One of my favorite things about having moved home is that I seem to know people most of the places that I go. I’ve now had 2 friends become members of the Norman City Council – Kyle Allison, and Stephen Tyler Holman. While you’re very different from one another you both share a passion for our home town, and for that I’m even more proud to call you my friends. Congratulations Kyle!
Kyle Allison takes seat on Norman City Council
FROM STAFF REPORTS| January 22, 2015
NORMAN — Kyle Allison, 28, has been sworn in as the Ward 8 city councilman.
He replaces Dan Quinn, who was appointed last year when Chad Williams resigned to take a job out of state.
Municipal Court Judge David Poarch administered the oath of office Tuesday. Allison ran unopposed for the seat.
Incumbent council members Greg Heiple in Ward 1, Robert Castleberry in Ward 3, and Stephen Tyler Holman, Ward 7, also ran unopposed for their seats but will not be sworn in for their new terms until July 1.
Incumbent Ward 5 Councilwoman Lynne Miller is seeking a second term and will face Bobby Stevens on an April 7 ballot.
Quinn had agreed to temporarily fill the Ward 8 post after Williams left.
Washer, dryer, and water heater, get ready to meet smartphone, tablet, and app.
Hooking up time-honored home equipment to the Internet is the latest trend being touted by some of the biggest names in the appliance industry at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
This spring, Whirlpool Corp. will roll out Wi-Fi-equipped laundry machines that can download custom cycles, alert you if a load is unbalanced, and spot mechanical problems before they get out of hand. The new appliances, on display at Whirlpool’s CES booth, communicate wirelessly with a dedicated app that will also let you start them remotely, offer instructional YouTube videos, and even make a charitable donation when you begin a new load.
The new appliances represent “a really exciting opportunity for Whirlpool … to do what we do best, which is helping families care for one another,” said Ben Artis, senior category manager of connected homes for Whirlpool. “You can empower the appliances to offer new benefits that weren’t possible before.”
Whirlpool plans eventually to expand the app-based technology to other categories of appliances, such as ranges, ovens, and refrigerators. The company’s booth at CES features an exhibit that displays its vision for the kitchen of the future, a concept that closely integrates appliance operation with the cooking requirements of specific recipes.
Another appliance maker exhibiting at CES, Robert Bosch GmbH, is also close to bringing wireless connectivity to its products. The German company has developed an app, dubbed Home Connect, that will control and monitor devices such as water heaters, thermostats, and refrigerators. It will be released in Europe later this year. Bosch expects to introduce the technology in the United States as well, but hasn’t said when.
The drive toward linking devices to one another — an accelerating trend known as the Internet of Things — is spawning innovation across the electronics industry and playing a prominent role at CES.
In a packed keynote address at the start of the show, Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., declared that 2015 will be the year when many of the futuristic promises companies have made about getting devices to work together will finally become real.
“These are not pipe dreams anymore,” Yoon said, adding that by 2017, 90 percent of the products Samsung produces — including TVs, mobile phones, and home appliances — will be linked to the Internet of Things, or IoT.
Yoon also said companies must take steps to ensure that the IoT-based products they manufacture adhere to open standards, so equipment from one company is able to work with software and hardware from another.
Yoon was joined onstage by other leaders of the IoT movement who laid out their vision for a world where machines go beyond communicating with each other to responding to — and even anticipating — people’s needs. For example, working in tandem, a user’s smartphone, heating system, and other Internet-linked equipment could learn when that person tends to go to sleep and under what conditions. Then it can adjust the temperature of the user’s bedroom to promote a good night’s sleep.
Many companies exhibiting at CES are developing products that aim to take advantage of the ability of individual devices to communicate.
Engineers at Baintex, a startup based in Valencia, Spain, showed off its unreleased mobile app and an array of related devices that control and monitor a host of home functions. The Sentio system’s capabilities include remotely turning lights on and off; opening, closing, and securing doors; and tracking how much energy is being consumed in various parts of a home, said Alberto Sendra, lead mobile applications engineer for the company.
Meanwhile, California-based Savant unveiled an app by the same name that aims to enable disparate connected-home systems to communicate with one another as well as with the company’s own hardware for linking entertainment, climate control, lighting, and security devices.
