De Young Teaches Holy Cross Students the Art of Interior Design

De Young Teaches Holy Cross Students the Art of Interior Design

Interior design is a fun, dynamic and challenging art form, and one we pour our hearts into here at De Young Properties in every home we build! Our experienced designers are crucial to our team and their skillsets are vital in our industry and in so many others, so we thought, why not educate the next generation of potential interior designers?

This summer, we partnered with the St. Agnes Holy Cross Center for Women in Fresno to teach a group of young students about the world of interior design! Our Lead Design Specialist visited the center and taught the students all about the principles of design, color, floorplans and potential career paths in interior design. By the end of the class, students were drawing their own floorplan layouts and went home with De Young Properties Junior Interior Designer gift packs, including rulers, graph paper, measuring tape, a color wheel and more.

The Intro to Interior Design class was a hit both with students and teachers, and we had a ton of fun sharing a bit of knowledge with the bright young kids of Holy Cross! Check out a few fun photos from our visit!

Thank you to the Holy Cross Center for having us! To learn more about the St. Agnes Holy Cross Center for Women in Fresno, visit their website here.

As a local company deeply rooted in the San Joaquin Valley, we are proud to support organizations that make a difference in our community, like St. Agnes Medical Center and the Holy Cross Center for Women. To learn more about our commitment to our community, click here!

About De Young Design

With every home built, our experienced design team works closely with our homebuyers to select the perfect design elements for their unique tastes. With a wide variety of designer colors, textures and high-performance products to choose from and experienced professional Design Consultants to work with, the De Young Design Studio makes personalizing your new home fun, easy and uniquely personal.

Visit our interactive Kitchen Changer to begin designing your new kitchen now from the comfort of your own home! Why settle for a home designed by somebody else? This is the beauty of building your dream home with De Young Properties.

For more information about the Design Studio, visit the De Young Leonard Welcome Center today located on Leonard and Dakota, south of Ashlan in Clovis. Here, you can tour our new professionally decorated and furnished model homes designed by our design team, and who knows? They just might inspire your design choices for your new De Young home!

De Young Properties and ConSol Announce Largest CA Zero Energy Community

JUST ANNOUNCED: Central California Leads the State in Zero Net Energy Homebuilding at Scale with Largest Single-Family Community and 100+ Zero Net Energy Homes in Clovis

Zero Net Energy partners De Young Properties and ConSol plan to educate and energize homebuilders to stay ahead of state energy goals through R&D, trade and public education

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA…September 5, 2018…De Young Properties and energy consulting company ConSol jointly announce De Young RidgeView, the largest grid-connected zero net energy (ZNE) single-family community to be developed in California. De Young RidgeView, located in the Central California community of Clovis, will include 58 zero net energy homes designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year. The development is supported by a grant from the California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program and administered by the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) as a way to demonstrate cost effective construction of ZNE single-family homes.

“We believe California’s goals for solar and zero net energy homebuilding are a catalyst for the future of homebuilding nationwide. We are proud to play a role in helping to advance ZNE research and education with the development of RidgeView,” said Brandon De Young, executive vice president of De Young Properties and president of De Young Mortgage. “These homes are not only better for the environment but also for homeowners, as their innovative design and energy efficiency features will enable homeowners to achieve extremely low energy bills and live more comfortably in their home, while reducing their carbon footprint and promoting better air quality in California.”

RidgeView is the newest and largest ZNE community by De Young Properties with (58) ZNE homes, followed closely by two others located in Clovis: The Highlands by De Young (45) and EnVision (36), which welcomes its first residents this fall.

With sales beginning September 15, the De Young RidgeView community will provide critical energy and market data that will contribute to the continued development of California’s policy and modeling software for ZNE building. This data, analysis and reporting will prove essential in assisting California homebuilders to further optimize their ZNE building science and technology ahead of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) goal for all new California homes to be ZNE. This large-scale demonstration project will show regional, statewide and even national builders that zero net energy homes can be constructed affordably and marketed successfully, encouraging others to follow suit.

