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There are many things you’re probably doing to keep your body as healthy as possible. Maybe you exercise 3 days a week and eat healthier foods. But have you ever stopped and thought about the health of your home? Some homes can be unhealthy for you to live in and be unhealthy themselves. Imagine a home with chemical residues, poor indoor air quality, inefficient heating and cooling systems, and old materials. You might be wondering, “What are some features of healthy homes?” Well, read on because Beacon Homes knows a thing or two about healthy, energy-efficient homes because we build them!

What Should Eco-Friendly Homes Typically Include?

1. Fresh Air Systems

For a home to be “healthy”, it must have good indoor air quality. Fresh air needs to come in while dirty air is vented out, thereby minimizing your exposure to contaminants. Poor ventilation also allows mildew, mold, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) to accumulate. By using MERV filters, fresh air intake, and UV light, Beacon Homes includes everything needed to support a fresh air ventilation system for homes.

What are merv ratings

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values. It’s a way to measure a filter’s ability to capture larger particles, typically between 0.3 and 10 microns. The higher the MERV the better the filter. We always look to use systems that reduce indoor contaminants by trapping pollen, dust, lint, dust mites, and mold, along with smoke, pet dander, smog, auto emissions, bacteria, and other particles. It also traps odors, leaving a home’s air quality clean and odorless. This is perfect for families with a lot of pets and helps family members with allergies and asthma issues.

2. House Wrap System

Another way we keep the indoor environment of our homes comfortable and energy efficient is with a house wrap system. The lightweight wrapping material goes behind the home’s siding and acts as the secondary defense, after the siding, against water infiltration and air leaks. Too much moisture buildup can cause condensation damage, wood rot caused by fungi, and mold growth. Definitely something you won’t find in our “built healthy” homes. The house wrap system also makes our homes durable by protecting the framing and structural sheathing against water and wall cavities from air movement. This means a comfortable home for you that’s built to last.

3. Schluter® Shower System

Schluter shower systems

The tiles and grout joints in your shower are water-resistant but are not naturally waterproof. They must be installed with a system that manages moisture and prevents mold growth. Therefore when we build our healthy homes, we use the Schluter® Shower System in all of the bathrooms. This system includes a set of integrated products that are easy to install and create a watertight layer behind tiled showers. It’s effective and efficient at lessening the risk of water and vapor penetrations, from drains and shower benches to pipe seals. The Schluter® Shower System helps eliminate any potential for mold, efflorescence, and leakage, meaning a safer, healthier home for you.

4. Direct Vent Fireplace

Our eco-friendly homes include direct-vent fireplaces. Essentially they use the fact that warm air rises and use it to create negative pressure and draw in fresh cold air for combustion instead of air from within your home. It then expels gasses directly outside either through the home’s roof or its side. A direct vent fireplace not only keeps your home warmer but reduces the amount of wasted energy for efficient heating and is very safe. They allow radiant heat to pass into the room without robbing it of oxygen or the heated air it is providing, while also keeping it free of fumes and combustible materials such as embers or ash.

5. Low VOC Paint

When talking about features needed for a “healthy” home, we have to mention the use of low-VOC paint. As mentioned earlier, VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Some paints emit VOCs that become vapors or gasses that can be toxic to inhale especially for those with certain allergies. Our homes feature low VOC paints to help improve indoor air quality and offer other major benefits in our eco-friendly homes. Low VOC paint is better for the environment due to limiting air pollution and its harmful effects on our water, plants, and wildlife. If you need to do a couple of touch-ups, it’s also affordable and has less odor, so you won’t have to worry about the harsh chemical smell like traditional paints.

But Wait! Beacon Includes One More Major Addition Sure to Give You Peace of Mind!

Benefits of planting trees around homes

That additional feature is trees! At Beacon Homes, we plant trees not only throughout our communities but around our homes as well. Something as simple as planting a few trees can make a world of difference when it comes to energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and overall healthy homes. They don’t just create a naturally beautiful atmosphere, they offer many benefits for you, your home, and the environment.

Something that might surprise you is that strategically planted trees near your home can save you money on your utility bills. It’s true! They can act as an effective wind barrier against cold air in the winter, keeping your home toastier, and provide shade in the summer keeping your home cooler. That means less work for your AC unit. A U.S. News reports that a paper published in the Energy and Buildings journal states that “the proper arrangement of just two trees can conserve up to 40% of heating energy and provide up to 18% cooling energy conservation during heatwaves.”

Since trees have such a large root system they can come in handy during severe rainfall and help reduce the risk of flooding. Their roots soak up the excess water and save your basement from flooding or your lawn from washing out. This benefits water quality too by regulating water flow when rain is absorbed into the ground instead of away as runoff.

Additional benefits of planting trees around your home include supporting wildlife, muffling the noise of nearby highways or urban environments, boosting your home’s value, and increasing cognitive function and positive mental health. We make sure each of our homes includes trees and landscaping that provides you with many of these benefits.

Connect with Us Today About Our Energy-Efficient Homes!

Beacon Homes wants you to have a home that prioritizes your health and well-being just as much as you do. Don’t live in a home that’s unhealthy for you. Breathe easier and feel more comfortable in a Beacon home that treats you better. Connect with us online to learn more about our energy-efficient, healthy homes in Oklahoma.

In your new home journey, you’re bound to come across several builders promising they build energy-efficient homes. However, Beacon Homes isn’t like other builders. We’ll not only tell you our homes are energy efficient, but we’ll show you. This includes revealing the features, techniques, and materials that help your home last for years, save you money, and keep you living comfortably. You can trust that Beacon Homes is the best when it comes to energy-efficient home builders in Oklahoma.

As Energy Efficient Home Builders, We Cover All the Bases

From the Top

Beacon Homes uses radiant barrier roof decking to reduce incoming heat and reduce cooling costs. The reflective backing on the material reflects heat rather than absorbing it so that when the sun’s radiant energy hits your roof it’s minimized and not heating other surfaces in the attic. In warmer climates, a radiant barrier can reduce cooling costs by 5% to 10%. We also use an R-8 valued insulation wrap around the ductwork to reduce its radiant heat gain and loss.

We use a passive roof vent and an ice and waterproof shield material in all valleys under shingles as well as on low pitches to protect the top of your home. A passive vent provides escape hatches for stale, hot, moist air that if contained can lead to rot and mold. The ice and water shield material we use protects vulnerable areas on the roof from ice and water damage such as ice dams and wind-driven rain. These cost-effective features keep your home comfortable and durable through severe weather.

From the Bottom

Every home we build starts with a solid, professionally engineered foundation. Your Beacon home will include a 6-millimeter vapor barrier under the concrete slab with perimeter slab insulation. The vapor barrier keeps moisture from entering your home and causing mold. It also helps to prevent sub-slab radon from coming in. Lastly, it keeps your HVAC system from working too hard to remove moisture in the air, in turn saving on electric costs. The perimeter insulation also provides energy efficiency by stopping heat loss through the slab keeping your floors warmer in the cold weather!

On the Inside

With our homes, what’s on the inside really counts! We use the Schluter®-Shower System in the owners’ bath showers. It uses bonded waterproof materials that protect the mortar bed from becoming saturated with regular use. This system eliminates potential leakage, mold growth, and efflorescence in your shower. The vapor barriers we use between the walls also help prevent mold and mildew.

When it comes to water in your Beacon home, it flows effortlessly and efficiently through PEX water lines. This type of plumbing material is sustainable, acid-resistant, does not build up minerals, and is not thermally conductive (hot water remains hot). Plus, you’ll enjoy the lifetime warranty that comes with our plumbing fixtures.

Beacon Homes offers more ways to keep the inside of your home energy-efficient and comfortable with anti-cracking, tile-to-tile caulking, Energy Star® advanced framing techniques, and termite treatment.

