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Buy Local: Support Your Local Business people

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 23, 2018

When you run to the store, convenience is your priority. We all get that. But when you stop to think about where you spend your time and money, what’s really important? At Ideal Homes, we build homes that spark a lifestyle change for families. Our neighborhoods are like small towns. You get to know the people who move in and the importance of “community”. We support the initiative to buy local because you support your local business people—friends, family, and neighbors who are doing their best to do what they love.

To help you buy local in the Oklahoma City region, here are some ideas.

Farmer’s Markets

You can’t get anything fresher than fresh from the farm. Farmer’s markets feature produce from local growers and small businesses—artisanal cheeses and breads, baked goods, plants and flowers, homemade honey, jams, preserves, herbal blends, soap, and arts and craft. Here are some of the local farmer’s markets near Oklahoma City:

Choctaw Farmer’s Market, Choctaw Creek Park (2001 North Harper), Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., mid-June through October.

Edmond Farmers Market, Festival Marketplace (26 West 1st St., Edmond), Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., from April 14 through October 27.

Farmers Market, Historic Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market (311 South Klein Ave, OKC), Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Norman Farm Market, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m., from the first Saturday in April through the last week in October.

OSU-OKC Farmers Market, Horticulture Pavilion (400 North Portland), Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round.

Local Favorites

The Farmers Market District is an essential stop when you’re looking to shop local. This downtown OKC area spans several blocks—east to west from Pennsylvania Avenue to Shartel Avenue and north to south from Oklahoma Boulevard to I-40. The Farmers Market District is home to a range of shops, eateries, and services that stretches from a locally grown food hub, craft breweries, and food truck park to a yoga studio, furniture makers, and boutiques of locally made crafts, clothing, jewelry, and so much more.

With a KeepItLocal card, you can explore locally-owned businesses throughout the Oklahoma City metro region. Get a taste of the fare from different restaurants and food trucks—including  Katiebug’s shaved ice—take part in a game night at The Boarding House, or find a one-of-a-kind decorative piece for your home.

Millie’s Table is a local (and Ideal Homes) favorite in Edmond, famous for Millie Shores’ family-style, home cooking.

Nonesuch, a restaurant that opened recently in Oklahoma City, uses hyper-local ingredients—sourced close to home. Bon Appetit named Nonesuch “America’s Best New Restaurant”.

The first Friday evening of every month, take a walk through The Paseo Arts District for, of course, the First Friday ArtWalk. Visit the galleries, studios, and shops of more than 80 artists and 25 distinctive businesses.

Buy Local, Build Local

When you’re ready to build or buy a new home, keep the same focus on choosing a local business. Ideal Homes began in Norman more than 20 years ago, created by three local entrepreneurs with a vision for building homes. More than that, this leadership made it their mission to become part of the communities—the ones they built, and beyond.

Our team has grown and our roots are deeper than ever here. We’re making things grow, not just with construction but in giving back. We welcome you to look at our new construction homes and then talk to us to see how we can be among your “buy local” favorites.

The Benefits of Building a New Home vs. Buying a New Inventory Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: September 21, 2018

Imagine buying a home and immediately moving in, no waiting for paint to dry or for the builders to finish up final touches. For people buying ready-to-move-in inventory homes, this is a wonderful benefit.

But some homebuyers desire the customization that comes with designing their perfect home and overseeing the construction. These folks are fine with the wait because the final product is often as close to a dream home as possible.

Neither of these options is necessarily better than the other. It truly depends on what’s important to you and your family. If you’re looking to move and aren’t sure which option is right for you, take a look at some of these benefits of each. It may help you with the decision.

Benefits of Building Your Dream Home

Complete Control

Building your own home gives you full control over every detail, big and small. Everything from the building layout to the countertops and cabinets is up to you. Design an enormous kitchen with a walk-in pantry or a master bedroom complete with a shower and hot tub. Whatever you want, you can have.

Location, Location, Location

When buying an inventory home, you don’t have much say over the location. After all, the building’s already there. You can’t just move it. When you build your own home, you can choose where to build. Find the perfect neighborhood or build on a larger plot of land. It’s up to you.

Do You Have a Handy Friend?

Okay, this benefit may not be for everyone. But handy friends can come in, well, handy when building your own home. You can save money by calling in favors from friends and family who have construction, electrician, or plumbing experience.

Ready-To-Go Inventory Home Benefits

Move-In Ready

This one may seem obvious, but you can’t overstate how great it is to find a beautiful home and move in right away. As soon as you close the sale, you can start packing up boxes and shipping them over.

Lower Cost

One significant benefit of purchasing an inventory home is the cost savings. Since you’re not paying for contractors, materials, or labor, you’re already saving money. An inventory home is already built, so you don’t have to worry about construction going over budget. That’s a big win.

Way Less Stress

When shopping for inventory homes, your biggest worry is finding the right place for your budget and style. When building a house, you’re likely worried about everything. With so many building projects going on at once, the whole thing can be incredibly stressful.

You Can Still Customize

Remember too that an inventory home isn’t necessarily going to be a generic, cookie-cutter house. Many inventory home buyers can add personalized touches, like hardware, appliances, wall color, and fixtures. The benefit of a ready-to-go inventory home is that you don’t have to worry about all the details that come with building a house.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of every benefit of both, it should give you an idea of what to expect. If you’re looking to completely customize the perfect home for you and your family, great! Opt to build that custom home. Think of how rewarding it’ll be to settle in by the fireplace at night or brew coffee in your sunny kitchen in the morning, in the home built just for you.

Maybe you’re looking to move right away and want to put your savings towards other expenses (a new furniture set or landscaping, perhaps?). Or maybe you’re not looking for the added stress of overseeing a 4-6 month construction project. Either way, go for a ready-to-move-in inventory home. You’ll be ready to move as soon as you close the sale without any of the added hassle.

Whatever you choose, there’s really no wrong answer. You’ll love your new home no matter what.

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