Interior Design

5 Fun Ideas for Your Flex Room

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 2, 2018

 

At Shea Homes® Arizona, our design team spends months, sometimes years, meticulously crafting our homes to tailor each floorplan to specific lifestyles. But no matter how much planning and heart goes into each design, the most important thing is that your home feels uniquely you.

That’s where the flex room comes in.

Flex rooms are designed to be flexible. You might see it on the floorplan labeled ‘flex’, or ‘optional space’, but they all amount to the same thing: your space to do with what you please. This is your chance to create a space that you love to return to, that will wow your guests when you give them a tour.

Here are five of our favorite flex rooms, curated to give you some inspiration for the spaces that will add the perfect pop of personality to your new home.

1. A Hobby Room
Hobby RoomYou can finally have a space dedicated purely to your passion. Whether you are an artist, a fitness enthusiast, or a collector, flex rooms provide a special area in your home that is solely dedicated to your favorite hobby.

2. An Office or Study Area
Home OfficeLet’s face it, no one truly leaves all of their work at the office. By turning a flex space into a home office or library, you will have a place where you can focus when you need to work late to meet a deadline or decide to work from home for the day. When you are not using it, the kids can use the space as a study area!

3. An Entertainment Room
Game RoomTurn your flex room into a space dedicated to having fun! Make your home the perfect place for entertaining by creating your own game table room, or a private movie theater. By having a separate entertainment space, you won’t have to worry about disturbing the rest of the family when you break during a game of table tennis, or when you want to watch an action movie late at night. On top of that, your home will quickly become the gathering place for all your friends!

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You’ve decided to move in with your significant other, which means you are going to experience many lifestyle changes that are new and exciting. One of the most overlooked aspects of moving is going over your need for items in your separate living spaces before merging into one home. The steps after deciding what moving company to work with, and what area you’re looking to move to (try checking out the happiest city in the U.S.), and ensuring you have enlisted help the day of your move, is sorting through each of your belongings to determine what to keep, what to donate, and what to upgrade with a newer product for your combined home. Although it is exciting to figure out what lighting fixtures will look best in your home and picking out paint colors, it’s better to cross off the initial steps to moving before looking too far ahead. It can be challenging to decide what items fit into which categories, especially if you are known to save a lot of things throughout the years but buying a home or an apartment allows you to start from scratch and decide what items are truly valuable to you and your significant other, or what can be left behind.

Tranquility at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to keep:

Depending on how much space you have at your new home, you can gauge how many items are practical to keep. If you don’t have the option for storage, you may have to limit the number of items you actually bring with you and store any other items at a friend or family members home until you know if you can accommodate miscellaneous pieces. Any items that you use on a daily basis are items that would be practical to bring. For example, work clothes, toiletries, bedding, pots and pans, and non-perishables are all items that would be immediately relevant to you, and easy to pack. For things that will require a moving truck, split up the furniture you and your significant other have, deciding between which items fit your color scheme, and mutual aesthetic desires for your shared space. Additionally, you’ll want to keep any family photo memories and passed down decor because they are irreplaceable items that might not always be something you need to see but are something you want to continue to have in your life.

Sienna Plantation | Missouri City, TX

What to donate:

Generally, anything that isn’t overused and isn’t something you are bringing with you can be donated. To put it into perspective, if you haven’t used something within the past year, it probably isn’t a product you need. It’s understandable that seasonal items are more so used in their optimal time (for example: Halloween costumes, patio furniture, a grill, and specialty pots and pans), but if you went a whole year without using a product for any season (unless it is a family memento  or a special piece of jewelry), it’s safe to assume you can donate it. Your instinct would be just to move everything from one place to the other because you don’t want to feel like you have items in your possession that you just don’t want. However when you’re going through your belongings, take a moment to think if you really use the item, or if someone else may benefit greater, whether you donate to your local thrift store, like Salvation Army, or maybe a family member or friend.

