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Top Design Trends by 2018 OSHBA President David Blackburn

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Jorie Helms

Top Design Trends for 2018


By David Blackburn, President

At the start of each year, the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recognizes dozens of new projects from the past year that featured the most innovative layouts and eye-catching design elements.  It is something that I as a homebuilder take time to review.


Whether you’re looking to buy a new home, having a new home constructed on your land, thinking about remodeling your current residence, or you’re just interested in what’s new in home design, here are some the biggest trends that you’ll see dominating the landscape in 2018.


Open but defined floor plans. Instead of one large, undefined space, open floor plans will evolve to include more definition in 2018, whether it’s by shifting materials, adding columns, or changing the ceiling height. This way, you can still get the airiness of an open floor plan while giving each section its own definition and style. 


Restored and repurposed. Historic preservation and restoration, as well as adaptive reuse projects, are becoming increasingly popular with multifamily designers and developers. Adaptive reuse projects are particularly sought-after by millennials who love the story behind a repurposed building and want to live somewhere stylish, unique and chic.


Right-sized kitchens. Leave massive kitchen islands in 2017. You’ll be seeing far fewer double islands appearing in 2018, and even single islands are being designed to be smaller and more proportionally sized with the kitchen and adjoining rooms.  This is a cost saving idea when looking a remodel project since moving walls can be tricky.


Spa-like baths. Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re stepping into a spa every day? Bath design is trending toward refinement and sophistication, with home baths becoming more and more reminiscent of upscale hotels and spas. Tasteful and luxurious are the two words that will define baths in 2018. Floating vanities and stand-alone tubs will also be more popular this year.


Clean details. You’ll notice clean, simple lines and detailing in homes everywhere. Forget about overly-ornate decor and shift toward thinking more minimally. It will make your home feel fresh, new, and uncluttered for the year ahead. 


Metal and wood exterior details. You’ll be seeing this trend a lot this year, particularly on single-family homes. There will be an increased use of metal and wood in exterior details, with the two materials often combined to create interesting, two-tone facades for both traditional and contemporary-style homes. It gives the impression of bringing the past and future together into one cohesive idea, making homes seem modern and sleek without sacrificing a warm, natural feel.


Whites, grays and charcoal paints. Gray is still a strong trend with home buyers, and it looks like white is here to stay. You’ll see more monochromatic designs that add variety by incorporating multiple textures instead of pops of color. For example, think about a white kitchen with quartzite countertops, a white shiplap ceiling, white cabinets, and airy white window coverings. This creates a clean and multi-layer look that is guaranteed to compliment itself and please a wide variety of buyers.  Plus it is a design feature that has a long life.


For more information about the latest designs that could be incorporated in your home, or to find a builder in your area that can create the new home of your dreams, contact Oklahoma State Home Builders Association (www.oshba.org) for a list of our Certified Professional Builders or an association near you.

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Attention Oklahoma State Home Builders: Don’t Forget to Budget for NEW Technology Enabling Boomers Their Forever Homes to Age in Place

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Jorie Helms


By: Lisa Cini, ASID


Homebuilders and designers are now faced with the reality that boomers want homes that they can age in place without ever having to move to an assisted living facility or nursing home. Builders all over the world are offering unprecedented opportunities for single and multi-generational families who can now provide their clients the peace of mind and flexibility to live in a new environment that supports and enables them to thrive as they age.  

The interior environment of a modern ‘forever home’ allows clients to live their best without compromising on great design.  Senior living is in a state of transformation as technology and design are integrated to give decades of flexibility and freedom. 

Senior living is on the verge of a renaissance fueled by technology and design. We are living in the best possible time to age on our own terms and experiencing the tipping point, on the edge of a paradigm shift today that will affect every aspect of how we live and age tomorrow. 

Products in the home will encompass everything from robotics, sensors and gadgets to 3-D printers and augmented reality - all of which eventually will be controlled by artificial intelligence.