“To reach California’s ambitious climate and energy goals, we must push past status quo thinking to get the most out of each construction investment,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency and buildings. “Research projects like De Young’s RidgeView create new possibilities for building affordable, sustainable and comfortable homes in the real world.”

Research, Development and Education

With the support of a team of expert researchers, De Young Properties and ConSol, a Sacramento-based company with broad experience in residential and non-residential efficiency programs, will monitor energy usage and solar production, among other performance attributes of the RidgeView homes. The information will be used to continue improving ZNE home designs.

“Although California has made tremendous progress toward broader adoption of highly efficient and ZNE homebuilding practices, we’re still not all the way there. The best way to reach the State’s goal for all new homes to be ZNE is through the deployment of full-scale ZNE subdivisions like RidgeView.  By getting these technologies out of the lab and working harmoniously in the field, we’ll finally be able to understand and begin to overcome the remaining barriers to large-scale adoption of ZNE and low-carbon building,” said Garth Torvestad, senior technical consultant at ConSol.

The research team will assess ZNE building costs and benefits, and evaluate best practices to reduce costs over time. Specific research focuses include the analysis of consumer perceptions; air sealing and ventilation strategy; study of homeowner behavioral variation in energy use; and the assessment of construction materials, equipment, design and technique. A recently completed survey of 500 California home shoppers and recent buyers has already yielded valuable insight into consumer preferences and willingness to spend on ZNE home features. This research will be used to help educate the home buying public and encourage builders to follow in De Young’s footsteps.

ConSol and De Young Properties will work with the California Energy Commission, California Homebuilding Foundation, Energy Solutions, Opinion Dynamics and the University of California, Davis in addition to a broad range of ZNE experts throughout the completion of the full RidgeView community.

ZNE Symposium to be held at California State University, Fresno on November 15, 2018

To help educate future homebuilding leaders, De Young Properties and ConSol have established a partnership with Fresno State to present an educational ZNE Symposium November 15 for students and faculty of homebuilding industry related disciplines, urban planning executives and regional government. The cutting-edge, energy efficient building process at RidgeView will be filmed to memorialize the process and provide demonstration exhibits that can assist in industry and collegiate curriculum.

About the RidgeView Community

De Young RidgeView’s 58 zero net energy homes (also known as zero energy or ZE) will be located in scenic north Clovis. RidgeView homes are available in floorplans ranging from 1,880 – 3,820 square-feet, and prices will start in the low $400,000’s. Homes will be available for purchase at a Pre-Grand Opening event at De Young’s Leonard Welcome Center located on Leonard and Dakota, south of Ashlan in Clovis on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The first homes are scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2019.

Along with the advanced building science features that include solar panels, High Performance Walls that utilize Advanced Framing techniques, and a High Performance Sealed Attic; these homes will offer generous amenities including a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel General Electric appliances, performance-engineered Kohler plumbing fixtures, spacious 10’ ceilings and 8’ doors and professional front yard landscaping, among several other desirable amenities. To learn more about De Young Properties’ zero energy technology, view a short video here.

About ConSol

Founded by Mike Hodgson in 1983, ConSol is a California corporation with broad experience in residential and non-residential energy efficiency, green program design and management, building audits, and training. ConSol also offers leading-edge research and energy consulting in systems and technologies to improve sustainability of new and existing residential and commercial buildings. As one of the leading independent energy efficiency firms in the Western United States, ConSol has clients in multiple markets including local governments, investor-owned and municipal utilities, public agencies, manufacturers, installing subcontractors, land developers, and top national and innovative residential builders.

ConSol’s team of highly skilled staff includes experts in energy compliance analysis, mechanical design, field implementation, program design and management, energy research and development, and environmental sustainability and compliance. They specialize in applying their knowledge of current building practices, building codes and building science to make buildings more energy efficient. For more information about ConSol visit www.consol.ws.

