October 2013

Customer Care Connection: How to Care for your Garage Door

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 25, 2013


This week on our Shea Homes Arizona social media, we featured another “Customer Care Connection” video teaching you how to preserve and protect your garage door.


Out of all of the parts of your home that you strive to care for, how often does the garage door come to mind? This part of the home can often be overlooked even though it is responsible for keeping our cars clean and warm and storing the many collections of sports equipment, tools, arts and crafts, etc.  A well cared for garage door can keep your family safe and your keepsakes well protected.  A basic and inexpensive way to care for your garage door only requires a few items that are most likely lying around the house; silicone spray, eye protection, a rag and a ladder, if necessary.  All of these items can be found at your local home improvement store.  The first thing that you will need to do is put on your eye protection to avoid any possible accidents and keep safety first.  Next, you will need to spray the silicone spray on the rollers of the garage door. Apply the spray between the pin and the wheel so that you saturate the operative part of the roller. Take your rag and dab the excess silicone so that it does not run onto the track of the door and cause the door to slip. After you’ve done this with the rollers, repeat the process with all hinges. You can store the silicone spray container in a cool, dry place so that it is ready for its next use. Manufacturers recommend that this is done every six months. Congratulations, you are well on your way to preserving a protecting your garage door for years to come!


Here are a few more simple ways that you can protect yourself and your family through garage door maintenance:

1.)    Check the safety reverse mechanism. This can be done by setting a roll of toilet paper or a pillow under the garage door and closing the door, if the door does not reverse after it hits the object, the mechanism is not working properly.

2.)    Check and tighten bolts around the perimeter of the door and on the tracks, as they hold the system together.

3.)    Wipe down the door regularly with a damp rag, this will prevent dirt buildup that could chip away at the door and will keep it squeaky clean.

4.)    If the door is wood, fill in gaps with caulk and keep it well coated with paint to prevent dirt build up, mold and water damage.

5.)    Garage areas, in general, can be dangerous with several storage items and tools lying out. These loose items could potentially pose a health or safety hazard for anyone in the area. We recommend regularly keeping your garage organized, especially with little ones at home!

To see how this process is done, watch our Customer Care Connection Video.  For more information on what we’re up to at Shea Homes Arizona, visit our Facebook page, tweet with us on Twitter, get informed and educated on our YouTube channel or get inspired with us on Pinterest!


Only One Model Home Remains For Sale At SPACES At The Ranch

by Shea Homes Colorado on October 24, 2013


As sales wind down for the incredibly popular SPACES community in Highlands Ranch, only one model home remains for sale. This home is filled with beautiful interior design finishes and upgrades including well-designed built-ins, stylish window coverings, unique designer paint schemes, upgraded flooring, and more. And has an unfinished basement and 2-car garage.

The flexibility of SPACES allows you to express yourself in how you define your surroundings. Forget compartmentalized rooms. A SPACES home grants you the freedom to create the areas you desire most.

Last model available, plan 3007, is an unconventional 2,339-square-foot home with three sleeps and three splashes. Priced at $425,000* the wide open main floor includes a work with full wash, a watch, a chat with fireplace, and a spacious cook with eat bar. Upstairs offers plenty of places for family members to lay their heads. There is the dream with splash and walk-in closet, two sleeps, a wash, and a play. Take your easy-going lifestyle outdoors; enjoy the sun out on the shade area. [read more…]


Preparing Your Home for Fall

by Shea Homes Northern California on October 21, 2013

Autumn started on September 22nd this year and many people ventured out for their pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin candles and maybe a new pair of boots. This time of year represents, for many, the start of the home decorating season. Gourds replace fruit in baskets, leaf garlands adorn mantels and wreaths are hung on front doors all around the nation. There is something so cozy about a home draped in fall colors.

It’s easy to visit your local craft shop or department store to stock up on new fall decor, but adding your own special touch can give your fall house that home feel.

Fun with Pumpkins

Pumpkins are iconic, especially during the month of October. However, pumpkins don’t always have to be carved, matter of fact, they don’t always have to be orange! Give your pumpkins a pop of color, or distress them to match the rustic feel in your home.

