Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

It’s officially summer! The days are longer, the nights cooler, and the kids are out of school. It can be challenging finding fun summertime activities to keep your entire family entertained, so we’re here to help!

In addition to the many fun outdoor recreation activities, we gathered a roundup of fun summer events happening near our new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Idaho Summer Activities

Paul Bunyan Days: Labor Day weekend comes alive during St. Maries’ annual Paul Bunyan Days! This three-day festival is filled with logging competitions, water events, moto-cross races, carnival rides and more.

Rathdrum Days: Rathdrum Days is a fun celebration of all things Rathdrum. Enjoy live music, street dancing, beer garden, a classic car cruise, and the annual community parade. There’s plenty of fun activities for the entire family.

Family Art Saturday at the Boise Art Museum: Head to the Boise Art Museum on the last Saturday of the month for a hands-on art workshop that’s perfect for kids 12 years and under (children must be accompanied by an adult). Free with the price of museum admission (BAM Members are free).

Canyon County Fair: Find your fun at the Canyon County Fair! Enjoy the carnival rides, concerts, live stage acts, 4-H and FFA market livestock shows, Latino Festival, and lots more!

Idaho Botanical Gardens: The Garden is in full bloom during the summer and is a great place to explore during the warmer months. There’s plenty of fun events happening around the Botanical Gardens all summer long, including Bug Day, the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series and Great Garden Escape.

Explore the Nampa and Caldwell Greenbelts: The growing pathway system is perfect for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

Here are some more great Treasure Valley area events to enjoy all summer long.

Oregon Summer Activities

Munch and Music Series: Hayden Homes is a proud co-presenter of Munch & Music in Drake Park! This free live music series happens every Thursday evening from July 11th through August 15th in Bend. Enjoy a free music concert, dining, shopping, and youth activities in the kids zone.

Balloons Over Bend: Bring the family out to watch the skies above Bend become filled with the bright colors of hot air balloons. There are several fun events happening over the weekend, including a Children’s Festival and Balloon Blast Kid’s Race, and the Night Glow!

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo: The annual county fair is always a highlight of the summer. This year the Deschutes County Fair will be celebrating its centennial!

Blackberry Jam Festival: The Blackberry Jam festival is a family-friendly community event featuring lots of blackberry jam, great music, car show, fishing derby, quilt show, parade and more.

Washington Summer Activities

Yakima Downtown Summer Nights: Each Thursday evening, head down to downtown Yakima to enjoy free live music. There’s a beer garden, food from Front Street restauranteurs and other vendors, dancing, and arts and crafts for kids in the Activities Area.

Pig Out in the Park: This end of summer bash at Riverfront Park should not be missed! The food and music festival spans 6 days so there’s plenty of time to head out. Enjoy free concerts, delicious food from local restaurants, as well as an arts and craft fair and public market.

Family Movie Night: Head down to John Dam Plaza in Richland for a free family movie screening! A different film will be shown each Friday night throughout the summer. Bring a picnic and some blankets to enjoy the movie once the sun goes down!

Summer is a special time in the Pacific Northwest. These fun events capture the spirit of the communities in which we build in.

If you’re looking for a new home in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, we invite you to visit our website to learn more about our new home communities available throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Your Guide to Effortless Backyard Entertaining

Your Guide to Effortless Backyard EntertainingThe summer months are a magical time in the Pacific Northwest. Not only is it the perfect time to explore the great outdoors, it’s also a fantastic time to host family and friends in your Hayden home.

Whether you’re planning a casual outdoor dinner for the family or a full-blown fiesta, here’s your guide for hosting an effortless backyard party with minimal stress.

Keep the menu simple…and weather friendly

Whatever you decide to serve your guests, make sure to choose items that can hold up outdoors. If you decide to serve dairy-based items like dips or salads, simply place smaller containers in a large bowl filled with ice and a sprinkle of kosher or rock salt to keep it cool.

Another way to keep the hosting stress at bay, choose menu items you’re comfortable making. It’s tempting to try new recipes to wow your guests, but cooking an untested recipe can be stress inducing. Instead, rely on an array of signature meals you know you can make quickly and easily. If you still want to try something new, limit yourself to just one new recipe.

