Architect, Commercial Firm
Who says a building with a utilitarian purpose can’t be beautiful? Our readers know which architects work to take commercial buildings far beyond mundane. Tulsa firm, Kinslow, Keith & Todd puts a unique stamp on each project, meeting the needs of clients while creating landmarks such as Hardesty Library and the Matthews Warehouse complex. Likewise, Selser Schaefer Architects unite form and function whether they’re designing a grocery store or a public space such as the AHCT Hardesty Arts Center. New to The Best of the Best, Rick Stuber Architecture is also noted for giving flair to buildings that often don’t have much – retail banks, for instance.
In OKC, our readers pointed to TAP Architecture, an innovative firm that has created a range of eye-catching, functional projects ranging from hospitals to restaurants. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza’s client list reads like a who’s who of the Oklahoma business community, from corporate headquarters to research facilities. Miles & Associates has also been called upon by the big names, including notable work for OU and numerous health care projects.
If you’re building your dream home, you need someone who can turn vision and inspiration into beautiful reality. In other words, you need a great architect. Tulsa architect Jack Arnold has gained acclaim for his adaptation of European styles for modern living. Many outstanding examples of his work may be found in Oklahoma. Brian Freese of Freese Architecture works closely with clients to achieve one-of-a-kind modern homes with clean lines, local materials and a definitive sense of place – modern architecture that’s right at home in Oklahoma. John Duvall of Duvall Architects, who owns the firm with his wife, Sherri, works with a variety of styles from contemporary to traditional. This team is also known for seamlessly integrating architecture and interior design.
In Oklahoma City, architect Rand Elliott of Elliott + Associates Architects is known for iconic buildings, including the Devon and Chesapeake boathouses, but he also creates award-winning homes that are as unique as the people who live in them. Exquisite brickwork and soaring rooflines epitomize the European-inspired architecture of Robert Fillmore of Fillmore & Chambers Design Group. With ornamentation to spare and luxury detailing, the homes are still well suited for modern family living. Brian Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Architects looks at every project as an art project, and his notable OKC homes have a distinctive quality that explains why he’s the architect of choice for Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.
It’s one of the most utilized rooms in the house – you should choose quality fixtures, and why not inject a little style? In Tulsa, Oklahoma Magazine readers turn to 60-year-old Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for expert advice and names like Kohler and Moen. Heatwave Supply Company is another sure bet for our readers for every type of bath fixture imaginable. Empire Kitchen & Bath also wins top honors with our readers for their wide selection of the best brands.
Morrison Supply Company keeps the water running in Oklahoma City baths with three area locations. No matter your style, they have a product that’s a perfect fit. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is also a popular spot in Oklahoma City for readers looking for a soaker tub or stylish sink. Designer Hardware by Faye, helmed by OKC design icon Faye Norton, has been delivering high-end fixtures to discerning clients since 1982.
Cabinetry is way more than storage. Today, it’s the anchor of the kitchen, bath and other rooms throughout the home. Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry emerges as the top choice with Tulsa readers. This 35-year-old design and build company has earned high marks for quality craftsmanship in every design style. With names including DuraSupreme, Woodmont and MidContinent and a state-of-the-art design center, Mill Creek Lumber & Supply maintains its perennial spot on our list of winners. With 60 years under its belt, Jay Rambo is synonymous with cabinetry in Tulsa, and it’s always expertly handcrafted to exacting standards.
Oklahoma City-based Monticello Cabinets & Doors is a big hit with our readers. The company uses antique lumber to create rustic yet refined custom cabinets that will be the showpiece of your kitchen. Classic Kitchens is next on our list. Their expert designers work with clients to create dream kitchens using world famous Wood-Mode cabinets. The more-than-50-year-old Suburban Cabinet Shop rounds out our list. These guys will design and build custom cabinetry for any room in your home.
Designer Home Furnishings
Putting together the perfect room requires a secret weapon, and these stores are the go-to places for items to give your space pizzazz. SR Hughes is famous for incorporating designer pieces and ethnic finds with dramatic effect, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in their Brookside showroom. Tulsa readers also flock to Urban Furnishings for elegant modern furnishings, including customizable pieces from Natuzzi and other exclusive lines. Completing the list, Hawley Design Furnishings offers original designs crafted by Mark Hawley and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces form other contemporary lines.