On the Outside

The outside of Beacon homes are equipped with Energy Star® rated vinyl windows with solar cooling glass. They also have two coats of low-emissivity argon for added efficiency and protection. Your home is sure to last because we only build with materials from trusted suppliers. For example, our homes come with LP® cornice products and a 50-year warranty on LP® Smart Siding.

What is a RESNET HERS® Rating?

Since 2003, Beacon Homes has been committed to building homes with the utmost quality while showcasing a strong set of core values. You can trust our word when we say we build energy-efficient homes. As added proof, every home is given an Individual RESNET HERS® Rating by a third party.

The RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that created the standard for energy efficiency ratings and building certifications in the US. They developed the RESNET HERS® (Home Energy Rating System) to inspect and calculate a home’s energy performance. Many states and local governments are opting to include a target HERS Index Score due to the inspection and testing protocols, RESNET being accredited by the American National Energy Standards Institute as a Standard Development Organization, all professional raters undergo stringent training to be certified, and it’s a trusted measurement of energy by the federal government and mortgage industry.

Along with your energy bills and home’s overall comfort, the RESNET HERS® Rating is another great way to know that your home is energy efficient.

Connect with Beacon Homes Today!

If you’re looking for energy-efficient homes in Oklahoma, Beacon Homes is your go-to builder!

We work with the state’s leading structural engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, energy-efficient consultants, and green raters to create a home for your family that has the utmost structural integrity and quality. Connect with us online or by phone to learn more and get started!

Before settling down in a new home, there are a ton of questions running through your mind. If you’ve already chosen a Beacon home in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, you’re ready to move on to the next part of the equation: financing. Allow Beacon Homes to assist you in answering some of the questions you may have about financing a home in Oklahoma.


Home Financing Options with Beacon Homes

There are a variety of home financing options available with your new Beacon home. Depending on your financial situation, you’ll have several different possibilities. Here’s an overview of some great financing options available to Beacon homebuyers. 


What Is A Buydown?

A buydown is a financing option that allows you to obtain a lower interest rate for the first few years of the loan, in return for an extra up-front payment. It is similar to the practice of buying discount points on a mortgage in return for a lower interest rate.


Option #1: 3-2-1 Buydown

Here is how a 3-2-1 buydown works: With a 3-2-1 buydown mortgage, the borrower pays a lower interest rate over the first three years in return for an up-front payment to the lender. The interest rate is reduced by 3% in the first year, 2% in the second year, and 1% in the third year. After the buydown period ends, the lender charges the full interest rate for the remainder of the mortgage.  This is a fixed rate that is secured when you purchase the home.

Our 3-2-1 Buydown financing strategy can bring down your interest rate as low as 3.375% in the first year saving you up to $770.00 per month! 

Learn what a 3-2-1 buydown mortgage is with Beacon Homes

Option #2: Long-Term Rate Buydown

Here is how a long-term rate buydown works: With a long-term rate buydown, you’re buying a lower rate for the entire term of your loan. The lender offers a lower rate by charging discount points. Typically, the more discounts you pay the more you can reduce your mortgage rate. The rate never increases as long as you keep your loan. The buydown cost is paid at closing. The lender adds the cost of the mortgage rate buydown to your closing costs.

Our Long-Term Rate Buydown increases your buying power now while saving around $90,000 over the life of your loan and an average of $300 every month!

Learn about a long term rate buydown with Beacon Homes

Option #3: $20,000 to use as you choose

Save your cash for Christmas and use up to $20,000 from us and our participating lenders towards lowering your interest rate or closing costs. Or you can apply it toward designer upgrades, a fence, appliances, blinds, or anything you want to make your home move-in ready on day one!

Disclaimer: Savings amount is based on home price, credit score, down payment and other factors. Dollar figures provided are estimates only. This promo applies only to those who use a participating lender.


What Does it Mean to Build with Beacon?

At Beacon Homes, we use a combination of features and products that make our homes smarter, safer and easier to maintain. From an intuitive digital assistant to outlets that can power anything you plug in, your new Beacon home offers you complete control. Smart locks mean the days of your kids forgetting their keys are over. And with a smart doorbell, you can see who – or what – is at the front door 24/7. 


While Beacon homes are modern, highly livable, and stylish, we’re even prouder of what’s behind the walls. We put a lot of thought into how we build our homes, and that means using the best techniques and materials. From the roof to the foundation, our homes are energy efficient and built to last. 

Beacon homes are energy-efficient and built to last

We’ve made thoughtful and eco-friendly choices that give our homes cleaner air, as well as making them healthier and more comfortable. State-of-the-art fresh air systems deliver filtered clean air via MERV filters, fresh air intake, and UV light. This system reduces dust, odors and indoor contaminants for improved indoor air quality, giving you healthier, cleaner air.


The house wrap system air and water barriers help make our homes more durable, comfortable, and energy-efficient. They help extend building life, by resisting moisture and air, and reducing the risk of condensation damage, wood rot or mold growth.


Direct vent fireplaces vent directly to the outside, drawing fresh air in, and expelling gasses out. They allow radiant heat to pass into the room without robbing it of oxygen or heated air, while also keeping it free of fumes and combustible materials such as embers or ash. 


Some paints may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can serve as an irritant to people with certain allergies. Our homes feature low-VOC paints that help improve indoor air quality.


Contact Us Today for More Info on Our Home Financing Promo!

One of the most intimidating parts of buying a new home is often setting up the financing. Especially if you’ve never done it before. Hopefully, we’ve given you a good foundation for starting the home financing process. 

Even with rates rising, now is still a great time to buy. If a new construction home is what you’re considering, Beacon Homes has homes available throughout Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Connect with us when you’re ready to find your dream home.


It’s always been a part of Beacon Homes’ mission to build homes with quality, excellence, and integrity for families in Oklahoma. We’d like to continue that mission by being a home builder that offers more options that will fit every lifestyle and budget. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce our Select Series as a way to offer our homes at a better price point. You’ll save around 10% on our new Select Series! 


With the Select Series, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the same superior construction and quality of our homes for less. We’ve taken our original floor plans, or Classic Series, and removed some of the items that added cost but were not important to everyone. We’ve kept all of the essential features and all of the building sciences and behind the walls quality we’ve become known for. 

Girl's bedroom with canopy bed and natural lighting from window

The opportunity to live in a luxurious home is not just for the few, but for everyone. We want everyone to enjoy the same quality we showcase throughout our Classic Series floor plans. Nothing else has changed. You’ll still have a home that is built smart, built healthy, and built to last! 


We’re also excited to introduce brand new design selections curated especially for this series. This will allow you a stress-free building experience with just enough selections that your home is uniquely you, but not so many that it’s overwhelming to make decisions. Another great advantage to this new series is it allows for a faster build time meaning less stress and hassle waiting to enjoy your new home.


You can find our Select Series throughout many of our communities. So when you’re ready to have a home that’s built smart, built healthy, and built to last, we can’t wait to welcome you home!

Moving to a new state can be a difficult choice to make, but it can also be the best decision when you find the right place to call home. Oklahoma is definitely one of those places. This state is located right in the heart of the country and provides many benefits to all who relocate here. Things like the four-season weather, low cost of living, vibrant economy, and easy commuting, are just a few of the many reasons thousands of people are moving to Oklahoma.

At Beacon Homes, it’s our mission to build homes with the utmost quality, excellence, and integrity for families across the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas. We’ve upheld that mission for over 20 years and can’t wait to continue it with new buyers from all over the country. If you’re unsure about moving states, read on to learn some benefits of living in Oklahoma and reasons it’s a good idea to move in the first place.


