As spring unfolds and the risk of severe weather looms, it's crucial for every Oklahoman to prioritize storm safety and be prepared for the unexpected. We've put together a list of tornado preparedness strategies, essential safety tips, and how to assemble a storm safety kit so you and your loved ones can best be prepared this season.

Tornado Safety Tips:

  1. Stay Informed: Keep updated on forecasts and warnings. Have multiple ways to receive alerts, including weather radios, smartphone apps, and local news updates. Pay attention to storm watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
  1. Have a Plan: Develop a family emergency plan that includes designated shelter areas in your home and a designated meeting place in case family members are separated during a storm. Practice tornado drills regularly so everyone knows what to do when a tornado warning is issued.
  1. Identify Shelter Areas: Identify the safest areas in your home or workplace where you can seek shelter during a tornado. Basements, storm cellars, and interior rooms on the lowest level of the building offer the best protection. Avoid windows and exterior walls.

Storm Safety Kit:

In addition to having a plan and knowing what to do during a tornado, it's essential to have a well-stocked safety kit on hand. Here are some items to include in your kit:

  1. Emergency Supplies:
    • Bottled water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Non-perishable food items (canned goods, granola bars, etc.)
    • Manual can opener        
    • First aid kit
    • Prescription medications
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Whistle or signaling device
    • Dust masks or bandanas
  2. Personal Items:
    • Copies of important documents (identification, insurance policies, etc.)
    • Cash in small denominations
    • Portable cell phone charger
    • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary supplies, etc.)
    • Extra clothing and sturdy shoes
  3. Safety Equipment:
    • Multipurpose tool or pocketknife
    • Duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal windows and doors
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches or lighter in a waterproof container
    • Blankets or sleeping bags

As Oklahomans, we understand the importance of being prepared for severe weather, especially tornadoes. By staying informed, having a plan, and assembling a safety kit, you can protect yourself and your loved ones during these potentially life-threatening events.

If you are looking for a move-in ready home that can come with an in-ground or above-ground storm shelter at no additional cost to you, check out these beautiful pre-designed homes available now!

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It's that time of year again – the eagerly anticipated Parade of Homes is back! This year, we are thrilled to present 7 exquisite homes featured in the Parade. As the spring season blooms with new possibilities, there's no better time to explore these stunning homes and envision the life you've always dreamed of. At Landmark Fine Homes, we understand the significance of finding the perfect home – a place where comfort, safety, and happiness combine to create an ideal living environment.

Stop by one or all of our Parade of Homes and experience the magic of Landmark Fine Homes firsthand. Tour our pre-designed homes available for purchase, explore our innovative designs, and envision yourself living the life you've always imagined.

April 19, 20 & 21 and April 26, 27 & 28 Homes will be open from 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Parade of Homes Incentives *On completed inventory, ask our New Home Consultants for details. April 19 – 30, 2024.*

Can't make it to the Parade? No problem. Our expert team is ready to assist you in finding your dream home at your convenience. Schedule a private viewing, browse our online gallery, or reach out to us directly to discuss custom home-building options tailored to your unique vision.

Whether you're seeking modern elegance, timeless charm, or something in between, Landmark Fine Homes is dedicated to helping you find the perfect place to call home. Your dream home awaits – let's find it together.

In the heart of the Oklahoma City Metro Area, Landmark Fine Homes proudly presents its Springs community product line—a collection of communities designed to cater to the needs and desires of active adults. While not age-restricted, each Springs community embodies the spirit of vibrant living, offering a unique blend of amenities and layouts tailored to enhance an active lifestyle. Landmark Fine Homes' Springs communities prioritize fostering an environment that promotes social engagement, physical activity, and a sense of community.

Landmark Fine Homes currently boasts four active adult communities within the Oklahoma City Metro Area. These communities, while distinct in their layouts and amenities, share a common goal: to prioritize and support an active adult lifestyle.