In the Oklahoma City poll, Norman’s Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design tops the list. In business for more than 50 years, it’s a destination for brands such as Henredon, Karastan and Hooker Furniture. Next up is BD Home. If your tastes veer toward bold and modern, this shop has you covered with exclusive collections from Ligne Roset, Kartell and Alessi. The third spot on our list goes to Dane Design, offering a full range of contemporary furnishings for the living room, dining, bedroom and office.
Good fences make good neighbors, as the saying goes. Whether you’re looking for privacy, security or both, our readers sound off on the names they trust. Tulsa area readers turn to first place Owasso Fence. This company offers a full range of materials, including Montage ornamental fencing and the SteelWood privacy fence. Jenks Fence is another popular choice, recognized for top quality fencing as well as excellent installation and customer service. Wood, iron, chain link or vinyl, our readers agree that Arrow Fence is another leader in the enclosures business with more than 30 years experience.
Oklahoma City area readers looking to keep intruders out and the dogs in choose AAA Fencing as the cream of the crop. The family owned business founded in 1959 offers a range of options to fit your needs. In next place, readers turn to Arrow Fence whether they want a simple chain link fence or a period perfect wrought iron fence. Bidwell Fence & Deck in Norman completes our list for The Best of the Best with quality materials and installation you can trust.
Flooring options have exploded in recent years, so take a cue from our readers when choosing a store to help you navigate the choices. First place Carpet One Floor & Home is about much more than carpet. The four Tulsa area locations offer a range of materials with an emphasis on quality and value. Second place Midwest Tile, Marble & Granite specializes in stone and tile that will create a stylish and long-lasting floor. In a tie we have Floorhaus Design Center, offering a full range of materials and more than 30 years experience, and Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Rug Gallery, which has been serving Tulsa for more than 50 years, with household name products such as Couristan and Shaw.
When Oklahoma City readers want to transform a room with new floors, they usually head to Brewer Carpet One. With several area locations the Brewer team can help with anything that goes underfoot. Bryan’s Flooring comes in next with one of the region’s largest showrooms and an extensive selection of carpet and solid surfaces. If it’s the look and durability of natural stone you want, head to AG&M Granite, specializing in architectural granite and marble.
When it’s time to shop for furniture, many of us want wide selection all under one roof. Mathis Brothers Furniture, an Oklahoma tradition, comes out on top with our Tulsa readers for offering just that; incredible selection of the top brands in furniture. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors takes the second spot with quality products from one of America’s most trusted brands. I.O. Metro, offering a specialized collection of eclectic modern furnishings, shares the next spot with North Carolina Furniture Mart, specializing in traditional furniture styles from top manufacturers.
Oklahoma City readers once again selected Mathis Brothers Furniture as the top place to shop for furniture. It may not be surprising, the Mathis empire started here in the 1940s, and it’s a fourth generation business. Edmond Furniture Gallery takes second in our poll, with one of the metro’s largest stores and selections from several famous brands. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors completes the list with a full range of stylish and high quality Ethan Allen products.
Heating & Air
Oklahoma weather isn’t to be taken lightly, and reliable heating and cooling are a necessity. Once again, our readers have selected Airco Service in the top spot in The Best of the Best competition in Tulsa. They’ve been around for more than 50 years offering quality Lennox components and renowned service. Also topping the list is DaVco Mechanical Contractors, providing the highest quality service and maintenance for a range of top manufacturers. In second, we have Air Assurance in Broken Arrow, noted for its attention to customer service and wide variety of products. Two businesses share the third spot. Omstead Service has been installing, repairing and maintaining top quality HVAC since 1960, and the Trane Comfort Specialists at Ace Air Inc. will keep your home cozy year round.
In Oklahoma City, readers once again choose Air Comfort Solutions to keep the heat and air running and well maintained through the worst that Mother Nature dishes out. In second place, readers choose York Heating & Air Conditioning, one of the most trusted names in the temperature control business. With more than 60 years under their belt it’s easy to see why Hinton Refrigeration Co. once again makes our list for The Best of the Best in the HVAC business.
Building a home is one of the biggest challenges most can imagine taking on; a job that requires the best builder you can get. Jordan & Sons makes an encore appearance at the top of the Tulsa poll. This team has built some of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in the city. Barron & McClary General Contractors also make a return appearance on our list, and they’re truly one of the most trusted names in town no matter what building project you have in mind. Brumble Construction takes the next spot with quality home construction in some of the southeast metro’s most desirable neighborhoods.
