Category Archives: Model Homes

How to: Walk Through a Model Home

Model homes are a great way to see what your builder can do for you. But buyer beware: All builders are not created equally. While a model home might be beautifully decorated, you’ll need to look deeper if you really want to assess the builder’s quality and commitment to detail. Before you visit any model homes, make sure you have the process down:

Step One: Take a Ton of Pictures

Don’t worry, builders are used to it: Pictures help you recall details and make sure you remember which builder you liked best. Start by taking a shot of the home exterior, making sure to get a builder logo in the picture so you don’t forget which home was which. Then, take plenty of pics as you walk through.

Step Two: Check Out Finish Quality

Almost all model homes will be perfectly decorated, but look past those decorative touches to the actual finish work. How does the crown molding look? Do all the doors line up? How do you like the finish work and fixtures? This says a lot about a builder’s quality – not the color of paint on the walls.

Step Three: Ask What Comes Standard

You’ll have a Realtor nearby, so take advantage and ask about standard and upgraded options. Model homes are often build with top-of-the-line upgrades, so you’ll need to know which features cost extra to get a more realistic picture of what a basic home will look like.

Step Four: Consider Your Stuff

Sure, the model home is packed with amazing furniture – but it’s not yours. Before you swoon over that coral couch, consider the home with your furniture inside. Unless you plan on purchasing an entirely furnished home, you’ll be moving your things in.

Step Five: Check Out the Neighborhood

Considering a move to a new development? Check out the rest of the neighborhood before you’re done your model home tour. You might be able to see some of the finished homes and how they’ve turned out in “real life” before you make your final decision. Builders want to put their best feet forward, which is why model homes are more than they seem. Look past the amazing furnishing and you’ll be able to determine quality, upgrades and how much you’ll really get for your money.

Excited to start shopping? Check out our model homes here.


An Arive Homes Christmas List

We were so glad to meet and visit with many of you at the open house on Saturday. Thanks for coming to see our new model home in Muhlestein Meadows! And for those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some things you might want to put on your Christmas list this year:

Start with a comfortable, family-oriented great room; complete with roaring fireplace, tons of seating space and of course, everyone gathering for the holidays.

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You might want to add a spacious, open-concept kitchen to your list, too. After all, it’s where your family will congregate, especially with treats coming out of the oven.

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Don’t forget to ask Santa for a chic new master bedroom, complete with master bath. What better way to dream of sugar plums than in a serene room like this?

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You’ll have to stay tuned for a full virtual tour or come out to the model home to see this beautiful abode in person for all the details. Even if a new home is just on your wish list this year, we’d love to make that wish list come true for you and your family.

5 Reasons We Love Santaquin

Santaquin-dwellers unite! One of our newest neighborhoods is Sunset Trails, located in beautiful Santaquin UT.  A little off the beaten path, but still close to everything you need, why did we choose Santaquin as the site for our newest community? Find out five reasons we love this little town.

1. Small Town Feel

We can’t help but fall in love with the small town feel that Santaquin offers. While the city boasts almost 10,000 residents, you’d never know it by driving down sleepy Main Street or visiting one of the city’s clean, quiet parks.

2. The Rodeo

Santaquin’s annual Orchard Days brings visitors from far and wide, especially when it comes to the yearly rodeo. Voted as one of the best in the state, we have to admit that Santaquin knows how to put on a rodeo… and a summer party!

3. Scenery

Where other towns offer partial views, the beauty of Santaquin is the 360-degree views of the mountains. Nestled just by Mt. Nebo, you can’t help but feel surrounded by nature, even in the newer developments. Orchards, parks and mountains – check!

4. Community

Community programs, events and celebrations make this town one to watch, especially for young families. In fact, the community made headlines this year for banding together and helping to rebuild a veteran’s damaged roof. Who wouldn’t love that kind of community spirit?

5. The Temple

One of the newer features of Santaquin’s best view lots (and those in Sunset Trails)? The new Payson Temple. While technically in Payson, we love that you can see the temple from almost anywhere in Santaquin.

Curious about Santaquin? Come visit our model home, located in our new neighborhood and see for yourself why we love this little big town.


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


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


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


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!

Arive Homes Virtual Utah Valley Parade of Homes Tour

We know that not everyone can make it out to see our award-winning entry in the 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes this week, but don’t worry! The Parade Facebook page has posted an amazing virtual tour with all of the details and pictures.

Click here to see the amazing home (the McKinley, designed by our own Justin Curtis), with showstopping interior design (by our in-house interior designer Kelly Heaps).


While visiting the Parade home a few days ago, we overheard a young couple talking about how they could imagine gathering for a holiday dinner around the table, or getting their kids ready for school in the bright mudroom.

To builders like us, the best compliment isn’t receiving an award for our work – it’s hearing that real families can see themselves living and making memories in our homes.

Take a peek and see if you can see yourself there, too.