Paint your pumpkin with chalk paint and run a brick or other rough surface over the top to distress it.

Collect leaves from your yard, or while on a hike. Place them on the pumpkin, spray paint, and bam – you have a beautiful art piece!

Drill holes into your pumpkin with a power drill for a fun look!


Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays. Fall wreaths can spruce up any wall or door in your home, giving it that at home feel.

Here’s a quick way to make a twig wreath your own. Use a CD to cut a perfect circle, cut it into a spiral and twist it on itself to make a cute easy flower!

Making a wreath doesn’t have to be complicated. Click on the picture for a quick tutorial for this wreath!


Candles can add an intimate feel to any room whether you’re having a small get together with friends or a quiet evening at home with your family.

This is a great one to do with your kids. Ask them to search the yard for twigs and break them into pieces together. Adhere them to any glass candle holder with modge podge or other for of adhesive.

Other Decor Ideas

Get creative with fall. Find unconventional crafts that you can complete with your family to make your fall home feel like you.

This project can be done on a rainy day. Click on the picture for a tutorial.

Visit Pinterest for more fall decor inspiration

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Models Now Open at Stepping Stone in Parker

by Shea Homes Colorado on October 17, 2013


The place to be – Shea SPACES at Stepping Stone
Since its opening in the spring of this year, the sales pace for homes in the Shea SPACES Discovery Collection has been red hot at Stepping Stone in Parker, Colorado. If you haven’t visited this popular community yet, now is a perfect time to do so as the four stylish models are now open for touring. Discover for yourself what the buzz is all about and step into a new-home evolution with Shea SPACES.

Step into a new-home evolution
Base priced from the upper $200s – mid $400s, and ranging in size from 1,863 – 3,110 square feet, the SPACES Discovery Collection at Stepping Stone is a new collection of homes that are smart and practical – just the way you live your life. From the character of the exterior elevations to the clean lines and interior finishes, these ten plans integrate traditional and modern influences inside and out. The flexibility of SPACES allows you to express yourself in how you define your surroundings. Forget compartmentalized rooms. A SPACES home grants you the freedom to create the areas you desire most. [read more…]


Visit The Shadow Walk Collection at Incomparable BackCountry

October 14, 2013
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  http://cdn.sheamediaservices.com/MyHD/u_68/BC4510_2011_eBlastTemplate_Photos/4502_Exterior_300p.jpg If you are looking to make a move quickly, look no further. Shea Homes has an extraordinary home from its Shadow Walk Collection at BackCountry that will be ready by the end of this month. In addition, Shea currently has six outstanding dirt-start opportunities on which you can build your new home from […]

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Cathedralized Attic Insulation: Save 25% on heating and cooling at two of our West Valley communities near closing out!

October 11, 2013

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 […]

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October 4, 2013

Each year, we love hosting our Pet Photo Contest to promote interaction on our social media sites and to support a very important cause and local organization, The Arizona Humane Society! For each “Like” we get on our Facebook page during the Pet Photo Contest, we donate $1 to AHS up to $1,000! After three […]

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October 4, 2013

The best-selling novel, 7Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, cites “Be Proactive”, and while Shea Homes embraces all of Mr. Covey’s habits, habit number one is the best way to describe our warranty program. Shea Homes’ 1-5-11 Program is our “proactive” way for you to enjoy your new home.  It isn’t all that […]

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October 4, 2013

Believe it or not, the electrical outlets that we take advantage of everyday not only give us the luxury of electricity, but they protect us too!  Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) especially protect us, by reducing severe and possibly fatal electrocutions, as well as preventing electrical fires in the home.  They do this with their […]

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October 4, 2013

Just this week, a Phoenix man died in his burning apartment from smoke inhalation because his smoke detector did not have batteries.  CBS 5 News reported that the fire started in the kitchen and set off a neighboring resident’s smoke detector, who then called the police. Even before the fire had the opportunity to trap […]

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