November 2011

Pre-Drywall Walk Through

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 30, 2011

Have you ever thought about what the inside of the walls of your home look like? Well, if you’re a new Shea Home owner, you probably have! In fact, new Shea Home owners in Arizona have the chance to actually see it! As the final stages of construction are reached, before drywall is installed, the excited owners have the opportunity to walk through and learn about all of the inner workings of their new home.

As you can imagine, there is a lot going on between those walls! Aside from a whole lot of wood framing, there are extra measures taken to ensure that the building is properly sealed to prevent dust and outside air from leaking in. There are special “Tech Shields” which prevent excessive heat from entering the attic. There are wires, pipes, cables, hoses, electrical boxes and more.

As each new owner walks through their home, some of the best superintendents in the industry walk through with them to educate them about all of the home’s features and what they mean for the owner once the home is finished. After this walk-through, the drywall is installed, walls are painted, flooring, fixtures and lighting are installed, and the final touches that make a house a home are added.

Interested in seeing how some of this process works? Check out this week’s video with Construction Superintendent, Scott Ray!

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Thankful for…

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 23, 2011

At the Shea Homes office in Scottsdale, AZ, we have a tradition of sharing what we’re thankful for. Each year, we have put pumpkins around the office and decorate them like a turkey. As the month of November goes on, everyone in the office has the chance to write out something they are thankful for on one of the turkeys’ feathers…it’s a little silly, but we love it. Below are a few things we’re thankful for this year. 

    • Health, Friends, Family
    • For the service men and women past and present.  For my friends and family and for my job.
    • My brother and sister-in-law survived the earthquake in Christchurch this year.
    • That I love my job and the people I work with.
    • My job, my managers and coworkers and the culture of kindness that is so pervasive here at Shea.
    • For my wife, kids, our health, for the country we live in, and the opportunities we have.
    • For prayers answered – my daughter was accepted in to nursing school.
    • To have reconnected with my family.
    • That I can help other during this economy.
    • Our soldiers who risk their lives for our safety and freedom.
    • The awesome Shea team members we work with.
    • That we live in the land of the free, because of the brave.
    • My family and all military personnel for giving their lives and family time so we may live our lives here safely.
    • Spending time with my family & friends from the East coast.
    • Family – near or far.
    • Love.
    • For God’s grace & mercy, wonderful friends & family, and for this season of sharing with others.
    • The perspective of my 6 year old daughter.
    • My children & grandchildren are healthy and happy.
    • For all of our wonderful TradePartners who donate their time and money for our annual Phoenix Youth at Risk Christmas party.
    • My wonderful family, my good health, loyal friends, and being able to say “I’m an American”!
    • Casual Fridays.
    • For all my crossword puzzle buddies.

We’re also thankful for YOU! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Shea Homes!

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Eight Can’t Miss Safety Tips for the Holidays

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 16, 2011

Well, we are officially getting into the holiday season. Whether you like to kick it off with an early morning of Black Friday shopping, sipping out of a Starbucks Christmas cup or studying for final exams—the holidays are almost upon us. 

As a home builder, we like to provide suggestions and tips to help our readers live safer, happier and healthier lives. Here are eight ways to keep your home safe during the holidays if you plan to travel. 

1.       Don’t post about it online
Even though you may want to alert all of your 568 Facebook friends that your big New York City trip is just 6 days away, that may not be the safest for your home while you’re away. Sharing this kind of information online can tip off potential thieves that you will out of the house for a prolonged period. 

2.       Tell a trusted neighbor
Do you have a neighbor you know well and trust? Or a good friend who lives nearby and will be in town? While you’re away, give them a spare key, your itinerary, as well as the number where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 

3.       Ask someone bring in the mail and newspaper – or cancel them while you’re gone
Have you ever seen a neighbor with a full mailbox or a pile of newspapers on the front porch? That’s a dead [read more…]

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A Shea Homes Mini Hero: Mike Kreil

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 9, 2011

This week, we are excited to announce a new Shea Homes Mini Hero! Congratulations to Mike Kreil, Project Superintendent at Old Stone Ranch. 

On January 4th, Mike will celebrate six years working with Shea Homes. As a Project Superintendent, Mike oversees the construction of each home in all three Old Stone Ranch communities. He is a great hard worker and takes pride in everything he does. As the group who nominated him put it, “Our homeowners love working with him and have the utmost confidence in him.” 

Outside of work, Mike is a devoted husband to a wife who he says “keeps him out of trouble” and a father to two sons and a daughter. Mike is also in the final year of his bachelors program at the University of Phoenix, studying business management and plans to continue into the masters program once he finishes. He says that although “It takes many, many, many late nights to balance work, school, and family life… when I graduate my two youngest kids will be in high school, so I hope that they will be inspired by my efforts.” 

“I was born on a small island,” he says about his laid back demeanor despite many responsibilities. “I lost my father at a young age and that made me appreciate life for what it is. I try not to get stressed out over the little things because in the long run everything works out. That’s island mentality.” 

At Shea Homes, we are blessed to have a hard worker and admirable family man like Mike and we are thankful for his dedication to building great relationships with our homeowners and everyone else around him.

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Get All Your Questions Answered: First-Time Homebuyer Workshop Sat., Nov. 12

November 7, 2011




Are you looking to buy a home, but daunted by the process? Shea’s here to help! Our First-Time Homebuyer Workshop is designed to get all your questions answered and maybe answer a few you didn’t know you had. This free event will allow you to interact and hear from home buying expert Jaime Bargiel, Vice […]

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Fall Family Fun – 10 Things to do in Phoenix this month

November 2, 2011




Nov. 1-20           Pumpkin Days and Fall Maze:  Enjoy a pumpkin patch, various corn mazes, a petting zoo, train rides and more. Tickets can be purchased up to one hour before closing. Tolmachoff Farms 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday. $8, (free for children […]

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