About De Young’s Zero Energy Footprint

A leading California energy efficient home builder, De Young Properties has been working to develop its ZE homebuilding technology for nearly a decade, having revealed its first ZE community, EnVision, in 2017; followed by The Highlands by De Young; and now De Young RidgeView, its third and largest ZE community.

De Young Properties has long been committed to the environment and takes pride in building homes with state-of-the-art features that are both beneficial to homeowners and environmentally-conscious for the long term. Focused on staying ahead of California’s homebuilding regulations, the company openly shares best practice successes through each community completion. The most recent demonstration of this commitment includes a SmartHome Experience Center, which is an interactive, educational display of the innovative energy efficiency and home automation technology included in their homes, at their Leonard Welcome Center in east Clovis.

De Young Properties was founded by Jerry and Paula De Young in 1974. With three generations of homebuilding experience and more than 40 years later, De Young Properties has built over 7,000 homes, and its name is synonymous with quality craftsmanship, enduring value, innovation and customer service. For more information about De Young Properties and zero energy homes visit www.deyoungproperties.com or call (559) 435-0900.

For more information about the California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge program visit http://www.energy.ca.gov/research/epic/ and the California Homebuilding Foundation visit http://www.mychf.org/.

 

De Young Zero Energy* Is Front Page News!

De Young Zero Energy* Is Front Page News!

De Young Zero Energy is making front page headlines, and for good reason. Our leading-edge Zero Energy homes, designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year*, have been featured in front page articles in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Fresno Bee and Modern Home Builder Magazine, each of which underline the ways in which De Young Properties is leading the way in energy efficient homebuilding and forging a path for other builders to follow toward a greener tomorrow. See below for a few article highlights!

San Francisco Chronicle

Powering Ahead Of Energy Deadline The San Francisco Chronicle is calling a De Young Zero Energy home “the dean-energy home of the future;’ emphasizing that “the homes won’t just meet the state’s 2020 building requirements – they’ll exceed them.”

The Fresno Bee

The Fresno Bee called De Young a “leader” in meeting statewide energy standards and interviewed Ram Narayanamurthy, an executive with Electric Power Research Institute, who agreed. “In California, they are the leading builders in this area,” he said.

Modern Home Builder Magazine

Modern Home Builder Magazine says that “De Young Properties’ green efforts run much deeper” than solar, calling De Young Zero Energy homes “the culmination of a decade’s worth of work.”

What is a De Young Zero Energy* Home?

A De Young Zero Energy Home is designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year*, these homes will provide increased indoor comfort and leading energy savings for your family while contributing to healthier air quality in our Valley and beyond.

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to own a Zero Energy home at one of our incredible communities, visit our newest Model Homes located on Leonard and Dakota, South of Ashlan in Clovis today!

 

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*Energy consumption calculations are based on US Department of Energy and industry accepted methodologies and software. Zero Energy is achieved when energy consumption and production are equal on a net-annual basis. Actual home performance, energy consumption and production, and energy savings will vary based on many factors. As a result, actual performance, consumption and production, and savings of any home or any of its features may be more or less than indicated. Homes will include electronic energy metering equipment to allow seller, affiliates and partners to gather data regarding home performance. All personal information will be kept strictly confidential. Solar System with 20-year Zero Down Lease and purchase options included with each home; multiple financing options available. Solar System size dependent on varying factors. See New Home Specialist or visit www.deyoungproperties.com/zeroenergy for details. Seller reserves the right to modify or change prices and features without prior notice or obligation. Cal. Contractor’s Lic. #824208. Offered by De Young Realty, Inc., CA Department of Real Estate, Real Estate Broker License #01254160. ©2016-2018. All rights reserved.

Tickets Now Available For The 2018 St. Jude Dream Home!

Tickets Now Available For The 2018 St. Jude Dream Home! The Earlier You Reserve The More Prizes You Can Win!

