Archive for March 29, 2019

Before You Build: 5 Steps to Follow

Building a new home begins long before the foundation is poured. To avoid costly mistakes during the construction process, start with these five important steps. As you move from your dream house to your real house, be sure to ask questions and share your progress.

1. Plan Your Budget

Begin now to think about how much you can afford to spend and how much building your new home is likely to cost. Chances are you will need a construction loan and a mortgage. It’s not too early to find out what size loan you qualify for. Also, knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget.

2. Choose Your Lot

Whether you are building your home in a suburban development or a site with sweeping ocean views, you will almost always need to choose the land before you select floor plans or other details. You (and any pros you hire) will need to investigate factors such as soil condition, drainage, zoning and building codes in the region.

3. Line Up Your Team

You’ll need a team of experts to design and construct your house. Key players will include a builder, an excavator, a surveyor and a home designer or an architect. Many homeowners begin by selecting the builder or contractor. That pro then selects other members of the team.

4. Pick a Plan

Many new homes are built using stock plans from a catalog. The builder or a home designer may make minor modifications in room size, window style or other details. A custom-designed home, on the other hand, is created specifically for the family which will live there. In most cases, custom-designed homes require the services of a licensed architect. Whether you opt for a stock or a custom design, you will be wise to choose a plan that will meet your needs for many years to come.

5. Negotiate a Contract

Be sure to get a written contract which has been signed and dated by both the builder or contractor and the architect or designer. A contract for new home construction will describe the project in detail and include a listing of all the parts to be included in the house. Remember to amend the contract if you or your team make any changes to the project later on.

20 Creative Color Schemes Inspired By The Color Wheel

An empty room is a blank canvas for any decorator to fill with color, pattern, and texture. While decorators have a handle on color schemes that work, choosing color schemes can be a scary proposition for others. Fear not, there are a few easy guidelines to follow that will have anyone picking colors like a pro.  There are five basic color schemes and a myriad of options from which to draw upon for inspiration and we will review each of them.

Monochromatic

The monochromatic color scheme is perhaps the easiest to understand. It is the use of anyone tint, hue or shade of a single color.  This scheme can be either very relaxing or very dramatic depending on the color chosen and the various shades or tints incorporated. For a bit of drama consider the use of a warm hue such as red or orange. For a cooler feel try blues or greens. Grays, whites, and creams are fabulous options for neutral schemes.

Analogous

The analogous scheme uses consecutive colors on the color wheel.  Mixing colors that are adjacent to each other creates a colorful yet harmonious look.  Using more than five colors would be a bit jumbled and cause visual confusion in a space. A safe bet is to pick three to four that you like together and decide which will be a key color and which will be accepted.If yellow and green are favored colors you could build a scheme that involves yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green and green into space.

Complementary

A complementary scheme is created by using colors, shades, tints or tones of two colors found opposite each other on the color wheel.  This scheme is easy to use and leaves a room feeling harmonious and soothing. Pick the two colors you like and build your scheme from there.  Expand the palette by incorporating a lighter tint or a darker shade of the two colors. This will add some depth and character to the room. Add white to both green and red to achieve the vibrant and cheerful look of the pink and green room, or add white to the yellow and blue to achieve a soothing formal look for a living room.

Split Complementary

A split complementary scheme involves the use of three colors. Start with one color, find its complement and then use the two colors on either side of it.  For example, the complement of blue-green is red-orange and the split complement of blue-green would be red and orange. Again, any shade, tint or tone of these three colors can be used when developing your color scheme.

Palo Verde Homes: Where we Build and Why these Are Great Communities

Beautiful, functional, and elegant homes are few and far between.  Palo Verde Homes builds throughout the El Paso region but is concentrated in three main areas including Horizon City, Santa Teresa, and the City of El Paso. Each of these offers a different environment, but each one has its own characteristics and benefits. Within El Paso city limits, there are plenty of options to choose from including westside and eastside, both of which offer different amenities, shopping centers, schools, and more. We thought we’d take a look at some of the growing aspects of these communities and explore what makes them great places to live, raise a family, and purchase a home.

Looking at Horizon City

Horizon City is a growing town located on the eastside of El Paso County, Texas. It is a burgeoning and expanding community but is still more of a rural community with bigger land properties, neighborhoods that are further apart, and less traffic.  Census date indicates that the town has considerable population growth since 2010. At the same time, there is growing infrastructure and communities in surrounding area, including development, shopping centers, and more are making the area a very popular place in the county.  The area of Eastlake is a popular and new community garnering a lot of attention due to its new infrastructure, parks, bike lanes, and the success of the surrounding schools. Building a home in Horizon City still offers a certain amount of rural qualities and is less populated and congested than the city of El Paso. If you’re looking for a growing small town feel, Horizon might be the place for you. Mission Ridge is a community located on Eastlake Blvd which is also showing incredible promise of growth with the Eastlake Marketplace, hospitals, and more. Horizon City is only a few minutes drive from El Paso, where there is more entertainment and events happening.

The City of El Paso

The city of El Paso is a densely populated area with approximately 680,000 people. It is no longer the small town people often claimed it to be, although many will argue it still has a small town feel when it comes to the friendliness of the people and the culture. For the last decade, Texas has seen a lot of influx of people rushing to the Southwest for better weather, more sun, lower taxes. Recent downtown revitalization efforts have made El Paso a fast-growing and modern community with the baseball stadium, new shops, restaurants, and bars, along with the downtown area and throughout the whole city. Visit downtown El Paso today and you’ll see a very different city than existed just ten years ago. Development within the downtown area but also several communities on the westside and eastside have helped the population of the city grow.

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is a town in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. It is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan statistical area although it is geographically closer than El Paso. It is a small town with approximately 5,000 people. Plenty of development and real estate area has made Santa Teresa a desirable place to live for people looking for a smaller community with a small town feel. It is a few minutes drive from El Paso and has easy access to I-10, shopping centers, and shops.

Get Your Home in the Community You Love

Whether you are looking to live in the heart of El Paso, on the New Mexico border in Santa Teresa, or on the far eastside in Horizon City, these are all great areas to purchase your new home. There is a low cost of living, plenty of wildlife, beautiful desert landscapes, mountains, and plenty of entertainment and fun. El Paso is also home to the University of Texas at El Paso, which has recently received recognition for its research projects and capabilities.

Build with Palo Verde Homes

Regardless of where we build, Palo Verde Homes is dedicated to raising the standards of excellence and improving the concept of “home” for all of our clients. If you’re looking for unmatched elegance, custom homes, or move-in ready homes, we are your builders. Gives us a call.