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Design Trends for 2019

Categories: SJV Homes Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: February 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Design Trends for 2019

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!

Clutter is Out. Less is In. Consider a few well-placed, sleek items instead of lots of collectibles. While having an eclectic style definitely defines your personality and charm, choose a few really meaningful items to display instead of everything at once.

Bring the Outside In. So much of our day-to-day life is managed around technology. Your home should be a serene and calming place that highlights simplicity. Use natural and organic elements to decorate and design like stone and wood. A few easy-to-care-for plants – not succulents…they are out for 2019 – will add a sense of nature to your home.

Colors Should be Subdued. Almost considered feminine, walls in blushes, creams and bronze can be used to break up monotonous taupes and neutrals giving an unexpected hint of softness and warmth to a room.

Florals are In. For those who love wallpaper and floral patterns, this is your year! Beautifully designed patterned papers can be used elegantly on walls or in small rooms.

Go Bold in the Kitchen. If you want to add a pop to this busy and popular room, add a boldly patterned backsplash. Let this be the focal point of the room, so don’t be shy with your choices. It’s also easily replaceable if you want to change it in years to come.

Four Poster Beds. If you’re in the market for new bedroom furniture, the classic four-poster bed is a comforting and stylish way to make a statement. On its way out are overdone brassy metals. If you have a brass bed already, use other elements that don’t include brass and metal in the rest of the furniture and décor.

No matter what your style, try incorporating just a few of these ideas into your new home. For design inspiration visit our San Joaquin Valley Homes models where you can see some of these ideas already working in the house you may choose.

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Upstairs Downstairs…Do You Prefer One or Two Stories?

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Upstairs Downstairs…Do You Prefer One or Two Stories?


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:

Single-story pros:
1. Every day cleaning is easier since, basically, it’s all on one floor…no lugging laundry, cleaning supplies or the vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs.
2. They’re often safer for the younger – and the older – set. Let’s face it. Stairs can be troublesome to some who have limited or no mobility. If you have very little children or elderly adults living with you, they may be more comfortable not needing to navigate a flight of steps all day long. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Reasons Why We Love Open Floor Plans

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Five Reasons Why We Love Open Floor Plans

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:

1. Open floor plans give the illusion of more space. Smaller homes tend to look and feel bigger when there are no boundaries to cut the room in half. High or vaulted ceilings help with this look too. Read the rest of this entry »

Simplify Your Life With a New San Joaquin Valley Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Simplify Your Life With a New San Joaquin Valley Home


Buying one of our new San Joaquin Valley homes presents an opportunity to start fresh. Take advantage of new beginning by simplifying your life. You can then spend more quality time with your family in updated surroundings. Here are a few tips:

Leave it behind.

Those spacious rooms in your new home get crowded quickly once you fill them with items from your old place. So, before you make the move to one of our communities, go through every item you own and ask yourself if you really need it. Look inside every drawer and cabinet. If it’s something you haven’t used in a long time, you likely won’t miss it. Then sell all these unwanted possessions online or through a garage sale, give them to friends or donate to charity. Not having to bring these items saves you money and time and can put extra cash in your pocket. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinuba – A Little City with a Small Town Feel

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Dinuba – A Little City with a Small Town Feel

Are you considering relocating to a new city or town within the San Joaquin Valley? This area is ripe with history, and in select places, small town charm and a pace more suited for those who are considering the journey, not just the destination. Take Dinuba, California, for example. It’s packed with parks, museums – the Alta District Museum is housed in a restored railroad station – and is only 90 miles from the famed Yosemite National Park and 25 miles from Fresno. Living in a small town has it perks like being in close-knit community, less traffic, fewer crowds and a more general sense of calm. Read the rest of this entry »

Benefits of Buying A New House

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Benefits of Buying A New House

Maybe you have been looking at homes for a while and just can’t find the perfect home. Maybe you are just starting to think about buying a home. Maybe you had thought about looking at a new home but are afraid of the price tag. However, there are a lot of advantages of buying a brand new house.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tips For A Happy And Safe Halloween

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Tips For A Happy And Safe Halloween

It’s almost that time when ghosts and goblins come to your home expecting treats in exchange for not playing tricks. Even though we’re California new home builders who are proud of our developments, we’re parents first. So we want to take a break from our professional duties and offer the following tips so that you, your loved ones, and your visitors have a fun and safe Halloween.

Decorate
This may be a no-brainer but if you want the little ones to stop by your home, you need to welcome them with Halloween decor. If you have a HOA, check to see what decorating is allowed on your exterior so you spend your dollars only on stuff you can use. Then stick with fun, simple pieces that are sturdy enough for kids to accidentally hit without breaking and that are weatherproof, in case they encounter an increasingly rare raindrop. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Security: Do-It-Yourself or Professional Services?

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Home Security: Do-It-Yourself or Professional Services?

Protecting your home, and the loved ones and cherished belongings within it is one of the highest priorities of home ownership. As recent as a few years ago, the term “home security” meant calling a company to come out and install an alarm system that would alert emergency services — and you — in the event of a break-in or a fire. However, that term has taken on a whole new meaning these days. Here is the run down of what home security means and the systems and services that are available for you.

Professional services
You can still get a home monitoring system from the big-names in professional security. According to a report from Gear Brain, the companies generally charge a fee for equipment and installation ranging between $99 to $199. Often, however, these fees are reduced or waived for special promotions. They provide in-home consultations in order to identify vulnerable points in your home, and locate an area of the home with a strong cellular signal in order to place a wall-mounted or counter-top controller. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Things to Do when Moving into Your San Joaquin Valley Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Top 10 Things to Do when Moving into Your San Joaquin Valley Home


Congratulations on your new San Joaquin Valley home! While we do everything we can to make home-buying as easy a process as possible, you still have to move in. And that’s something you and your family need to do on your own. To make that go easier, here are the top 10 things to do.

1. Inspect the home.
We know you’ve already gone on a walk-thru with one of our staff. And we do our best to make sure that the space you move into is spic and span. But it won’t hurt to go on a private inspection just before you move in. Make sure that we’ve adequately addressed any issues you initially pointed out. Look for any last-minute concerns that need to take care of, such as a spot of dirt here or a non-working smoke detector there. If you uncover any problems that you can’t address quickly, let the management office know. Read the rest of this entry »

There Are Both Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying a House with a Friend

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 17, 2018 | Comments Off on There Are Both Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying a House with a Friend

According to the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, from the National Association of Realtors, nearly 400,000 couples who bought homes during that year did so outside of a traditional marriage. But is it a good idea to buy a house with a friend? It can be. Here is a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of such a situation.

Benefits
As stated in a report from Money Crashers, many of the benefits of buying a house with a friend are financial ones. It may be easier to qualify for a home loan, as lenders will consider the combined income, and will take an average of your credit score. It will also be easier to come up with a good down payment if you’re both contributing. The longer you and your friend make mortgage payments together, Money Crashers adds, the more equity you build up, meaning that when it comes time to part ways, you can split that equity and both have money to put towards a down payment on your next home. Read the rest of this entry »