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Small Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Here at Palo Verde Homes, we believe that there is no need to sacrifice the health of the environment for pleasant living. Taking care of our mother earth is very important and we do our best to make all of our homes the most eco-friendly and energy-efficient as they can be. In fact, we have been recognized as an Energy Star leader in homebuilding. We don’t want to stop there though. We are always looking for ways to improve and make the planet just a little bit cleaner. Here are some ways that you can help improve the earth with just a few small changes that can even save you some money in the process. 

Use More Rags

Rags are far more sustainable than using paper towels to clean and use at the dinner table. Cloth napkins at the dinner table also help make everything feel just a little fancier. Using rags to clean uses less waste because rags and cloth napkins are reusable. All you need to do is stick them in the washer. With reusable rags and cloth napkins, you are largely cutting down on paper products, which means that there is a lot less taking up space in a landfill somewhere.

Buy Some Dryer Balls

Again, the less paper that you use the better, and you can easily cut down by buying fewer dryer sheets. Dryer balls can last for approximately 100 loads and make your clothes just as soft as dryer sheets do. It’s time to get rid of single-use items and time to aim towards reusable materials. 

Cut Down on Dryer Usage

This is an appliance that we use way too often. Many times, we don’t need to put our clothes in the dryer for as long as we usually do. You can probably afford to take your clothes out a few minutes earlier. You can also just skip the dryer altogether. Hang your clothes out to dry on a clothesline or invest in a nice drying rack to eliminate the need for a dryer. 

Shop Vintage

For this, we mean both clothes and furniture. Don’t buy a used mattress or anything, but if you see a nice vintage chair that barely has a stain and was kept in good condition, go for it. This means that there will be fewer things in landfills. Vintage clothes can be really cute and stylish if you find the right items for you. It’s one less thing going in the dump. Also, don’t be afraid of taking your clothes and furniture to get repaired if they’re torn or broken instead of tossing them out. It saves space at landfills and it is probably less expensive than buying new ones.

Get Some Plants

A few houseplants are always a pleasant sight in anyone’s home. They can give you and your family some well-needed oxygen and they look beautiful. The world needs more plants, so give it more plan. Consider also growing your own herb garden. This will save landfills from the packaging that comes with them when bought in a store and will smell lovely in your home.

Get a Compost Bin

Speaking of plants, maybe it’s time that you get a compost bin. Compost is a great way to put use to all of your food scraps so that they don’t go into the trash and into a landfill. You can save up all of your food scraps and use them to fertilize your plants. There are plenty of compost bin containers that can go right on your kitchen counter and hide the smell. 

Invest in a Good Water Filter

Don’t be afraid of drinking the water that your house provides for you. No more plastic single-use bottles and jugs in your house. Switch to a nice reusable bottle and some nice water filters to have all of your tap water taste nice and fresh.

Get a Low-Flow Showerhead

Here is another big yet small way for you and your family to save some water. You won’t even feel the difference if you manage to find yourself one with good reviews. It’s a very subtle change, but it will save a lot of water for our planet, and it will make its money back in no time with all of the money you’ve saved on your water bill. 

We here at Palo Verde Homes deeply care about the environment and try to build our homes to be as eco-friendly as possible. We do our best to give you the best home while saving the planet. Hopefully, this list has helped you become more environmentally conscious and make some small but impactful steps towards being more eco-friendly. If you have any questions about the homes that we build, don’t hesitate to contact us.

American Homes Through the Ages: A Look at Home Architecture of Past and Present

There are entire stories of American history embedded in the homes leftover from decades past, many of these stories tell important truths about our culture, the lives we’ve lived, and how we’ve progressed as a nation. As a homeowner, your home is part of the legacy of the American Dream. After all, that Dream, as most of us know it, always includes owning a little piece of land where we can live our lives and raise our families. It doesn’t have to have a white picket fence but today it might have some solar panels, tall ceilings, and a kitchen island.  So what are some of the stories our houses tell about us? We thought we’d take a look. 

Geography also contributes to some of the features used by home builders in different parts of the country. That’s because climate, customs, and culture also play a role in the way a home is built. For example, adobe homes are made for warm climates, while the Northeastern United States builds homes with roofs especially poised to catch snow or excess moisture. In Louisiana and much of the South, you will find what is called the shotgun house, built specifically for the humid and hot climates.  

Pre 20th Century Homes and the Captured Way of Living

It’s no secret that living before the 1900s must have been quite different from living done today. And yes, there are still homes that are for sale built prior to 1900 but they are mostly located in New England areas and upstate New York. You will find these old gems in Massachusetts, Boston and other areas of the country that belonged to the early settlers. So what are some of the sought-after features of an old home pre-1900? According to Forbes magazine, some of the main features of these classic homes will have exposed brick, pocket doors, carriage houses, and grand staircases.  Carriage houses are a type of outbuilding that was built for the horse carriages. Staircases, like old wooden staircases, are actually quite an attractive feature, as many modern homes replicate the older style. 

20th Century Homes: A Wide Breadth of Building Styles

A lot happens in one hundred years and in America, throughout the twentieth century, there was the tail end of the industrial revolution, the first World War, the roaring twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, the economic boom of the ’50s, the cultural turbulence of the sixties and seventies, and the technological advancements of the ’80s and ’90s. All of this was reflected in the homes that people built, bought, and decorated. 

Homes from the 1900s will usually have features like tin ceilings, fir floors, and classic chimneys. Other common features from early on in the century included built-in buffets, claw-foot tubs, and china cabinets. The clawfoot tub, for example, is another feature that has returned as part of the vintage decor for many home designers. Instead of putting in a walk-in shower, or regular tub, the claw foot has returned with a vengeance and is now part of many designer bathrooms. 

The 1920s was the era of wooden features. Properties from that decade often list a gumwood trim and herringbone floors. Herringbone floor is a rarer but often desired feature today. People enjoy its classic pattern and elegant look. In the 1930s, a slate roof and glass doorknobs were in. After WWII, of course, America grew rapidly and during this time the building shifted to the suburbs and to the Midwest. 

Homes in the 1940s begin to show central heating, parking accommodations like side-drive, double-wide driveway, or carports. In the 1960s there is a love of terrazzo floors and dual paned windows. The ’70s had multiple-floor homes and a lot of shag carpet. 

In the 1980s we begin to see a lot more modern features. These homes will often list a cathedral ceiling skylights, sunken living rooms, and mirrored closets. In the ’90s the palladium windows were used often, as well as island cooktops and pot shelves. In the new century, as the old one faded into the historical past, we saw a small snail shower, pre-wired surround sound, better insulation, hand textured walls, hardwood floors. 

The Home of the 21st Century — A Mix of Technology, Comfort, and Performance

There is no doubt that many homes of today will take design concepts from the past and make them new. We see it with a lot of vintage decors or certain features that have come back with slight modifications or better materials. Skylights, for example, and large windows are still quite popular as many people enjoy bringing nature into their homes and letting in natural light.  Instead of the full floor to ceiling chimneys in the ’70s, today’s homes might have a smaller chimney that offers the same comfort with less maintenance hassle. The decade of 2020 will likely continue some of the ongoing trends like a concern for energy efficiency and the implementation of nature into the home. 

Build New, Modern, and Make it Yours with Palo Verde Homes

 In the end, the past is never fully erased. As with anything, history and lessons that have come in decades past will always be a part of what we do and how we do it. It’s no different in-home architecture and design. Today we have the advantage of having advanced techniques and technologies to build beautiful homes better suited for the 21st-century family and lifestyle. Build your piece of history with Palo Verde Homes today. 

How to Keep Up with Modern-Home Styling

Exterior of modern white home in suburban area.

Designing a modern home is not easy, especially because most homeowners are stuck in traditional and contemporary home living. It’s safe to say that modern home decorating takes patience, skill, and a keen eye for interior designing. So it comes down to the question of what constitutes a modern home design and how do you know if the design is up to par with being considered “modern”? It may be difficult to envision how it will look and we can’t blame you: modern design is still up and coming! You’re in luck, as we’ve provided some design tips and advice to ensure you’re going down the right path with your modern home design.

Create an Open Floor Plan with Flexible Spaces 

Traditional homes are known for having separate and distinct rooms that are completely boxed off from one another. The kitchen, living, and dining rooms are their own rooms with the help of bordering walls and doorways. Modern houses have more open floor plans, where one space flows into the next. For example, a kitchen, dining room, and living room could all practically be considered one space since they all lead to each other. Vast space helps to elicit a modern feel. With more open space, natural light is more accessible and will fall into the rooms. In addition to the open space, it becomes easier to install entertainment systems. Sometimes, it might pose a difficulty when it comes to where you should install your television and speakers, but with less constricting walls, you have more options. 

Minimalize Your Roof Design 

Modern designing also calls for simplicity. If you have a home designed with pitched or gable roof shillings, you can go one of two ways. You can keep your traditional roof profile, but add onto your home’s exterior with possible ways of modernizing it. The other option is that you could completely redesign your roof so that it is installed with a more modern choice of roof shillings. 


If you do stick with a traditional, pitched roof here’s what you can do: the best strategy is to simplify as many of the roof details as possible including the eaves, roof edges, roof material and color, and gutter profiles. 

Keep the Architectural Detailing Simple

There is nothing wrong with adding in your furniture and decor to be hung on the walls; it is in the architectural design where the modern, minimalistic look really kicks in. Modern houses are known for having simple and clean designs. While traditional homes may not be overly complicated, they do have more edge that makes them “traditional” or “commonplace”. With a traditional house, comes vinyl, woods, pickets, and railings—but that is not the case for a modern home. A modern home consists of simple clean designs and minimal adornment. You won’t find articulated trim work nor a plethora of ceiling details. Instead, you will find smooth finishes and soft, pastel paints. 

Be Thoughtful About the Window Design

There is a big gap between the designs of traditional homes and modern homes. Traditional homes are known for having smaller punched opening windows which are typically made up of standard casement and double-hung sash windows. On the flipside, modern-inspired windows are characterized by larger expanses of glass. This helps give off the feeling of more available space within the home. Connection to the outdoors is also a big fundamental when it comes to modern-designing. Large windows are perfect to reach this opportunity, letting the daylight flow in and provide homeowners with a scenic and picturesque view. 

Experiment with a Neutral Color Palette 

Have you ever noticed how modern spaces tend to reflect a lot of light? This is thanks to their color theme. Modern spaces are intended to be light and airy. They are clean and fresh with a heavy dose of daylight. The neutral color palettes contain no more than a couple of few accents. Because modern designs use a lot of large windows, outside views tend to play a role in the interior color palette. Although traditional homes may also use a light color palette, they are more open to browns and rustic hues, which don’t work as well with a modern home theme. 

It is understandable as to how people formulated the misconception that modern home designing is hard to narrow down. Although, modern home designed is incapsulated around minimalistic and simple designing, therefore, the process is a rather simple one! As you work to design your home, don’t forget to keep the aforementioned tips in mind. With careful attention to these principles, we can ensure that you’re on the right track with your future modern home. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn more about our variety of homes and floor plans! 

Unique Market Trends and Popular Choices for Homeowners

So you’re looking to buy a home? Your first home? Second? Third? We got just the right floor plan.  If you are a first-time homeowner the process probably seems a little daunting and confusing. It’s probable, however, that you have been thinking about and envisioning your ideal home for some time and have some unique ideas about what you want it to be like. As a custom home builder, we see it all the time. People come in with a clearer vision of their dream home than they think. Building custom is the way to go. It allows you some freedom as the details you want to control about your home. At the same time, the market is always changing and providing new and useful ideas that might increase the value of your home or make it more appealing to buyers and homeowners. We thought we’d take a look at some of these trends. 

Exciting and Unorthodox Kitchen Colors

People spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And recent decades have seen shifting trends about how the kitchen is structured, laid out, or what it contains. In addition to cabinet space, kitchen islands, and energy-efficient appliances, color trends can make a kitchen that much more appealing. Colors that are in style today for modern and unique kitchens include the color blue. Traditionally, kitchens will have some more neutral colors like gray, white, black, or brown, but recent trends indicate that people want to go back to exploring various shades for their kitchens and bathrooms. 

Trendy Features That Add a Little Pizzazz 

In addition to open layouts and modernized appliances and design, details of a home can really send its value skyward. In 2019, certain features that can really make your home stand out to include barn doors and farmhouse sinks. In the bathroom, they include glass showers, special vintage or unique-style vanities and more. 

Nearby Coffeehouses and Perks

This one is a kicker! According to a Zillow study, if you’re home is close to a Starbucks or similar coffee serving establishment, your home may just be raised in value. In some cities, the difference was even greater. So, buying a home near a Starbucks so you can pick up your Grande Low Fat Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel has even more advantages! 

Energy Efficient Appliances and Infrastructure

This one almost goes without saying. Indeed people are worried about the amount of energy their home is using. Today, homeowners look for a variety of ways to make their home energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Including energy-efficient appliances is in and forms a big part of what homeowners search for in a new and custom home. A modernized HVAC system is another huge advantage when it comes to long term savings and longevity for a new home. 

Go Custom With Palo Verde Homes

Thinking you want some say in the way your new home goes? Go custom. It offers possibilities and an incredible possibility to shape your dream home. It’s your money. Your future. Invest it in something you love. Call Palo Verde Homes today! 

How to Replicate the Beauty of a Model Home

Have you done a walk-through of a model home and found yourself gleaming at every corner? Model homes tend to get plenty of admirable looks and homeowners become inspired to switch up the overall interior look of their homes. If you have this dream of an aesthetic home, why not make it come to life? Having a home that’s satisfying to the eye and, of course, physically pleasing at the same time is fun to daydream about, but it is also very much possible! Where to start with redecorating can be a tough position to be in. Luckily enough, we have some guidelines for you to think over when drafting out the future interior of your home. 

Pick Consistent Color Schemes for Each Room

Not every room in your home has to be cerulean blue or carnelian red, but when you are choosing a color scheme for every room, it’s best to stick and go through with it. Colors tend to bring out specific moods, thus creating a grouping of hues. Compliment the walls of your rooms- don’t make them contrast. 

Picking the Furniture Theme

If you have rustic, wood ridden furniture in a modernized home, it won’t look bad, it’ll just feel off-setting, in a sense. The style of the home you live in is already enough to tell you what kind of furniture will complement the style. You can look into your home’s floor plans to give you details regarding the style.

Make the Space Cohesive

Maintaining cohesion helps the furniture and decor of your home blend with each other. You may not want to have a very repetitive color-scheme in your home, but you do want the theme of furniture choice to carry out in your kitchen, dining rooms, and extra space in your home. This space cohesion tends to make your home feel more open and welcoming. 

Palo Verde is Qualified to Make Your Dream Home Come to Life

If you’re starting from scratch in terms of home-decorating and also looking for a new home, Palo Verde Homes is more than willing to provide you with exactly that! Give us a call today to learn more about finding the home fit for you.

Far East of El Paso: The Move of Your Life

Southwest style home surrounded by desert vegetation and rock landscape

The west and the central regions of El Paso tend to be some of the most populated throughout the city. This shouldn’t worry you from finding the home of your dreams, though. El Paso is a city growing with more people and businesses and because of that, a plethora of the loveliest homes are being constructed and built. The east side is blooming with life and a variety of homes for you to choose from. Let’s explore more of the benefits of moving into the eastern region of El Paso. 

Room for School

Because of the great demand of people coming into El Paso, more schools have been built specifically in the neighborhoods surrounding Pebble Hills Boulevard. Sergeant Manuel R. Puentes and Pebble Hills High are the newest additions to the Socorro Independent School District, in which they are currently working on two new schools for the Pebble Hills region. These schools are being built specifically so that you can place your child in a school close to home. 

Proximity to Shopping Centers

In addition, more homes are being built due to the shopping centers that are close by. It’s safe to say that no one desires to drive more than ten minutes just to get a gallon of milk or fill up on gas. The homes being built in far east El Paso are close to everything you need- clinics, dentists, grocery stores, restaurants. These new homes come with bringing you the services of your everyday life.

New Homes For a Fair Price

The homes that are being built in the Pebble Hills region are not only new, but they contain some of the highest quality and most advanced technology. You’re probably thinking that this comes with the cost of being pricey, but in reality, all of this is available to you for a price we can all work with. Who wouldn’t want the most updated homes for a flexible budget?

Palo Verde Providing You with the Best

El Paso is known for vibrant sunsets and its desert aura. You can find this beauty of El Paso especially in the far East, where new homes are waiting for you. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn more about how we can provide a new home for you!

What to Do Within the First Year of Owning a New Home

new homeowners

Buying a new home can feel a lot like graduating from college. For years you struggle, sacrifice, and put in the hard work, then comes the day when you earn your degree, which is not a guarantee for a job but a credential that can open many doors. Owning a new home can be a lot like that. You suddenly have this new brand new accomplishment under your belt and it feels great but then you begin to learn there’s more to it than that.

You’re not alone. Many new homeowners are caught off guard once the costs of owning a home begin to settle in. Not to worry—you’re in good hands. Here at Palo Verde Homes, we work with buyers we believe will be successful in their journey as a homeowner and do our part to ensure you know just what you’re getting into so you can enjoy this lifetime accomplishment, as you should! As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

What to Do in the First Couple of Weeks

Okay now that Franklin’s quote as settled in, it’s to plan out a couple of key items. Shortly after you move in, within the first weeks, there is a couple of home maintenance you’ll want to handle:

  • Do a thorough walk-through of the home and look for any possible repairs. Before you begin unpacking and setting up the home, including hanging decorations on the wall, you want to make the home doesn’t require any repairs. In the event a repair is needed, it’s much more difficult to have it done once there’s furniture in the home.
  • Check all appliances and electrical outlets. Although this is something that will be inspected in the walk-through, it’s always a good idea to test out your appliances within the first weeks of moving in to make sure everything is intact.
  • Know who to call in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re new to the area or El Paso in general, you want to know who to call outside of 911. For example, a local plumber, electrician, insurance agent, gas leak, and other home damages. Having these numbers on hand can prevent losing any valuable time, which is especially critical in an emergency situation.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit somewhere safe. In the same sense, you want to make sure you have a supply kit stored nearby in the event of a power outage. For example, if the lights go out you’ll have a flashlight on hand. It also doesn’t hurt to store non-perishable food and water in your pantry as well as blankets and other essential items one would need if the electricity goes out.

What to Do on a Monthly Basis

Owning a new home certainly has its perks. For one, you won’t have to worry about unexpected damage or severe home maintenance issues such a leaking roof. However, there are items you will need to keep track of and handle on a monthly basis. These include:

  • Change the air filters each month. This will help keep the air inside clean. Some people extend this to two or three months but if you’re running your AC or heater on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to replace the filters each month.
  • Test the carbon monoxide detector and other home alarm systems. The batteries in carbon monoxide detectors can stop working without notice so it’s a good idea to test the detector once a month just to ensure the batteries are working. This applies to other battery-operated doctors.   
  • Flush out the water to remove accumulated sediment. Water can cause appliances such as your washing machine or sinks to stop working much sooner. This is because the chemicals in the water will damage the pipes. As a precaution to the water you’re drinking and using for other household chores, it’s a good idea to check your water softener and replenish the salt if needed.    
  • Clean the garbage disposal. Like many commonly used but often forgotten areas of the home, the garbage disposal can easily get dismissed. We recommend marking these monthly maintenance items in your calendar on days that are easy to remember. For example, every 10th day of the month throw some ice cubes in the garbage disposal and turn on the grinder then flush it out with hot water and some baking soda. This will clean out all the residue that tends to stay behind.

