November 2013


The housing community of Verrado in Buckeye, Arizona was built to bring people together. The neighborhood is surrounded with amenities to support the idea of Interact, Engage, and Belong. These amenities include a central district with a grocery store, shops, a bank and offices, over 50 unique, neighborhood parks, sports entertainment, 15 miles of trails through the White Tank Mountains, The Raven Golf Club at Verrado, and the one and only Verrado Assembly that is responsible for conducting community events and supporting the creation of special interest organizations within the community. The Assembly also fosters community engagement and philanthropy through the Verrado Leadership and Verrado Youth Leadership programs in a partnership with ASU. The Verrado family also includes Banner Health that has made the community home, starting with a neighborhood health center that plans to grow to a regional hospital located on 60 acres. Excelling Verrado Elementary School and Verrado Middle School also fill the community, honored to have received an A from Arizona State Labels for the Litchfield Elementary School District.

With all of these unique amenities in one place, all of us at Shea are thrilled to share the news about the opening of Vallarta in Verrado. With plans to open at the end of this year, these homes will range from 2,134 to 2,548 sq. ft., have two-three bedrooms, two baths or two and a half baths and a two car garage. Pricing and floorplans are still to come, but we invite you to join our interest list to receive email updates and be the first to know and see this new community.

2Along with all of the wonderful amenities that stand for community in Verrado, there are three main areas that make Verrado stand out. The first is Architectural interest. Homeowners are encouraged to be creative when choosing a western farmhouse, Spanish or craftsman style home, each with a variety of features to allow the homeowner to enjoy the ones that suit them best. The second is the Front Porch Focus. Every home in Verrado catches the eye and captures the heart with a front porch complete with flowers and swing, for family3, close friends and neighbors to meet and share life, laughter and special moments. Finally, the neighborhood identity of Verrado is both unique and essential. Community is made up of far more than homes; it is a place to share life and the people with whom you share it.

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Available Homes and Dirt Starts at Shea’s Water Dance Collection

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 26, 2013


Whether you want to build a new home from the ground up or purchase a home currently under construction, the Water Dance Collection by Shea Homes at BackCountry can meet your needs. Shea currently has one stunning home that will be ready for move-in by February 2014 as well as additional homesites on which you can build the Water Dance plan of your choice.

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Construction on a Stonewalk home will be complete by February 2014 and is priced at $874,156*. The 4-bedroom, 4-1/2 bath Stonewalk is an impressive 3,637-square-foot plan that exhibits sophisticated and thoughtful design. Living spaces include a fantastic kitchen with large morning room, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, and homework station; a great room with fireplace and volume ceiling; a den; a formal dining room with butler’s pantry; and a convenient second-level laundry room. Additionally, the covered outdoor dining terrace will be a popular gathering place for family and guests. Beautiful design finishes hickory tobacco brown hardwood flooring on the main-level, tile flooring and slab granite countertops with backsplash in the bathrooms and laundry room, slab granite kitchen countertops with a full backsplash, and alder espresso Ravenwood cabinetry. [read more…]


by Adam Hieb on November 26, 2013

Going green at home has become a fascinating project that many architects here in the U.S. have dedicated their time and imagination to. Recycling, for example, is no longer limited to the bin you throw your water bottles into. Did you know that the country of Sweden recycles waste so well and so efficiently that they now have to import it from neighboring countries? What an impressive dilemma to have. Although we don’t convert our waste to fuel here in the states all that much, we have innovated other ways to recycle and “go green”. And, although Shea Homes does not offer these amenities in its homes, we thought we would share these mind-blowing examples of how homes can be built out of trash! Who knew?

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After graduating from architectural school in 1969, Michael Reynolds was inspired to build homes from “trash,” which he classified as “Earthships.” These homes are built entirely out of automobile tires and soil which make up the foundation and walls of the structure. The numbers of tires used range from 500 to 5,000 and provide thermal mass, which keep the building warm and cool without using electricity and thus, making these homes self-sustaining.







On the left, the bathroom of the “Phoenix Earthship”, located in New Mexico, has walls made from glass bottles and cement. On the right, metal from old washing machines, refrigerators and stoves were used to create this Earthship’s roof.


If you ever find yourself in Texas, keep a look out for Dan Philips’ work. He is known to build homes with any materials that cooperate. In the shower (left), he used mosaic tile, tile shards, glass and rocks and the floor is a compilation of several paper-Mache beer bottle labels. It doesn’t get much more creative than this!

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Are you running out of places to put your worldly collection of wine corks? Do a bit of remodeling and they will always be on display, while taking up no room at all! Dan Philips also created this version of cork-flooring that’s made entirely out of wine corks with various fasteners and adhesives. He mentions that a lot of his projects are a learning experience since most of his creations have never been done before.


Or say you fancy collecting old fashion bottle caps instead of wine corks… try this option! This is another piece of Philips’ work, also in a Texas home. Although his work is solicited world-wide, Philips prefers to stay local and give back to his community, giving them the stepping stones to an eco-friendly lifestyle.


It’s time to get rid of those old 80s-style jeans that have been sitting in your dresser for years, and they can actually be put to good use! Once jeans are turned into cotton batting and then treated to become fire-retardant and resistant to mold and mildew, they function perfectly as building insulation!


This idea is perfect if you are in search of spicing up your patio. The ashes left after coal has been burned are called fly ash, and can be recycled and made into bricks. A perfect recipe for these bricks requires the fly ash to be mixed with sand, water and pigments. The energy used in the process of molding and curing these bricks is about a tenth of that used to make conventional bricks.



