Backyard Landscaping for Your New Home: Five Questions to Ask

by Shea Homes Arizona on August 24, 2018


Whether you’re considering a new Shea Home, are in process of planning the outdoor living space for your new home, or you just want to spruce up your current backyard, we’ve got you covered. As a Shea Homes® homeowner, you have a few options when it comes to designing your backyard. Let these questions guide you toward a backyard that truly suits your lifestyle.
The Reserves Residence 4 PoolResidence 4 from The Reserves at Cantilena

  • Do you want to landscape before or after you move in?

If you’d like to move in with the backyard finished and ready to entertain, our sales team will connect you with talented landscape architects we partner with to craft your dream space and roll all associated landscaping costs into your new home mortgage. Otherwise, depending on the guidelines from your Homeowners Association, you could wait a few months to get a feel for the space and decide how you’d like to personalize your yard later.
Compass at Recker Pointe BackyardAltair model from Compass at Recker Pointe

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At Shea Homes, we like to say, that with a Shea3D plan, life opens up. And with a Shea3D Outdoor-centric plan, your home life opens right up to the great outdoors. We’ve always believed that your home should be a reflection of who you are, and better yet, an opportunity to grow into who you have wanted to be.

The outdoors types in the Shea family are big lovers of natural light. So no matter your outdoor affair—backyard soirees, putt-putt, Thanksgiving turkey bowls, or herding little muddy feet—each Outdoor-Centric Shea3D plan features loads of gorgeous natural light. (And energy efficient dual pane, low-E windows too!)

Inspire at Estrella - Compel Plan

The Outdoor-centric plan combines the dining room and great room, offering prominent views and easy access to the outdoors. With a great view and easy access, your backyard or patio becomes an ideal, extended living space, perfect for outdoor activities and relaxation. Outdoor-centric plans are open and airy and with the kitchen at the back of the house, the entertainment and living space extends beyond just the inside of your home

Outdoor-centric floorplans are offered at any of our Shea3D communities—just look for the Shea3D Dream, Design, Dwell logo. If you feel the urge to get your outdoor fix all day long, visit us today and see what a difference a home built with you in mind can make.

For more information about Shea Homes’ communities across the Valley, visit our website or you can call us toll free: 1-866-696-7432.  To watch our informational videos, please visit our YouTube channel.  To see our pretty pictures, check out our Instagram. To find out your design style, check out our Houzz. For more information on Shea Homes and what we’re up to in Arizona, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join us for some inspiration on Pinterest.


Spruce up Your Summer Patio

by Shea Homes on June 19, 2015

Backyard patio design ideas.

Have you been eyeing your backyard lately thinking that it could use a little love after the long winter? Patios and outdoor spaces can become neglected during the cooler months, but when summer rolls around, it’s time to plan some DIY patio projects and put in some elbow-grease so you can enjoy your outdoor space for all of the upcoming summer holidays. Pull out your gardening tools from the garage and spruce up your backyard landscaping, then head over to Pinterest or your local hardware store for some décor inspiration and plan on creating the updated backyard space you’ve been dreaming of.

Not sure where to start or what type of space you want to create? Check out some of the looks we love below.

Indoor-Outdoor Lounge

With many new home floorplans featuring more open spaces, a more seamless indoor-outdoor experience is attainable. Large patio coverings or covered verandas allow for comfortable seating areas that are shielded from the sun during the day and allow for contemporary light fixtures that create an intimate setting.

Indoor - outdoor space at 1 Channel Island. Perfect for summer entertaining. Creating an outdoor lounge-feel centers on creating the right combination of modern and sleek. Think minimal foliage, structured patio furniture and interesting focal features. A gas fire pit with glass or lava rock creates immediate interest and warmth while maintaining a lounge-like vibe.

Adding an outdoor feature like a firepit adds an instant lounge-like vibe. A large window that opens to an outdoor bar is the perfect area to create a DIY self-serve drink area with pre-made beverages or consider making up a signature cocktail for your party!


Serene backyard perfect for the whole family. If you use your backyard more for a casual family gathering place, this style may be right for you. Along with a snug setup of comfy outdoor furniture where mom and dad can gather, focus on creating a few areas throughout your yard that appeal to the different interests in your household. Consider adding a barbeque for the griller in the family, an interesting trellis or landscaping layout for the gardener (check out this blog to see how you can DIY one) and something fun the whole family can enjoy together. Whether it’s a fire pit (s’mores, anyone?) soccer goal for the kids, horseshoe pit, or even some DIY oversized backyard games, your family and friends will love to have something to congregate around and enjoy together.

Entertainment Hub

Is your house the go-to for game day parties, holidays and other get-togethers? Do you find yourself hustling to pull together a deliciously awesome menu when friends drop by unexpectedly? If so, you’re probably the quintessential “Entertainer” of your group and your backyard should reflect it.

Perfect backyard for entertaining To allow you to enjoy a group’s company, even when you’re prepping a summer BBQ, place your grill and prep station as the focal piece of your backyard. Create sitting areas and points to congregate that center around the grill so that you’re still in the mix of conversation when everyone gets to mingling. Plus – since you’re stationed next to the central locale for drinks and snacks, you’ll always be in the middle of the party!

Great backyard for entertaining larger groups. Not a griller? Take a look at the pin below for some additional ideas on how to arrange your space to make it easy to entertain a group.

Purely Peaceful

If you’d prefer to create a tranquil retreat to enjoy yourself or with a loved one after a long day, create smaller seating areas and adorn them with cushy pillows and other outdoor decorations that you enjoy. If you like curling up with a book and looking at a garden gnome – it’s your sanctuary – add the little guy!

Lush, private backyard idea. Candles and plants can create a sense of calm as well. Place outdoor candles around areas you may frequent, and if you’re not looking to spend too much time tending to a garden, place potted succulents or orchids around your yard. Plants like desert roses, primrose and peonies produce beautiful flowers with little maintenance while decorative grasses and shrubs provide a lush backdrop that require little attendance.

Backyard dining area.

How would you describe your ideal backyard? Tell us below and find more inspiration on our Outdoor Décor Pinterest board.