Ideal Homes rises to the top of the list in Oklahoma City. This company has been building quality homes in some of the metro’s hottest developments for more than 20 years – more than 7,000 homes, in fact. Aaron Tatum Custom Homes takes the next spot on the list for their quality custom homes and exacting attention to detail and craftsmanship. Kent Hoffman Construction rounds out our list of noted Oklahoma City builders.
Home Improvement/ Appliance Store
If you’re going DIY this weekend or looking for a new fridge, be sure to go somewhere with the right products and best professional advice. In Tulsa, our readers say that’s The Home Depot. The national retailer definitely has it all under one roof, and their knowledgeable staff can guide your through most projects. From dishwashers to refrigerators, our readers turn to Hahn Appliance Warehouse for the top brands and great prices. Completing the list is Metro Appliances & More, offering one of the largest selections in town and some of the most sought-after brands.
The Home Depot also takes the top spot in Oklahoma City, where the retailer boasts nine metro locations. Another national name, Lowe’s takes the second spot in our survey with top brand appliances and everything you need for your next project. Frigidaire, Maytag, Amana; these are just a few of the brands found at number three winner and longtime OKC favorite, Anthony’s TV & Appliance.
Once reserved for the rich and famous, home theaters are becoming more commonplace and more affordable for the everyman. Tulsans tune to Audio Advice for help in bringing the cinema experience home with top of the line audiovisual components and installation. Video Revolution is up next with a custom home theater installation team and top-of-the-line brands such as Sony, Samsung and Mitsubishi. Sharing the next spot are Dynamic Audio, specializing in home theater design and custom integrations, and The Phonograph Electronic Architecture which focuses on all those AV bells and whistles for the modern home.
Audio Dimensions once again tops our list in OKC with the right tools and experience to make your home theater investment one your family will enjoy for years to come. One of the loudest names in sound now has a store in Oklahoma City, earning Bose Factory Store its debut spot at number two on our list. With 12 years in the game, Choctaw-based Castle Home Entertainment earns the third spot on our list for making big screen dreams a reality.
Paint, fabric, furniture… in the hands of a great interior designer, these are the tools from which works of art are created. Tulsa readers have long recognized Charles Faudree as the best at his craft. The King of Country French has gained international acclaim and even created his own fabric line. SR Hughes known for comfortable and elegant spaces punctuated with sleek modern pieces and global discoveries, shares the second spot with Chris Murphy of Christopher Murphy Designs, who has an innate ability to create rooms that are at once serene, glamorous and colorful. Two preeminent design gurus share the next spot: Doug Campbell of Campbell Design Associates, a master of texture and color, and Rick Phillips, a designer with a way of making minimalism exceedingly livable.
Carson See of Sees Design once again tops our list in Oklahoma City. See’s distinctive designs exude sophistication while seamlessly merging tradition with cutting edge and just a touch of kitsch. Moving up a space in our survey this year is David Stinson of Stinson Design Group, known for
fun and comfortable designs for modern living with a nod to tradition. Finishing our list is the incomparable Jennifer Welch of Jennifer Welch Interior Design, a design rock star who creates elegant rooms with punches of color and whimsy.
Perhaps more than any other room in the house, the kitchen requires expert design and planning, and our readers have their say about who is best. In the No. 1 spot in Tulsa is Wood-Stone Home Design Studio. These Cherry Street experts have been creating custom kitchens for more than twenty years. Showcase Kitchens and Baths fills the second spot, specializing in traditional designs with top name cabinetry and materials. Our readers also recognized Carriage House Design, located in the Farm Shopping Center, for their expertise and dedication to the customer.
Topping our Kitchen Designer list in OKC is a karen black company, which designs each project from the ground up for a kitchen that is as unique as the home and the homeowner. Classic Kitchens is another tried and true favorite for Oklahoma City homeowners; they’ll help you through every step of the design process and they use top quality Wood-Mode cabinetry. Urban Kitchens rounds out the list with a design aesthetic that fits the name – kitchens at home in OKC’s new modern lofts or reclaimed historic spaces.
Anyone can plop some plants in the ground, but a landscape designer can integrate them into a residential environment. Clare Ashby ASLA Landscape is at the top of the list among Tulsa voters. Ashby has created beautiful landscapes and gardens for many of the area’s finest homes. Hardscape Materials shares the No. 1 spot. This company is the go-to spot for stone, water features and ponds and garden structures. Second place belongs to Kingdom Landscape with expert horticulturists, designers and a construction team to make it all happen. DRM Design Group, known for elegant designs and a penchant for native plants, completes our list.