You can now reserve your tickets to the October Giveaway of the St. Jude Dream Home. The earlier you reserve, the more prizes you can win! Reserve your ticket by August 17 and you will also be eligible for a Hawaii getaway for two, courtesy of Noble Credit Union. Reserve by September 7 to also be eligible for a designer shopping spree, valued at $10,000, courtesy of Mike and Jovette Mosing and Rogers Jewelry Co. The approximately 2,144 sq. ft. home in the De Young Trailside community located in Clovis will be offered as the first place prize to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fight cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

A Dozen Dreams

This year’s campaign has been named “A Dozen Dream Homes” to commemorate De Young’s 12th year of raising funds for the inspiring patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the giveaway are donated to St. Jude. Serving as major donor and builder of the St. Jude Dream Home for the past 11 years, De Young Properties has successfully raised over $10.6 million for the hospital to date. This year, 10,000 tickets will be available in the hopes of raising another $1,000,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which works around the clock to develop cures to save the lives of boys and girls, including children in the San Joaquin Valley.

De Young Properties combines their contribution and efforts with the generous help of trade partners such as Granite Mountain Stone Design, 84 Lumber and Quality Plumbing, Inc. who also donated their time, labor and resources to build this quality crafted home.

“As a local homebuilder, we believe it is our responsibility to give back,” said Paula De Young, Executive Vice President of De Young Properties. “Now on our 12th St. Jude Dream Home, we are honored and humbled that our community has continued to show tremendous support for our business and this important cause each year, helping us raise millions for St. Jude. Every dollar raised for this incredible research hospital helps contribute to life saving research for children both in the Central Valley and around the world.”

About The Dream Home

The 2018 St. Jude Dream Home is one of the most popular De Young floorplans, the Residence 210 with a beautiful Cottage elevation, and will offer three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a formal dining room, spacious den and a beautiful, open-air courtyard with a gorgeous stone accented fireplace. The winner’s dreams will come true with the home’s long list of special features, including fashionable quartz and granite counters from Granite Mountain Stone Design, premium designer maple cabinetry and professional closet design from KraftMaid Cabinetry, and stainless steel Bosch appliances with a gas range, washer, dryer and built-in refrigerator. In addition, the home offers water sense and elegant Brizo SmartTouch faucets, premium-grade wood-look porcelain tile floors by Shaw Floors, spacious 10’ ceilings, professional and water efficient front and back yard landscaping, and Energy Star approved Eagle Brand Cool Roof Tile. Celebrity Designer Michael Moloney will also be donating his design talent and resources once again as Design Ambassador for this year’s St. Jude Dream Home.

The 2018 St. Jude Dream Home is designed with De Young SmartHome technology to provide exceptional energy efficiency, environmentally-friendly features, security, financial control and an overall improved quality of life while maintaining quality craftsmanship and true comfort. These EnergySmart homes are energy efficient, come with a host of earth-friendly features and apply green building practices that create a healthy environment in which we live. These building practices include high energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, water conservation and sustainable building practices. Additionally, De Young SmartHomes have independent inspections for third-party review. Taking the technology a step further, this SmartHome features De Young ControlSmart technology to make your home intuitively smart.

The prime Clovis location of the St. Jude Dream Home is within walking distance to Reagan Educational Center and located within the greater 3,300-acre Loma Vista master-planned community designed by the City of Clovis. In addition, it is a short drive from Clovis Community Medical Center and a variety of entertainment and dining options including the Sierra Vista Mall, The Square at Campus Pointe, Old Town Clovis and even Wild Water Adventure Park. Easy access to Highway 168 and Herndon Avenue can provide a fast work commute during the week and a family outing to Shaver or Huntington lakes on the weekend and even more.

Reserve Tickets Now!

To reserve your ticket for this year’s St. Jude Dream Home, call 1-800-543-5887 or visit a De Young Welcome Center!

 

 

Celebrate National Friendship Day – Refer A Friend & Receive Up To $1,000!

Celebrate National Friendship Day – Refer A Friend & Receive Up To $1,000!

It’s National Friendship Day, and we’re celebrating our greatest friends of all – you! When you refer a friend to De Young Properties, you’ll not only help your friend find the home of their dreams, but you’ll be rewarded with a great new neighbor AND a referral bonus from De Young Properties!