Light it right

Proper lighting can make or break your outdoor soiree. Instead of turning in once the sun sets, make sure your backyard has ample light. Hang café-style string lights around the deck or along the fence. You can also use flameless pillar or votive candles as additional light sources.

Double check seating

Avoid scrambling the day of by taking stock of your seating options before your party. This will give you ample time to purchase or borrow additional seating as necessary. Opt for lightweight chairs that can easily be stored in your garage when not in use.

Combat bugs

Nothing sours a fun outdoor get together quicker than unwelcome bugs. If mosquitoes are a threat, remove any standing water (that’s where mosquitoes breed), plug in some outdoor fans (they don’t like moving air), and offer guests bug wipes. You can also keep mosquitoes at bay with citronella candles or use natural repellents like lavender, mint, tansy, and rosemary as table arrangements.

And some finishing touches

Now that you’ve covered the basics, it’s time to add the small details that will make your guests look forward to the next party.

  • Set up some lawn games like corn-hole, ring toss, croquet, giant Jenga, or even ladder toss to keep both kids and adults entertained.
  • Keep some blankets or a movable fire pit or heater on hand to keep your guests cozy well after sunset.
  • Create a fun playlist of music (aim for about 5 hours of music) to play in the background. Just keep it at a level so people can easily converse.

These tips will make your next backyard gathering the social event of the summer! Have you been thinking of buying a new home? Or perhaps want a home you can entertain in? Why not enter to win your own dream backyard? Enter to win from June 15th – August 31st, 2019 here!

Ideas to Make Your Father’s Day Fun

Son giving dad Father's Day CardIt’s time to celebrate dads in gratitude for everything they do (those Dad jokes aren’t going to tell themselves). Whether you’ve already found the perfect gift or you’re looking for some simple yet meaningful activities to bond with your dad, keeping reading for some ideas!

Do what Dad loves

Sometimes the best gift is simply spending time together. Why not spend the day doing something dad loves? Whether it’s visiting museums, going bowling, hiking, camping, fishing or even catching a ball game, spending some quality time together is something your dad is sure to remember and appreciate for years to come.

Fire up the grill

With the warmer weather, celebrating Father’s Day outdoors is a great option. Get the entire family together to celebrate dad with a backyard BBQ. Play some backyard games while grilling up some of dad’s favorites for a filling meal everyone will enjoy. Need some ideas to plan the menu? Try one of these ideas!

Plan a spa day

Spa days aren’t just for women! Dad deserves to be pampered as well. Book your dad a haircut or professional shave, or even consider booking a massage to help him relax.

Have a Father’s Day movie night

Pop some popcorn, grab some snacks, and some favorite drinks and enjoy a movie night! Watch father-themed movies like Incredibles 2, Indiana Jones, We Bought a Zoo, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, or The Godfather for an older group. Here are some more ideas.

Plan a road trip

Pack up the car and road trip to a fun destination. Make it a day trip or a weekend jaunt. There are plenty of amazing destinations to explore with the family: visit a National Park, local attractions, or even far-flung family.

Time spent together is always the perfect gift. Whether it’s a grand adventure in the great outdoors or a quiet evening at home, these activities will give your dad a chance to spend some quality time together with the family.

How to Choose the Right Floor Plan for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Floor Plan for Your HomeThere are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to finding a new home. You’ve probably already decided which neighborhood you want to live in, the type and style of home you prefer, and even the features and amenities you want. Now it’s time to find the right floor plan for your home and your family.

Selecting the right floor plan is important. You can repaint and update the kitchen in the future, but it’s difficult to change the layout. Before committing to a home, ask yourself these questions to make sure you’re choosing the right floor plan for your family’s new home.

What’s your family’s current lifestyle?

Your lifestyle dictates the type of home you’ll gravitate towards. If you have young children, you may prefer to have the bedrooms on the same level. Conversely, if you’re looking for a home you can eventually age in place, you may prefer a single-story home instead of a two-story home. You may want an open-floor plan if you love to entertain. Work from home? Look for a home that offers a flexible space for a home office or other specialty room.