In Oklahoma City, our readers suggest Calvert’s Plant Interiors. Yes, they are primarily known for taking care of plants inside the home, but they are also famous for work outdoors as well – especially with containers and small spaces. Second place TLC Florist & Greenhouses is a well known place for plants and flower in OKC, but they can also install outdoor planting or even do a full landscape design. Brassfield Landscaping puts a background in computer-animated design and urban planning to work to design custom landscape environments to fit each home’s unique situation.
Lawn and Garden Store
Even the greenest thumb needs a little help, and these stores have the goods and the expert advice to help you succeed. With six Tulsa metro locations, Lowe’s tops our reader’s list of the places to go to find quality plants, lawn products and helpful information. Next, Southwood Landscape & Garden Center boasts a five-acre garden center with a 25,000 square-foot greenhouse and full team of experts to offer advice. Finishing our Tulsa list is Sanders Nursery & Distribution Center, with enormous facilities in Broken Arrow and Inola that offer everything you need to make your garden grow.
Oklahoma City readers flock to TLC Florist & Greenhouses. Started in 1980, the business has grown into one of the region’s largest with 150,000 square feet of greenhouse and 10 acres of nursery space. The next spot goes to Calvert’s Plant Interiors, helping OKC homeowners bring beauty to gardens and indoor spaces for more than 30 years. O’Connor’s Lawn & Garden, with all those mowers and other equipment you need to keep your lawn and garden in tip top shape, rounds out our list.
We asked our readers whom to call to get a lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood. First off, they chose Lawn America, a local, independent company that offers a full menu of options to suit any yard and budget. The next place on the list goes to Spirit Landscape Management in Owasso with expertise to make your lawn look like a putting green. Nationally recoginized TruGreen fills our list with scientifically developed programs to improve the health our your lawn.
Turf Appeal is the company most OKC readers choose to keep their lawns lush and green season after season. Absolute Lawn Management & Landscaping takes the second spot in our poll of companies helping keep OKC lawns green and beautiful. Completing the list, Scotts Lawn Services gives customers lawns that are the talk of the block.
Lighting is a functional part of any home, but it can be so much more. With more than 40 years in business in Tulsa, Garbe’s once again tops our list with a 48,000 square-feet showroom of lighting options for every room in your home. Broken Arrow lighting emporium Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery boasts a large showroom filled with top lighting brands, including Schonbek crystal chandeliers. Next, LifeStyles Lighting, Furniture & Hardware located in Broken Arrow has been serving the lighting needs of Tulsa area homeowners since 2005.
Hunzicker Lighting Gallery started selling lightbulbs in 1920, growing into one of the largest lighting stores in the region and earning the second spot in our OKC poll. With Oklahoma City’s largest lighting showroom and all the styles you’re looking for, Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery wins the next spot in our survey. Next, LifeStyles Lighting, Furniture & Hardware offers 30,000 square-feet of lighting options and more along with more than 40 years experience.
Adding a fresh coat of paint is probably the simplest thing you can do to improve your home, but it can have so much effect. In Tulsa our readers head to Elder Paint & Wallpaper to choose the perfect shade from top quality lines by Benjamin Moore. With 10 area locations, nationally trusted brand Sherwin-Williams takes second place with its unparalleled selection of paint and coating options. Manufactured in Tulsa for more than 40 years, Anchor Paints creates a range of products sold nationwide. They share space on our list with Spectrum Paint, a Tulsa-based company that provide locals and customers across the country with quality products form names such as Benjamin Moore and Valspar.
Sherwin-Williams has been making top quality paint since 1866, so it’s understandable why they once again top our list with Oklahoma City readers. H-I-S Paint, a local tradition manufactured in OKC since 1972, earns the next spot on our list with a full line of interior and exterior options. Wrapping up our list, Spectrum Paint’s five metro locations provide OKC homeowners with top national brands to freshen up their abodes.
Like so many things in the home sector, pools have come a long way from the cement pond. First place Vivion Pools has built more than 1,000 pools in Tulsa, giving them the knowledge and experience to turn your dreams into reality. Next, Pool Creations creates custom gunite pools using the latest technology, making them one of the most sought after companies in town. Baker Pools, creating enviable pools in some of Tulsa’s best neighborhoods, shares the next place with Fiesta Pools & Spas, which has been building pools in northeast Oklahoma since 1956.
