Top 3 Building Trends in Utah

While we definitely consider each home one-of-a-kind, it’s hard to not notice some of the definite building trends going on in Utah right now. Thanks to Utahn’s specific lifestyles (based around function and family), it’s clear to us what our homeowners’ priorities are. Check out the top three building trends right now:

1. Open Concept

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Families simply don’t live the same type of lifestyle that they did 20 (or even 10) years ago. Today, it’s all about multipurpose rooms and keeping the family together. So it makes sense that most homeowners are looking for open concept floor plans to help facilitate flow and togetherness in their abodes. Open concepts also create a more airy, spacious feel, so we’re all for them!

2. Focal Points

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Really want to make a splash with your home design? One main focal point in a room is the way to do it. In our experience, it’s fireplaces, staircases and kitchens that make the most impact in a home, so it’s a good ideal to splurge on at least one focal point to really make your house stand out.

3. Mismatched Tile

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Gone are the days when tile had to match throughout the home: While tile might seem decorative, it’s pretty functional for the average family. Durable and easy to clean, tile is a no-brainer and with so many patterns, finishes and colors, you don’t have to choose just one. Coordinating (not matching!) tile is a must have in your modern home, so go for a few different finishes.

We’re excited to see what building trends will follow 2014 through to 2015 – and what new trends we’ll see in the new year!

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How to: Choose the Right House Plan

We get it: With all of the options, opinions and ideas available (both solicited and unsolicited) it can be overwhelming when it’s finally time to choose your home plan. And we don’t make it easier – we have an entire catalog of family-friendly, spacious plans available for you to choose from. So, where do you start?

  1. Think about your family. Obviously, your family is priority number one when it comes to designing your home. You’ll need to consider how your family interacts: Do you spend most of your time in the kitchen? Do your older kids value your privacy? Does anyone have any limitations? These will all affect your final decision.
  2. Peruse magazines and websites. Look around for inspiration, remembering that your finished product will likely be different. Instead of falling in love with a home you saw in a magazine, pick out the factors that really stand out to you, like a large front porch or a masterful master bath. You can then discuss those elements with our designer to incorporate them into your plans.
  3. Visit models. We have several model homes where you can walk through the exact plan you’re considering. This gives you a better feel of the flow of the home, something that can be hard to read from a plan alone. We encourage you to take your time and visit as many model homes as possible.

Choosing a home plan will color the rest of your building experience, so it’s important to consider the decision from all angles. Luckily, we’re sure we can customize a plan that’s perfect for you and your family. Most importantly, have fun with the process: This is your dream home, and we’ll do whatever it takes for you to have exactly what you want.

Getting Ready for Fall

Even if the temps don’t act like it, there’s no denying that fall is definitely on its way. We’re looking forward to autumn coolers, cooler weather and the holiday season. And, with all the fall hustle and bustle approaching, now is the perfect time to prep your home for colder weather and the changing of the seasons. Here’s how:

  • Clean out your gutters. A summer’s worth of fallen leaves, dirt and debris can obscure your gutters, which you’ll definitely need to be fully functional during the fall and winter months. Luckily, it’s an easy job with a ladder and some elbow grease.
  • Check your foundation. You do not want to mess with your foundation in the winter, so now’s the time to do a once-over from the inside to check for cracks. This is also a great time to check your window casings to ensure they’re tight and will keep the cold out.
  • Tune up Your Furnace. A little maintenance can go a long way in keeping your home toasty all winter long. Change out your furnace filters and, if necessary, call your furnace guy for a quick tune up to make sure everything is working properly.

They’re small ways to prep for colder weather, but can make all the difference in your comfort level come fall. Take advantage of the warmer temps now and you’ll be cozy come winter.

Virtual Tour!

We’ve definitely noticed a shift in what homeowners want, especially when it comes to incorporating a more casual family lifestyle into the home design and interior. We’re completely in love with how this home turned out: It’s meant for living. From the breakfast nook to the comfortable great room, we can actually picture the family traditions being made in this home. Check out this easy, casual family home’s virtual tour here.

You can check out our other home plans (which we customize to each family’s needs) here.

Arive Homes Giveaway!

We love our followers, likers and fans, so we want to take a second to give back to those who have supported us from the start. That’s why we’re giving away a $100 Home Depot gift card: Either spruce up your current abode or to help you build your dream home – that’s up to you! Enter today and the winner will be announced on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at noon!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Thanks for entering and good luck.

Moving? 4 Super Simple Tips to Make Life Easier

If you’ve purchased a new home, you’re definitely excited to make the move. Of course, in order to start making memories in your new abode, the stress of moving becomes your first order of business. And while sorting through old sports equipment, food storage and attics isn’t exactly a walk in the park, you can make moving way easier if you follow these four quick and simple tips.

1. Make an Inventory

A stress-free move means starting anywhere from 30 to 60 days in advance. Your first order of business should be to take a general inventory of each room in your home. Detail large items as well as storage for smaller items and prioritize each based on how early you can pack them up. Stuff you don’t need right now can be boxed up well in advance, while daily use items might have to wait until your moving day is closer. 

2. Number Your Boxes

Always mark where each moving box should go in your new house, but once your stuff is safely boxed up, grab a Sharpie and number them before they’re loaded into the truck. That way, you can easily see if a box has been misplaced en route to your new home. 

3. Use Clear Bins for First Use

The stuff you’ll need right away in your new place? Pack that stuff in clear bins so you can quickly see where your toiletries, kitchen utensils and other items that you’ll need access to as soon as you walk through the door. It’ll save precious time (and frustration) if you don’t have to dig through a million cardboard boxes. 

4. Make a Moving Day Kit

Ready for the big day? Make sure you make life easier by making up a moving day kit to keep with you. It should contain stuff like a change of clothes, first-night toiletries, a marker, packing tape, basic tools, light bulbs and cleaning supplies so you can limit trips to the store or back to your old place when it’s time to make your move. 

Moving can definitely be stressful, but think about the rewards! A brand-new home and a place to settle down: That’s worth a couple of days of chaos. Get in control of your moving day and it’ll be done before you know it. 

Looking for a quick, hassle-free move in? Check out our current listings here.