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Vitalize Your Home with Your Own Terrarium

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 27, 2018

 

Your décor may say a lot about your sense of taste, but what does it say about your health? Introducing some plant life into your home is a quick and easy way to revitalize your space and improve your well-being. Plants have been shown to reduce airborne toxins in your home, increase productivity and concentration, and even reduce stress. But that sure won’t be the case if you’re constantly worried about keeping them alive!

Terrariums with cacti or succulents are easy ways to get the beauty and enjoyment of a houseplant, even if you are known to not have the greenest thumb. With just a little bit of time and creativity, you’ll have a wholesome piece of décor that you can be proud of. Make it a family craft and greenify your entire home!
Easy To Make TerrariumsSupplies

  • Clear glass vase or container
  • Pebbles
  • Potting soil for succulent and cactus
  • Succulents and cacti of your choice
  • Sand

Follow These Steps

  1. To start, you’ll need a clear glass container with an opening on top. Get creative! A vase, fish bowl or even a cleaned out spaghetti sauce jar will work! Shop thrift stores, antique malls, or your kitchen cabinet.
  2. Fill the bottom of the vessel with a layer of pebbles (about one and a half inches) for water drainage.
  3. On top of the pebbles, add a layer (about two and a half inches) of potting soil, specifically made for succulents and cacti.
  4. Using a spoon, make a hole in the soil big enough for the roots of your largest plant, and nestle the roots in the hole. Press the soil down firmly around the roots to make sure it is tucked in tight.
  5. Plant the rest of your succulents or cacti in the same fashion, moving from largest to smallest.
  6. Finally, distribute about one fourth of an inch of white sand around the base of your plants (optional).
  7. Now for the fun touches. Add miniature animals, figurines, shiny marbles, rocks, or favorite stones.

For maintenance, keep your terrarium in a location near a window where it will get indirect sunlight, and lightly water approximately every two weeks or when the soil dries out. Enjoy this sweet addition to your home. If you’re looking for more decorating ideas, head by any of our models and see what life could look like in a home by Shea Homes®!

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Tilton Homes in Davis Awarded Livable Design Recognition

by Shea Homes Northern California on July 11, 2018

Tilton by Shea Homes at The Cannery | Livable Design Approved
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 livability through convenience and flexibility. As a resident of Tilton at The Cannery, you will enjoy functional home design elements that make everyday living easier, a home that welcomes all of your friends and family regardless of age or ability, and a home that is flexible to adapt to fit your lifestyle today and into the future.  Livable Design’s forward-thinking concept in home building beautifully integrates long lasting functionality for your ever changing lifestyle. All Shea floor plans at The Cannery include a large number of Livable features including the following:

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Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season

by Shea Homes Arizona on June 15, 2018

Monsoon 2018

Rain. Wind. Hail. Haboobs. Ready or not, Arizona monsoon season has officially arrived, and will be here until September 30. While the temperature dips may be nice, all that inclement weather can bring some nasty surprises with it. So if you live in the Phoenix area, now is the time to prepare. Here are Shea Homes® top tips to get your home ready for the monsoons 

Prepare plants and trees

Protect your plants (and your home!) by preparing in advance. Trim any big tree branches that could snap off and damage your roof. Stake down young trees that might not make it through an intense storm. And remember, the heavy monsoon rains that often come before the strong winds can loosen the soil and make trees more prone to becoming uprooted.

Evaluate your Home’s Drainage

If you’ve noticed drainage issues in your yard that cause pooling of water during a rain storm, make sure you have it taken care of before the monsoons hit. You may need to hire a landscaping company to provide a drainage solution that will keep your yard and home protected from possible flooding.

Install or Clean Out Rain Gutters and Downspouts

Rain gutters and downspouts are the best way to direct the rain that comes from monsoon microbursts or macrobursts away from your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make sure yours are ready to do their job and divert the rain away from your home’s foundation.

Clean out the Garage

If you’re the type to procrastinate your spring cleaning well beyond spring, now is the perfect time to put the family to work and clean out that over-stuffed garage. Parking your car on the street or in the driveway could put it at risk during the monsoon storms since flying branches and falling trees are common occurrences when the wild weather comes to town. Make room in the garage for your car and keep it safe from flying objects, as well as hail, rain and wind.

For more information on the June 15 through September 30 monsoon season in the Southwest, visit http://www.monsoonsafety.org/.

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Waterline Visitor Center Opening June 23rd!

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 15, 2018

Waterline on San Francisco Bay
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. RSVP on Facebook for the latest details and sneak peeks!

Waterline features a variety of home plans designed for how you live today, including single-story flats and two-story townhomes, as well as amenities such as a community garden, dog-washing station, and access to the beautiful Bay Trail that runs along the San Francisco Bay.

View our home plans online, then come visit our new Waterline Visitor Center to speak with our knowledgeable Community Representatives and take a virtual look inside these 8 distinct homes — using our fun virtual reality goggles!

Can’t attend the event on June 23rd? Call (866) 696-7432 to schedule your appointment for another day. And be sure to register for community updates to stay in-the-know about everything Waterline.

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At Shea Homes, we build our homes for smart, discerning buyers who appreciate the thoughtful design, thoughtful people and thoughtful processes that truly set Shea Homes apart. We obsess over the integration of form and function, and we know that the small details matter. Learn more about Shea Homes.

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Easy Home Automation with Deako Smart Lighting

June 1, 2018

Whether it was the Jetson’s high-tech home of the future or Tony Starks’ AI controlled Malibu mansion, home automation has been the lofty goal for convenience-seeking homeowners everywhere for years. The downside? These technologies can be cost-prohibitive, difficult to install, and the results aren’t always the sleek, intuitive solution homeowners are hoping for. Now Shea […]

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Shea Homes Arizona Takes Home Five Awards at 33rd Annual MAME Awards presented by the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona

May 4, 2018

  Winner winner, chicken dinner! Shea Homes® Arizona is thrilled to have won five awards at the 33rd Annual Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence (MAME) awards competition, held earlier this month at the gorgeous Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. This prestigious awards competition recognizes the exemplary efforts of builders and land developers; interior designers and […]

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Discover Victory at Bay Meadows in San Mateo

April 24, 2018

Expand your world and reduce your commute by living in the heart of it all.  Discover Victory at Bay Meadows – a new neighborhood of detached homes in an established San Mateo master planned community. Tour three beautifully decorated model homes located at 3101 Mena Drive in San Mateo. At Victory, you can live in […]

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You’re Invited: April 14 Grand Opening of Shea Homes Gateway Quarter – Aperture, Emblem, and Origin

April 13, 2018

Origin 7512 Shea Homes® Arizona is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of Gateway Quarter, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on April 14, 2018 at the S.E. corner of Ellsworth and Germann Road in Queen Creek, AZ. This new development, offering stunning views of the Superstition Mountains, is made up of three diverse communities […]

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Live in the Happiest City in the U.S.

April 11, 2018

Fremont, California was recently ranked as “The Happiest City in the U.S.” by WalletHub.com. The title of the happiest city in America was awarded to Fremont after WalletHub surveyed the 182 biggest cities and looked at indicators such as income, employment, community and environmental well-being. Wallethub.com also notes that Fremont has the lowest divorce rate in […]

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Artisan at South Coast Coming Soon to Santa Ana, CA

April 10, 2018

There are so many reasons to be excited for summer in SoCal, but we’re not just talking about pool parties, spending our days at the beach, and family vacations…we’re also talking about new homes! Specifically, Artisan at South Coast by Shea Homes®, a stunning new collection of two-story single-family homes coming to Santa Ana. What can you […]

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