Synergy at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to buy new:

Depending on your current living situation you may need all new furniture, half and half, or maybe just a piece or two; either way, you are going to want long-lasting and durable furniture for your transition as a couple. Buying new is the fun part! Make a list with your significant other and decide what furniture stores you want to make a stop at after figuring out what pieces are needed for your final move. Deciding ahead of time is crucial, that way you aren’t waiting weeks after moving in for something like a couch or a bed frame. If you don’t have time to shop in store, there are plenty of places to find quality furniture online. This way, you can continue sorting through your homes, while also purchasing your needed items online.

Once you’ve responsibly sorted, packed and moved to the home of your dreams, you can be at ease that your items are neatly organized and readily accessible. Then, you can think about things like adding a swimming pool (see tips and tricks for this here), getting a pet, or joining in on some fun community events!

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‘Azure’ – noun: the blue color of the cloudless sky.

The serenity of a warm, breezy day. The expanse of unending horizons. Open. Unrestrained. Free. Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 3 Showhome

That’s Azure.

Next Saturday, October 20, 2018, marks the grand opening of the first entry in our Shea Signature® line, Azure, Paradise Valley. Encompassing 66 homesites over 23 acres and a part of the Ritz-Carlton master-planned community, Azure is luxury on a new scale. Tours of the Azure showhomes will be available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, then by appointment only following the grand opening weekend. If you’ve been eager to see what our team has been hard at work on for the last year, now is your chance!

Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 1 BackyardEight distinctive, highly customizable floorplans make up Azure. Here, your home is designed specifically to you, whether you prefer the minimal lifestyle or the luxe. Options range from two bedroom configurations to five bedrooms, from approximately 2,986 square feet homes to 6,800, with lot sizes from 10,000 square feet to 20,300. Base pricing ranges from $1.9 million to $3.9 million.

Located at Indian Bend Road and Mockingbird Lane in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, Azure was specifically crafted to take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings. Residences feature transitional architecture and open floorplans designed to maximize enjoyment of the outdoors. Open riser staircases, interior courtyards, and rolling walls of glass offer a seamless flow between outdoor and indoor living spaces. Available zero edge swimming pools (from preferred pool builders), backyard patios, and loft balconies offer stunning desert and mountain views from many locations.

Shea’s architecture team led by Tracy Finley, in collaboration with lead architect Scott Carson of award-winning firm PHX Architecture has pulled out all the stops. From the eye-catching features like residential elevators and linear gas fireplaces, to carefully selected details like the natural Jerusalem stone and Distinctive Custom Cabinets, there is thoughtfully crafted beauty everywhere you look.

Azure’s interior design team will work with each buyer to personalize the interior to their specific lifestyle. By taking into account floorplans, home size, wish lists, and lifestyle, the team creates a design that is uniquely you. Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 3 Backyard

With so many choices, no two homes in Azure will be alike.

Convenience and walkability are key at Azure. With pedestrian paths leading to nearby restaurants and shops, homeowners will be able to leave the car in the garage. With paths linking Azure to the upcoming Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley resort, as well as The Palmeraie Shops™, a planned destination featuring over 70 premier designer boutiques, specialty retailers, and gourmet restaurants, residents will never be short on entertainment.

Additional information about Azure, Paradise Valley is available at AzurePV.com. Private appointments and tours can be scheduled beginning October 22 by contacting 480.385.1620 or 888.244.8022. To check out our other artfully designed communities, visit https://www.sheahomes.com/newhomes/phoenix/

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Virtually Tour Boat House at The Dunes on Monterey Bay

by Shea Homes Northern California on September 11, 2018

 

Did you know that our Virtual Tours allow you to check our out new Boat House model homes in 360° online? You can take a stroll around all our stunning communities without leaving your desk or couch!

Boat House by Shea Homes® is the latest collection of homes at The Dunes, and features two new home plan layouts, as well as detached 3 car garages. Both of these spacious home plans also include a Suite Home over the detached 3 car garage. These multi-generational living Suite Home units each have their own bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and living space, and are great for grandparent visits, a home office, or rental income.

