April 2011

Shea SpaceBuilder – Laying out your living space

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 27, 2011

There are a lot of things to consider when laying out your home furnishings. Will the couch fit in that corner? Do we need another bookshelf for that wall? Would this room work for the pool table? Inevitably, you’ll probably change your mind about the layout at least a few times before settling on one that works for you and your family.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home or if you’re already in the process of building your Shea home, why not get a head start on planning your layout using the Shea Homes SpaceBuilder? With the ability to visualize key features of your floor plan as well as place and modify furniture, fixtures and other aspects of the home, it’s sure to help prevent several hours of furniture shuffling.

First, visit the SheaHomes.com and choose a community near you, then choose the floor plan we are building for you or one that you’d like to explore.

Next, click on the button that looks like this:
Explore this Floorplan

The SpaceBuilder may take a few seconds to load, but be patient—it is well worth the wait. 

Once you are in, take a look around.  You can play with the different room options, change your color scheme, choose the front façade and a whole lot more.  For example, why not make the fourth bedroom into an open den? Or expand the back patio?  Each plan has different options, so be sure to survey each of the plans in the




After you have explored a little, look up at the top of the window and click the tab that says “Space Planner.” Here is where the real fun comes in.



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ENERGY STAR® Appliances — Save Money And Go Greener!

by Tanner Celestin on April 20, 2011

Did you know that most Shea homes are equipped with ENERGY STAR® appliances?  That means that from the moment you step foot into your new home, you are going greener (and saving some green).  We want to help your family’s conservation efforts.

The major appliances in your home — refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers — account for a big chunk of your monthly utility bill. And if your refrigerator or washing machine is more than a decade old, you’re spending a lot more on energy than you need to. [read more…]

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Building Science: Cathedralized Attic Insulation

by Tracy Finley on April 20, 2011

Over the last decade new home construction has changed in many positive ways with energy efficiency leading the way.  New homes are now constructed to be more efficient than ever before.  Here are a few features from the ENERGY STAR® website which we build into our homes:

  • Effective Insulation
  • High-Performance Windows
  • Tight Construction and Ducts
  • Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
  • Efficient Products (i.e. lighting, water heaters, appliances)
  • Third Party Verifications

These great improvements mean lower energy bills and greater comfort while protecting our environment! How awesome is that!

At Shea Homes here in Arizona, we are constantly staying ahead of the curve with building science and taking energy efficiency to a higher level for our valued customers.  One aspect of this building science is our adoption of a process we call, “Cathedralized Attic” insulation.  The name alone conjures up images of the most famous cathedrals in the world, doesn’t it!  So what the heck is this you might ask?

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Energy Efficient Backyard: Xeriscape

by Sheri Troy on April 13, 2011

Spring BloomsFrom elementary school on up, one thing that all desert dwellers are taught to be conscious of is water use.  Arizona averages around seven inches of rain a year, a fact homeowners should keep in mind when landscaping.  While the desert presents its challenges in terms of landscaping, there are many beautiful plants that require little water to survive.  Carefully crafted Xeriscape is a beautiful thing and can be just as stunning as landscape found elsewhere in the world.

Thinking strategically about your landscaping can help provide a colorful display for the spring days.

Plants like bougainvillea and oleander are known for their low water use as well as their durability.  The flowers from these plants can be found in many different varieties and make for a vivid show of colors when in bloom.

Agave is another great low water use plant one can have in their garden.  Growing in various kinds, agaves are highly decorative and can easily be planted to spruce up a yard.  They are a smart way to conserve water while maintaining a visually pleasing landscape.
Agave Cactus
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Low Fixed Rate Financing on Northern California New Homes

April 7, 2011

Visit Northern California communities in Benicia, Livermore, Mountain House, Oakley, Santa Clara, West Sacramento, Rocklin, and Roseville and tour homes qualifying for this fixed rate buy down. Many experts believe we have reached the bottom of the market, and we have already begun to see interest rates start to rise. For a limited time, Shea […]

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Shea Values: Why Your Feedback Matters

April 6, 2011

At Shea Homes we keep our eyes and ears perked for feedback and suggestions from our homebuyers.  In other words, we care a lot about the opinions and suggestions of today’s homebuyer.  In fact, we value your opinions so much that last year it led to the opening of a completely new kind of community, […]

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