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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Summer Nights in Johnson County

Summer Nights in Johnson County, Kansas Vlog Transcript Hi everybody, have you noticed?  The locusts are back.  This, their time between the Fourth of July and the beginning of school, when the days are too hot to go to the pool, when lawns turn brown, when we wait in our air-conditioning for the locusts’ all-clear...

School Days

School Days Vlog Transcript Well, a new school year has begun, and for some weird reason I hear Hank Stram, the old Chiefs head football coach, urging his Super Bowl team to “Keep matriculating the ball down the field!”           In one fell swoop, Hank re-defined the word “matriculating” from that of studying at a...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Memory of Ray Hamilton

Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Memory of Ray Hamilton Vlog Transcript My father-inlaw recently passed away.  His name was Hugh Raymond Hamilton:  “Hugh,” a given name inherited from his father, and like his father, a name more foreign than familiar.  “Raymond,” a formality reserved for only his mother.  Mostly, though, it was, “You can call...