For instance, it’s currently possible without personal staff invading your private space, for curtains to automatically open, coffee to start brewing, the bathroom floor to begin heating, all at a set time, before your feet hit the ground in the morning.  

And, the capabilities are endless – extending beyond comfort to necessity. Your walls can become computer screens, artwork, TVs and communication devices, your closet virtually trialing outfits on your hologram allows you to view them from bed, your bathroom faucet automatically dispenses into your glass of water, the proper vitamins you need for the day.  It’s not so far off that your doctor receives a text because the health monitor in your clothing notifies her that your blood pressure has been up for two days and you’ve had trouble sleeping, and the nurse calls to check in on you.

There are currently products available in flooring that can sense if someone has fallen or is just sitting on the floor.  Other technology can notify you if someone hasn’t opened the fridge to eat in the last 48 hours or if a door opened at an unusual time.  Between Lyft and Uber and the forthcoming autonomous vehicles, seniors can stay connected and active all the while keeping others on the road safe.

These technological advancements transform life for two generations - caregivers and caretakers. 

If Mom and Dad want to stay at home, but by all definitions it’s unsafe in their current environment, it’s now possible for them to retain their freedom and for you transform their existing or brand-new home with the addition of new tech advances.

This is all taking place NOW.  

The key is for the builder and designer is to make the space flexible for future needs while creating an environment that is world class.  The style, comfort of the ride, integrated technology and brand are all components in making a car desirable.  The home environment is no different – it should automatically adjust to your client’s particular size, style, preferences and needs.  This methodology is truly transformational – your home now supports and even anticipates your needs, connecting you to resources and people as you age.


Designing from the inside out is key to allowing the space to flow. A space should embrace your client and their specific needs both for today and tomorrow.  


Great interior design has always had an intimate relationship with the products that we use daily to make our lives easier.  


My own family consists of four generations who all live under one roof in Columbus, Ohio, and we’ve figured out to make it work: dividing responsibilities and chores, re-designing physical spaces for privacy, and reconfiguring others into common areas for all to gather and enjoy living together.


I call it our “multi-generational social experiment,” which encompasses kids in their teens, parents in their forties, grandparents in their seventies, and a ninety-plus year-old great-grandmother. 

My book, HIVE describes in detail how we navigate the joys and challenges that come with aging, and answers the questions, "How does family help you thrive at home when you're old?" An Alzheimer's/dementia diagnosis added a layer of complexity, yet we resolve to keep our eldest at home for as long as she's happy, safe and engaged in life. The younger generation learns much from their elders, and the elders from their children. While mastering the use of technology and new family systems, we’re also mastering the use of humor, tolerance, and patience. Ultimately, that's what makes this four-generation experiment a success. Hive provides practical design and strategies mixed with personal tips and observations, making it easy to see how you can transform a home in into a multi-generational living space. 

Just don’t forget to budget and design with all the NEW echnology available to enabling boomers to age in place.





Lisa M. Cini, Transformational Living designer integrates the latest technologies and tools to enable seniors to age at home while enjoying a great quality of life.


Lisa Cini, ASID, IIDA is an award-winning, internationally-recognized designer with more than 25 years’ experience developing interiors that improve quality of life for seniors. 

Her company, Mosaic Design Studio, is the nation’s leading provider of design services for senior living, long term care, hospitality and health care institutions. Mosaic is also active in global commercial design, project management and procurement. Mosaic has worked with clients including the National Hockey League, the U.S. Military, Coopers Hawk Winery Restaurants, PGA Tour Country Clubs and various hotels. 

Lisa is the Founder of www.BestLivingTech.com: think Sharper Image meets AARP! She searches the world for the best products to Embrace Living as we age and brings them all together in one online store. 

Her latest mission is to help baby boomers age at home, rather than in a home. Author of: 

  1. BOOM: The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, so that you can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive, 
  2. The Future is Here: Senior Living Reimagined, 
  3. Hive: The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Living is based on her social experiment of living in a 4-generation household and the positive impact design can have in a home for seniors with dementia.