Living in Oklahoma vs. “Those Other States”

Though many people are working remotely, having an easy commute is a huge positive when relocating. In some states going to work or running a few simple errands can take hours when factoring in the endless traffic. Commuting time in Oklahoma is shorter and faster than the national average which means less stress and a longer lifespan. The well-developed and maintained public transit system and roadways make it easy to travel throughout the state and the rest of the country.

quote about Oklahoma's unemployment rateSpeaking of working, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is well below the national average with job opportunities flourishing across the state. Some of the major industries propelling the state’s economy include agribusiness, automotive, bioscience, information and financial services, renewable energy, and manufacturing. This combined with the lower than national average cost of living (including groceries, utilities, and transportation) and affordable housing (more than 70% of Oklahomans are homeowners) make it an ideal place to live and work.


Oklahoma offers beautiful four-season weather. Whether you love sunny summers for swimming or cold winters to cozy up to a fireplace, you can enjoy it all here. Plus, there’s always something fun to do no matter the season. A move to our homes in OKC and Tulsa will get you close to tons of outdoor activities, festivals, state parks, and museums. Spend one of the 234 average sunny days per year enjoying one of the many music festivals, exploring the unique shopping districts, or a one-of-a-kind park like The Gathering Place in Tulsa.


There’s More to Moving to a New State Than a Fresh Start

As mentioned, the decision to move may not always be an easy one and oftentimes go beyond just a fresh start. If any of these reasons resonate with how you’re feeling, it’s probably a good sign it’s time to move. 


Your Household is Growing

Whether it’s a new baby or an aging parent moving in, sometimes your current home just isn’t big enough for your growing family. It’s a sign to move when you no longer have room for your personal things let alone your family members. A Beacon home with spacious living areas and extra bedrooms is the perfect solution to avoid tripping over items or bumping into relatives and guests.


Time For An Upgrade

happy family in a new beacon home

While we’re sure you’ve built some great memories there, an older home in need of several renovations isn’t worth the suffering. Moving to a new home will provide a major lifestyle upgrade for you and your family. Just imagine updated appliances, a modern kitchen and floor plan, more storage, and overall healthier living with energy-efficient features and brand-new home systems. Not to mention, community amenities and overall improvements to your family’s lives.


Rising Costs of Living

Your finances have a huge impact on where you live and sometimes the rising costs of living can be too much to maintain a standard of living in certain areas. Especially if you have a family to think about, moving to an area with a lower cost of living can be ideal regardless of your financial situation. There may even be better job opportunities with more earning potential in such places, or if you work remotely your earnings will stretch even further.


The Commute is Slowly Killing You

Studies have shown that a shorter commute could increase your lifespan. Think about it. The process of commuting to and from work, your kid’s sports events and recitals, or anywhere you need to be one time can be extremely stressful. Over time, this stress can heavily weigh on your sleep and overall health. A move to a low-traffic area like OKC or Tulsa might just be the solution you need.


Thinking of Relocating to Oklahoma? Beacon Homes is Here for You!

outline of Oklahoma state on a green bannerBeacon Homes offers a wide variety of homes for sale in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas that’ll have you reaping all the wonderful benefits mentioned above. Take advantage of beautiful weather, low cost of living, tons of activities, and more with a move to one of our many communities.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about moving to Oklahoma, connect with us online. We look forward to helping you!

Smart homes and their features have been seen in movies, TV shows, and commercials for years. But what exactly is a smart home? Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a variety of answers. One may say it’s when you have devices like Alexa throughout the home. Others think it’s when all of your appliances are bluetooth connected. Sometimes people even imagine their homes doing everything for them with the sound of their voices or the touch of a button. It’s an interesting question with a lot of answers.

At Beacon Homes, we’re here to answer this question the best way we know how, which is by sharing a few of the smart home features and products that can ensure that you new home is safe and easy to maintain.


8 Key Features of Our Smart Homes

What is a smart home? A smart home is a home built with devices that can automate tasks or allow remote access through apps, remotes, switches, or voice commands. With our included smart features, you’ll be able to enjoy a more convenient, safer, and intelligent way of living. Here are some of the features that make Beacon Homes smarter.

Beacon homes are built with smart technology

1. WiFi Thermostat

A WiFi Thermostat connects to the internet and can be controlled by a connected device such as an app on your phone. You can set it to notify you of changes in your home’s temperature. For instance, if you’re on your way home and notice the temperature has dipped below 70 and you prefer it at 75, you can change the settings through your app. Or if you’re already home and it feels a bit warm, you can set a cooler temperature from anywhere in the home.

2. Smart Oven

Beacon homes contain smart ovens

Whether you’re an experienced cook or have gotten by on simple recipes, a smart oven is a great alternative to regular ovens. Smart ovens can be connected to your other smart devices or appliances. They offer programmable options, so you can set them to preheat from wherever you are. Our smart ovens also include pre-sets for certain meal types, making it easy to cook a meal to perfection every time. It will even remember your settings for future use.

3. Z-Wave Switches

Z-Wave switch technology allows full control of your home’s lights from within the home or anywhere else. It uses wireless radio frequency technology to connect smart devices to one another and complete the functions you want them to. With a remote, a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer, you can turn off or dim the lights anywhere in the home. It will also alert you when the function is completed for your peace of mind.

downward view of Charleston smart exterior door lock

4. Smart Lock

Never worry about you or your family forgetting their keys again. Our smart lock system allows you to wirelessly unlock your front door using your smartphone or a key fob with an access code. You can also authorize third parties by creating unique codes for each user that can be changed at any time. Each use is monitored to be more secure and allows you to track logged uses.

5. Smart Doorbell

Even when you’re not home, it’s comforting and convenient to hear who is at the door. A smart doorbell is an internet-connected doorbell that notifies you when someone is at the door. Once the visitor presses the doorbell button or it senses a visitor approaching, it will allow you to communicate with them via microphone. It’s a safe way to confirm who is there when offering access to your home through your smart lock.

6. Smart Security

Another great way to ensure the safety of your home is through a smart security system. This includes not only the smart doorbell and lock mentioned above, but also the ability to see visitors or capture footage in case of intruders. This technology allows you to be alerted when there’s activity outside of your door or wherever it’s installed. It can be controlled with your smartphone and voice commands. It’s also able to connect with many other smart devices included in your home for overall security.

photo of Charleston floorplan smart panel

7. Smart Panel & App

It’s never been easier to control your smart home features. With a Smart Panel, you can control all of the functions of your smart home with just a few touches. Also, nearly all of our smart features can be controlled through a single app. No more downloading multiple apps for each feature! Create scenes that allow you to automate multiple functions for multiple systems at once. For example, you could create a “Welcome Home” scene that opens your garage door, lowers the thermostat, turns on the lights, and disarms the alarm when you arrive home. It even learns your behaviors to help the smart products work together.

This system also works with many other smart products and apps from major companies (Apple Home, Google Home, Alexa, etc.) that can be added to your home later on.

8. USB Outlets

There are so many updates to smartphones, tablets, and other smart gadgets, it’s hard to keep track of all their necessary charging accessories. And how many times have you or a family member lost the USB block that connects your gadget to the charger? Luckily, Beacon homes have the option of USB outlets built in, so you can charge your devices in any room.


Smart Homes for Sale in OKC and Tulsa

If you’re living in Oklahoma but looking for a new home with all of these smart features, look no further than our Oklahoma City and Tulsa communities. Each community is surrounded by the cities deep rooted western and cowboy cultures mixed with a modern vibe. You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of amenities like museums, festivals, horse shows, live music, and more throughout the area. 

