Ponderosa...At Home

The Coronavirus pandemic has probably been the most life-altering global event of the last one hundred plus years. Like the plot of a Hollywood movie, a novel virus swept out, altered and is altering life as we know it. Almost everything that people take for granted has been affected. The pandemic has affected the way we work, the way we shop, the way we play, the way we learn and even the way we will build our houses in the future.

How will the Coronavirus pandemic affect the houses of the future? What are the home design trends we expect to see more often as people adjust to living under the shadow of a global epidemic?

In this brief article, we examine the ways the Coronavirus is affecting housing design. We seek answers to the question of how people’s most intimate spaces – their homes – will be affected. Follow us as we together with East Bay Property Management explore the surprising ways the pandemic is changing what people now prioritize in their living area.

 

1. More light and larger spaces
A lot of people now spend a good part of their time away from home and only coming back home to rest and recharge. But when they are unable to leave their homes, people are finding their homes confining and realizing they are a poor substitute for the outdoors. As a result, new homes now mimic the roominess and natural light of the outdoors. Families want to be able to stay home without getting in each other’s way. There is an incorporation of more natural lighting to compensate for people’s inability to walk in the streets.

 

2.    Better and bigger kitchens
Eating out used to be an option most people had. But with restaurants shut down and delivery services unable to work, the only place people could get their meals was from their kitchens. Suddenly, the standard kitchen became inadequate for satisfying the needs of people used to eating a variety of foods. Newer kitchens are being fitted with more equipment to make them more functional. And because of cooking several meals each day, kitchens are being designed to have more room. A significant feature of these new kitchens is massive and multifaceted storage spaces.

 

3.    More privacy
With more time spent together, the possibility for people to get on each other’s nerves or invade their privacy has also increased. To minimize the chances of this happening, families are prioritizing separate rooms for every child in the house. There is also a marked tendency toward having an extra room in the home. People are exploring more options for creating spaces where family members can go to have some time away from others.

 

4.    Better home offices and workspaces
Before the pandemic, there was a definite movement toward telecommuting. A growing number of companies were opting to let their staff work from home. But the pandemic has transformed what was a trickle of remote workers into a flood. Also, with their children spending more time indoors, parents are discovering that their desk in the corner of the dining area is no longer enough. Consequently, there is a transformation of the home office from a small corner in the home to a full-fledged office with a significant amount of space dedicated to it.

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5.    Spaces for exercise and recreation
Being sheltered at home has prevented people from going to the gym or doing any form of outdoor exercise activity. At the same time, with time on their hands, too much food to eat and a lot of energy to burn, more people are looking for ways to keep fit. The solution to this is that a lot of homes have large gyms. Families that can afford it are investing in swimming pools and facilities for outdoor recreational activities. Beyond the need to stay fit, people are also doing these to preserve their mental health.

 

6.    Gardening and expansive outdoor spaces
For want of something to do, many people now take gardening as a hobby. The motivation for doing this has been because they want to grow some of their food themselves. It is also to find something creative to engage their minds while they shelter in place. In order to accommodate this newfound love for gardening and other outdoor hobbies, many homes are now having bigger spaces in front and behind. This home design is to give children a lot of room to play in.

 

In addition to the above trends, we are also seeing:

  • A slight move away from the open-plan floor space as people add screens to section off their workspace and reduce noise.
  • A stronger move toward energy efficiency. That is because families are finding that their energy bills are getting higher. After all, they are spending more time at home.

The Coachella Valley real estate market is having one of its best summer seasons ever as homebuyers move away from bustling cities for more space and communities that take life at a slower pace. With low interest rates and beautiful new homes to choose from, you can see why people are flocking to the desert.

Sage in Palm Desert is the oasis you’ve been searching for in these unprecedented times. These homes feature five inspired floor plans and come with buyer-owned photovoltaic solar. Plus, residents enjoy the great resort-style amenities, where they can break a sweat in the fitness center, escape the heat in the refreshing pool and much more.

The community is open, and you can get pre-qualified today. Make an appointment by contacting Casey Erickson at 760.984.9026 or [email protected].

Check out the full news story about Coachella Valley real estate here.

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Palm Springs Life magazine featured Sage in Palm Desert in its latest issue! Read all about it here.

The community is open, and you can get pre-qualified today. Make an appointment by contacting Casey Erickson at 760.984.9026 or [email protected].

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At Ponderosa Homes, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our customers, trade partners and employees, and we are committed to maintaining a healthy environment. In light of recent news, we are dedicated to supporting our incredible communities and all those affected during this challenging time.

That being said, all Ponderosa Homes sales offices are open by appointment only. However, Community Sales Managers are still available during regular office hours for calls, texts, emails, virtual appointments and to schedule an appointment for a site visit.

Please be assured that we have been closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and taking on-site precautions in order to prevent the spread of infections, including COVID-19. We care about your safety, which is why we encourage you to do the same and keep up to date with new developments from the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/

We will be diligently monitoring local health and government guidelines and promptly taking action whenever necessary. Whether you’re looking for a new home or are currently in the homebuilding process with Ponderosa Homes, please know that we are just as dedicated as ever to providing you with an excellent home buying experience.