In OKC, it’s Caviness Landscape & Design that readers look to. They’ve been creating exotic concrete swimming pools for more than 20 years. Edmond-based Oasis Pools & Spas captures the next spot on our list of the metro’s most sought-after pool companies. Next up, Blue Haven Pools & Spas has been designing and building outdoor retreats in some of the area’s most prestigious addresses for nearly 30 years.
Real Estate Company
Now more than ever, you need a trustworthy real estate firm by your side when buying or selling a home. Topping our list this year is one of Tulsa’s premier independent real estate firms, Walter & Associates. They’ve been one of the city’s most trusted names since 1986. Sharing the next spot are McGraw Realtors, one of Tulsa’s oldest and largest firms with offices throughout the metro, and the nation’s largest real estate company, Keller Williams Realty. Local independent realtors Chinowth & Cohen Realtors also score high with our readers for their six area locations and knowledgeable agents. The nation’s oldest real estate franchise, Coldwell Banker, shares the honor.
The nation’s largest real estate franchise, Keller Williams Realty, earns the top spot with our OKC readership. Taking the second spot is Oklahoma City’s largest and highest producing independent realty firm, Churchill-Brown, established in 1979. The Covington Company finishes our list. They’ve been specializing in fine homes in Nichols Hills, OKC and Edmond since 1987.
Don’t want to move, but outgrowing your home? It’s time to remodel, and that takes a special type of builder. Powers Design & Build earns the top spot in Tulsa once again, with 35-plus years of dramatic home transformations. Whether you’re upgrading the kitchen or gutting the place, readers also suggest second place Red Dog Construction and Cowen Residential, both well-known for a range of projects. Well-respected Tulsa general contractor David Trebilcock completes our list of the people to call when it’s time to do a little renovation.
Barkocy Construction earns top honors in Oklahoma City for their ability to completely reimagine a home to fit the needs of the owners. Kent Hoffman Construction specializes in building custom homes, but they also excel at remodeling – enough so to earn them the second spot in our survey of the best. Next, Harvest Homes specializes in building projects in Moore and southwest OKC.
You may not even notice it, but the roof is so very important to the integrity of your home. If you’re in need of a new one, our readers know whom to call. In Tulsa, they turn to first place A-Best Roofing with more than 20 years experience and expertise in a range of materials, including composite, slate and tile. Also offering a range of products and extensive employee education, Elliott Roofing comes in next. T-Town Roofing, with more than 30 years in business and a special emphasis on metal roofs, shares or list with All American Roofing, who has also been around more than 30 years and offers a range of materials including metal.
Elliott Roofing’s attention to quality and service also earns them serious points in Oklahoma City – enough so to earn them the top spot on our list. Next is Basey’s Roofing. A trusted name in the OKC market since 1978, they pride themselves on offering the best service available. Also returning to our list, Salazar Roofing and Construction has been providing central Oklahoma customers with quality roofing options for more than 30 years.
More people than ever are turning to home security systems for safety and peace of mind. Tulsa readers give top honors to TNT Security Services, which prides itself on providing quality systems that are easy to use and affordable. Guardian Security Systems claims the next spot with obsessively good service and trusted brands such as Honeywell. Completing the list is Advance Alarms, one of the state’s largest alarm companies, offering a full range of services and expert consulting.
Oklahoma City readers also choose TNT Security Services as No. 1 in our poll as the go-to company for helping keep their family safe and secure. National firm ADT Security Services is one of the most trusted names in the security business, earning them a coveted spot on our list. ASG Security is another popular choice for Oklahoma City area residents looking for top-notch alarm systems, monitoring and fire protection.
In Oklahoma, the folks on this list are absolutely essential for a successful real estate transaction. Tulsa readers recommend Guaranty Abstract Company, with 85 years experience, as the best in this category. First American Title and Abstract Services, which traces its beginnings back to 1889, take the second spot on our list. Locally owned, FirsTitle and Abstract Services with three metro offices has be serving customers since 1984.
First American’s long record in helping Oklahoma City clients weed through complex transactions earns them the first spot on our list. In second is Stewart Title & Abstract, founded in 1893 and offering six metro locations to handle your real estate information needs. Completing the list, the four-generation, family-owned The Oklahoma City Abstract & Title Co. has been handling real estate services since 1907.