De Young Referral Program - Refer A Friend and Receive Up To $1,000!

We love when you refer your friends to us. That’s why we offer a referral bonus year round, in addition to a promise to take great care of your friends throughout their homebuying process! When you refer a friend to De Young Properties, you’ll receive up to $1,000 when they close escrow on their new De Young home. That’s right. Help a friend and be rewarded at the same time!

Know someone who’s looking for a new home?  Complete the Online Referral Form or bring them to a De Young Welcome Center, and when they close escrow on their dream home, you’ll be rewarded in more ways than one! Help a friend, gain a great neighbor and get rewarded. What are you waiting for?

From all of us here at De Young Properties, we wish you a happy National Friendship Day!

For complete Referral Program Guidelines click here or contact our team at (559) 354-9898.

De Young Deepens Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

De Young Deepens Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

De Young and Habitat – A Perfect Pairing

As homebuilders, Habitat for Humanity and De Young Properties share both a common mission to help families across the Valley achieve their dreams of homeownership and a passion for bettering our communities. With aligning values and core drives, a partnership between our two companies seemed only natural, so when we heard Habitat was seeking donations for two new homes to be developed in Clovis, we were eager to help.

Donating Windows, Time and Knowledge

As part of our commitment to both the community and to the environment, we donated 10 energy efficient Anlin windows to the two Habitat for Humanity homes in Clovis, volunteered to help celebrate with the receiving family of one of the homes when they were selected, and eagerly chose to work alongside Habitat and the receiving family to help install the windows we had donated. The day arrived for installation and our corporate team put on their hardhats and worked side by side with the Habitat construction team and the wonderful receiving family of one of the homes, getting to know one another and working together toward a common goal: building a better tomorrow for our community.

“We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity and the incredible work they do in our community and beyond,” said Ryan De Young, President of De Young Properties. “We believe that this donation marks the beginning of a long partnership between our two organizations, and we hope to continue to support Habitat for Humanity in developing their energy efficiency technology in a combined effort to improve the quality of life in our Valley.”

For nearly a decade, De Young Properties has been forging a path toward a more sustainable and clean energy future, and we believe it’s important to encourage other builders in that same pursuit. It is for this reason we feel proud and humbled to support Habitat for Humanity and we hope to strengthen our relationship into the future, working collaboratively in a combined effort to increase the energy efficiency, and in turn the affordability and comfort, of Habitat for Humanity homes.

“Habitat for Humanity Fresno County is currently taking the necessary steps to ensure its homes are safe, decent, affordable, and energy efficient units,” said Matthew Grundy, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Fresno. “While it is our intent to reduce our overall energy envelop, we are thankful for partners like De Young Properties who have agreed to consult with Habitat as we continue to explore these options.”

Learn More

Check out this article from The Clovis Roundup to learn more about this incredible partnership!

To learn more about our commitment to our community, click here.

To learn more about our commitment to the environment and our leading-edge Zero Energy homes, click here.

New Zero Energy Homesites Releasing THIS SATURDAY at The Highlands by De Young!

New Zero Energy Homesites Releasing THIS SATURDAY at The Highlands by De Young!

At The Highlands by De Young, the home of your dreams just became even better – better for the environment, better for your budget and better for your family! The homesites released in this new phase will now include innovative and highly sought after Zero Energy technology, among several other desirable features. These new Zero Energy homesites make The Highlands among the first and largest home communities in the Valley to offer Zero Energy homes! Designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year*, these homes will provide increased indoor comfort and leading energy savings for your family while contributing to healthier air quality in our Valley and beyond.

The New Phase Opening Event – Saturday, July 21

Join us as we celebrate the release of new Zero Energy homesites at The Highlands during our New Phase Opening event this Saturday, July 21 from 9:30am – 6:00pm at the new Leonard Welcome Center on Leonard and Dakota, south of Ashlan in Clovis. Both beautiful and innovative, these groundbreaking new homes are in high demand. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to live in this incredible Zero Energy community! For best homesite selection and exclusive updates, interested homebuyers are encouraged to attend the New Phase Opening this Saturday!