Does the home feel ‘livable?’

While the size of your new home is important, don’t hold fast to a particular measurement. Square footage is just a number; a smartly-designed floor plan can feel much larger than the square footage. Instead of staying committed to a particular size, set a general size range you’d like and focus on finding a home that has the right number and type of rooms for your family. When touring homes, check that the flow makes sense and imagine your daily routine and how your family will move around in the space.

What features do you need that your current home doesn’t have?

How does this home improve on what you have in your current home? Does it have more storage? Larger bedrooms? A dedicated laundry room? Consider what features and amenities your current home lacks and make sure the new home fits those needs.

Does the home fit within your budget?

Buying a home is one of the largest financial purchases you will make in a lifetime. And let’s face it, there is a part of us that may want to have a larger, fancier home than we may need or can afford. So before you get your heart completely set on a floor plan, be sure to talk with your builder about what your costs will be and make sure it aligns within your budget. If you need help on determining what that is, check out our blog on how to budget for a new home.

Will this home fit your family now? In 5 or 10 years?

Each family has its own life-cycle. Consider the current state of your family and think about how your family’s needs may change in the future. Do you anticipate growing your family? Or perhaps having a family member move in? Will your kids be moving out soon? The right home will allow you to comfortably fit your family for several years.

Finding the right home for your family can be difficult but isn’t impossible! By asking yourself these questions, you’ll be able to find your perfect home.

Explore Hayden Homes Floor Plans

Hayden Homes offers gorgeous homes that are perfect for every stage in life. With over 30 home plans, you’re bound to find the right home for your family. Take a few minutes to review our gallery of floor plans HERE, view a virtual tour and even play with the design features of your new home. Then, when you’re ready to buy a new home in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, contact us directly. We’re excited to help you find your new dream home.

How to Budget for a New Home

Young couple working on budgeting for their new homeBuying a new home is one of the largest purchases we make in our lifetimes. Since it’s such a huge financial decision, it’s best to do your due diligence to determine how much you can afford before going to your first open house.

Reviewing and adjusting your finances is an important first step towards homeownership. Here are some great tips on how to budget for a new home.

Review your income

The key to creating a budget is knowing how much you have to spend. Add up your after-tax income sources for the month. Use this final number to build your budget around.

Write down current monthly expenses

List all of your monthly expenses so you can see where your dollars go each month, including any debt payments. Once you have your expenses figured out, you can calculate how much you’ll have remaining for housing costs.

List new regular expenses

In addition to your usual household expenses like mortgage and utilities, you’ll be responsible for some additional costs as a homeowner that you weren’t previously.

  • Property taxes and homeowner’s insurance: Check to see if these payments are included in your monthly mortgage payment. If you need to make separate payments, you’ll want to include that into your budget so you’re not surprised when the bill arrives. If they are included with your mortgage payment, be aware that your payment amount may vary by the year due to changes in property taxes and insurance premiums.
  • Homeowners association fees: Homeowners association (HOAs) dues are fees collected to maintain common areas in a neighborhood. Some fees are collected monthly while others are collected yearly. Its best to set some money aside each month so you’re not blindsided by a large payment all at once. Thankfully, Hayden Homes’ communities don’t have homeowners association fees.
  • Home maintenance: If you’re purchasing an existing (or used) home, home maintenance should be top of mind. A good rule of thumb is setting aside 1 to 2% of the value of your home each year for upkeep. One of the benefits of buying a brand new home is not having to worry about typical home maintenance. We offer each Hayden homebuyer one of the most comprehensive homeowner warranty programs. Each Hayden home comes with a one-year builder warranty on our work so the first year in your new home will be worry free!

Make adjustments

Once you have your expenses written down, review them to see if there are any areas you adjust your spending so you can save money or increase your allowable housing costs and/or paying down debt.

