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A Three Deep Hole and an Inconvenient Truth

A Three Deep Hole and Inconvenient Truth Vlog Transcript Hello Everybody, Tom Bickimer here, and today I want to talk about Climate Change.  Now hold on, I hear the groans out there, but I promise to be at least as interesting as Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and not nearly as long.          So,...

What it Means to be a Home Builder in Johnson County, Kansas

https://youtu.be/b6EeMrPn2XY What it Means to be a Home builder Vlog Transcript My wife, Mary, and I started Bickimer Homes in 1982.  Our youth was probably the most valuable asset our company had at the time.  Thirty-seven years later, we are blessed to see Bickimer Homes in the extremely capable hands of our son, Tommy, and...

Veterans Community Project Fundraiser

Veterans Community Project Fundraiser vlog Transcript Here, recently, Bickimer Homes participated in a fundraiser for Veterans Community Project. The idea was to design, build and auction-off playhouses during this year’s Kansas City Home Show. The fundraiser was a huge success, raising $25,000. Thank you to our participating subcontractors and suppliers, and especially all of you...

Flu Season

We have arrived at that time of year when many, many people are asking, “What exactly was that flu shot supposed to do for us?” Every other person on the planet seems to be hacking, sneezing, and generally feeling miserable.  Healthy folks feel like they’re trapped in an episode of the Walking Dead, the inflicted...

Beauty and the Beast

We all knew it was coming.  The local Kansas City weather folks could hardly contain themselves. January 11th, 2019:  My wife and I walking home that evening after visiting with neighbors and it had begun to snow.  A silent night and all is calm, the snow falling through street light beams and the warm window...

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat!         Halloween is right around the corner.  Kids are making their final, final decisions on their costumes.  Will there will be any ghosts out there looking suspiciously like old bed sheets with eye holes cut in them?  How about shiver me timber pirates with burnt cork instant beards?  Or mummies oozing copious...

A Labor Day Reminder

Bickimer Homes is privileged to build beautiful new homes in the nicest communities in Johnson County.  Recently we happened upon a construction site in one of those communities that reminded us that the homes we build are meant to be more than just lumber and concrete. The structure under construction was homely-looking at best, and...

Where’s the Beef?

Do you have an all-time favorite TV Commercial?  One so memorable that 30 or 40 years later you can still recall it?  How about those “Where’s the beef” commercials Wendy’s ran in the 1980s?  The ones with the little old lady asking that question in a voice not unlike the sound of a jackhammer.  How...

The Dog Days of Summer in Johnson County

Browned-out lawns, annual flowers incinerated, parents counting down the days to the start of the school year in Johnson County.  Yes sir, the dog days of summer have officially arrived.  Unofficially, many of us would argue that they began back in May-  too hot too soon! Bickimer Homes has new home job sites scattered across...

Independence Day

  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   Independence Day.  You don’t hear that so much anymore; it’s the Fourth, or Fourth of July.  Almost like...

Amos & Freddy & Bickimer Homes

Amos Otis, Fred Patek, Tom and Mary Bickimer.  Four names you’ve never seen together, until now. Amos Otis was a star player with the Kansas City Royals when Tom was a boy. Amos patrolled centerfield with a royal blue ball glove and made playing the outfield for Kansas City look effortless.  Tom had a blue...

On Becoming Zen Masters of Quality

Quality New Home Project Managers             Once a week the Bickimer Homes project managers meet to review construction issues in the field.  This meeting is mandatory but not for the reasons you might think.  Our people are constantly communicating with each other, our subcontractors and suppliers.  Our customers’ houses would get built with or without...

Who Doesn’t Like A Parade? This Kansas City Homebuilder does!

The Kansas City Homebuilder Association’s Spring Parade of Homes starts April 28th and we can hardly wait for you to see our floats- err, homes.  And unlike the usual holiday parades that last half a day, this parade keeps on going until May 13th. Finally we can get out and enjoy some nice spring weather,...

Johnson County Home Builder Stricken By March Madness

        Thirty-five year old Bickimer Homes went in for their annual physical today.  Test results confirmed they have the heart of a lion and the strength of Hercules.  Unfortunately, their bracketology screening revealed Bickimer had contracted a severe case of March Madness.          Their physician, Dr. James Naismith, explained that while the...

Spring Training: Homebuilding Super Star

Super Star Home Builder Reports to Spring Training      Veteran Kansas City home builder, Bickimer Homes, reported to spring training today.  A major leaguer in the professional homebuilding league for over 35 years, Bickimer hasn’t lost a step or the desire to compete for yet another banner year.  Opening Day is right around the...

Top Kansas City Home Builder Proclaims They Do NOT Sell Cars

 Not to disparage our friendly car dealers out there but, really, who likes buying a new car?  Haggling with the salesman and his manager, arguing over your trade-in’s value, calculating the odds of having to use those costly extended warranty options- ugh!  Gotta be right up there with going to the dentist.  From time to...

Top Kansas City Home Builder’s Record-Breaking Year

       One of Kansas City’s top home builders, Bickimer Homes welcomed more new homeowners in 2017 than in any of its 35 previous years in business.  Tommy Bickimer, president of Bickimer Homes, attributes much of the company’s success to historically low interest rates and an improving economy, but without a dedicated staff and...