Vetrazzo countertops are made of recycled glass from various different sources ranging from wine, beer and soda bottles to post-industrial glass, to leftovers from factories that make glass products. The glass is mixed with cement but over 85% of the slab remains glass. You can purchase Vetrazzo countertops in a variety of shades and hues to fit your design desires! This product is not limited to countertops, but can also be used for backsplashes and outdoor fixtures.

Long-lasting lumber

9.1Plastic lumber is a real thing, and is made from industrial waste! It can be used for decking, patio tiles, fences, benches, playgrounds and more! It is more expensive than wood but has proved to be low maintenance and very durable that will easily last 30 to 40 years.


Reclaimed wood


Windfall is a new product made from recycled barn wood, supplied from torn down granaries and mills in the U.S. The reclaimed wood is then transformed into panels.


A new carpet product called EverStrand is made out of recycled bottles that are converted to polyester, and actually make for a more superior, high performance carpet. As much as 100 percent of the fiber can be made out of recycled materials.


9.4In 1999, Henry Kamphuis found a way to work with the overabundance of old tires. He created Euroshield roofing products which use a minimum of 75 percent recycled materials. The products have a lifetime warranty, are nearly maintenance free and the rubber is impact resistant making it perfect for roofing.

This blog post is based off an article on by Leah L. Culler of MSN Real Estate.

DISCLAIMER: Shea Homes Arizona does not endorse, promote, review, or warrant the accuracy of the products or services mentioned in this article, nor does Shea Homes Arizona offer any of these products or features in its homes in any of its communities we just thought it was fun!


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by Adam Hieb on November 26, 2013


Shea Homes of the Carolinas is now selling new homes in the Miller’s Grove neighborhood of China Grove, NC. New homes here range from the $170’s to $200’s. Conveniently located between Kannapolis, Salisbury, and Mooresville, China Grove is also an easy drive from Charlotte and Greensboro, NC, just off I-85.

Situated a little over a mile west of China Grove on Highway 152, Miller’s Grove was formerly a distressed property. Since purchasing it, we have revitalized it immensely, cutting down the weeds and adding landscaping and a new entry monument. Talk about curb appeal! The difference is noticeable.

Our recently introduced Aria collection of homes is being offered at Miller’s Grove. The Aria collection features open floorplans, 2-car garages and all homes include a covered rear porch for easy outdoor living. Plans range from 1,900 to over 2,400 square feet. Currently only 2-story homes are available, but a one-story plan is scheduled to be released in the coming months. Homesites range from 1/4 – 1/2 acre in size, with cul-de-sac homesites available.

Miller’s Grove offers a neighborhood playground, and is close to local parks, golf courses and the numerous amenities of Lake Norman. All homes may be personalized in Shea Homes’ award-winning 3,100 square foot Design Studio. Customers who choose to build can select everything from siding and brick colors to flooring and appliances. For more information on Miller’s Grove plans and pricing, visit

Construction on the Tensley model home and sales center at Miller’s Grove is scheduled to begin in November, with grand opening events in Spring 2014. Sales are currently being conducted from Shea Homes’ nearby Castlebrooke Farms neighborhood, just a few miles away. Please contact Shea Homes Builder Representative Melissa Mullinix at 704-856-0120 to make an appointment.


November 26, 2013

Things got pretty spooky at our Arizona office during this Halloween season! Each year our employees get very festive and bring out some creepy friends that like to “hang” around the office. We are very proud of the lengths we go to decorate, and wanted to share some photos. After you browse through, please feel […]

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November 26, 2013
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  Construction is complete on an exquisite home from Shea’s Water Dance Collection making this the perfect time to make your move to the private gated community of BackCountry nestled at the southernmost boundary of Highlands Ranch. Ready now is a 4-bedroom, 4-1/2 bath Stonewalk plan. This impressive 3,637-square-foot plan exhibits distinctive and thoughtful design. […]

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Shea Homes of Charlotte Partners with Opportunity House to Provide Jobs for Locally Unemployed Residents

November 26, 2013
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Opportunity came knocking for Shea Homes of Charlotte, NC, in two ways. One, an opportunity to purchase a distressed neighborhood. Two, a chance to partner with a local non-profit organization, Opportunity House, to clean up the neighborhood while putting local residents back to work. The first opportunity came in the way of a distressed neighborhood […]

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Move In Before The Holidays At SPACES At Reunion

November 21, 2013
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  SPACES at Reunion is one of the hipper, happier, happening places in northeast Denver, Colorado. Buyers need to come out this weekend and discover this incredible community and the available homes that can be theirs by year-end. Featured home If you act soon you’ll be in this home by the holidays. Available now, is […]

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Thanksgiving Tips for the Procrastinators

November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and there’s a lot of prep to be done! Have you browsed through our Pinterest (Shea Homes Arizona) yet? Whether you’re trying to update the look and feel of your home for fall, or you need to cram in some recipes so you can get your grocery list […]

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Fantastic Inventory And Dirt-Start Opportunities at BackCountry

November 13, 2013
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  Shea Homes is proud to offer carefree luxury living with its Whispering Wind Collection of detached villas at beautiful BackCountry. Now available is one home currently under construction as well as four outstanding homesites on which you can build the plan of your choice. The Whispering Wind Collection is base-priced from $528,900* and offers […]

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