets in kitchens.

“I do lead-free faucets for the bathroom vanities, too,” he said.

Looking at each home with the eyes of a potential buyer, Malakouti works with the various floor plans to make sure the space flows well and is family friendly, usable and environmentally friendly.

“All of the houses we’re building here are energy-efficient homes with certification,” he said.

He also takes pride to make sure homes are not exact cookie-cutter duplicates of each other, using special touches to give each home distinct character and style. In the kitchen, travertine stone is used for the tile backsplash. Each home has a covered patio and front porch and a security system.

Other touches include items like a giant walk-in closet in the master bedroom and a built-in office nook separate from the bedrooms. Homes have flexible floor plans to meet the budget and other homebuyers’ needs.

“Homes are a big investment. We have to be patient with people,” he said. “We have to work with them.”

The homes come with a one-year builder warranty. In Alameda Park, homes range from 1,250 to 1,800 square feet. The neighborhood will likely reach buildout in three to four years.

Joy Hampton

366-3544

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber welcomes new members

    The Norman Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our sales volunteers and welcome our new Chamber members from our recent spring membership drive.  Suzanne McAuley was this year’s membership drive chair....

    April 20, 2014

  • It’s easier than ever to be your own movie producer

    Things have certainly come a long way since 1988, when the first stand-alone audio CD recorders outside of CD manufacturing plants started showing up. At that time, do-it-yourself CDs were the province of the rich and famous, as the ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014