I started this site so that I would have a platform to talk about Real Estate, and anything else that I find relevant to my knowledge of my industry. Oh, and I love talking about my job! However, I thought that it might be fun to share something a little different today. 2 Years ago today I ended up on The Late Show with David Letterman! After I had the chance to talk with him for a few minutes before the show he introduced himself as Norman, Oklahoma to my utter surprise… It was a little too difficult to explain once the show aired, so I decided to write a blog post about it to explain. So, on this day 2 years ago (in 2013) I had the chance to talk with David Letterman, and he mentioned my hometown on his show – and here is the proof!
How David Letterman and I Became Friends… (1-16-13, Kardashians and Buddy Guy)
So recently I had the chance while in New York City to go to a taping of Late Night with David Letterman, and it was a Great experience. I didn’t actually become friends with Dave, but we did get to chat for about a minute, and I like to think that I’ve never met a stranger (so we are friends now…).
I went to the show with one of my friends who I hadn’t seen in person since summer camp when I was 13 years old (half of my life ago). But thanks to the miracle of social media he and I reconnected and we had some great conversations, and shared a David Letterman experience.
So, before we went to the show I had been warned by multiple people that we should try to dress reasonably well and be enthusiastic, we did both and we had great seats. Before the show started we got to watch a few minutes of standup comedy (which I loved), and then we listened to the band get everyone fired up. Paul Shaffer came out right before Dave, and then we were off for an hour long adventure filled with Kim and KortneyKardashian, and Blues legend Buddy Guy. But, before the show started the audience had a chance to ask Dave questions, and I was ready for it. Right when he asked if anyone had any questions I shot my hand up, not entirely sure what I was going to ask. He asked me my name (I told the truth), and then he asked where I was from. When I told him Oklahoma he acted interested and asked which town. I said Norman, and he started asking about the Sooners (University of Oklahoma, for anyone who doesn’t know), and he seemed to be baiting me to explain to everyone that they were the people who cheated in the land run in the late 1800’s.
So finally I get to ask my question, and I decided on the question that I would forever remember asking David Letterman, and I asked him:
“How old were you when you realized that you were funny?”
The audience laughed pretty hard (which was about the coolest feeling ever), and he seemed to think it was a funny question. Due to a surge of adrenaline I don’t remember exactly what he said back to me, but he said something self deprecating about not being sure if he is really funny.
So he then thanks everyone for being there and heads back stage to start the show, and when he comes back out there is a miscue with the cue card guy, and they have to go again. On the second run something happened that I’ll never forget – he came out an introduced himself as Norman Oklahoma… To the audience this was pretty funny, but it obviously made no sense to anyone who wasn’t in the room 3 minutes earlier. It was a very small blip on TV, and meant nothing in terms of David Letterman’s career, but having a momentary inside joke with the Late Night personality of my adolescence and young adulthood was absolutely priceless.
After that it was a blast to watch how the show was run, and it was great to see such a different spread of guests with the Kardashians and Buddy Guy. So here are some clips from the show that don’t include yours truly.
Have you ever heard anything about the “Tiny House” movement? It’s a rather small movement 😉 but if you were born after 1980 you are very likely interested in saving more of your wealth and living in a smaller home than those in your family before you. Research and polling says says that the millennial generation wants a manageable home. As a very calculable millennial myself I must say that when I see pictures and videos of Tiny Houses I find myself supremely intrigued! Can you imagine owning your home for maybe 10 or 20 percent of what it might cost otherwise – thus giving you the opportunity to have gready autonomy and control in your life of how to spend your money. There is a swelling amount of information that talks about people making life easier and more manageable. Just how manageable are you hoping to make your life/home?…
This Jaw-Dropping Luxury Tiny House Will Amaze You
Chris Heininge Construction gained attention for this beautiful little design that squeezes more style and luxury into 280 square-feet of space than most houses five times its size have. From the cedar-clad exterior to the warm and spacious interior, every inch of this tiny house was built with an attention to detail that’s hard to match and a zen-like approach that seems perfectly balanced between luxury and necessity. The end result is nothing short of stunning. There’s a lot to check out, so let’s dive in.
Above you can see the well-appointed kitchen area, with stainless appliances, a wall-mounted television, and small kitchen table.
A sleek gas fireplace warms things up, and instead of a ladder leading to the sleeping loft, you’ll find a perfectly usable staircase – a big plus for any older folks or disabled people who might not be able to climb as easily. Another great feature is the storage that’s included in the stairs, making the most of every inch of space. Notice how that first step is angled toward the wall – yet another way the builder adds a few extra square inches in this tight space.
The living room offers a relaxing place to chill out, and of course, more built in storage cabinets everywhere you look. That blue couch pulls out, transforming into a queen sized bed for your guests, or a great spot to lounge with your loved one (or large dog as in my case).