There’s even more to enjoy within the communities. If you’re looking for room to roam, Elwood Crossing, Fox Lair Estates, and Rush Creek are the places to be, with half to 1+ acre lots available. Want to live a fun and highly active lifestyle? Find your perfect home at Frazier Meadows, The Grove, Morgan Creek or Woodland Park with their swimming pools, outdoor pickleball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, fitness centers, and walking paths. Whatever kind of lifestyle you want, Beacon Homes has the perfect place for you. We even have several homes ready and waiting for you to enjoy!

smart homes in beacon homes' communities in oklahoma

You deserve a home that treats you right and is connected with all of the most convenient, safe, and smart technology built in. Browse through our floor plans and model homes for a peek of what your new home could be. And when you’re ready, we’re ready to help you! Connect with our new home specialist to get started.

One of the most fun parts of building your dream home is selecting the finishing design touches to match your personal style. The design sets your home up for the wonderful furniture and decor options that complete your home’s style. In the beginning, it may seem overwhelming with so many options to choose from, but Beacon Homes’ professional designer has curated a fabulous collection of design packages. Even better, we’ve now revamped them to further enhance your home’s overall look and feel. There’s so much more fun to be had, so check out these fresh design updates we’re now offering. 


Something Old, Something New

Want a design that stands the test of time? This design package is your answer. It’s rooted in a traditional style that will hold strong against rapidly changing trends. You’ll always be in style with this refreshing, warm, and welcoming color palette of neutrals.


Simply Classic

Step into another time and place with this design that leans toward French Vintage and Victorian style. With creamy whites and soft blues in this updated color palette, you’ll be feeling fancy. The pops of contrasting bronze hardware and fixtures lend to a “lived-in” feel, perfect for the vintage lovers out there.


Fresh & Airy

If you’re feeling more bohemian vibes, then our Fresh & Airy package is a great place to start. This style has been refreshed with a punch of color. A mix of matte black and gold finishes gives this style a cool, trendy edge you’re bound to fall for. 


Au Naturale

As the name evokes, this package is all about going back to the natural world. We’ve updated to a soothing color palette with rich textures and finishes, like bronze and a hint of soft gold. Going natural with gold finishes takes on a new “glam rustic” vibe. It’s such a fun combination!


Modern Farmhouse

This very trendy style isn’t going anywhere. But it has evolved over the years from a rustic style paired with cedar and brick to something a little more elegant and interesting. For instance, the color palette features a mix of matte textures and rich stains. Don’t worry, the popular matte black finish will still make a strong appearance in this package.


Opposites Attract

If you’re looking for something with tons of intriguing contrast, look no further than the Opposites Attract design package. With this combination, you’ll find that it’s all about the high contrast of black & white in a sleek and modern design. Glossy finishes and straight lines also give this package a trendy edge.


After 5PM

Get ready for the “entertainer’s dream” of design package options. This updated package is glam and fabulous with rich greens paired with soft gold finishes and marbled tile. Picture the perfect backdrop to your Friday nights at home.


Cool Breeze

Feel the “cool breeze” of this coastal-inspired design. You can’t beat the crisp, clean finishes found throughout this package. Stop at your nearest Pottery Barn because this style is the perfect neutral backdrop for their style of furniture—or any style you love.



We’re so excited to drop in a sneak preview of our brand new, upcoming package called Lavishly! It’s all about the newest trend of maximalist style, with rich velvety paint colors, shiny chrome finishes, and fun countertop and tile patterns. Keep an eye out for this “lavish” package at the Beacon Design Center.


There you have it! We can’t wait to help you personalize your next home in Oklahoma. Our design process is fun and easy. So when you’re ready to build your dream home, we’ve got you covered. Check out our design process here and contact us for more information on our beautiful homes in Tulsa or Oklahoma City.

Summer brings warmer weather and more days of sunshine to enjoy. With this, you may want to consider changing up your porch, patio, or deck decor with the seasons. Year after year, new trends come about with some interesting ways to decorate. There are so many options to choose from, but let’s start with what will have the biggest impact. Here are some options that’ll do just that! 


Get Your Green Thumb Out

Greenery is one of the greatest ways to elevate your outdoor design. Layering plants on your porch is a great way to change up the look without making any major changes. Hanging some planters and adding greenery will transform the space. Plants are also proven to boost mental and emotional health.


Add a Porch Swing

Porch swings are a great way to earn style points and create additional seating. If you have a beautiful porch, you ought to use it, and a swing will get you on it more often. As the days become warmer, a swing is a great spot to soak in the sun or watch the evening sunsets.


Hang Some Outdoor Lighting

Hanging fun or interesting lights on your porch is a great way to brighten up the space for an evening get-together. If you have not used your porch as often as you hoped, hanging outdoor lights will help you utilize the warm summer evenings. Time to host that backyard party with friends!


Define Space with Area Rug

An area rug is a great way to define the standing and seating space of your porch. Outdoor rugs are easy to clean, and you can often spray them off with a hose if your area collects debris. As long as you choose an outdoor rug, you should not have any trouble with fading.


Daybed & Outdoor Furniture

New outdoor furniture can transform the shape and look of your porch. An outdoor daybed is a perfect way to take advantage of the warm summer days, especially if you love an outdoor nap. A daybed will make your home feel even more like home.


Looking for a New Home?

Looking to move into a home with a beautiful porch or deck? Check out Beacon Homes.

Since 2003, we’ve made it a priority to build homes with the utmost quality and thoughtful designs. Whether you are local to the area or are moving from another state, Beacon Homes can help you find the community and home of your dreams.

Contact us to learn more about our smart, healthy homes.

It can be a lot of work to maintain a totally energy-efficient home on your own. Especially in the summer when the heat gets too intense. An excellent way to make sure you and your family stay comfortable throughout the hot season is with an energy-efficient home and tips to keep it running smoothly. But how do you keep everyone feeling cozy in the heat without racking up sky-high energy bills?


For those living in an older home, air can escape from the unlikeliest of places. You may have to conduct a pricey energy audit to know what to look for. Not to mention the time and expense of insulating, sealing, caulking, and replacing materials and products, plus something to treat the air loss. What a job!


Luckily, when you buy a home from Beacon Homes, energy efficiency is built right into the construction process, lowering your home’s maintenance and energy costs for many years. Here’s how we do it:


Highly Efficient A/C Unit & Heat

Up to half of a home’s energy is used for heating and cooling interior spaces. Today’s energy-efficient furnaces provide maximum heat with minimum gas usage by electronically monitoring the thermostat to ensure precise temperature control. Having the right sized HVAC system for your house is also critically important to maintain even temperatures room-to-room and control humidity levels.


Air Loss Prevention

Your HVAC system works hard to warm and cool your home. The number one thing you can do to lower your energy bills is to prevent that air from escaping so that it doesn’t have to work even harder. While effectively sealing air leaks around floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, fireplaces, and outlets (yes, outlets!) is a given, the right insulation and the window glass will help trap air and keep it right where you need it.


  • Effective Insulation Solutions: Homes in Oklahoma need to be able to withstand high temperatures in the summertime, which regularly reach the mid-80s to low 90s. For maximum comfort, 2×6 exterior wall construction allows for fiberglass batt insulation to fill a wider space without breaks or gaps, resulting in less air leakage. In ceilings, blown-in fiberglass insulation with an R-value of R-38 prevents warm air from escaping.


  • Qualified Low-E Windows & Sliding Glass Doors: Inefficient windows are notorious for ushering your hard-won heat right out of your house (or allowing heat in). During the winter, low-emissivity coatings on glass windows and doors reflect the home’s interior heat and bounce it right back into the spaces where you need it the most. In warmer months, these windows reflect exterior heat from the sun, keeping the inside of your home cooler while still letting in lots of natural light. 