Community Clubhouses: A Hub for Social Connection

Central to each Springs community is the meticulously designed community clubhouse—a vibrant hub that welcomes residents into a world of exclusive amenities and social opportunities. These clubhouses are thoughtfully crafted to serve as the beating heart of the community, fostering a sense of camaraderie and connection among residents.

Within these clubhouses, residents find spaces for socializing, events, and various activities. From game nights to book clubs, the Springs community clubhouse offers a space for a diverse range of gatherings to ensure that residents can engage with their neighbors and build lasting friendships.

Fitness Centers: Elevating Physical Well-Being

A commitment to an active lifestyle is embodied in the state-of-the-art fitness centers provided in each Springs community. These fitness centers are equipped with modern exercise facilities, offering residents an array of options to stay fit and healthy. Whether it's cardio workouts or strength training, the Springs communities cater to the diverse fitness preferences of their residents.

Community Pools: A Refreshing Oasis

To beat the Oklahoma heat and promote an active lifestyle, Landmark Fine Homes has incorporated community pools into the Springs communities. Whether residents prefer a leisurely swim or invigorating laps, these pools provide a refreshing oasis for relaxation and exercise.

Gated Serenity & Hassle-Free Living

Within the Springs communities, Landmark Fine Homes goes beyond the ordinary, offering a secure and exclusive living experience by designating each community as a gated haven. This additional layer of security not only provides residents with peace of mind but also contributes to the creation of a close-knit and private environment.

In addition to the gated entrance, Landmark Fine Homes understands the value of time for its active adult residents. Hence, each Springs community ensures a hassle-free lifestyle by including lawn maintenance as part of the package. Say goodbye to the burdens of yard work and hello to more time to engage in the activities you love.

These thoughtful inclusions in the Springs communities showcase Landmark Fine Homes' commitment to providing not just residences, but living experiences that cater to the varied preferences and needs of those who inhabit the community.

In the Springs communities by Landmark Fine Homes, the emphasis is not only on building houses but on cultivating vibrant and active living environments. These communities offer a thoughtful blend of social engagement, physical activity, and diverse amenities to create a unique experience for residents.

If you are intrigued by the prospect of joining an active adult community where maintaining a dynamic lifestyle is a top priority, we invite you to explore our Springs communities. Connect with us to learn more about the unique features of each community, discover available homes, and find the perfect place to call home. At Landmark Fine Homes, you'll not only find a residence but a community where you'll feel right at home—where vibrant living is not just encouraged, but celebrated.

As we navigate through the month of February, marked by the spirit of love, it's an opportune time to extend that sentiment to our homes. There are many ways we can give a little extra TLC to our homes. Our Design Team and Customer Care Department have compiled a guide for ways we can demonstrate this attention to detail, not just in the month of love but throughout the seasons.

Seasonal Refresh

As the year transitions, usher in a seasonal refresh to your home. Spring, with its promise of renewal, offers the perfect opportunity to make simple yet impactful changes. Swap heavy winter fabrics for lighter, breathable ones. Bring in fresh flowers to add a pop of color and natural beauty.

And don't forget to pay attention to the often-neglected spaces – consider rotating your mattress, fluffing up pillows, and freshening up rugs and carpets for a rejuvenated home.

Mindful Maintenance

Show your home love by adopting a mindful approach to the maintenance side of home ownership. Regularly inspect and address small issues before they escalate.

As we enter spring, perform a comprehensive check that includes examining exterior caulking, changing batteries in smoke detectors, lubricating garage door parts, flushing the hot water tank, testing air conditioning, changing HVAC filters, cleaning out the dryer vent cap, and clearing gutters and downspouts.

Caring for your home can be easy when you are prepared. Here are additional items to check for the seasons ahead.

In the summer, be sure to water the foundation with a water hose, change HVAC filters monthly, check fencing and repair and loose boards, caulk any concrete cracks that are ¼” in width and check interior caulking.