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Changes, they are a comin'

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Jorie Helms


This is a loose translation from Bob Dylan’s song, but it seemed appropriate. Our industry is in the midst of changes from economic to social to political spheres

of influence. We see the reports, releases and yes, tweets, and know that change is coming.

Will we see tax reform on the national level? If we do, will the mortgage interest deduction be a thing of the past?

On the state level, will the budget compromise actually help the industry or just maintain a status quo? Will it include some services that are no longer sales tax exempt? Will we see a teacher pay raise? October was workforce development month and there was much talk about the need for more emphasis on construction trades. Will we see that change in our schools or technology centers?

Socially, we hear about millennials finally entering the housing market. One report says that once they become

homeowners they begin to act like the generations before them. Turns out they like homes in suburbs with good schools. So what does that mean for our industry?

As one writer put it, “the only thing constant in this world is change.” If change affects our industry, you know it will affect our association.

Membership models are being examined and test cases are taking place. Governance is also being examined as to what works the best. Dues and how they are paid and collected are also being examined. This last area is one we are particularly excited about.

If you haven’t already, you will soon hear about Dues Hub powered by Billhighway. This promises to be a new tool that will help with dues payments, recruitment and retention. It is a tool that will provide for online applications, payment flexibility, automated funds routing plus useful and practical data integration.

Yes, changes are coming. But this is one we can be excited about.

Until next time...

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OU Student Chapter volunteers in HOUSTON

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Jorie Helms



A team of University of Oklahoma Construction Science students traveled to Houston in September to aid in the relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Twenty-two students and Ben F. Bigelow, Ph. D., Associate Professor and Director of OU’s Construction Science Division, made the trip to assist families impacted by devastating flooding.

While in Houston, the OU students assisted 10 different families with tasks from removing drywall all the way to demolishing a collapsed sunroom. The people they met and helped in Houston were ones who simply couldn’t help

Jadyn Watson-Fisher she’s thankful for the opportunity to do something meaningful for others..

“For me, it (was) about going and serving wherever needed,” Carter said. “It wasn’t the most glamorous job. It wasn’t super exciting, but it was so necessary and practical to hands-on help these people start over.”

Bigelow reached out to the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association to assist in the relief efforts.

“This was a perfect opportunity for our association to help our Texas neighbors,” said Dan Reeves, OSHBA president. “So many give to worthwhile charities like the Salvation Army themselves, Bigelow said. One was a woman bound to a wheelchair and another with severe cerebral palsy.

“While the students got a good experience using tools and seeing a bit of how a house goes together, perhaps the greatest education came from them seeing the need and poverty of so many,” Dr. Bigelow said. “For most of them, they have never been outside of the relatively prosperous suburbs they grew up in, and we worked primarily in some very poor neighborhoods.”

Architecture freshman Chanae Carter told OU journalist

and the Red Cross, but a challenge for an association is how to help in a way the touches our industry. Helping our student chapter provide relief in a learning environment was a great fit.”

Donors who made the trips possible were: Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, The Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, Windstone Construction, Accent Glass, McClain Bank, Haworth Homes, CA McCarty Construction, Da Vinci Homes, Custom Builders of Oklahoma, Trinity Hearth & Homes, Patrick O’Dooley and Westpoint Homes.

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What Millennial Home Buyers Want

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Jorie Helms


keysIt’s all about location, location, location – with a dash or two of compromise – as millennials, the nation’s largest demographic group at 90 million strong, is poised to dominate the home buying market.

Two market researchers – who happen to be millennials themselves – offered insight into their generation in Two Millennials Tell All, an education session offered Jan. 10 during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

While generalities about this group may ring true: This generation prefers experiences over things and likes to “collect moments” rather than sets of good china place settings, there’s actually much more diversity than many people realize, said Ali Wolf, manager of housing economics for California-based Meyers Research LLC.

For one thing, 43% of millennials aren’t white, don’t solidly identify as either “traditionals” or “trailblazers” and, because they now range in age from 17 to 37, have incomes across the economic spectrum.