Get A Smart Thermostat

Smart, programmable thermostats improve heating and cooling system efficiency by learning how long it takes your system to reach your desired temperature and activating the system earlier, so your home is exactly how warm or cool you want it to be, at the precise moment you want it. Smart thermostats that allow for multiple programming settings — like auto-adjusting on the weekends or when you are not home as often — will save you both money and the hassle of remembering. 


Reverse Your Ceiling Fans Rotation

In rooms with ceilings of normal height, fans can keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This can potentially lower your energy bills. In the warm months, keep them spinning counterclockwise to push cool air from the top of the room down to floor level. At the first sign of cool weather, reverse the direction your ceiling fans turn — so that they are spinning clockwise to pull cool air upward and push down the warmer air that naturally rises to the ceiling. Just be sure the blades are spinning at the lowest possible setting.


Want a more cost-effective, energy-efficient home for you and your family? Consider one of our many options in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. It’s time to be more comfortable this summer. Contact us to get started on the search for a home built with utility bill-saving features. We’re glad to help!

Of all the things that Tulsa is known for, hot steamy summers are near the top of the list. And with the heat comes pouring rain, thunderstorms, and other forms of precipitation. When the weather gets crazy, we head indoors. Luckily, Tulsa has lots of fun indoor places to beat the heat. Here are a few of our favorites.



Climb Tulsa (Climbing, Fitness &Yoga) | 4923 E. 32nd Street 


D-Bat Tulsa (Batting Cages) | 13679 East 61st Street S


Sky Zone (Indoor Trampoline Park) | 8306 E 61st Street


Urban Air Adventure Park | 3328 E. 51st Street


family having fun at bowling club



Andy B’s Bowl Social (Bowling/Arcade) | 8711 S Lewis Avenue


AMF Sheridan Lanes (Bowling/Arcade) | 3121 South Sheridan Rd.


Dust Bowl Lanes (Bowling/Lounge) | 211 S Elgin Avenue



Fun4Kidz Playground 

Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S. Memorial Dr. | Promenade Mall, 4107 S. Yale Ave.


Rewind ESports | 411 W. Stone Wood Dr., Broken Arrow


Shuffles: Board Game Cafe | 207 E. Archer


The Safehouse (Escape Room) | 4835 S. Fulton Avenue



Oklahoma Aquarium | 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks


Philbrook Museum of Art | 2727 S. Rockford Rd.


Tulsa Air and Space Museum | 3624 N. 74th E Avenue



Discovery Lab | 3123 S. Riverside Drive


Cinergy Tulsa | 6808 S. Memorial Drive


Woody Guthrie Center | 102 E. Brady Street



Tulsa’s City and County Parks have several indoor options. 

Go to or for a list of upcoming events.


Stay cool this summer, and enjoy all that the Tulsa area has to offer! 

Are you a fan of water-based fun? Do you enjoy being out in nature? How do you feel about free concerts? There’s a reason why Frommer’s named Oklahoma City one of the best destinations to visit in 2022! You’ll enjoy these perks all summer long when you live at Morgan Creek. Read on to learn more about the best summertime activities in OKC.


1.) Water, water everywhere 

OKC has plenty of ways to cool off on sultry summer days. From the city’s many splash pads to a unique variety of waterparks, this town heads for the water when it’s hot! 

Splash Pads

  • EB Jeffrey Park  | 4432 NW 16th St.
  • Melrose Park  | NW 5th & Council
  • Reed Park  | 1217 N May Avenue


  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor | 3908 W Reno Avenue 

The biggest waterpark in the OKC metro, with never-ending water activities. 


2.) Get out(side) 

OKC is blessed with so many outdoor recreation options. Go play outside! 

  • Scissortail Park | 300 SW 7th

Enjoy the lake, children’s playgrounds, water fountains, dog park, ornamental gardens, and more.


  • Myriad Botanical Gardens | 301 W. Reno Avenue

A 15-acre escape in the heart of downtown. Explore the children’s garden & playground, splash fountains and walking paths.


  • Lake Overholser & Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge | Council Rd. and Morgan Rd.

A popular spot for boaters, fishermen, nature lovers, and picnickers. 


3.) Be a tourist in your own town

There’s something to be said for exploring the wonders in your own backyard! 

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo | 2000 Remington Place

More than 1,900 animal species live at OKC’s wildest attraction. Plus, the Outdoor Safari Walk! 


  • The historic Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel | 1701 S Western Avenue

It stands 100 feet above the south bank of the Oklahoma River, overlooking the city skyline. 


  • The Orr Family Farm | 14400 S. Western Avenue

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind overnight camping experience in historic Conestoga Wagons and Teepees.


  • Concerts At The Creek | 13230 Pawnee Drive

Fee, live music every Friday evening. Local musicians perform from 7-9 p.m. 


Here’s to a great summer in Oklahoma City! For information about our homes in Morgan Creek, call Cori Masters at 405-358-8615. 

Figuring out the formula for mortgage rates can seem like magic. There are so many factors that can nudge rates up or down. So here at Beacon Homes, we thought we’d offer a bit of insight into what makes mortgage rates change. 




The role of the Federal Reserve Bank in mortgage rates is a bit confusing. The members of the Federal Reserve Bank do not set mortgage rates. Rather, they control the Fed Funds Rate, which is the interest rate at which financial institutions borrow money from each other in order to meet short-term loans and withdrawals. Short-term interest rates do not impact long-term financing, like mortgages.


What about the “prime rate”? Each bank decides on its own prime rate, which is the interest rate for lending money to customers with good credit. These financial institutions may set their own prime rate according to the Fed Funds Rate, often a few percentage points higher. Credit cards, for example, reflect the prime rate. If you have a good credit rating, you get a lower interest rate on your credit card balance.




Home loan rates are actually determined by investors who purchase mortgage-backed securities (MBS). These investments are bonds that are backed by mortgages in the United States. As bonds are traded in the stock market, the MBS pricing changes—up and down. MBS are traded every day, so the rate is in constant flux. Every type of mortgage is affected: conventional, jumbo, FHA, VA, and USDA loans.




In some industries, when demand goes up, the price goes up as well. In mortgage bonds, however, the opposite happens. When the demand for mortgage bonds increases, the price increases, BUT mortgage rates fall. 


Tim Lucas, editor for The Mortgage Reports, explains, “Demand for mortgage bonds can change for a multitude of reasons, but the most common driver is risk–avoidance. Most mortgage-backed bonds are guaranteed by the U.S. government, so they’re considered ‘extra safe’. Default risk is practically nil with U.S. government-backed debt.


“During periods of economic or political uncertainty, U.S. mortgage bonds tend to be in high demand. This trading pattern is known as a ‘flight–to–quality’. When there’s a bona fide flight–to–quality going on, consumer mortgage interest tends to drop.”


For example, in 2020 and 2021, the Feds bought billions of dollars of consumer mortgages to keep mortgage rates low and pump cash into the economy. At some point, though, when the economy improves, the government no longer intercedes, and rates go up. When the Fed sells government securities (MBS), it reduces the amount of cash in the system, and banks then raise interest rates. We’re seeing that trend now. 




Let’s look at things that DO NOT impact mortgage rates.


  • The 10-Year Treasury Note

Contrary to popular belief, mortgage rates do not change according to the 10–Year Treasury Note. According to mortgage expert Tim Lucas, “The 10–Year Treasury Note is a debt–issuance from the U.S. Treasury. Over time, the 10–year note and mortgage–backed bonds will trend together; but, on any given day, the two can diverge. Therefore, you can’t watch the yield of the 10–Year Treasury Note and know in which direction mortgage rates are moving with certainty.”


So, why do people use the Treasury Note as a measuring stick? Lucas explains, “One of the reasons is because access to real–time MBS data is expensive whereas data on the 10–Year Treasury Note is as close as turning to CNBC.” If you want an accurate predictor of what makes mortgage rates change, pay attention to MBS prices.