Save for a down payment

Many first-time homebuyers find saving for a down payment is typically the biggest challenge to overcome. Find out how much of a down payment you’ll need by getting pre-qualified for a mortgage and then create a savings plan.

Roll with the financial punches

Budgets are living breathing things so it’s okay to revisit your budget and make adjustments as your financial situation changes. Make sure you’re still building an emergency fund (ideally, you’ll have enough set aside to cover three to six months of expenses).

Find your dream home with Hayden Homes

If you have more questions on how to budget for a new home, our team is here to help and are available to get you in touch with a loan officer to go deeper into this topic with you. So when you’re ready to start the homebuying process, we’re ready to help you find your dream home. We have brand new homes for sale in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Contact us today to learn how we can help you find your new home.

How to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer

How to Get Your Yard Ready for SummerSummer is just on the horizon and now is a great time to start getting your yard ready for the warm summer months. Regular lawn maintenance is the key to a healthy and happy lawn. Use this guide to help you keep track of how you can prepare and keep your yard looking lush during the summer months in the Pacific Northwest.

Aerate your lawn

Aerating your lawn allows water, oxygen, and vital nutrients to better reach the root system. Over time, lawns become compacted thanks to everyday activities that occur in our yards. This compression can make it difficult for grass to grow properly because the roots don’t make much room. For our homeowners in the Pacific Northwest, an ideal time to aerate the lawn is during the spring while the grass has started growing. Most experts recommend aerating your lawn every one to three years, but if your yard gets a lot of action, you may want to aerate more often.

Fertilize the grass

Fertilizing your lawn twice a year is usually all you need, with a light application in the spring and fall months. Opt for a slow-release or organic fertilizer (just be aware that you may need to apply more fertilizer if you use an organic one). You can also use compost or manure if you prefer.

Mow right and as often as needed

Mowing is the core maintenance task that can make or break your lawn. Many homeowners make the mistake of cutting the blades too short. Instead of giving your grass a buzzcut, try to remove no more than one-third of the grass. Two inches is a perfectly acceptable height for most grasses. Longer grass blades provides shade to the soil, keeping it moist. You may need to only mow your lawn once every two or three weeks (or once your grass reaches at least three inches in height).

Make sure your mower’s blades are sharp and well maintained. Dull blades will damage the grass by ripping or tearing it instead of cutting cleaning.

Water wisely

Most homeowners are wary of under-watering their yard; however, over-watering can be just as harmful. When it comes to summer watering, consider watering deeper and less frequently. Most experts recommend watering 1 inch of water once a week instead of sticking to a specific amount of time. If you don’t know how long it takes to lay down an inch of water, place a rain gauge or plastic cup to measure how much water you’re putting on. This will cause the grass roots to grow deeper into the soil, making it possible for it to sustain itself during periods of drought.

Try to water your grass during the early morning or late evening hours to allow the lawn the best chance at absorbing the moisture instead of being quickly evaporated by the summer heat.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to getting your yard ready for summer so you can enjoy your lawn well into the summer season.

For other seasonal tips and videos take a look at our homeowner maintenance page here. 

Sweet and Special Ways to Spend Mother’s Day

Young Child Giving Mom a Gift for Mother's DayThis Mother’s Day, why not get the family together to treat Mom to a day that’s all about her! Moms spend a lot of time and effort making our lives better and it’s great to take some time to show the mom in your life just how much you appreciate her. Whether she likes to stay in and relax or go out and explore, these fun and sweet activities will make her Mother’s Day extra sweet.

Host brunch or dinner at home

Mother’s Day tends to be a very busy day at restaurants as families clamber to give Mom a break from cooking duties. Instead of fighting for a table, host a meal at home! Keep the meal simple and feel free to use store bought items to make it even easier. You can even make it a bigger celebration by inviting other family members and friends to join the fun.

Explore the great outdoors

The weather is usually nice around this time so take advantage and head outside for some quality family time. Whether you’re talking a causal walk around the neighborhood or heading out for a long hike, getting outside and moving will make everyone feel good. Make a day out of it by packing a picnic lunch!