As we head upstairs to the loft things just keep getting better. The sleeping area features a queen size bed, with built in end tables and storage, plus room to stand up! I also love the large window that lets natural light spill in, and at night the sleek recessed LED lights help brighten the area up just perfectly. It brings together style, form, and function in one perfectly arranged space.
By now you’re probably thinking, “I want to live here” and you will surely feel that way once you see the bathroom. It’s pretty straightforward, with a sink, cabinet that you can use for a washer/dryer if you want, and toilet. But then, there’s the jacuzzi bathtub, with shower extend.
As if all the elements that went into this tiny house weren’t enough, just wait, because it gets better. While the house isn’t on wheels, Chris decided to make it easy to transport by designing a detachable roof. In just a few minutes the house can be made ready for transport on a 20′ flatbed truck. There’s no doubt that Chris Heininge is a master craftsman, as demonstrated by this build, and the 100+ other houses he helped build in Oregon, Arizona, and Washington.
In case you were wondering about the inspiration for the design, there’s a story there as well. Chris spent twenty years doing missionary work in Japan, Hong Kong, India and Macau. While in Japan he helped build and remodel houses, and as you can tell, the Japanese approach toward simple and functional design aesthetics rubbed off. Hopefully there’s enough demand to get them to consider making more of these, or releasing building plans because we love every square inch! Chris’ work is truly inspirational, and we hope to see more of his efforts in the future.
We can only assume Chris has received a blitz of interest for this house, and while we aren’t sure whether it sold yet, we do know this is the only one of its kind available. In case you were wondering about floor plans, you’re in luck because according to his website, they will be released for sale soon. We can’t wait.
As with any tiny house that costs this much, we usually get a slew of comments and opinions, and while mostly positive, I wanted to take a moment to address the inevitable “$70k!? That’s crazy, I could never afford that.” statement that’s sure to arise.
With a rising tide of interest surrounding the tiny house movement comes an increasing demand for builders and more designs to draw inspiration from. We’re seeing new builders like Tiny Heirloom Homesemerge, making tiny, fashionable little houses that sell for upwards of $65-100k. And while this one clocks in on the low end of that figure, at $70k, it seems worth every penny, especially when you see just how much detail and beauty is contained within.
Given the values of sustainability and the closely related vision of financial prudence that serve as basic tenets of the tiny house movement, it’s interesting to see builders serving the higher end market. Naturally with a growing demand, it only makes sense they’d fill the gap. Regardless of the higher than average price, I think this is a good thing because with more competition and demand I think we will see cheaper alternatives emerge that don’t compromise value for quality and comfort. So I’m hopeful that along with an increase in supply on the high-end side of the market, the low end will also find structure and development. We can only hope this continued interest brings about more affordable solutions to some of our most basic needs as a society for shelter.
Be sure to check out the Heininge Website for more details about this gorgeous build.
I come before you today to discuss a personal matter. I want to make sure that I’m as human as I can be with this site, but I have tried to be very conscientious about not being unreasonably informal. With that said I’m going to do something a bit unorthodox today, and that is to write a quick story about a dear friend of mine, Gavin Rogers. Gavin is attempting to be temporarily appointed to the San Antonio City Council, until they vote in mid 2015. If you live in San Antonio please contact your council person and ask them to appoint Gavin for this temporary seat!