Be well,

The Ponderosa Team

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Rose Avenue & Cindy Way, Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 200-4146
Kylene Grippi
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6942 Valley Trails Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 200-1633
Kylene Grippi
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1121 Dominique Drive, Tracy, CA 95304
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73326 Warhol Lane, Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 984-9026
Casey Erickson
[email protected]
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Summer will be here before you know it, which means now is the best time to brighten up your home décor with some of the season’s top design trends. Whether it’s a fresh new look for your interior or an outdoor setup ready for hosting summer gatherings, these tips will give your home the update it deserves going into the warmer months.

Start inside your home by adding touches of color. Splashes of yellow are great for bringing summer vibes into your space, while blues and pastels can reenergize more neutral palettes with cool hues. This can be done with pillows, table accessories, accent furniture and even wall art. Small changes can have a big effect.

Gravitate toward greenery with some new plants. From centerpieces to freestanding floor plants, having plants in your home will not only help create a summery feel, but they also improve household air quality, so bring on the botanicals!

When decorating for summer, it’s important to create a comfortable outdoor space since you’ll be spending a lot more time outside enjoying the weather. Choosing the right items to fill the space will make it even more tranquil and inviting.  Mini seating areas with sofas and armchairs will make it seem like a cozy extension of your home. Accessorize with mixed fabrics to add texture and choose colors that are on trend, such as this year’s light earth tones including lilac, clay and green.

Finally, embrace the timeless trend of the herb garden. An edible garden is perfect for people who love to cook—it also provides a natural fragrance to your space.

No matter which trends you choose this year, personal touches will give your outdoor space the welcoming atmosphere it needs for all of summer’s best gatherings.

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The summer season is just around the corner! Now’s the perfect time to get your house ready before the warm weather hits, and we’ve gathered some great seasonal maintenance tips.

During the summer months, you’ll be using the outdoor spaces of your home just as much as the indoor. Start off by doing away with any yard debris and giving all your trees, bushes and plants a good trim. Getting rid of any overgrowth or fallen leaves and twigs will help keep the bugs and critters away. Plus, pruning keeps your yard looking nicely landscaped and the plants healthy in the long run.

Porches, walkways, patios and driveways—keeping these surfaces clean boosts your home’s curb appeal and makes your outdoor spaces more inviting. Sweep away any free-floating debris and then use a pressure washer with detergent. Scrubbing with soap and water should do the trick for any stubborn embedded dirt.

Next up is windows. Wash both the interior and exterior of all your windows with warm water and soap so you can keep an extra close eye on the kids when they’re playing outside. And don’t forget about the window screens. Hot, soapy water and a brush will have them looking brand new.

Since you’re more likely to turn on your air conditioner during the summer months, this is the time to inspect your windows and doors. Adding fresh sealant to any cracks or gaps will keep any cool air from escaping—and ultimately save energy and money. This will also help keep hot air and unwanted pests out of your house.

Don’t let the air quality inside your home add to those summer allergies. Take a damp rag to all ceiling fans and clean the vents and filters before firing up the air conditioner. It’s never a bad idea to get your air conditioner inspected by a professional to ensure that your unit is working properly, safely and efficiently.

Prepping your home for the season can be a lot of work. But once you’ve gone through all the steps, you can sit back, relax and play it cool this summer!

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Tucked in the established neighborhood of Tracy, CA with its friendly small-town charm is the new collection of single-family homes at Elissagaray Ranch. Close to downtown Tracy’s shopping, dining and excellent schools, these one- and two-story homes are mixing traditional styles with flexible comfort.

Four distinct floor plans feature up to 3,531 sq. ft. of living space, four bedrooms and tons of personalization options that make these homes versatile for any lifestyle. From optional covered outdoor rooms and loft spaces to dens and added bedrooms, you’ll have room to grow, entertain and enjoy life in a home designed for you.

Tracy’s proximity to the Bay Area is one of the many benefits of choosing Elissagaray Ranch as a place to put down roots. Here, the opportunity to own a bigger home on a larger lot in a tight-knit community is well within reach. Spend weekends exploring nearby neighborhood parks, including Tiago Park, Kellogg Park and Tracy Sports Complex, where you’ll find plenty of green space and recreation for the whole family. Come for a visit and experience the possibilities of this inviting Northern California community.

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The best way to celebrate the holiday season is with a brand new home. And you’ll find more than enough to celebrate at Ponderosa Homes’ distinguished Northern California single-family home neighborhoods.

Featuring expansive floor plans and highly sought-after features, the one- and two-story luxurious home designs at Red Hawk in Danville, The Vineyard Collection in Livermore, The Vines in Livermore and Rose Avenue Estates in Pleasanton invite you to live the way you’ve always envisioned.

Find the lifestyle you’ve been waiting for – call or visit these neighborhood sales offices for more details about current available homesites.

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Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year from Ponderosa Homes!

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There’s no better place to host a party than a Red Hawk home by Ponderosa Homes, and there’s no better way to spend a night than catching up with great friends and industry colleagues in a setting reminiscent of an evening in paradise.

It was all of that and more at this Ponderosa Homes celebration honoring our employees, partners, city officials and others who contributed to bringing the community of Red Hawk to life.

Esteemed guests were treated to exquisite catered fare and specialty cocktails while a steel drum band provided the evening’s soundtrack. The conversation was lively, and the atmosphere was inviting as visitors toured the new one- and two-story single-family model homes to see first-hand the exciting homeownership opportunities Red Hawk will bring to the San Ramon Valley.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event and to all who helped make Red Hawk possible.

If you haven’t been to this inspiring new community in Danville, be sure to come by for a visit!