Learn a little more about each of the Boat House home plans below, take a virtual tour, then give us a call at (866) 696-7432 to schedule your visit.

Boat House Plan 1
5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, Approx. 3,260 Square Feet Home Plan | Virtual Tour
This home plan features open concept living with lots of natural light. The whole family can gather in this spacious home, and Grandma can sleep in the downstairs bedroom when she comes to visit. Upstairs, the kids can play in the loft, and parents can zen out in their master bedroom and spacious master bath. The upstairs laundry room is a necessity, but the walk in closet is truly for fun.
Boat House Plan 1 | The Dunes on Monterey Bay

Boat House Plan 2
5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, Approx. 3,668 Square Feet Home Plan | Virtual Tour
The Plan 2 at Boat House features a spacious great room with an open concept kitchen that was designed for entertaining. The first floor den makes for a functional and flexible office space, and the upstairs loft would make for a great homework area, craft space, or gaming space for the kids. The master bedroom and en suite make for a relaxing retreat away from it all, and the walk in closet offers an elegant space to store your attire.
Boat House Plan 2 | The Dunes on Monterey Bay

Located in Marina, California, less than 1 mile from Monterey Bay, these new homes by Shea Homes feature easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment — all within walking distance. Monterey Bay recalls Fort Ord, John Steinbeck, Spanish Missionaries, and more. Yet its richer history is one of timeless beauty, with rolling hills and gentle sea breezes. Today, The Dunes links Monterey Bay with a modern lifestyle of recreation, comfort and convenience. To learn more, visit TheDunesOnMontereyBay.com.

Register to receive the latest updates about Boat House at The Dunes, or give us a call at (866) 696-7434 to learn more.

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Prescott Homes Coming Soon to Mountain House

August 13, 2018

Prescott by Shea Homes® is coming soon to Hansen Village in Mountain House. We’ve shined a light on the American dream and made it work in every way. Prescott is quintessential Northern California living, with more style, function and living space than you ever thought possible. From covered porches to open living areas, these homes offer the […]

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas for Brightening your Home

July 19, 2018

Each Shea home is built with a focus on the lives of the people who will live in it. The commitment to quality and detail can be seen in the floor plans, the door frames, and yes, even the lighting. With the right lighting, we illuminate our spaces to help create an atmosphere that the […]

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Become a Resident at Cortesa This Summer!

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If you are an active adult, age 55+, we know how important it is to start this exciting chapter in a home where you can truly appreciate the small joys of living in a master-planned community. Feeling safe in your own neighborhood as you go for walks with your dog in the evenings, spending quality […]

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Tilton Homes in Davis Awarded Livable Design Recognition

July 11, 2018

Our Shea Homes® Tilton community at The Cannery in Davis, has achieved the Livable Design Seal of Approval. Livable Design is a division of Eskaton, and all Livable Design homes are built with key elements that make them inclusive, flexible, functional and convenient for all generations. The Seal of Approval signifies that each home has been thoughtfully designed with beautifully integrated features that will enhance […]

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Waterline Visitor Center Opening June 23rd!

June 15, 2018

Join Shea Homes® for a fun opening day at our Waterline Visitor Center on Saturday, June 23rd from 11AM to 2PM. Drop in for a complimentary coffee or a tasty smoothie and speak with one of our wonderful Community Representatives about this vibrant new community. The new, highly-anticipated, Visitor Center is located at 101 Seacliff Dr. in Point Richmond. […]

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“Feng Shea”: Feng Shui Home Design Tips for Your Lifestyle

April 25, 2018

You may think of feng shui as an outdated practice that wouldn’t impact your home’s layout or interior design. But, before you throw the ancient system completely out the window, consider that many common building practices and interior design trends actually align with feng shui practices! You don’t need to become a feng shui master […]

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