What’s Hot in Outdoor Living: Five Current Trends

July 17th, 2017

Deciding what to do with your outdoor space is a crucial part of maximizing the potential of your home – particularly if you don’t actually have a lot of it. With the standard lawn being only one of many ways to go about setting up your outdoor area, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out how to shape your space in a way you’re not regretting later. As homeowners look to balance aesthetic appeal with functionality and maintenance requirements, a little research into the wide range of options can have you on your way to enjoying your outdoor space no matter the size. Here’s a look at five of the hottest trends in outdoor living. Read More >

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How to Pick the Perfect Color Palette for Your New Home

July 10th, 2017

One of the most enjoyable parts of moving into a new home is choosing your decor and color scheme. Color can change the way we feel, as this article in Psychology Today explains, so the colors we choose are important.

However, it’s a lot trickier than picking blue or green. Sherwin-Williams, for example, has more than 1,500 colors! You don’t want to get stalled trying to choose between Waterfall and Tame Teal, for example. (Some people might not even be able to tell the difference between those two!) So where to begin?

What Colors Do You Like?

You will be living in these rooms day after day, year after year, so it’s essential to choose colors that make you feel good, even if they’re not this year’s trendiest colors. Paint companies choose a new Color of the Year, well, every year. Trends fade, and why would you want your house to look like everyone else’s, anyway?

Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams both have a color finder tool online that helps you narrow your choices down by choosing your favorite color families or collections, then seeing your top shades alongside some potential accent colors.

Create a Pinterest Board

Find any colorful pictures that are pleasing to you and pin them all on your Color Scheme Ideas board. These might be photos of bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens, as well as nature scenes, clothing, theater sets, advertisements or anything else. After you’ve collected a lot of photos, take a look to see what colors are showing up again and again.

Do a Google Search

Do an image search for “color schemes” and see which palettes are most appealing to you. You can also visit Paletton and play around with the colors and shades to find your favorite hues.

Take a Look at This!

HGTV shared 15 Designer Tricks for Picking a Perfect Color Palette, and these are our five favorite tips from that article.

Look to the Largest Pattern in the Space

HGTV recommends looking at the colors present in your rug or another prominent feature in the room and building your scheme from that. A blue, black and beige couch, for example, might inspire you to paint the walls beige and add some blue wooden chairs, throw pillows, and wall art.

Check Your Closet

As the article says, we tend to buy clothes in colors we like. If your closet is full of green shirts, you might want to choose a shade of jade, forest or kelly to incorporate into your home decor.

The 60-30-10 Rule

When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories), advises designer Mark McCauley.

This also ties in with the Rule of Three, another tip found in the article, which states you should limit your palette to three colors.

You Can’t Go Wrong with Black and White

The HGTV article refers to black and white as “timeless” and recommends a little touch of a third accent color to complete the look.

Start with the Main Rooms

After you choose a color scheme for your living room and kitchen, use one or more of those colors throughout the rest of your home. This is key to creating a whole-home color palette. Even if the furniture, style and, of course, purpose of each room is different, color brings the entire home together.

The most important thing is to have fun and choose the colors you love. The time you spend choosing your color palette will benefit you for years to come. And if you change your mind? No big deal! You can easily paint over your choices in a few years if another palette starts to call to you. Read the entire HGTV article for the rest of the designer tricks for choosing a color palette, and enjoy decorating your new home.

Are you looking for a new home in Orange County, Long Beach or the Los Angeles metro area? Brandywine Homes is opening six new communities this year offering a combined 265 single-family homes and townhomes. If you would like more information, sign up for our interest list here

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Developing an Emergency Preparedness Plan for the Family

July 3rd, 2017

As you’re nodding off to sleep in the expansive master bedroom of your Brandywine home, your thoughts are about how much you’re enjoying the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, the free-flowing open floor plan and the friendly folks at the community center. Suddenly, the squeal of the fire alarm interrupts your reverie. How are you and your family going to handle this emergency? Read More >

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Orange County Homes for Sale: What to Consider When Buying a Home in Orange County