In the winter, disconnect your hoses and cover exterior faucets when it is below freezing, check heat tape at your furnace, change HVAC filters monthly and use sand during icy weather for traction (avoid using ice melt or rock salt).

This mindful checklist ensures that your home not only looks its best but also functions at its optimum.

Rituals of Comfort

Create rituals of comfort that weave love into the fabric of your home. Whether it's a quiet morning coffee on the porch, a family game night, or finding a cozy spot to read your favorite book, these rituals become the heartbeat of your living space. As you move throughout the year, these rituals become a constant to look forward to and find comfort in.

Declutter with Compassion

Display compassion for your home by approaching decluttering with a discerning eye. Donate items that no longer serve a purpose and create space for the things that mean the most to you. Consider the changing needs of your living space and adjust the decluttering process accordingly. Spring cleaning offers a perfect opportunity to assess, reorganize, and embrace the evolving nature of your home.

In the spirit of caring for your home, let love be the guiding force throughout the seasons. Be intentional with your daily rituals, surround yourself with meaningful decor, and engage in acts of maintenance that reflect your commitment to the well-being of your space. As you navigate the new year and the upcoming change of the seasons, may your home continue to be a sanctuary of love, warmth, and cherished moments.

As we begin a new year, it's not uncommon for many of us to set resolutions aimed at self-improvement. One common resolution that often finds its way to the top of the list is the commitment to becoming more organized. Whether it's creating a clutter-free living space or streamlining daily routines, the pursuit of organization can significantly impact our overall well-being. We can apply our organizational skills to numerous areas of life, but from the eyes of a home builder, we’ll focus on two essential corners of a home: the closet and the pantry.

The Closet

Your closet is more than just a place to store clothes; it's where you begin and end your day. Adopting a systematic approach to your closet can simplify your daily routine and save you time for the rest of your day.

  1. Declutter with Purpose: Start by evaluating each item in your closet. Ask yourself whether you've worn it in the past year or, as Marie Kondo would say, if it still “sparks joy.” Discard or donate items that no longer serve a purpose in your life. Creating space for the things you truly love and use is the first step toward an organized closet.
  2. Invest in Quality Storage Solutions: Consider investing in storage solutions that optimize your closet space. Shelves, hanging organizers, and drawer dividers can transform chaotic spaces into orderly compartments. These are also useful when organizing accessories such as shoes, bags, and jewelry. Displaying accessories through thrifted trays or jewelry hangers not only adds aesthetic value but also makes getting ready a breeze. If you are building a new home or upgrading your closet space, custom-designed closets tailored to your specific needs are a worthwhile investment, ensuring that every inch of space is utilized efficiently.
  3. Seasonal Rotation: Implement a seasonal rotation strategy to keep your closet fresh and relevant. Store off-season items in labeled containers or vacuum-sealed bags to maximize space. This not only maintains an organized closet but also makes it easier to locate and access the clothes you need.
  4. Color Coordination and Categorization: Organize your clothes by color and category for a visually appealing and functional closet. This makes it easier to find items and plan outfits. Consider grouping clothes by type (shirts, pants, dresses) and further organizing within those categories based on color.

The Pantry

Most would say the kitchen is the heart of any home, but we’ll take it a step further and say it’s a well-organized pantry. Here are tips to transform your pantry into a space that is both efficient and pleasing to the eye.

  1. Clear Out and Assess: Begin by emptying your pantry and assessing its contents. Discard expired items and take note of what needs to be replenished. This initial purge sets the stage for a more organized and functional pantry.
  2. Zone-Based Organization: Divide your pantry into zones based on categories such as grains, canned goods, snacks, and baking essentials. Assign specific shelves or sections for each category to create a logical flow. This not only enhances visibility but also simplifies the process of finding ingredients.
  3. Storage Containers: Invest in transparent storage containers for staples like flour, sugar, and pasta. This not only keeps ingredients fresh but also allows you to easily identify when supplies are running low. (Pro Tip: Label each container to streamline the cooking and baking process while also adding a nice visual appeal). Baskets are another great way to contain and keep together items like chips or other loose food items.
  4. Utilize Vertical Space: Make the most of vertical space by incorporating adjustable shelves, hooks, or hanging organizers. This prevents overcrowding and ensures that every item has its designated place. Consider installing pull-out shelves or baskets for easy access to items at the back of deep shelves.