Gavin and I met 6 and a half years ago at a summer camp in Missouri, K-Kauai (which is the family camp in Branson, MO, not Hawaii, tied in with the Kanakuk Camp enterprises, and really a magical place). I didn’t get to go to Kanakuk as a kid because it cost a bit 20 times as much as the camp that my parents went to in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma (Quartz Mountain Christian Camp), so instead I just decided to work their for 3 summers in college, and get paid to play! Gavin and I were actually only there for 3 days together, but we’ve kept up over the years, and have talked on the phone at least every few months. Earlier this year he and I went to our dear friend James Slagle’s wedding in Minnesota together, and after that we just talked more and more – and he actually parlayed that into tricking me into going to Egypt with him… I blogged about Egypt on here, so feel free to read about it if you’d like to, just click on one of the links below:
I am having a great urge to just tell you everything that I can think of about this trip, and our experiences in Egypt, but I want to sum this up so that you can get back to work before your boss sees you on your phone again… Over the last several years I have seen Gavin travel the world some, and he always seems to come home with great stories, and life mementos that will make me think “I need to do stuff like that”, and I’m so glad that I got the chance to in Cairo. With that said, maybe my biggest regret of not taking action to do something radical and impactful (even if only for me) was when a few years ago Gavin asked me to join in for lent in being homeless on the streets of San Antonio for 40 days and I said no… I had a job in Little Rock that I enjoyed and didn’t want to lose, so I just told him no. After that experience Gavin found himself firmly implanted amongst the poor in San Antonio, and he even ended up with a roommate who’d been homeless for many years named “Chilly” Willy. Willy passed away this year, and he didn’t do it alone because Gavin wouldn’t let him be… Gavin is not a perfect person, but feel so strongly in his conviction for his common man that when I heard that he is running for city council in San Antonio I had to write about it… I can be a very emotional person, but I rarely find myself spewing my emotions as I might an second now, but If you pray or live in District 1 of San Antonio please keep my buddy Gavin in mind, and ask your Council person to pick Gavin. He probably won’t love how sappy I’m making this, but I don’t care, I know he’ll honor me for being who I am, just as he honored Tutu in the garbage city of Cairo, and just as he honored “Chilly” Willy. All I want or Christmas is for more people to meet people where they are like my friend Gavin Rogers… I love you buddy, and I can’t believe we get to be friends.
There is a vacancy in District 1, and the council is voting on the replacement for the time being, and there are 14 applicants. This district represents a lot of homeless, and underserved individuals – and there’s no way that anyone can understand that plight better then my buddy Gavin. If you know anyone in San Antonio please send them this link, even if just to make fun of us 🙂
This was Tutu’s first time to eat McDonald’s that he hadn’t found in the trash
Gavin’s Buddy “Chilly” Willy
Willy hanging out on the porch, where he spent most of his time.
I love talking with people about Real Estate, often because I love trying to figure out what their home might look like based on their personality. My experience with trying to picture people’s homes based on their behavior has been very hit and miss. I’m sure that many of you would be surprised to find out that I live some of the time with my grandparents (at least while they are in Norman). It has been an amazing year since we fixed up a house for them in Norman so that they can spend more time with us, and about a quarter of the time I get to spend talking with them about American history, and listen to old-timey gospel music with Grandad and Honey.
This is a temporary arrangement, but for as long as it lasts I plan to squeeze every bit out of it that I can. I like to dream about what my next house will look like, and I find myself swooning back and forth between the romance of living in an old mature home near campus in Norman, and finding a new home or a home to renovate and make new in a warm & friendly neighborhood in town. Sometimes I even imagine myself moving outside of town to get more views of those beautiful Oklahoma sunsets. Well, believe it or not there will be 2 separate open houses staggered in time today (so you can go to both if you’d like) which each represent 2 of these different types of homes. The open houses are as follows:
These 2 houses are different in multiple ways, but they are similar in many of the best ways. They are both incredibly charming, and unique. 1600 Classen is near campus in Norman, and about a 2 minute walk south of The Mont, and about a 5 minute walk east of the OU Football Stadium. The Classen home was built-in 1934 (before World War 2!), and it has a very stoic appeal from head to toe. The master suite is definitely a part of the dreams in my head no matter where I choose to live in my life. If you haven’t had a chance to come see this listing, and you like matured campus properties I urge you to stop by.
The Master deck
An unbelievable Master…
If you’d like to read more about the house on Classen click on the picture just below:
The house on Broad Acres is another in a line of fantastic home renovations that my mother (Kelcie Carter) has pulled off! This is the most modern, and top of the line renovation that she has completed thus far, and she has had multiple houses sell at her first open houses, not to mention 2 that sold to the first people who walked in the door… It has 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and it is getting ready for an open house, so we’ll just share a few of the pictures that we currently have, and then we’ll share more later (assuming it is on the market after today…).
If you’d like to read more about the house on Broad Acres click the picture below
If you are interested in seeing either property I challenge you to get out of your Sunday afternoon pajamas, and come see these wonderful homes! I hope to see some familiar, and unfamiliar faces at the open houses, and if you can’t make it to either of them during these scheduled times please feel free to contact me and we can set up a private viewing whenever you’d like. I hope that you find yourself living where you want to be, and living how you’d like to live. I know that I would love to live in either one of these houses, but since that’s not really an option at this point I’ll just have to dream for the time being. I hope that I get to talk to you homies soon!
*If you are interested in having me help you find your next home in the Oklahoma City metro feel free to contact me with the information provided above, or you are more than welcome to fill in a little information right here, and I can touch base with you on how I might be able to help you.