June 26th, 2017

Buying a home in Orange County can be an extremely exciting time, particularly if you are moving here for the first time, as there are many things to see and do in this area. Before you begin your house hunt, however, there are some items you will want to consider and decisions that you will have to make. Taking the time to make certain decisions now will not only make your house hunt easier, but also help you go into the process as a more informed home buyer. Here are a few ideas you should consider before buying a new home. Read More >

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The Five Best Apps for Your Home

June 19th, 2017

The smart home revolution has been kicked into high gear in recent years allowing you to control nearly all your home’s electronic features from anywhere on the planet. But while the technology continues to improve and broaden overall applicability, the sheer amount of app options can be completely overwhelming for those who aren’t tech experts but still want to experience the benefits of a smart home. Here are five of the best apps for your home that can help you join the wave of the future of smart home technology without having to be a techie. Read More >

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The Basics of Multigenerational Living in Southern California

June 12th, 2017

The cost of living is high, particularly in Southern California–and many jobs aren’t offering raises fast enough to keep up with it. For this reason, among many others, many families are turning to multigenerational living options. It’s not a new trend. In fact, multigenerational living in Southern California has been around for years. The difference is that now there are homes specifically designed with this idea in mind.

The Benefits of Multigenerational Living
Typically, young adults can’t wait to get out of their parents’ houses and out on their own. Their first apartment is a huge milestone, even if it’s a tiny closet of a room shared with a roommate. As those young adults age, however, they discover multigenerational living has a number of financial advantages–and as a result, they’re moving home with mom and dad. Benefits of multigenerational living include: Read More >

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Top Five Reasons to Move to Riverdale in Long Beach

June 5th, 2017

Long Beach offers convenient access to both Los Angeles and Orange County, boasts a stunningly developed waterfront and offers urban sophistication in a hip downtown, while older used homes or plentiful, new developments are quite a bit scarcer. If you’ve been looking for an up-to-date single-family abode at this desirable city, here are the top reasons to buy a home at Riverdale.

1. The kids will finally get their own bedrooms.
As your kids have grown up, they’ve been clamoring for their own spaces. Reward their patience with a room of their own. Even our entry-level plan allows your boy and girl to each get a territory. Up your choice to Plan 3 and the five-bedroom/two-bath will accommodate a large family. Read More >

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Top 10 Home Upgrades that Pay Off at Resale

May 29th, 2017

Whether you’re buying your first home, moving up to better digs or downsizing as an empty nester, you’ll be faced with a delightful array of interior design choices at Brandywine Homes. You should certainly pick the options you find most appealing.

But if you intend on selling your home down the line, you may want to stick with upgrades that pay off at resale. To help you out, real estate authority Zillow analyzed the effect of certain design choices on housing values. Here are their top home upgrades and what percentage increases they add to resale values. Read More >

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Why Urban Infill Homes Are Cooler than Suburban Tracts

May 22nd, 2017

Provence in Yorba Linda

Urban infill homes are cooler, which is why we build them all around Orange County for hipsters, families, and empty nesters. Because they’re built on undeveloped or otherwise vacant land within established communities, they offer many advantages that suburban tracts far out in the boonies don’t. Check out the reasons why you should be looking at these types of developments.

Easier Transportation
Business and industry site themselves inside existing communities for better access to transportation services and to take advantage of a larger pool of potential employees. Reaching these workplaces may take hours from developments built in far-off areas. Read More >

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Seller’s Remorse: Why It’s Common, And What You Can Do About It

May 15th, 2017

Selling your home is a monumental step in your life, and it’s perfectly normal to feel sadness or experience fear during the process. If you think you’re overreacting because you feel sad or are having second thoughts, you’re not, and you’re certainly not the only one who’s felt that way. Seller’s remorse is actually very common.

Your home is a big part of your life. It’s probably the largest investment you’ve ever made, and it’s the setting where a lot of your fondest memories took place. When you look at your home you don’t see walls and carpet, you see your life played back like a movie. You see laughter, love, and a lot of firsts. Those memories are tied to your home, so it’s normal to feel like you’re saying goodbye to them when you say goodbye to your home. Read More >

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