This Top Kansas City Home Builder is BUSY!

The latest data from Kansas City’s Realtor Association continues to show a healthy housing market in Johnson County, Kansas.  New homes in the cities of Overland Park, Shawnee and Olathe continue to sell at a brisk clip. Bickimer Homes, a top homebuilder in Kansas City celebrating its 35th year in business, is working overtime to...

Thanksgiving Table

Bone cold weary and next meal worry walk the lines.  Soup lines and welfare lines, the don’t-feed-me-a-line lines; just, can you lend me a bed, a meal, your time, maybe spare a dime? These are the blessed eight subsisters, the urban trawlers and alley dwellers. Shattered minds falling through concrete cracks in mean-street fields yielding...

Trick or Treat?

Trick or Treat? Bickimer Homes enjoys a reputation as one of the top Kansas City home builders largely because of good old fashion hard work.  We come to work every day with one purpose in mind: building our customers’ new homes like we were building our own.  Honesty and integrity are the most important tools...

Home Building: A Noble Profession 35 Years & Counting

            In the year 1982, Argentina went to war with Great Britain over the Falkland Islands, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was released, NFL players went on strike, the Royals won 90 games and didn’t make the play-offs, and our nation’s prime interest rate peaked at a staggering 17%.  Oh, and in October of that year,...

Three Dog Night, the Parade of Homes and Harvesters

Whether you care to admit it or not, some of you out there participated in the rock and roll decade of the ‘70s.  One of the most successful bands of that era, Three Dog Night, had a big hit with song lyrics that included the memorable line, “Well I’ve never been to heaven but I’ve...

Thou Shalt Not Steal Building Plans

       Bickimer Homes began in a time when cell phones were a figment of Martin “Marty” Cooper’s imagination and architects painstakingly drew house plans by hand on vellum paper that were then reproduced as blueprints.  Professional pride in the creation of these plans was the rule rather than the exception.  It was a...

Have You Met Mr. Warranty Nightmare?

Is Mr. Warranty Nightmare Knocking at Your Door?             Once upon a time there was a home builder whose idea of new home warranty service was to hire the most un-kept, foulest-smelling giant of a man he could find and send him out to deal with his customers’ warranty issues.  What’s more, this builder made...

Avoid the “Builder’s Theorem 13” Predicament

How to Avoid the Builder’s Theorem 13 Predicament               We in the homebuilding business have our own unique version of Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong will go wrong).  Builder’s Theorem 13 postulates if you expect something to go wrong, chances are anything will go wrong.         There are over 40 trades and some...

Why Buy New? Why Buy Now?

It’s the age old question:  Why buy a new home?  People have been asking themselves this question since time immemorial.  As a homebuilder, I have a vested interest in that question being answered in the positive.  Below, I have done my best to strengthen the case to buy a new home so that you may...

Why Bickimer Homes?

  WHY BUILD WITH BICKIMER HOMES? 5 Perfectly Good Reasons To Purchase Your Next Home From BICKIMER HOMES: HGTV is must see TV for our Staff: Innovation and imagination drive our building designs We Whistle while we Work: Your building experience should be a happy one We embrace Pinterest: Your dream home is our dream...

Home Buyers Tool Kit

You just moved into your new home and are getting settled when a doorknob becomes loose.  What do you do?  You have been tasked with hanging family pictures and pieces that have been purchased and you can’t seem to get them level or right height.  The brand new wood floors have a small scratch in...

Top 5 Reasons to Build a Home in Kansas City

These are the top 5 reasons to Build a Home in Kansas City Right Floor Plan for the Right Life– when buying or building a new home, you get to choose the floorplan that best suits your needs.  You can have that spacious office, the heart room with high ceilings and the gourmet kitchen.  Being...

The Right Floorplan

The importance of the right floorplan when buying a new home. You hear it all the time in real estate:  Location, location, location.  This mantra is universally known as the most important aspect when purchasing a new home or a piece of property.  You will hear it all the time in Johnson County, KS, in...

Springtime in Kansas City

Springtime in Kansas City is a great time of year. The flowers and trees are in bloom. The weather is nice; not too hot, not too cold. It is also a time of year when homeowners begin to work in their yards and get them ready for a great summer. Below are some tips for...

Confessions of a Kansas City Home Builder

I am NOT the stereotypical Kansas City home builder of your parent’s generation. Today, home builders in Kansas City are COMPANIES run by highly-educated professionals like myself.  These are my Confessions of a Kansas City Home Builder: My business plan was not written on the napkin I used at lunch, and my company, Bickimer Homes,...

Kansas City Home Builder Lists Model Home for Sale

Kansas City Home Builder, Bickimer Homes, is offering one of their most popular model home for sale.  The home is located at 12101 W 164th St. in Overland Park, KS.  It is a 4 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath home with a finished basement!  The 1.5 Story, Augusta floorplan has been extremely popular over the last couple...

Model Homes Kansas City: Madison 2.5

Searching for “model homes Kansas City”? Take a virtual walk through one of our model homes in Kansas City, the Madison 2.5 floor plan!  The Madison 2.5 is a 4 Bed, 4.5 Bath, 2-Story home featuring open main floor living with a giant mud room, expansive pantry and a command center that can be used...