A Grand Opening worth the (small) wait

by Shea Homes Colorado on July 7, 2015


Crazy, rainy spring weather pushed it back a week, but the two new, Shea SPACES model homes made their debut at a Grand Opening on June 27. Mother Nature is always the wild card in home construction, but thankfully, winter was fairly easygoing. Nonstop spring rains were the only hitch in a generally very smooth process.

At the Grand Opening, visitors were enthusiastic about the modern architecture, open plans, meticulous finish work, and inspiring décor by award-winning HRi Design, seen in these photos.


Exterior of the model 3554, which offers 3-4 bedrooms, including a spacious master bedroom and bathroom.





Strategic use of natural light makes every room more beautiful and livable.






Shea-SPACES-3554-LoftFlexible spaces, like this loft, can be customized as playrooms, media rooms, book nooks or offices.







A main floor study, upstairs loft, and 3-5 bedrooms make the 3507 plan a favorite with growing families.




When the kitchen, dining and living areas flow, so do the parties.






Homework, bill paying, working at home…there’s room for it all in this generously sized study.

Of course, photos can never fully do a home justice—the walkthrough is the true test of whether a home feels right for your family. So what are you waiting for? Grab some directions, and head over for a tour soon. Hours are Mondays from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Right now, Reunion visitors can get a taste of life here by visiting Shea’s SPACES model homes. But two more, Models 3554 and 3507 with new elevations, will make their grand debut in June, if Mother Nature plays nice.

1-DayONE-DiggingHole_2-2-15Day 1: Beautiful Day to Dig  

If everything goes perfectly, a home can be built from first dig to finish work in about 140 days. But, of course, Colorado weather is anything but predictable. Thankfully, a solid six-week stretch of terrific weather in January and February helped get the models rolling along. Lead Superintendent Keith McCann says frost can make the ground like concrete—which translates to more time and effort to dig the hole for the foundation.


Day 3: Mother Nature not cooperating!                        

2-DayTHREE-Delayed-2-4-15“Cold temperatures make everything go slower,” says Keith. “And snow is a problem, beyond the messiness and safety issues when things get slippery. If snow gets in the backfill, it creates a void, which you don’t want. When we put the soil back around the foundation, we try to achieve compaction that’s 95-98% of what nature has accomplished over 100 years.”

It’s an art, getting the compaction just right. If you don’t tamp enough, the backfill will settle over time, leading to pooling of water around the foundation. Not good. Too much, and you’ll stress the foundation that you just carefully poured, one wall at a time. Just to be sure, after backfilling, Shea brings in “a slew of engineers” to check quality and make sure this first, essential, step in the process is done just right.

Next up is underground plumbing and concrete pouring for the basement and garage. Again, good weather is critical. Temperatures must be above 32°. Once poured, an insulating blanket can help protect from both cold and snow.

Let the framing begin!

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And the award goes to… the model homes of Stepping Stone.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 11, 2015


In the waning days of 2014, Shea Homes at Stepping Stone was honored with a win for Best Interior Merchandising of a Model. The Marketing and Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Award, given by the Home Builder’s Association of Metro Denver, recognized the exceptional interior design of Shea’s 3507 Model, one of their collection’s smaller plans at 2,090 square feet. Perfect for first-time buyers, this plan inspired the designers of Ellis Hays Design to appeal to the tastes of a young family, using bright colors, durable materials, and modern, playful styles. As Diana Ellis, principal at the design firm, explains, “We imagined a family with a baby or toddler, so we wanted a comfortable feeling. Furnishings that weren’t super high-end, maybe even repurposed, since realistically they might even be scratched or colored on.”

3507 Dining Family 3507 Kitchen







The firm sought to complement the family-friendly design inherent in the floor plan. Ellis notes that Shea’s aptly named SPACES Collection really does offer “lots of different spaces that can be utilized in different ways.” She likes the way Plan 3507 is open and connected, but zoned out for a family’s different activities. “It’s great for family time,” she points out. “There’s a sitting area with a sofa where you can watch TV, but adjacent to it is a more intimate area where kids can play games, read, or do homework. And both areas are close to the kitchen, so whoever is cooking can interact with the rest of the family.”

3507 Family Room







This open concept floor plan has proven popular with customers, too. They often comment on the lack of wasted space and the ability to get three bedrooms, a loft, and main-floor office in an economically-priced home.

3507 Master Bedroom 3507 Baby Room







Of course, this is only one of Shea’s model homes available for touring at Stepping Stone. Feel free to explore them all and decide which one is your blue ribbon winner.


Homeowner Testimonial: The Ginochios Find a Home Worth the Search

by Shea Homes Northern California on April 9, 2012

House hunting can be quite the chore. You are on a Goldilocks-like search to find one that is “just right.” Newlyweds Anabel and John completely understand.

“We had been looking for three months,” Anabel says. “For one reason or another there was nothing that we really wanted—too big, too small, too expensive, too cheap and damaged, too old or the neighborhood wasn’t ideal.”

After months spent tirelessly searching, they were excited to come upon Shea Spaces Summer Lake. Sales associate Gerry Elliot was happy to show them around the models and “knew what we were looking for” according to the Ginochios.

“I liked the look of the house—it makes me feel happy,” John recalls. “The lake view, the floor plan, and especially the openness of the kitchen made it just perfect.”

Gerry mentioned there was a home exactly like the model available. The Ginochios checked it out and immediately began the buying process. What really impressed them was how smooth and easy it was.

“The closing experience was very nice and fast,” Anabel remarks. “The people that we dealt with were very professional. Everybody worked so hard to make the transaction fast.”

The family was able to move in on the last day of 2011.

“What a nice way to start a new year,” Anabel says. “A new life in a new home. This is the best wedding present ever!”

Anabel added that she wants to thank her husband John and the staff of Shea Homes who made this dream a reality. You are certainly welcome, Ginochios. Enjoy your home and future together!

To see about making your home in Shea Spaces at Summer Lake, stop by our office daily from 10am-5pm (2-5pm on Wednesday). We’re located at 2777 Manresa Shore Lane, Oakley, CA 94561. Feel free to drop by or give us a call at (925) 684-9340.