Take her to her favorite places

Let your mom’s interests set the agenda for the day. If she has a favorite museum, store, or activity she likes to do, share it as a family!

Have a relaxing day in

If the mom in your life is usually on the go, take a break from the hustle and bustle of her usual schedule and have a relaxing day in. Have dad and the kids handle any requests and chores. Let her start the day by sleeping in, enjoy an at-home spa day or some coveted alone time, and then finish up the evening with a family game or movie night.

Make a difference together

Mother’s Day is a great time to give back to others. Consider donating some clothes to a local charity or women’s shelter or volunteering together in the community. You can also pick a cause or program she’s passionate about to make a donation in her name.

Whichever activity you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day, your efforts will be greatly appreciated. Even simple gifts and tokens of your love and gratitude will fill your mom’s heart. These sweet activities will make this special day one to remember.

New Construction Homes and Communities in Dallas, OR

Building a new home in Dallas, OregonLooking to move to Dallas, Oregon? Here at Hayden Homes, we’ve got everything you need to know about why Dallas is a great place to live. Whether you’re drawn to the outdoor activities, laid-back lifestyle, or Willamette Valley’s wine country, there’s something for everyone here.

Living in Dallas

Ideally located among vineyards and rolling hills, Dallas has a small-town charm and a rich history that makes it the perfect place to call home. Visit the locally-owned shops in the historic downtown area, explore the parks connected through the Rickreall Creek Trail, or enjoy Oregon’s growing wine country. If you’re looking for a new home in Dallas, explore our new home opportunities.

Dallas Real Estate Market

There are plenty of options for those looking for a new home in Dallas, Oregon. Not only are you able to enjoy the “big city” amenities of nearby Portland without the hustle, you’ll enjoy a small-town flavor that’s only available in Dallas. According to a Zillow Market Overview, the current median home sale price is $281,100 and Hayden Homes is offering brand new homes in our Orchard Gleanns community starting at $247,990! Zillow is also predicting a 7.4% increase in home values in the next year. If you’re looking to buy, now is a great time!

Orchard Gleanns – New Homes in Dallas, Oregon

Orchard Gleanns features new single-family homes with three bedrooms between approximately 1148 to 2026 square feet of living space. Orchard Gleanns is a well-situated community close to shopping, dining, and a great school district. It’s the perfect community to build a life for your growing, or future, family

You’ll enjoy your new home by Hayden Homes. Our new construction homes feature everything today’s buyers are looking for: contemporary designs and modern features, energy-efficient appliances, a new home warranty, and incredible value. You can rest assured that your new home has been built with the highest commitment to quality and attention to detail.

Find Your Dream Home Today

Finding your dream home is an exciting process and we want to help you find yours. We invite you to visit our Orchard Gleanns community in Dallas. We also have several communities throughout the Willamette Valley as well. Contact our team of talented, knowledgeable Community Managers to discuss your financing options, and available homes and communities. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home!

Top Reasons Why We Choose to Move

Top Reasons Why We Choose to MoveAre you planning on moving soon? If so, you’re not alone! On average, Americans move about every five to seven years. From new jobs to changing familial relationships, there are lots of different reasons why people move.

With the summer months coming up, more families will be packing up and moving into a new home. Coincidentally a lot of the moves happen in May, which is why it’s National Moving Month. Here are some of the top five reasons why we choose to move:

For a better home

According to 2017 American Housing Survey, over half of recent homebuyers (55%) moved for a better home. First-time buyers are making the leap from renting to owning and some move-up buyers simply outgrow their “starter home” as their families grow.

Or perhaps you stopped loving (or tolerating) the quirks of your current home. Maybe the street noise turned out to be louder than expected, or you need more storage space. Whatever the reason, sometimes moving to a new and larger home is in order.

For a better neighborhood

46% of homebuyers moved for a better neighborhood. Neighborhoods change over time. Your neighborhood could have been a quiet, sleepy bedroom community when you moved in, but thanks to area development projects, has become too commercial and busy for your liking. Likewise, if you have children (or plan to start a family), you may desire to move to be in a better school district.

