September 2012

DIY Tips to Make Your House a Home

by Shea Homes Northern California on September 27, 2012


We all want to make our house as “homey” as possible, but sometimes coming up with an original creative idea can be difficult. Have you ever found the perfect decor for your home but looked at the price tag and realized you’d have to put that dream item aside?

Whether you’re crafty or not there are an infinite amount of ways to make your house feel like home, without the big budget. Here are some DIY ideas to help you get started.

  • Sometimes the secret to sprucing up the look of a room is in a simple paint job. Buying a can or two of paint won’t completely deplete your wallet and painting can be a fun family activity. Painting straight lines can be daunting but here’s a great guide to perfectly straight lines here.

  • Maybe painting isn’t your thing. You can add color and life to your walls by framing fabric or a wallpaper sample. Or, grab a slab of wood and wrap it in the fabric or wallpaper sample for a fun unique look.

  • Here’s a cheap trick. If you have old shoe boxes lying around paint them bright colors and turn them into a hanging wall display!

  • For the door collecting enthusiast, or maybe someone who likes to rummage through other’s junk, here’s a great idea! Turn old doors into a coffee table in a few easy steps.

  • Here’s another simple, and practical, idea. Paint the door you use most in your home a dark color, like black, to reduce smudges. A great example for this project would be the garage door entering into your home. The color also adds a little extra flare to your garage and really minimizes the need for cleaning. Now you don’t have to worry so much about your husband or kids coming into the home with dirty hands.

  • Here’s one for the lover of electronics. Between you and the people in your home you may have quite a few electronics, create your very own DIY charging station!

  • And one last idea: use scraps of plywood to create shelves to help you organize or as a place to arrange some of your photos.


Do you have any great DIY tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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Shea Homes Mini Hero: Jack Welch

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 27, 2012

This month, our Shea Homes Mini Hero nomination goes to Jack Welch. Two years ago the Welch family moved into their lovely Shea Home; they were ecstatic to start a new chapter in their lives.

One year later, their lives took a drastic change when the family noticed something was “off” with Jack. His attitude had completely changed; he was fussy and much more irritable than normal.  He routinely lost his appetite, turned pale, and became lethargic. His parents took him to the doctor hoping maybe he had an ear infection, strep, or even mono.

To their saddened surprise, Jack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the young age of four. Jack was sent right to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he stayed for a week, starting chemotherapy right away. The Welch family’s journey with cancer had just begun.

From day one, Jack’s parents sought out any opportunity they had to fight back against their son’s cancer. They heard about the Light the Night fundraiser, which was supported by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and shortly after, the Jack Strikes Back team had begun. The Welch family has always been hard working and willing to help others, so it has been a big transition to be on the receiving end. They raised $9,000 in the first six weeks just from friends and family and have now raised about $15,000 so far.

If you would like help the Welch family and other families facing similar struggles, you can join team Jack Strikes Back by visiting Monetary donations to the team are welcome as well. The next Light the Night event is November 10th at Tempe Town Lake. It is a wonderful event perfect for families of all ages. Prepare to be inspired!

We are very proud of Jack and his family as they keep fighting back at Leukemia. We wish them the best and are excited to see Jacks many accomplishments he will conquer in the future. For continued updates on Jack’s fight against Leukemia, “Like” Jack Strikes Back on Facebook.



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Brand New Model Home to Open at McNairy Pointe in Greensboro, NC

Cypress Model Home

by Kelly Moorcroft on September 26, 2012


Opening on Saturday, October 13th, McNairy Pointe unveils Shea Homes’ new model home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Cypress model home is a beautiful brick home, with an extensive first floor master suite. It has many designer features, such as coffer ceilings, decorative paint, drop zone, and built-in cabinets in various rooms, including the first floor office and open loft upstairs. The dining room is also a spectacular space, surrounded by columns with a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling stone wall. The Kitchen is graced with beautiful granite counters, a large island, glazed cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

This home showcases a wide variety of tile, used in backsplashes, bathrooms, and flooring. Gleaming hardwood floors flow throughout most of the first floor. The large covered rear porch allows for outdoor lounging and the extended Bonus room upstairs is designed for all gathering and entertaining needs.

McNairy Pointe is situated between Lake Townsend and Lake Jeanette, and only a short drive to downtown Greensboro. Come see this beautiful Greensboro community and schedule your tour of the new Cypress model!

Model Hours will be as follows, effective October 13. Monday -Saturday 11-6, Sunday 1-6.

6001 New Bailey Trail Greensboro, NC    27455


Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM
6001 New Bailey Trail
Greensboro, NC 27455 (view_map)

McNairy Pointe opens its doors of our brand new decorated model, the Cypress!

Housing recovery becoming a reality

September 26, 2012

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, housing starts and permits increased significantly in August, showing the housing market is making large strides toward a full recovery.

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Are you prepared for an emergency…if you’re in your car?

September 24, 2012

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? Many of us spend a lot of time in our cars. Driving to work and appointments; driving kids here and there; or just running the typical errands of life. In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Shea Homes San Diego is offering free Survival Pouches to the first […]

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Design Insider: Fall trends to look for

September 21, 2012

At Shea Homes, we are always on the lookout for the best home décor and design styles—both the trendy and the time tested. So, to share a little about what’s what in interior design these days, we got together with Sylvia Sinclair of Renew Innovations to ask her a few questions. Take a look to […]

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Count down. Move up. Save up to $7,000 before year-end at Reunion!

September 19, 2012
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  The year-end countdown is underway.  Don’t wait to make your move up.  Close on select SPACES at Reunion homes and Shea Homes will reward you with a $3,000 bonus and up to $4,000* toward closing costs. SPACES at Reunion gives you the urban life you crave with the convenience you’ve come to expect from […]

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Tresana Residences Offer Value, Choice and Convenience

September 19, 2012
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  If you are looking for stylish attached living in an ideal location, look to the Italian-inspired neighborhood of Tresana in Highlands Ranch.  Located at University and C470 residents can easily be on their way to downtown Denver, the DenverTechCenter, or the mountains in no time.  Shea Homes invites you to explore newly revitalized models […]

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Home Buying Workshop Recap

September 18, 2012

Perhaps you didn’t get a chance to visit us at Montage in Livermore for our Home Buying Workshop last Saturday, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have access to the valuable knowledge. We understand that buying a new home is daunting and, at times, intimidating. We are attempting to unravel some of the mysteries of […]

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