  • Members of Congress.

Don’t direct credit or blame for the current mortgage interest rates at your elected officials. While they create legislation and might spark demand for MBS, this government body has no say in the rise and fall of those figures.


Even though mortgage rates are fluctuating, now is still a great time to buy. If a new construction home is what you’re considering, Beacon Homes has communities in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.

At Beacon Homes, many of our communities are conveniently located near farmer’s markets. And although you can purchase various types of produce at the local grocery store, nothing beats the fresh quality and seasonal selection of produce found at farmer’s markets.


Why Seasonal Produce Is a Winner


Freshly harvested produce has a higher nutritional value. For example, a stalk of broccoli from a local farmer will have more vitamin C content than a pack of broccoli from a grocery store.


There is a science to growing produce. When produce is grown out of season, ripening agents are used throughout the process. Ripening agents are special gases and chemicals for plants. The problem is that these agents can alter a plant’s essential properties. This is why some mass-produced fruits are extra shiny. Seasonal produce from a farmer’s market is better for you because it’s never altered. It’s the definition of “farm to table.”


Fresh, seasonal produce also tastes better. Science is the key because proper farming is all about strategic growth and development. Fruits and vegetables develop better flavors when they grow in their natural habitat in season. 


If you buy a home near a farmer’s market, you’ll have access to delicious, seasonal produce.


Plant Your Roots in Oklahoma


If you want to support local farmers in Oklahoma, here are five noteworthy farmer’s markets you should have on your radar.


The Edmond Farmer’s Market in Edmond


The Edmond Farmer’s Market has been in business since 1988. It’s a popular destination in downtown Edmond for bakers, gardeners, food manufacturers, artisans, and ranchers. However, it’s primarily a place where locals can buy fresh food.

Want to live near the freshest and tastiest food? Check out these communities close by


The Arcadia Farmer’s Market in Central Oklahoma


Many people flock to the Arcadia Farmer’s Market because it’s a great venue for special events. At this location, you can buy produce from a farmer or a tasty dish from a food truck.

Looking to move near this market? Look no further than these communities.


The Farmer’s Public Market in Oklahoma City


Since 1928, the Farmer’s Public Market has been a stomping ground for people in Oklahoma. You can buy fresh food here every week.

Add moving to one of these communities to your farmer’s market grocery list.


Carmichael’s Produce in Bixby


Joyce and Don Carmichael run Carmichael’s produce year-round. From sweet corn and plump tomatoes, the vendors here sell the essential fruits and veggies for every family.

Take advantage of this incredible selection year-round by living in


Fresh produce is the key to a healthy lifestyle, so it’s wise to support a local farmer’s market. If you need help finding a home with plenty of markets nearby, turn to the team at Beacon Homes.

When buying a to-be-built home, it’s understandable to have a million questions running through your mind from the timeline for completion, to what upgrades are available, and more.


At Beacon Homes, we want to alleviate some of these questions and make sure the home buying process is a breeze. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.


How long does it take to build?


The time it takes to build can vary. Especially if you’re looking to buy a quick move-in home versus a to-be-built.


A quick move-in home refers to a home that has been pre-designed and is currently being built, if not already completed. These types of homes would take a shorter time to build as most of the design and style decisions have been pre-selected. These could be ready in one to six months depending on what stage the home is at in the building process.


For a to-be-built home, you start by choosing your homesite and floor plan. This means you have more flexibility when it comes to personalizing details with a Beacon design consultant. Each month we reserve a number of openings in our construction schedule for to-be-built homes. Your Beacon Sales Specialist can tell you what the next available opening is and provide an estimated time frame for the entire process. 


Do I need an appointment to view model homes?


Yes. In order to make the most of your visit and dedicate time to any questions, we recommend scheduling an appointment. Though we have a few model homes, they are not always open. Our sales team is available 7 days a week, but they often out at the model home showing homes and homesites to other clients. Scheduling an appointment ensures that we are able to give you the time and attention you deserve. 


Better yet, we recommend connecting with our New Home Specialist, Cori. She is available to help answer any preliminary questions you have and guide you to the right community and home that fits your needs. She can also schedule an appointment for you to meet with our team in person.


Will I need to make a lot of upgrades to the home?


No. A large percentage of our buyers don’t spend very much adding options to their home. We put a lot of consideration into the way our homes are built and designed and include a lot of great features that might be an extra cost for other builders. 


What options do you offer and what color choices do I have?


We currently offer 8 design packages that our wonderful designer, Chelsea, has put together.


  • Fresh & Airy
  • Opposites Attract
  • The Modern Farmhouse
  • After 5PM
  • Cool Breeze
  • Au Natural
  • Something Old, Something New
  • Simply Classic


Start with the package that speaks to you. Do you prefer something bohemian with warm, neutral colors? Choose Fresh & Airy! Maybe you prefer a more moody, trendy feel? After 5PM would be your best option.


Once you’ve selected a design package, we can then move on to personalized details and finishes that speak to your unique style. From paint to countertops, lighting to flooring, and more, we offer a wide variety of options to create a home that is designed just for you. 


Do you allow changes to your floor plans?


Yes! We have invested a lot of time studying the different ways that people use the spaces in their homes and creating options to meet those needs. We offer a wide variety of pre-designed choices to change your floor plan. You can even use our interactive guide to see these options and exterior color schemes 


How many years has Beacon been in business?


We’ve been in business for almost 20 years. Within those 20 years, we’ve kept our promise to build with integrity and build homes that last the test of time, focusing on serving families of all shapes and sizes by helping them find a home that fits their lifestyle.


With our team’s hard work and maintaining our core values, we will continue building dream homes for many years to come.


What kind of new home warranty does Beacon Home offer?


We offer a 1-year builder’s warranty along with additional manufacturers’ warranties. The BHG, or Beacon Homeowner Guide, includes clear details about your warranty so there’s no guesswork when it comes to what is and isn’t covered.


Our customers also enjoy our in-house warranty service with Chelsi,Billy, and Daniel. We believe this sets us apart from other builders by allowing us to truly be with you every step of the way.


How much money do I have to put down?


The answer to this question varies. It would depend on whether you’re interested in purchasing a quick move-in versus a to-be-built home.


With a to-be-built home, you choose the community, homesite, floorplan, and finishes, then we construct the home from the ground up. The investment needed to get started on this process varies from 3-5%. If there are additional options you’d like to add to the home, this may require a bit more of an investment.


Quick move-in homes are already in development and have the home options already picked out. The initial investment for this type of home ranges from 1%-3% depending on the home you select. 


Do I have to get a construction loan?


No! As your new home builder, we take on the responsibility of the construction loan. All you need by the time of the contract is a pre-qualification letter from a lender.


But don’t worry, our team will assist you with any questions throughout the process and we can recommend a fantastic lender to assist you with pre-qualification at the beginning of the process and your mortgage when you’re ready to move in.


If I’m interested in a particular new home or community, what do I do next?


Contact Cori! Cori is our New Home Specialist. She is available whenever you decide to build and will be the start to your new home journey!


Give her a call at 405-358-8615 or email We also offer a convenient chat option on our site!

If you’re planning a move to or around Tulsa, your timing couldn’t be more perfect. Frazier Meadows, the newest community of Beacon Homes, is ready for home buyers! Let’s highlight why Frazier Meadows is the perfect place to build custom homes in Tulsa and how you can make this exciting new residential community your home this year.


Availability, Pricing, and Lot Size


With construction starting in June of  2022, phase 1 of Frazier Meadows has about 100 lots available. What a great way to start a fresh, sunny season!


Our custom homes range from the upper $300,000’s to the $400,000’s. While lots vary in size, the average lot size is 63 x 120 ft.