And as NAHB Economics own research has indicated, a surprising majority of millennials aren’t necessarily interested in urban spaces, but still want a single-family home with a yard. The challenge for home builders is to create a product that this generation wants but that can still afford as first-time buyers, the presenters said. In fact, 21 percent of millennials surveyed said they haven’t bought a home yet because they can’t afford one, period.

One solution: Understand that millennials are willing to compromise. They’ll sacrifice some space in exchange for more luxurious finishes, like quartz countertops. Good design is important to this generation.

Flexible spaces are important as well. Make sure that the dining area is large enough for a large gathering of friends and family for Thanksgiving and other special dinners, but easily converted into a workspace or studio for the rest of the year.

Three/two still rules. A home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms is the most preferred, and 1,000 square feet is the minimum. That third bedroom can be a loft area or study nook if space is at a premium, however.

Attendees with a paid full registration to IBS also get a complimentary 1-year subscription to IBS Education on Demand and can download recording and handouts to Two Millennials Tell All: Deconstructing Today’s First-Time Buyers & Their Design Preferences and other sessions. Visit BuildersShow.com/ondemand to learn more.

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Incorporating Drone Technology into Your Construction Business

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Jorie Helms


The construction industry is changing, and a lot of the changes construction workers and their employers are seeing today are based around advances in technology. There are a number of technological advances, with one of the biggest being the use and incorporation of drones into various aspects of the business. Since there are so many ways to use drones in construction, it's not surprising that they are starting to be used more frequently. While not all companies see the value in drone technology, more and more construction companies are bringing them on board to get more done faster and easier than ever before.

Drones Have a Number of Significant Benefits

For construction companies and their workers, there are many benefits to using drones. These small, flying, and highly maneuverable little machines can move quickly, hover in place, and get into spaces where people may not fit. They can also go into places where people may not be allowed to go, or where it may not be safe for workers to venture. Drones are not terribly expensive, and they can do some jobs that people simply cannot complete. They are also lightweight and easy to move around, so they can travel fast and help workers get more accomplished throughout their workday.

With Drones, Construction Companies Can See the Big Picture

One of the largest impacts that drones have on the construction industry is that they help companies and workers see the bigger picture. Drones can be flown right up close to a construction project, but they can also be flown high above the job site to see a larger view of what needs to be done and the issues that might arise. Watching video from a drone gives construction companies a lot of information. It's also possible to offer plenty of still pictures that the company can study in order to make a plan of action for the future of any construction project.

Cost Effectiveness Matters With Drone Technology

Drones are inexpensive for personal use, but they can be more costly when larger ones for commercial uses are bought. Still, they are often cost effective because their upfront price can be justified with how they pay for themselves over time—it's an investment like any new piece of equipment. Since they can go where people cannot, and they can also explore from high above and bring back pictures and information, they are very valuable when it comes to how they can be used by construction workers and their employers. Consider the increased safety in a workplace in which drones can scout areas before

someone needs to physically be there.

What Construction Companies Should Know About Drones

Construction companies that are considering buying and using drones should know enough about them to feel comfortable with their choices. Price is one important consideration, but it's not the only thing people in the construction industry need to know. Of course it matters, but the cost of the drones should be examined in light of what they can offer, so the actual value can be better understood. It's more than just price, when considering how much construction companies get back from the money they spend. Other things to consider with drones in the construction industry are how many drones are needed for any company, where they should be used, and how best to use them wisely. Companies also need to focus on where the drones come from, how they will be maintained, and what happens if one or more of them become damaged. Taking care of the drones and keeping them moving matters, just as much as getting and using them in the first place. Construction companies that are prepared for changes in their industry, technological advances, and the value drones can bring to their work can use these drones to their fullest advantage.

Dylan Snyder is a team leader and real estate consultant at The Snyder Group - Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes. His business is augmented by his high-caliber team of seasoned buyer specialists and a dedicated marketing department. 


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