Grand Opening: Muhlestein Meadows

It’s that time again: Time for another Arive Homes Grand Opening. The model at Muhlestein Meadows in Spanish Fork is almost ready for walkthroughs and wish lists. We’ve had tons of interest and great feedback on the Hailey, so you need to see it for yourself. Come hang out with us on December 6th, where we’ll be handing out prizes, checking out the model home and having lunch, thanks to First Colony Mortgage and the Waffle Love Truck.

See you there!

Grandopening

Introducing: The Clayton

We posted a picture of our newest home design on Instagram and the response was overwhelming: You love it! As requested by numerous followers, here’s the layout for the Clayton. Please keep in mind that this plan has additional options, such as fireplaces, extensions, and built-ins. You’ll see the Clayton on our website soon.

Enjoy!

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5 Sites for Awesome (Cheap) Home Decor

At Arive, we know that we build you a house: You and your family make it a home. That’s the reason we’re total home decor junkies. From the right wall clock to the perfect club chair, home decor completely sets the mood for your abode.

Of course, the caveat is that home decor can be seriously pricey. We’re always on the lookout for awesome, affordable furniture, wall decor and accents as the finishing touch to our designs. Here are some of the very best sites we’ve found for decor and design elements.

1. Joss & Main 

One of the only flash sale sites dedicated to home decor, we love Joss & Main because it’s impossible to get bored with the selection: It changes daily! From industrial rustic to French country, there are rugs, lamps and decor for any taste. Only problem? Trying to choose one.

2. Kirkland’s

We’ve missed Kirkland’s since it left University Mall in Orem, so we were happy to find that we could still get our fave decor fix online. Kirkland’s consistently offers excellent prices on unique home goods. Hint: Check out the sale section for amazing deals.

3. World Market 

If you’re the type of homeowner who wants their design to really stand out, check out World Market. It’s packed with fun goodies and elements that you won’t find at your neighborhood RC Willey. Always check for an online coupon code before you buy!

4. Cotton On

Yeah, Cotton On is a clothing store, but have you ever seen their home section? It has tons of fun, low-cost decor items, like lettering, marquee signs and even art. We love Cotton On for bringing a little personality into a room.

5. Zulily 

Another flash sale site, Zulily is geared toward young families. We’ve been especially impressed with the holiday selection this year, so pick up a wreath or tree decor here. Just pay attention to shipping times, since they vary.

Happy shopping, homeowners!

Common Homeowner Regrets (and How to Avoid Them)

When working with homeowners, we’ve spent a lot of time with families who are building a second and third time. After having less-than-satisfactory experiences with other builders, they come to us asking “What went wrong?”

The truth us that no matter which builder you choose, if you’re working without extreme attention detail, you’re going to have regrets. That’s why we focus so heavily on the individual family: No two are alike, so needs and preferences change accordingly.

After years of experience, it’s pretty easy to predict areas of disappointment for homeowners, so we get it right the first time: No regrets! Here are some of the most common areas homeowners wish they would have focused on the first time around.

1. Storage Solutions

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Closets and cabinets don’t seem that important – until you sacrifice them for more living space and have nowhere to put your towels. Adequate storage is a must: You’ll thank us later.

2. Accessibility 

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Sure, your kitchen layout might look great, but your sink, appliances and cupboards should be accessible. If you end up carrying clean plates across the room from the dishwasher, you’ll end up annoyed. Make sure everything is in its right place (our designer can help with that).

3. Flooring and Counters 

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Because they’re supporting characters in your home, it’s easy to try and skimp on flooring and cabinets. But we promise that nothing will be used more in your home, so choose quality first.

4. Multipurpose Rooms

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You might dream of a craft room, but not be all that crafty. Make sure each room lives up to its full potential. A laundry/craft room might be way more appropriate.

5. Upgrades Throughout

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Every family is different, so don’t get stuck on the idea of upgrading areas which you might not use. Choose those based on how your family lives: Are you more likely to hang out in the kitchen? Is a grand master bath your oasis? Use upgrades to personalize, not to keep up with Joneses.

Working with a qualified designer and homebuilder can definitely steer you away from post-construction regrets, so make sure you’re working with the best for complete satisfaction.

Check out our regret-free home designs here.