About The Highlands

When you open the door to your new home at The Highlands, you’ll find everything you’ve been looking for and more. Located in the scenic area of East Clovis, this community offers generous amenities, spacious homesites, unbeatable features, and beginning July 21, Zero Energy technology!

The Highlands will include innovative De Young SmartHome Zero Energy floorplans, which strategically incorporate leading-edge building science and technology, including impactful features such as Advanced Framed Walls, highly-efficient heating and cooling systems and high performance windows.

 

De Young SmartHomes include floorplans up to 3,820 square feet with up to seven bedrooms and four car garages and offer a wide variety of selections to flex your floorplan including Multi-Generational designs or a first floor bedroom suite allowing you to personalize your De Young home to your lifestyle.

The Highlands is located in a beautiful, tranquil area of East Clovis, in the neighborhood just east of Shaw and Leonard. This community combines the allure of spacious homesites, generous features and Zero Energy technology with the beauty of the surrounding area, complete with a stunning view of the Sierras and convenient access to nearby lakes and highways.

The Highlands is ideally situated within the unique, pedestrian-friendly area of Loma Vista, a 3,300 acre master planned community designed by the City of Clovis. This incredible new community is brought to life by a developing 20-mile network of lush parks, nature trails and tree-lined streets planned in the greater Loma Vista area. Spend the afternoon exploring nearby Pasa Tiempo, Palmina or Los Arbolitos Parks, or take a quick drive to float on the water at Pine Flat or Shaver Lake.

The Highlands is also located within the esteemed Sanger Unified School District and feeds into the highly-acclaimed Fairmont Elementary School, known for its advanced STEM education programs. Students will attend Sanger High School, revered for leading the way in career education at the high-school level. Your new life at The Highlands offers a quality home in a quality location, providing an opportunity for education excellence.

The Clovis Country Shopping Center is located nearby for your everyday needs. In addition, Sierra Vista Mall, Clovis Crossing, the Square at Campus Pointe, Old Town Clovis and even Wild Water Adventure Park are all just a short drive, providing you with endless shopping, dining and entertainment options. The community is also within minutes of a variety of well-established business centers and the distinguished Clovis Community Medical Center.

All De Young homes provide new homebuyers maximum rewards with generous features and unparalleled quality while still remaining affordable. Each De Young home includes a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel General Electric appliances with a gas cooktop or range. Other value added amenities include performance-engineered Kohler plumbing fixtures, spacious 10’ or 9’ ceilings and 8’ doors that create openness throughout the home, large walk-in closets, open floorplans for easy entertaining, durable quartz and natural granite counters, as well as professional, water-efficient front yard landscaping.

Don’t Miss Out!

Don’t miss your opportunity to own a Zero Energy home at The Highlands! Join us for The Highlands New Phase Opening event this Saturday, July 21 from 9:30am – 6:00pm at the new Leonard Welcome Center on Leonard and Dakota, south of Ashlan in Clovis and be among the first in the Valley to own a Zero Energy home!

*To learn more about the Zero Energy homes at The Highlands, please visit www.deyoungproperties.com/zeroenergy.

 

Summer Tropical Smoothie Recipe From De Young Properties!

Beat the heat this summer with a refreshing tropical smoothie!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Fresh/Frozen Mango

1 Cup of Fresh/Frozen Pineapple

1 Large Banana

3/4 Cup of Pineapple Juice

1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk

Optional Garnishes: Skewers of Pineapple or Mango, Mint Sprigs, or a Lime Wedge

Directions:

  1. Place mango, pineapple, banana, pineapple juice and coconut milk in a blender; blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses, add fun garnishes if desired, and enjoy!

Adapted Recipe from Dinner at the Zoo

Looking for other ways to keep cool during the hot Central Valley summers? Our De Young Zero Energy homes are designed to maximize efficiency and indoor comfort, keeping the cool air in and the hot air out all summer long. Click here to learn more!

