The Milan plan great room and kitchen viewed from the entry

Plan a Fourth of July Bash

People gathered at a Fourth of July party
Whether you’ve just moved in or you’ve been in your community for a few years, what better way to celebrate summer than with an all-out Fourth of July party for your friends, family and neighbors. We’ve scoured the internet for some of the cutest and most festive ideas to make your party the best party of the year!

Inspire Your Home Décor With Your Travel Treasures

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Summertime often means vacation time, and the experiences of your holidays can often be recreated in your home evoking memories of your journeys. Specialty items picked up along the way can be subtly incorporated into everyday use and décor with a little thought and careful placement. Following are some ways to show off your memories and souvenirs you’ve collected during your travels:

Sharing Means Caring – Especially When it Comes to Bedrooms

a bright children's room with bunk beds
Sometimes, no matter how many bedrooms your house has, it’s necessary for someone to have to share a room. Some parents love the idea of their kids being all snuggled up in the same space and opt for this type of arrangement, even though there are plenty of bedrooms to go around. While sharing can be fun, it can sometimes be a little tight, so here are some hacks to help you get the most bang from this common area:

Six Ways to Sell Your Home Quickly

a for sale in front of a two story home
To move into a new home often means selling the home you’re in. And when that beautiful new house is within your grasp, your patience may wear thin as you wait for someone to snap up your existing house. We’ve compiled a few tips to help put your house above the rest and to ideally speed up the process:

Creating a Productive Home Office Space

A woman working at a desk in her home office
Many people today are working from home whether they are employees, virtual call center agents or freelancers. And since every day for these people can’t be a ‘work from Starbucks’ kind of day, they need a home set-up that’s comfortable, convenient and productive.

Planting a vegetable garden

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Is there anything more delicious than fresh fruits and vegetables picked and eaten during the height of their season? Driving across the state of California you pass miles upon miles of farmers’ fields planted for as far as you can see. Have you ever thought how nice it would be to have just a sliver of that in your own back garden? Planting and maintaining a vegetable garden isn’t necessarily as hard as you may think, and the rewards are out of this world! Consider these few steps to see if this is an activity you’d like to tackle:

SJV Homes and Presidio residential capital to hold grand opening at Bonterra in Hanford, CA

Bonterra exterior rendering
HANFORD, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital will hold a grand opening at Bonterra, a new community offering 143 single-family homes in northwest Hanford, on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lenders will be on hand to answer financing questions, and guests can tour three beautifully decorated model homes; enjoy music, donuts and tacos; and enter to win Carrie Underwood tickets, an iPad, Visa gift cards and Santa Cruz Boardwalk tickets.

Five ways to keep your home secure

close up of a hand locking a car with a fob
Now that you’ve moved into your new home, you may want to try to make a bit more secure. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood an ounce of prevention can still go a long way, and you may feel just a little bit safer with these tried and true ideas in place:

All 231 homes at Savanna, Tulare's most popular new neighborhood, have sold

living room of the Mariposa model at Savannah neighborhood
TULARE, Calif. San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) recently announced all 231 homes have sold at Savannah, an 80-acre community within walking distance of the Santa Fe Trail in Tulare. “Savannah is the largest community San Joaquin Valley Homes has built, and it’s extremely gratifying to see it is fulfilling the needs of our local community,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “With its ideal location and family-friendly atmosphere, this neighborhood has something for everyone.”

Five steps to prepping your garden for spring

flower garden with wheel barrow and tools
If you enjoy gardening, this time of the year can almost make you giddy! The sun is out longer, the rains are subsiding, and your garden is shaking off its winter blues. If you’re like many green thumbs, you’re just waiting for the perfect time to get your hands dirty…literally! For those of you who are looking at the back yard from inside the house with trepidation as to where to start all this yard work, we’re here to help. Some simple garden chores will have you competing for ‘best yard on the block’ in no time!

SJV Homes closes 391 residences in 2018-A 21% growth rate

San Joaquin Valley Homes founders in front of a framed home
Local Homebuilder Plans to Open Seven New Communities in 2019 VISALIA, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) had another positive year in 2018, closing 391 homes and opening three new communities, which marks a 21% growth rate compared to 2017, where the homebuilder closed 323 homes.

Spring Cleaning Tips

brightly colored assortment of cleaners and other cleaning tools
Spring has almost sprung, so it’s time to get cracking on the all-important spring cleaning. Your house will feel fresher and cleaner and, in turn, be a happier place to be in. Here is a short list of chores to tackle from the inside out!

The benefits of owning over renting a home

rent or buy sign on brick pavers
If you’re in the market for a new place to move, whether you’re relocating or just changing things up, the renting versus owning question might come up. But what are the benefits of purchasing a house? We’ve laid out a few reasons here to help you make up your mind.

Design Trends for 2019

three potted succulents in a row
Your house is purchased and you’re ready to move in. Now comes the fun! You get to decorate your brand new house. You have a blank canvas, so every picture you hang, every piece of furniture you place is going to be the first this house has ever seen. Sounds completely intimidating doesn’t it! Not to fear. We’ve curated some of the top design trends of 2019. This list – combined with your own personality and style – will have your friends and family oohing and ahhing over your beautiful new home the minute they walk in. Enjoy!

Upstairs, Downstairs... Do you prefer one or two stories?

white walls and neutral flooring at hall and spindled staircase
There are so many considerations to be made when shopping for a house…and a major decision can be whether or not to go with a single-story – often called a ranch style or bungalow – or a two-story home. Many times, this is simply a personal decision – one may be more appealing than the other. If you’re on the fence as to which type to buy, our list of pros for each may help you:

Five reasons why we love open floor plans

Great room of the Marsala model at Bella Vista neighborhood
Our new homes typically feature expansive ‘great rooms’ which function as spaces for family and friends to gather without feeling the constriction of walls and closed areas. The benefits of open floor plans are many which is why we love them. Here are few of the perks to this design style: