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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time Indoors

Now that we’re all spending more time indoors, it may feel as if there isn’t much to do. Whether you consider yourself an introvert (you’re relishing in the quarantine) or you’re more of an extrovert (you’re longing to see your friends or to go out for a drink at your usual haunt), we can all agree that we’re on the same boat. Even introverts are grasping at straws when it comes to finding ways to spend their time. If you’re in the El Paso area, then you’re aware that even the parks (including hiking trails) have closed down to the public. If you feel as if there’s nothing to do, take a look at the tips we’ve compiled below.

Workout from Home

One of the saddest realities about quarantine is that we’re not supposed to go outside, except for necessary tasks such as getting groceries or visiting the doctor. If you’re a regular at the gym or you’re starting to get tired of this newfound stagnation, then we’ve got a great option for you! There are countless of workout videos available online for you to choose from. If you have a television with internet capabilities, you can even play the workout on your big screen! And you don’t have to worry about not having the right equipment since many of these videos don’t require any equipment. You can just take a 15-minute break from your daily qua-routine to exercise for a bit. 

According to many health journals, working out regularly can actually improve your mental health! Since exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin, you can improve your mood from the comfort of your home. If you’re really hankering for some fresh air, then you can go for a light jog around the neighborhood. Thankfully, this is still allowed under the current quarantine guidelines. Just make sure to stay six feet away from everyone and, if possible, wear a face mask with a filter!

Play Video Games

Video games are great ways to escape our current reality and enter a plethora of different lands. Whether it’s rescuing a princess from an evil lizard-dragon creature or building a small community on a deserted island, you have many options for escapism. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a “gamer,” you can still try it out and see if it’s for you. Now, thanks to the advancements in modern technology, our smartphones are able to play countless video games without any loss of quality. If you don’t own a home console, simply take a look at your App Store and check out the most popular games. Who knows, you might find your next great obsession! 

This is also a great way to bond with your family and friends. Even if you’re unable to physically see your friends, you can still hang out with them digitally!  You can connect and play with friends over the internet and chat via speakerphone. It’ll be as if they’re right there in the room with you!

Now There’s Time to Read

How many times have you walked past that bookshelf only to feel guilty about the discrepancy between the books you own and the books you’ve read? I can’t be the only one! Now that we’re basically locked in for the foreseeable future is as good a time as any to finally become a book worm. You can read a few minutes each day to get your mind off of things or you can sit down and read for hours and hours. It’s up to you!

This can also serve as a great time to build up reading habits for your children. You can schedule daily reading time or you can even read to them out loud to make the whole experience all the more enjoyable and memorable. If you don’t have any books left to read, then reread your past favorites! Or, better yet, you could take up eBooks and audiobooks. There are many options out there for you to delve into, such as free trials and memberships. 

Catch Up with Friends and Family, Digitally

One of the worst things about quarantine is the inability to see friends and family whenever we please. Thankfully, there are digital options available where we can see and speak with our friends and family. It may not be as close to actually seeing them in person, but it’s as close as we can get during this time. Planning weekly family nights or organizing a synchronized movie watch along with friends is possible. All you need is an internet connection, a webcam, and some earphones. Remember to check up on your friends, as well. A simple phone call can help anyone feel better. If you think of a friend or wonder how they’re doing, shoot them a text or call them up! Everyone’s feeling a bit strange during these times; you can restore a sense of normalcy by chatting and having a good time!

Relax Within Your Palo Verde Home

Mental health is paramount, now more than ever before. Always remember to take time to improve yourself, both mentally and physically. If, for instance, you’re working from home, you can relax after the day is over by sitting gon the couch and watching a few episodes of the Masked Singer. It’s a strange time for everyone but Palo Verde Homes is here for you. We’re all going through this together. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call. 

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. 

Unique Market Trends and Popular Choices for Homeowners

happy young couple getting the keys to their custom home

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!

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.

The Emergence of Luxury Homes and What Defines Them

interior shot of a living room built by a custom home builder

The term luxury can have multiple meanings, but in real estate, the term often refers to a home that possesses certain features, amenities, or architectural characteristics. Luxury homes have become quite popular in recent years, as people look for entrancing curb appeal and spellbinding homes that stand out from the rest. Palo Verde Homes and custom builders can help you redefine luxury the way you envision it.

What Makes Luxury?

We all know it when we hear it. Yet, it’s often hard to define. To some, it might suggest affluence, to others a mere surface extravagance, a preoccupation with polished aesthetics, but it can simply mean a home that stands out, a home that is eye-catching, creates an impression and says something special —perhaps mysterious— about the people that live there. It’s a home that is in some ways a work of art and a representation of architectural integrity and beauty.

Real estate, like any other market, is always changing and expanding. Home features and fashions change as lifestyles and culture change, but luxurious doesn’t just mean fancy finishes and intricate fountains by the pool. In this way, it is broadly defined, but certain characteristics help determine what constitutes luxury.

When it comes to real estate, luxury can mean:

Location & Surrounding Areas

One thing that defines a home is the location and its surrounding area. A home’s value is often defined by the neighborhood, neighboring houses, and the area of the city. In recent years, however, people are re-defining what good location means and it can change depending on a variety of factors. Someone might not find a gated community as their ideal location and might look for a more detached and rural sensibility. They might find a home near a park or a mountain trail to represent their idea of luxurious.

Lifestyle

Luxurious living also means a home that can provide the lifestyle you want. A lot of times this means a home that grants people the ability for unique perks that are particularly important to them. For example, privacy. The modern world is not often concerned with privacy and personal spaces, but in their home people see this as a major advantage. A lot of times this is directly connected to security and other personal concerns. Luxury homes might include long driveways, gated and/or separated yards that provide slight seclusion or shielding from the world.

Personal

In other words, customization. The very idea of a customized home translates to comfort. Homeowners that have an opportunity to define certain characteristics of their home usually opt for features that would normally categorize real estate as luxury. This might include large walk-in closets, custom floors, cabinets, or individualized rooms. Luxury is not one size fits all. It is personal and defined by the homeowner’s preferences and vision.

Technologically Advanced

Luxury is smart. By today’s definition, smart refers to possessing unique technological capacity. This usually refers to a home that is equipped with the capabilities of home automation and other smart technological features popular today. There is a wide range of smart features in newer homes and these can be anything from motion detectors, security systems, automatic AC systems, and more.

Find Your Luxury With Palo Verde

With Palo Verde Homes you have access to amazing home builders that know how to create your ideal luxurious home. Whether that means wooden floors, landscaping, or marble countertops, we can help your vision come to life. Call us today.

Working with Home Builders to Build Your Dream Home

couple sitting inside a drawn out outline of a simple houseDream homes are on almost everyone’s list of goals. We all have our own terms for them as well; from swimming pools to three-car garages for our racecars, we have many (great) ideas. The best way to bring these ideas to life? Work with home builders. Home builders from Palo Verde Homes can help you design the home of your dreams. Here are some tips to ensure your home is built in the best way possible.

Tip #1: Work with Flexible Home Builders

You have ideas, and you want to work with home builders who will listen and work with your ideas. When we’re building our dream home, the last thing we want to hear is “no.” Working with flexible home builders will not only allow you the expert knowledge and skills you need to build your home, you’ll also have the freedom to design the home you want.

Tip #2: Go Green

Nowadays, there are many ways you can go green–one of them is the way we build our homes. When you custom build your home, you can opt to have greener materials and technology used to make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Our homes at Palo Verde Homes are energy efficient and include Energy Star rated features. This means your home will use less energy when heating and cooling the space. Living a greener, more sustainable life is a great way to give back to Mother Nature, and our homes help you do just that!

Tip #3: Have a Plan

Your best bet for having things go smoothly is to have a plan. While you’re not expected to completely plan or design your home, knowing how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, how big of a lot you plan to purchase, and what kind of features and amenities you want to have in your home can help significantly. You wouldn’t want to start a plan half of the way through building your home, would you? Most likely not! If you did, it would be rather difficult getting everything in place. With a plan, you don’t have to worry about issues popping up later on because you and the home builders didn’t plan it out early on enough.

Palo Verde Homes Can Help!

Our custom home builders can help you build the home of your dreams. While these tips can make the home building process go more smoothly, we’re dedicated to helping you start this new journey in your life swiftly and efficiently. Call us today so we can assist you!

3 Ways a New Home is a Better Option

a home in the process of being builtMany people are looking for a place to live in El Paso. It’s a good idea to consult with new home builders like Palo Verde Homes.  A brand new home can provide many significant advantages over an existing one.  You should also strongly consider checking out whether a new build is going to be the right solution for your family. As you consider your options, think of these three ways that a new home is a better option.

Get a Home Warranty

When you buy a new home from Palo Verde Homes, you can rest assured that the house will be in great condition.  You won’t have to have to deal with any repairs right away.  You can have the peace of mind of knowing that your new home comes with a home warranty.

Don’t Have to Deal With Other People’s Deferred Maintenance

Buying an existing home in El Paso means that you are counting on the homeowners to have taken care of it. But, unfortunately, not everyone takes care of their home perfectly. There may be deferred maintenance jobs so you have a to-do list immediately upon moving in. So, if you buy a brand new house from quality new home builders like Palo Verde Homes, you are not going to need to worry about any jobs being left undone.

Modern Design Features

There have been significant advances in energy efficiency. Home floor plans have also changed a lot. For this reason, many new features and fixtures have been created in recent years. So, by choosing to live in a brand-new home, you’ll be able to reap the benefits that new homes offer. the inside of a home in the process of being built

Choose New Home Builders Today!

When you buy new houses from Palo Verde Homes, you get the benefit of all of these new and modern features. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn more about the houses with modern features that our new home builders offer.

What to Look for When Buying a New Home

New Home Concept - Green Pushpin on a Map Background with Selective Focus.

If you are buying a new home, there are certain key things to look for in order to make sure that you are happy in your new house. Palo Verde Homes builds new homes and custom homes throughout the El Paso area. When you visit a house constructed by Palo Verde Homes, you will quickly see that the house has the amenities you seek and the quality level you deserve to expect.  Our houses can serve as models to show you what is possible, and you can find the perfect home that we’ve built or else can work with us to build you the home of your dreams.

What to Look for When Buying a New Home

 

When buying a new home, the first thing to look for is whether you like the location.

Pay attention to:

  • school districts
  • crime rates
  • neighborhood rules

You want a house that is in a safe spot that is close to your work and to other activities. Location matters a lot since you can’t move the home.   The second most important thing to look for is the floor plan, as this is also difficult to change. Consider whether you will use the space effectively as it is laid out, or whether there are wasted spaces or rooms to repurpose.  Energy efficiency is another key factor to think about, as you want a home that is well-insulated and uses energy efficient appliances so you don’t spend a fortune on your electric bill.

 

Key Tips

Looking for location, floor plans and efficiency is just the start of what you want to consider when buying a new home. It is good to have pictures available of the type of home you like and what you like about it for your realtor to see. Contact Palo Verde today to find out more about the home building process.