 Tour Our New Models This Saturday and Enjoy Ampersand Ice Cream on Us!

Tour Our New Models This Saturday and Enjoy Ampersand Ice Cream on Us!

Ice Cream Giveaway (National Ice Cream Day)

Our inspiring new De Young model homes are now open in popular east Clovis complete with generous features, modern design, groundbreaking technology and more, and when you tour this Saturday, July 14, you’ll also receive ice cream on us! National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, and we wanted to spread some cheer Saturday by passing out Ampersand Ice Cream to everyone who visits our new models!

Ice Cream

Stop by Saturday, July 14, for free ice cream from De Young and to tour these beautiful model homes!

About the Models

Residence 320 - Cottage Elevation - De Young Properties Leonard Welcome Center

Over a thousand people have already toured the highly-anticipated new models located at the new De Young Properties Leonard Welcome Center on Leonard and Dakota, south of Ashlan in Clovis. These innovative new model homes have inspired a great deal of excitement and high praise from visitors and are now open for tours daily – don’t miss this opportunity to be among the first to tour the next generation of model homes from De Young Properties!

The new Leonard Welcome Center includes incredible new model homes featuring some of De Young Properties’ most popular floorplans, which offer a wide variety of selections to flex your floorplan, including Multi-Generational designs or a first floor bedroom suite. A work of art both inside and out, these models also combine groundbreaking SmartHome technology with breathtaking design, showcasing some of the most modern, sophisticated design features and trends of today!

Also open for tours is the new SmartHome Experience Center, an interactive display of the innovative home automation and energy efficient technology incorporated in De Young SmartHomes. Come view, interact with and learn more about the advanced technology that often goes unseen in these homes, built into the structure itself. Several key features of De Young EnergySmart™ and ControlSmart technology are showcased, including Zero Energy technology, ControlSmart home automation, our Performance Sealed Attic design, advanced framed 2×6 walls, high efficiency lighting, high performance water heating and more.

 

Visit Saturday to Enjoy Ice Cream on Us!

De Young Properties currently offers homes in three remarkable communities in Clovis including The Highlands by De Young, De Young EnVision and De Young Trailside, with homes starting in the $300,000’s. Come celebrate National Ice Cream day with us! Visit the new Leonard Welcome Center this Saturday, July 14, to enjoy some Ampersand Ice Cream and be among the first to tour these incredible new models!

 

 

 

A Dozen Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home in Tip-Top Shape This Summer

A Dozen Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home in Tip-Top Shape This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to take a vacation, hang by the pool and soak in the sunshine. However, the warm, dry season is also the perfect time to do some of those little jobs around the house you’ve been thinking about all year.

Here’s a list of some helpful ideas and tips to check off your list this summer:

  1. Tune Up the AC

Over time, our air conditioning units begin to lose efficiency. To keep your home cool and your energy bill from climbing too high during the spiked summer months, hire a professional to come out and service your unit. They’ll check for things like blower fan belts and cooler pads and offer suggestions to make your AC more efficient. Also, remember not to cool the house when no one is home – most systems these days have a timer you can set to prevent it from turning on by itself. If your unit doesn’t have one and you want one, contact your provider to see your options!

  1. Gutter Clutter

Throughout the fall and winter, leaves and debris can accumulate in your gutters and cause some serious damage. Use this time to grab a ladder and clean them out. Using a glove or trowel, go along your gutters and pull out anything that might be clogging it or weighing it down. Then (carefully) take your garden hose up the ladder with you to flush the gutter out.

It’s important to know your limits, though, if you think this might be too much for you to do on your own, call in an expert to do the job.

  1. Dare to Repair

Summer is a great time to power-wash the concrete surfaces of your home. You can rent a power washer at most home improvement stores and wash away the dirt and grime off your patios and decks. It’s also a good idea to lubricate locks, sliding glass doors, door hinges and garage doors to prepare for the swelling that hot temperatures might cause. Thinking about remodeling? Do it now while the weather permits and the days are longer!