To form a household

About 39% on homebuyers (and an astounding 61% of first-time buyers) listed forming their own household as the reason why they moved. Whether you’re getting married or having kids, getting a home to call your own was part of the process.

To be closer to family

22% of homebuyers moved so they could be closer to family. This is common as we age; parents desire to be closer to their children and grandchildren, and sometimes grown children move closer to home for the same reasons, especially if they want help taking care of the kids!

To reduce housing costs

19% of homebuyers claimed reducing housing costs as their prime reason for moving. Some are downsizing into a smaller home (which means smaller utility bills, home insurance, and property taxes) or relocating from a location with a higher cost of living location to one with a lower cost of living. Many residents of states with higher costs of living, like California, find they have more buying power in other states like Idaho, Washington and Oregon than they otherwise would. Which means they can afford a much larger home.

Some other reasons for moving also include: a change in household composition (18%), getting a new job (14%), and reducing commute times (12%).

Let Hayden Homes help you with your next move

Whatever your reason for moving to a new home, Hayden Homes is here to help. With new home communities throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, you’ll find plenty of options for quality, affordable homes for every stage in life. View the benefits of buying new to learn what makes a Hayden Home the right new home for both you and the entire Pacific Northwest.

Tips for Designing a Hip and Creative Kid’s Room

Tips for Designing a Hip and Creative Kid's RoomDecorating your child’s bedroom poses an interesting challenge: not only do you want to create a space that reflects your kid’s personality, you also don’t want to redecorate every few years whenever their interests (inevitably) change.

The trick to designing a hip and creative kid’s room is balancing the functional aspects with the design motifs that make a room feel fresh. Since your child’s bedroom serves multiple purposes; not only is it where they sleep or relax, it’s also where they can play, study, or just hang out, you’ll need to keep all that in mind when decorating.

Use these tips to create a bedroom your kid is sure to love and will happily grow with them.

Plan the space

Before you begin, talk with your kids about how they use their rooms. Remember, their bedrooms are more than just places to sleep: it’s also where they hang out with friends, relax on their own, play or study. You’ll want to create zones in the room to accommodate each way they use their rooms. Toddlers and younger kids will need lots of floor space to play while teens will need space to hang out with their friends.

Keep the overall design simple

It’s easy to get excited about creating a room that perfectly encapsulate your child’s interests but kids are also notoriously fickle, trading interests as quickly as they outgrow their clothes. Instead of creating an overly themed room complete with kid-sized furniture, keep the design simple by using accessories to tie in your kids’ interests and purchasing furniture and accent pieces that can be used by someone of any age. This will save you from having to purchase new furniture as your kid grows.

Use versatile pieces

When designing a nursery, instead of purchasing single-purpose furniture like a changing table, opt for a dresser or chest of drawers that can double as a changing table and then reverted to its original purpose once the diaper stage is behind you. Likewise, opt for cribs that convert to different bed types or select a bed with built-in storage space for additional storage options.

Define each space

Now that you know how your kid will use their rooms, define each zone with appropriate furniture or accessories. Encourage studying or creative play with a desk or table and chairs; set up a reading space with bean bags, a hanging chair, or papasan chair; or create a bright area with your child’s toys for playtime.

Get funky with accessories

As mentioned before, having fun with accessories is the best way to introduce a trend or express your child’s interests since they’re relatively easy to replace since they’re relatively inexpensive. Soft furnishings like rugs, curtains, and bedding are fantastic ways to introduce patterns, colors, and textures. Wall stickers are also a great way to add some fun to their room; bonus points: they’re easily removed as their interests change!

Let your kids have a say

Don’t forget to get input from your kid! This is their room and they should be allowed to choose some of the furniture, accessories, and colors. Be sure to explain that while you still hold parental veto rights (this will save you from having to paint the walls black), your child can select some items for their room.

One of the best things about owning your home is the freedom you have to decorate as you please. You can create the bedroom of your kid’s dreams and help their transition into a new home. If you’re ready to say hello to a new home in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and all throughout the Northwest, contact us today to find the home that’s right for you.