The Milan plan great room and kitchen viewed from the entry

The Perks of Living in Porterville, California

Porterville - Sequoia National Park
Tucked into the San Joaquin Valley in Central California is the city of Porterville serving as the gateway to Sequoia National Park, home to our planet’s most massive trees, roughly only an hour away. For a weekend getaway, Porterville is under four hours to the Pacific Coast’s Avila Beach and only minutes away from the mountains. It has its own newspaper, The Porterville Recorder, and is home to more than 50,000 people.

Seven Simple Ways to Lower Utility Bills During the Summer

Utilities bills
Summer is here, it’s hot in our little valley and it is a typically expensive time of the year when it comes to utilities. You may also find your home is a little busier right now working from home and a decidedly lack of kids’ activities available. We’ve curated a few ways to keep your utility costs down during the next few months.

Get and Keep Your Closets Organized

Organize closets
Whether you’re dealing with small closets or massive walk-ins in your master suite, there are many ways to maximize the space available. These simple and inexpensive ways to organize your closet will make your life much easier.

A Very Special Father’s Day

Father's Day
Father’s Day is the one day of the year we dedicate to that very cool guy we call, or think of, as dad. A typical Father’s Day consists of a special meal, a fun activity and a visit if he lives elsewhere. This year you may want to handle this occasion a little differently, so we’ve come up with some ways to make dad feel just as special as ever!

Real Estate Definitions to Help With Your New Home Purchase

Real Estate Definitions
Purchasing a home for the first time can often be a confusing experience because there is so much to know and learn. You may be faced with financial and industry terms you’ve never heard before. Here is a little primer on some of the more-used vocab you will likely encounter during this exciting process.

How To Clean With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar
With today’s emphasis on cleaning and hygiene but a sometimes lack of supply in the stores right now, it’s time to get creative and take a more holistic approach to cleaning products. One of the main ingredients is vinegar. Here’s a list of what you can and can’t tackle with this mighty household staple.

Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day This Year

Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away, and this year, it may be different than any other you’ve celebrated. Instead of visiting mom or sending her off for a day of pampering, you may have to change how you and your family celebrate. A little creative thinking combined with some thoughtful touches will have mom feeling very loved.

Childproofing Your Home

a young girl getting into a cabinet of household cleaners to show the importance of childproofing your home
Home is where you relax and enjoy all you have worked toward. But having toddlers and little kids also means a constant busy struggle staying one step ahead of them to make sure they stay safe all the time. We’ve put together a list of ways to keep your little ones out of trouble’s way.

Keeping Our Kids Busy At Home

A young girl and boy drawing pictures on a sidewalk
We’re all a few weeks in to self-isolating, and it may feel at times like the walls are closing in. Families everywhere are looking for ways to keep their children busy and occupied while the adults work from home or take a much-needed break.

The Valley is Our Home and We Care about Our Community and Employees

A letter from San Joaquin Valley Homes regarding COVID-19 As a local homebuilder and a proud member of the community, our priority is the health and safety of our customers and sales team. With that in mind, we want you to know how we are addressing the concerns generated by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fun Things To Do At Home

Family hiking
This week we saw an extended and surprise spring break issued for our children, so many parents are wondering how to fill the long days with activities during a time that was previously slated for school. While part of the day is meant to be learning time still, there is a lot of downtime to do other activities. With some imagination and a little flexibility, you’ll be able to make the most of these extra daytime hours with your kids.

The Coronado plan with a French Country styled exterior at dusk
San Joaquin Valley Homes’ neighborhood Brighton, in the Central Valley city of Tulare, is nestled in the planned community of Willow Glen – complete with a park. It’s conveniently located within a five-minute drive of Visalia where you’ll find a diverse selection of shopping, dining and entertainment venues for the entire family.

Six Ideas for a Beautiful Kitchen Design

Kitchen with Carrera marble counters and white cabinets in the Verona plan
The most overworked and visited room in your house is undeniably the kitchen. As they say, it’s the heart of the home. Here are some fun and convenient ways to design and organize this much-loved space.