  1. Go the Extra Yard

While summer is a little late into gardening season, that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong time to catch up. It is important to clear any debris from yard drains, plant new flowers, new bushes and spruce up your yard! Check your watering system to make sure it’s the most efficient and that any leaks or issues get taken care of so your water bill doesn’t dry you out. Also remember to only water at night and on your city-approved days in Fresno and Clovis.

  1. Register for Easy Access

In addition to tuning up the AC unit, it’s also very important to make sure the air registers in your home are open to allow for optimal air flow throughout the house. In the summer, we recommend closing the lower registers in your rooms and opening the upper and ceiling ones, and doing the opposite in the winter time. You can also adjust air flow by only partially opening registers in less popular rooms. It’s also very important to make sure no furniture or drapes are covering any registers which would thus inhibit air flow out of the vents entirely!

 

  1. Resealing Granite Countertops

Natural granite is a very hard, dense material and is easier to maintain than most other surfaces. Yet, granite can be stained. If you follow some simple maintenance guidelines, you will have a beautiful granite surface that will last a lifetime. Granite should be resealed with a silicone base penetrating sealer every 8 to 12 months. Cleaning with mild soap and water is normally all that is required for day-to-day care of granite.

  1. Don’t Pout, Get Some Grout!

Throughout the year, your tile floors and countertops might see some water spillage. Grout joints are not waterproof and require some special attention to prevent water seepage. While you’ll see it predominantly in bathroom floors and counters, water damage can happen anywhere. No need to pout, just get some grout and patch up any cracks you might see forming in the grout. We suggest checking the grout periodically and resealing it as you see necessary to ensure the longevity of your tiled surfaces!

  1. Inspect for Insects

Summer is their playground, but it’s ok to ruin their fun. They thrive in this weather, both indoors and outdoors. So make sure to get your house sprayed early on in the season and wash down cobwebs in the crevices along the exterior of your home. If the weather is really nice and you want fresh air inside minus the bugs, purchase reliable screens for your windows and doors.

  1. Wipe Down & Clean Baseboards  

Baseboards are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning. It can be tough to muster up the energy to get on your hands and knees and clean the trim, but it is something you want to do at least once a year to keep dust and dirt from building up. A damp cloth and a little patience is all you need to clean up the trim around your home. Once they are clean this is also a great time to touch up the caulking to keep them looking brand new.

  1. Prevent a Fire, Clean Your Dryer

Many people neglect to clean out their dryer vent occasionally, causing lots of lint buildup and putting them at risk for a dryer fire. Thankfully you can avoid any risk of that with a few simple maintenance tips. You’ll need a dryer vent brush kit which will provide a brush to clean the vent tubing much better than a vacuum cleaner. Be sure to clean out the tubing and replace it back exactly as it was.

Also it’s a good idea to check the dryer’s lint trap housing and output vent on occasion to wipe them and prevent too much buildup. Lint buildup is very susceptible to catching fire in the heat, so be sure to take precaution and clean it out! For complete instructions to clean your dryer’s lint trap, screen and vent, visit here.

  1. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make sure the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and change the batteries as necessary!

  1. Can’t Have a BBQ with a Dirty BBQ!

Before you start grilling all your favorite summer foods, give your barbeque a deep cleaning. For gas grills, turn it on high with the lid on and allow it to cook for 30 minutes. Let it cool for a few moments then brush away all the char that’s been stuck on there for months! Or if you have a charcoal grill, empty it out completely and use a scrubby sponge and dish soap to wash the inside out completely – be sure to let it dry completely before using it again!

Take advantage of the longer, warmer days to complete all your summer maintenance projects so you can enjoy a BBQ with the family. While this list is extensive, it is not complete. If there are additional items at your house that need special attention during a specific season of the year, add it to your calendar. Remember, by keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks, you will hopefully protect yourself from future headaches and wasted money!

Author: Ashley De Young, De Young Properties