Parade of Homes Veteran Gives Insights into 'Tulsa Style' Homes

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A 15-year veteran of the Tulsa Parade of Homes gives insights into trends, styles and technology of Tulsa homes.

Here in tornado alley, builders are looking for ways to resist wind

The Tulsa Parade of Homes showcases the latest, greatest houses, both in terms of trends and technology. And PMC Homes of Tulsa is fortunate to be able to show some of their own houses for the 15th year in a row.

"We've been doing this for the better part of two decades," said Steve Harris, owner and founder of PMC Homes. "When we started, the parade was doing a single site, one neighborhood, with maybe 15-20 homes. Now, it's grown to 40 neighborhoods with 185 homes."

According to Harris, the Parade of Homes, to be held July 21-29, is the best place to see the cutting-edge technology that builders are putting into their homes.

"People kind of pull out all the stops for the parade to show off the latest technology, like kitchen design, kitchen appliances, energy efficiency, home theaters, that sort of thing," he said. "Different builders, vendors and suppliers do different things, and the parade is when we feature all that."

Harris has noticed Parade of Homes builders moving towards Energy Star compliant homes featuring energy-efficient appliances in line with EPA standards. PMC Homes has built 100 percent Energy Star homes since 2006.

Tulsa homes also have a unique look and feel, according to Harris.

"Tulsa's got its own style," said Harris, who was recently designated a Lifetime Director by the National Association of Home Builders. "That part hasn't changed. You see a lot of exterior materials, rock accents, and things like corbels, which are pieces of wood or stone jutting out of a wall to carry any additional weight, and dormers, those second floor windows that stick out from the roof."

The notoriously unpredictable and stormy weather is another factor in building Tulsa homes. Many homes may have hail-resistant roofs or a safe room.

"Here in tornado alley, builders are looking for ways to resist wind," Harris said. "We use hurricane clips on all our homes that tie the roof tresses to the walls. We get requests for safe rooms, too, especially from people relocating to live in Tulsa."

The builders showcased in the Parade of Homes are held to a higher standard. To see the latest in design innovation and energy efficiency, give PMC Homes a call today, or visit them online at

About PMC Homes:
PMC Homes is Tulsa's premier new home builder. They have been building home owners' dreams for twenty years, known for quality construction, service and warranties as well as many home design innovations. They pride themselves on excellent craftsmanship and close attention to the needs and desires of their customers.

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