Every Spring and/or Fall

While El Paso is fortunate to have rather mild and predictable weather, we do see a changing of the seasons, even if it’s not as dramatic as the leaves changing colors or the first snowfall. In our city, it’s more like the first day of triple-digit weather or the first full day of rain. Regardless of how you observe the changing of the season, at least twice a year when it gets cold/warm out, you want to do these items:

  • Have your roof inspected. New roofs don’t require nearly as much work as older homes but keeping it safe and damage free is as easy as a yearly routine inspection.
  • Remove any leaves or debris from the gutters. This will prevent the backflow of water, which can result in foundational issues or other structural damage.
  • Check your plumbing and make sure the pipes are all working. Just like a new roof, your plumbing won’t be difficult to deal with but it’s best to have your pipes inspected at least once a year.
  • Inspect your home appliances. From your oven to the washing machine and refrigerator, it’s a good idea to inspect your home appliances on a seasonal basis. Any small issues are much more feasible to repair than larger electrical issues.
  • Do a walk-through of your home’s exterior. If you don’t spend a lot of time outside, exterior issues are easy to dismiss. Make sure to do a rigorous walk-through of your home and look for any damage such as splitting paint, vegetation that requires work, a faulty door, or any issues with your irrigation system.    
  • Check for any cracks or gaps in the windows. Again, for a new home, it may be uncommon for the area around the windows to begin cracking or splitting but as caution and preventable measures, inspect your windows. Look for gaps between the trim and exterior siding as well any new caulk that needs to be re-applied.     

Have a Specific New Home Question? Contact Palo Verde Homes Today!

Yes, having a home is work. But is it worth it? Absolutely! In a list format, it may seem like there’s a lot to do but since most of these items are spread out and can easily be tackled within a day or two, it won’t be as nearly as tiring as one might imagine. It’s also a good idea to call in a professional for some of the items, which often involves an inspection and update on that part of your home. Knowing is better than not knowing when it comes to home damage. Most importantly, doing these items will help keep the pristine look and feel of your new home.

If you have any specific questions about your new Parlo Verde Home, please connect with us today!

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.

If One Of Your Goals For 2019 Is To Become A Homeowner, Read Along…

Owning a home is one of the greatest investments. And right about now you’re thinking, “Yes, I’ve heard that phrase time and time again.” The reality is, owning a home can provide you with many incentives and a prosperous future. However, getting there is what takes the majority of work. Being determined, persistent, and wise about this decision is what truly matters.

Here at Palo Verde Homes, it’s our priority to match people with homes and guide them in their journey to homeownership. If you’ve made it your goal to become a homeowner in 2019 then we’d like to provide you with a couple of tips to help get you started.

Tip #1. Don’t settle.

This is a lifetime investment after all. Spend time exploring what you need and desire in a home. Make a list and carry it with you. There may be some give and take, especially if your partner has a different set of ideas but it’s important to find a balance. Once you begin attending Open Houses and working with a Realtor, who will also pose discovery questions, you’ll have a better picture of what will fill your desires in a home.

Tip #2. Research the builder.

You can fall in love with certain layouts or home features but if the home’s foundation is not what it should be, you’ll have numerous problems down the road. Knowing that the builder is reputable and has a solid customer satisfaction rate is key. One of the first items on your agenda should be researching home builders in the area. See what type of warranties they offer, make sure they meet all of the standard qualifications and don’t be afraid to ask for customer reviews. You should get to know the builder and ensure they are able to provide you with quality service from beginning to end.

Tip #3. Get pre-qualified for a loan early on.

Having your finances in check is especially important. One of the first items your Realtor will want to know is how much you’re looking to spend. If you have any outstanding debt or bad credit, this will affect your qualifications for a loan. Ultimately, it’s critical that you know what amount you can afford for a monthly mortgage. Knowing upfront what you can and cannot afford will save you from headaches and heartbreaks.

Bonus Tip: Contact Palo Verde Homes

We don’t say this because we’re biased to our own high-quality, beautiful homes, we say this because we are confident in our ability to bring you a home you’ll cherish for years to come! Knowing your goal is to become a homeowner in 2019 excites us. Each year we meet so many couples, families, and young professionals embarking on a new journey of homeownership and it’s truly what keeps our passion alive. Once you see a couple of our model homes in person you’ll have a great sense of why we continue to score a 5/5 among current owners.

We’re confident 2019 will be the year you unpack your bags and shout, “I’m home!Contact us today to make that vision a reality!