In the pursuit of an organized life, the closet and pantry serve as foundational spaces that can transform daily living. By adopting intentional decluttering practices, investing in quality storage solutions, and implementing thoughtful organizational strategies, you can create beautiful and efficient spaces.

Whether you're revamping an existing space or embracing the blank canvas of a new build, we hope this new year marks the beginning of a more organized and harmonious chapter in your home.

It is that time of year- time for the Parade of Homes! This year Landmark Fine Homes has 8 Homes featured in the Parade.

Now is the perfect time to buy a new home. Overall, living in the right home can help your family feel comfortable, safe, and happy while providing opportunities for personal growth and connections with the community. It can be a place where your family can thrive and create lasting memories together.

Please stop by one of our Parade Homes this weekend, find the perfect completed home, or talk to us about custom home building. While you are there, be sure and ask about our Parade of Homes Incentives!

For a limited time, Homeowners have the choice of three different offers based on what works best for them.

Option #1:

Save up to $90,000 on a 30-year mortgage PLUS receive up to $2,000 in closing costs! Landmark Fine Homes will buy down your interest rate by two points for the full lifetime of your loan for a limited time only. This two-point buy-down varies in the total percent saved off your interest rate based on factors such as credit score, home price, down payment, and more.*

Option #2:

Save up to $13,000 in the first two years PLUS receive up to $2,000 in closing costs! Landmark Fine Homes will buy down your interest rate by 2% for the first year of the loan and 1% for the second year of the loan for a limited time only. Years three and beyond are locked in at the full interest rate. This is a fixed-rate mortgage with no penalty to refinance at any time.*

Option #3:

If you are a Homeowner with the funds available to purchase the home without getting financing from a lender, Landmark Fine Homes will provide 2% of the purchase price (up to $15,000) toward personalized enhancements to your home and/or closing costs.

Offer valid thru November 30, 2022

Are you ready to take advantage of these great deals? Contact us TODAY!

*Savings amount based on home price, credit score, down payment, loan amount, and other factors. The dollar figures provided are estimates only

One of the big indoor decorating trends of 2020 is a new way to “green” your home’s interior: garden rooms. From plants for aesthetic beauty, flowers for color to herbs and home-grown foods that punch up your cooking, the garden room (or green room) trend offers unlimited possibilities to blend light and nature for a delightful, relaxing and custom designed space.

What is a Garden Room?

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Whether inside your home, attached to your house, or even in an outbuilding such as a shed, a garden room is where nature and creativity combine for beautiful aesthetics in a healthy, lush atmosphere. 

Garden room ideas are brimming with possibility and limitless combinations, no matter how big or small your living space. Think levels and layers, with hanging baskets, unique plant hangers, artistic plant stands and contrasting shapes and sizes to deliver rich, beautiful dimensions. Mix and match green plants and flowers for whimsical charm. 

Tip: Pet owners, be sure to read and understand which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals. Either exclude, or raise them up off the ground with hanging baskets.

To get a better idea, check out this Pinterest board filled with lush, enviable garden rooms. If you’re viewing on desktop, try this neat Pinterest trick: Tap on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of your smartphone screen in the Pinterest app, tap on the camera icon, and scan the pincode below to go directly to the board.

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You can build your own garden room just about anywhere in your home. Consider whether you want to keep it a private, intimate space such as part of your bedroom, or designate a more heavily trafficked area for enjoyment by everyone in the family and/or visitors to your home. 

Transform an entire existing room, or focus on a corner by strategically adding different sizes and types of plants. Consider repurposing a space such as a Florida room or indoor patio for your garden room. You can even build a dedicated green space onto your home as an addition, or use an outbuilding for your garden room — transforming a “she shed” or “man cave.”