Where Are These Custom Homes Located?


Frazier Meadows is located in Jenks, Oklahoma, on the northwest corner of 131st Street and Harvard Avenue. We’re just across the Arkansas River from South Tulsa and minutes away from Hwy 75 and the Creek Turnpike. Whether you’re heading into Tulsa for work, play, or venturing out into the country for some much-needed solitude, both are equally accessible from your new custom home.


For parents and families, you’re located in the middle of the wonderful Bixby school district. Children in grades K-6 living in Frazier Meadows will attend the highly desired, new Bixby West Elementary School!


What Will Life Be Like at Frazier Meadows?


If being surrounded by the best parts of the greater Tulsa area isn’t enough to draw you in, Frazier Meadows’ community amenities will seal the deal.


  • Cool down and meet neighbors at the neighborhood swimming pool and recreation area.
  • Go fishing at the tranquil pond.
  • Get some nature therapy on the jogging trails and walking paths.
  • Looking to get your blood pumping? Visit the community pickleball court or take your kids to the playground.


What Will My New Home Be Like?


Our homes at Beacon Homes are built to last. This will continue in our Frazier Meadows community with several home features catered to smart, healthy living


We keep our homes smart with features like

  • WiFi Thermostat for controlled temperatures
  • Smart Locks when you forget your keys
  • Lights that turn off and on from your phone


These eco-friendly features help keep allergies at bay.

  • Fresh Air Systems to reduce dust, odors, and indoor contaminants
  • Schluter® Shower System to prevent mold growth
  • Low VOC(Volatile Organic Compounds) Paint to improve indoor air quality


How Do I Get Started?


If you’re ready to take the plunge or still have questions about the custom homes in Frazier Meadows, contact Cori. As our New Home Specialist, she’ll help you get started on finding your own slice of homey bliss at Frazier Meadows today!

So… you’re starting to think about what it might be like to own a new home in OKC or Tulsa. Imagine a fresh, modern space that’s all yours, built with the latest, high-performance materials and systems, and an opportunity to personalize your home so that it’s a reflection of you. Sounds pretty spectacular, right? 


If you’re going to be making this move anytime soon (or even sometime in the future), there are a few things to do to be prepared. The more organized you are now, the faster you’ll be able to act when you find that perfect home. Here are six tips to help you get started on your new home journey:


Start a Design Look Book


It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want your new home to look like! When you come across a design detail or a picture that inspires you, save it to a folder on your computer or phone for easy reference later on. The more you can imagine your new home, the easier and faster the design process will be later. Check out our Photo Gallery for inspiration! 


Narrow Down the Location


Make a list of all the locations where you’d consider living and do some internet research to find new home builders in those areas. Take a look at area maps and plats on websites so you can understand exactly where the homes or homesites are located in relation to work, school, family, or favorite recreation spots. Make notes of when communities are releasing new homes so you can be the first to act. (Be sure to join our Interest Lists!)


Join Interest Lists


Once you’ve found a few favorite communities, go ahead and sign up on interest lists to receive news and updates. The housing market is in a bit of flux right now because of extremely tight supply due to scarce building materials. As new homesites and move-in ready homes become available, you can be the first to know and take action (which is when that pre-qualification letter will come in handy).


Choose Your Favorite Floorplans


Once you’ve found a community in your preferred area, have a look at our floorplans and choose a few favorites within your price range. Start thinking about how you would live in the home, and whether or not any customization would be necessary. When you’re ready, the process will go much faster because you’ve already thought through the details.


Speaking of the details… there are quite a few to consider when making your final floorplan choice: 


What size home do you really need? 

Rather than concentrating on square footage, think about how you would use the space. 

How many sleeping spaces do you need? Could a guest room double as an office if it won’t be used often? Think about the space you wish you had (or don’t use) now and prioritize your needs.


Think about how you live.  

Every family has their own style, so choosing a floorplan that meets YOUR needs is essential. Do you need an office? A rec room? A home gym? Would a multi-purpose flex space that changes as your family grows work for these applications or would you prefer dedicated spaces? 


Be honest about your needs.

Before choosing a home plan, ask yourself: 

  • Is your family situation changing, either growing or shrinking?
  • Do you need guest rooms for overnight visitors? 
  • What about longer-term living space for visiting parents or grandchildren? 
  • Are you approaching retirement? Will you want to age in place? 
  • How do you entertain? Do you want formal spaces or more relaxed gathering rooms? 
  • Are you working from home? Do you want a dedicated office space?
  • Do you have hobbies or special interests that might require special rooms to enjoy them? 
  • Do you need lots of attic or storage space to store your treasures?


If you are considering a new home in OKC or Tulsa, we’d love to help you kickstart the planning process! To learn more about Beacon Homes’ communities or quick move-in homes, give us a call at (405) 358-8615

Located around 110 miles apart in the heart of Oklahoma, the major cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City, or OKC, are rapidly becoming hotspots for remote working. There are many reasons people are relocating to Oklahoma and working remotely from home in the state’s two largest cities.


Appealing Relocation Packages


Through the Tulsa Remote program, Tulsa is offering cash incentives to remote workers willing to relocate to the city for at least a year. Eligible individuals receive $10,000, either in split payments or as a bulk payment towards the purchase price of a local home. Those wanting to escape the home office from time to time can also benefit from free membership to co-working spaces.


Low Cost of Living


Compared with nationwide figures, the overall cost of living is lower in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Housing costs are particularly more affordable, with average costs for groceries, utilities and transportation also below national norms.


Flourishing Local Economies


Both Tulsa and OKC have lower rates of unemployment than the U.S. as a whole, and the job market is growing in both cities. This would be especially appealing for remote workers who have spouses or adult children who would be looking for jobs locally after relocation.


Good Health Care


As compared with national statistics, Oklahoma City and Tulsa each have a higher number of physicians per capita. There are high-performing hospitals in each city, including St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and Integris Baptist Medical Center in OKC. Both cities have a wealth of pharmacies and clinics to further support residents’ health.


Great Education


OKC and Tulsa are both home to great schools, ideal for remote workers relocating with their families in tow. The state also has excellent opportunities for further and higher education. In fact, The University of Tulsa is often referred to as “The Harvard of the Midwest”!

Excellent Connections


Located in the heart of the U.S., with excellent road connections, OKC and Tulsa are both terrific bases for traveling to other parts of the country. With Oklahoma as a base for remote working, people really can enjoy the flexibility of easily working from new pastures from time to time. Plus, each city is well-connected by air routes, with Tulsa International Airport (TUL) and Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) close to hand.


Awesome Leisure Options


Wherever you’re working from, it’s important to have plenty of ways to enjoy your downtime. Not only do Tulsa and OKC boast a wealth of amenities, such as shopping, restaurants, bars, churches and local businesses, but each also has an array of cool attractions and recreational facilities.


Attractions in Oklahoma City


In Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is one of the city’s more unique museums. Others include Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Oklahoma History Center and the quirky American Banjo Museum. Take kids to Oklahoma City Zoo, the dinosaur-filled Museum of Osteology, Science Museum Oklahoma and Six Flags Frontier City. For relaxing time outdoors, Lake Thunderbird State Park, Martin Park Nature Center, Arcadia Lake, Will Rogers Gardens and Scissortail Park are ideal. Want even more? Oklahoma State Capitol, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the First Americans Museum and The Gold Dome are just a few more interesting hotspots.


Attractions in Tulsa


In Tulsa, families are sure to love Oklahoma Aquarium, Tulsa Zoo, the expansive riverfront park of the Gathering Place, Discovery Lab, Oxley Nature Center, Chandler Park and Safari Sanctuary. Diverse local museums include Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, Woody Guthrie Center, Bob Dylan Center, The Outsiders House Museum and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Some of the city’s more unique attractions include Route 66 Historical Village, the Blue Whale of Catoosa roadside attraction, the enormous Golden Driller statue and The Blue Dome. And, if you’re looking for even more fun and discoveries, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Redbud Valley Nature Preserve, Haikey Creek Park, Tulsa Arts District and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art are just a few more ideas to inspire you.