Does a Garden Room Add Value?

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Value is delivered on multiple fronts when you add a garden room to your home.

Garden rooms add value and beauty to any home, and the possibilities for customizing are endless. Consider Zen-style gardens for a super-peaceful atmosphere, add collectibles for distinctive decor, or consider water effects like small fountains or waterfalls for a spa-like feel.  Add animal prints for a jungle or rainforest theme, or create a cooking corner where you can quickly and easily grab fresh herbs to add to any dish. Whatever inspires and delights you for your garden room can be woven into these beautiful, creative and unique spaces. 

If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your home, consider these steps to get your home ready for spring and summer!

You’ve found the land, and want to buy it so you can build your perfect, custom home. How can you get a handle on accurate build-on-your-lot costs?

Homebuilding can be both exciting and challenging, but you need to create an accurate master budget that reflects what you can afford and plan to spend on this important project—even before you buy the land. Once you’ve got that figure, you should reach out to an expert to see if your concept of a home is possible. Daydreaming about your dream home is fun, but you need real-world experience and solid numbers to find out if your dream can come true.

Talk To A Home Builder First

Before you buy land, you should first consult with an experienced homebuilder to discuss what this investment will look like in real time and costs for your lot, region and desired property. It’s easy to imagine your dream home on an empty space, but there are so many considerations to build-on-your-lot homes, you need to work with someone experienced who understands the potential pitfalls. The right home builder will work with you to create a realistic plan and house choice that works for you, your land and your budget. 

If you’ve inherited land, contact a builder to help you understand the costs and time involved in preparing the lot for a home, like costs of running utilities, driveways (which can be much more expensive than most people imagine), and slopes and other ground issues. These must be factored into your budget or else it doesn’t accurately reflect the total cost to build.

Selecting a Builder

You’ll want to spend time talking to the builder about your dream home and your lot. Ensure you cover these areas: 

Real discussions with a builder about your dreams, budget and lot may solidify your dreams and give you a realistic vision for moving forward. Or, going through the numbers may make you realize every single thing you imagined may not be possible. A good builder will walk you through all of your options while managing your expectations: 

If you are still considering building on your own land know each choice provides positives and negatives. There’s more to consider outside of the home itself, such as allocating funds for dirt work, insurance, well and septic and more. Truly, the answer to how much it costs to build a home depends on how much you have to spend, where you live, your lot size and what size and type of home you want. 

Consult with a homebuilding professional to get started on understanding your true “build on your lot cost,” nail down your budget, and get that dream home built.

Most people think of bedside tables as simply a place to put things during the night—a glass of water, a book, your phone, glasses, and so forth. But purposeful, creative nightstand decor ideas can increase the aesthetic pleasure and relaxing atmosphere of your bedroom. Thoughtful and beautiful bedroom side tables add personal style and flair to one of the most important rooms in your home—your haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Bedside Table Ideas

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Whether you’ve just moved in or have been in your home for a while, nightstands offer an opportunity to put your own personal design stamp on the bedroom. Bedroom side tables are an often-overlooked opportunity to punch up your style.

Tip: If you charge a lot of devices at night, consider creating a dedicated space on your nightstand such as a stylish charging box in which you can place items at night to keep nightstands clutter-free.

Beautiful Bedside Decor

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Understanding how to beautify these small but impactful tables can set the tone for relaxation, comfort and delight. Here are a few considerations on how to decorate a nightstand through impactful bedside table decor:

Whatever your style, creating an attractive nightstand array can completely change the tone and feel of your bedroom. From the material you choose for the nightstand itself to how to de-clutter, beautify and decorate the top, bedside tables offer a design opportunity that enhances beauty and relaxation in a bedroom.

Need more style inspiration? Check out our blog posts on planning a family picture wall or turning your bathroom into a personal spa!

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