Working Remotely in Tulsa and OKC


We’ve got a great choice of new homes in Tulsa and OKC, and with flexible touring options, it’s easier than ever to find your next home. If you’re ready to take that next step and find the perfect base for your remote job, get in touch!

While a lot of homeowners started gardening due to the pandemic, a survey found that 86 percent of its participants actually planned to continue gardening.

So what if you’re just starting your garden? It can be fun, but also overwhelming if you don’t know what to plant. Luckily, we’re here to help you out. Oklahoma is home to several well-known garden influencers, including Linda Vater and Dee Nash. (And lifestyle maven Martha Stewart was recently in town and bought Eastern Redbud trees at the Stringer Nursery in Tulsa.) 

Our landscaper, Andy Zupan, offers his recommendations for plants that are easy to grow and do well in our Oklahoma climate! (Not every plant loves our clay soil and hot dry temps.) He’s included a mix of annuals and perennials, and a stunning variety of colors and textures. Any or all of these would make a great addition to any garden.

Read on to learn the best plants for your Oklahoma Garden.


1. Lamb’s Ear


Lamb’s ear, or Stachys, is a great perennial — especially if you have a bright & sunny yard. While it can thrive in the sun, it does better with afternoon shade during the hotter months. If your yard is prone to deer and rabbits, it will also hold up well against them. This plant’s flowers are soft and elongated, with silvery-gray foliage that resembles a lamb’s ear. It blooms light purple in summer, and it looks beautiful when paired with brighter annuals.


2. Coleus


With so many varieties, finding a coleus variation that fits your preference is easy to do. It is drought-tolerant and can handle bright amounts of light during hot summers. Since there are so many kinds of coleus, it pairs well with a lot of different plants, but looks especially great with native prairie plants


3. Lantana 


Lantana plants have a unique vine-like sprawling appearance from woody branches, making them popular to grow in outdoor hanging baskets or as ground covers. Lantana is known for its rounded clusters of small, brightly colored flowers that may be yellow, orange, white, red, pink, blue, or purple. Although they may act like a vine, they are classified by botanists as shrubs and are often used as border shrubs and as ground cover in areas with full sunshine in warm climates. Lantana plants like full sun and thrive in well-draining soil. 


4. Hosta


Hostas are a perfect option for shady gardens. Whether in-ground or in a container, these plants are tolerant of shaded areas but tend to prefer slightly sunny gardens whenever it is grown. It can be difficult to start from a seed, so it’s best to purchase them as a started plant or to acquire them as a cutting. Patience is also key with Hostas, as it can take up to three years for the plants to grow fully.


5. Daylilies


Daylilies are great for planting first thing in the spring or fall. Remember, however, to not plant them newly during the summer, as the hot temperatures on a developing root system can lead to root rot. Perfect for growing in full sun conditions, daylilies require at least weekly watering during dry spells; they prefer to live in moist conditions. But during the rainy season, you won’t have to water them yourself.


Some additional Oklahoma Garden Stars recommended by Linda Vater:







Tall Phlox 

Creeping Phlox 

Shasta Daisy 


And some to NEVER plant




Virginia Creeper

Trumpet Vine 


PLUS… Dee Nash’s Recommendations for Your OK Vegetable Garden 



Kales & Chards

Spring Onions 

Snow Peas

Assorted Herbs (Thyme, parsley, basil, sage, oregano, rosemary, mint) 


Summer Squash

Green Beans

Winter Squash/Pumpkins 







Ready to Get Started With Your Oklahoma Garden?


Now that we’ve gone over what’s best for your Oklahoma Garden, are you ready to get started? All the plants we’ve talked about are going to grow wonderfully in your yard, and they’re likely to attract butterflies and other types of wildlife.

If you’re moving into a new home, now is a great time to start planning your landscaping. Luckily, Beacon Homes can help you out! Contact us today to get started.

Spring has officially arrived in the great state of Oklahoma, and residents can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it! There’s no better way to soak up the sunshine and breathe in the fresh air than by visiting one of the great parks throughout the state. In Oklahoma City and Tulsa, there are unique green spaces that offer much more than your average park. Here are our top park picks in OKC and Tulsa to enjoy the best of this beautiful spring weather.


Parks in OKC


Myriad Botanical Gardens


This 15-acre natural escape in the heart of downtown features beautiful gardens, seasonal activities, and events that are free and open to the public.


Martin Park Nature Center


Explore nature and wildlife along 2.5 miles of woodland trails and in the Visitor Center where you’ll find live animals and a nature learning library.


Lake Hefner


There are so many ways to enjoy this large lake on the city’s central northwest side. Land lovers will appreciate the paved trails encircling the lake that are great for walking, running, cycling, and skateboarding. In the summers, water enthusiasts can jump right into kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and fishing. 


Scissortail Park


A peaceful place to spend a few minutes or an entire day, this public park offers 70-acres of green space and engaging experiences including ornamental gardens, a 3.7-acre lake, children’s playground, water fountains, seasonal roller rink, dog park, performance stage, and more.


Parks in Tulsa


Gathering Place


“Tulsa’s Riverfront Park” is quite an experience. There are more than 100 unique attractions, including an adventure playground, places to eat and relax, a boathouse, the water features of Mist Mountain and Charlie’s Water Mountain, sports courts, and much more.


Tulsa Garden Center


Located in the Historic Snedden Mansion within Woodward Park, these beautiful grounds offer horticultural events and programs, gardening classes, outdoor classrooms, or just a serene place to stroll and soak up the sunshine.


Tulsa Botanic Garden


There are so many opportunities within this botanic garden to appreciate the beauty of the season. There are currently six gardens surrounding a 7-acre lake, with plans to develop more. There are also exhibits and seasonal events, like Tiptoe Through The Tulips on April 2, 2022.


Turkey Mountain


A visit to this urban wilderness area is sure to get your blood pumping! There are over 300 acres of park land that have been left intentionally rugged where visitors can hike, climb boulders, and ride horseback.


Did you know that you can also live near one of these amazing parks? Beacon Homes offers new home communities throughout Oklahoma City and Tulsa that put you within close driving distance to one or more of these wonderful green spaces. Contact us for more information! 

At Beacon Homes, we believe that excellent customer service doesn’t stop at the closing table. We understand the financial and emotional investment in building a new home, so we want to be there for you even after the sale to make sure you’re 100% satisfied. 


Many other builders outsource their warranty departments, but we believe that our customers are best served by our own, full-time, in-house warranty team. Beacon Homes’ warranty professionals are familiar with our homes, our service, and most importantly, our standards of excellence. Meet the warranty team!


Beacon Homes Warranty Department


Chelsi Leard

Warranty & Homeowner Satisfaction Administrator

“My heart has always been happiest helping people, which is why I look forward to maintaining a positive and lasting relationship with you beyond the completion of your future home!” 



Billy Parkman

Warranty & Homeowner Satisfaction Technician

“I am so grateful to be working in the Warranty department at Beacon Homes. The quality of the members of our team has greatly impressed me. I look forward to meeting you and serving you in your journey of making your house a home.”


Daniel Manning

Warranty & Homeowner Satisfaction

“After 21 years in many roles in the construction process, I am excited to oversee the day-to-day construction of new homes. I have always wanted to be a part of a team like Beacon.”


This is the team that is dedicated to giving you unconditional support throughout your new home journey, even past your closing date! Learn more about our warranty program or feel free to contact us with any questions.