Simple Ways to Make Your Home a Sanctuary

Simple Ways to Make Your Home a SanctuaryOur homes have become a one-stop shop for everyday life. They have served as our offices, schools, and entertainment centers in addition to hosting regular tasks of eating, sleeping, and relaxing. With our homes serving multipurpose functions, it’s now more important than ever to have a calming space where you can slow down, relax, and let go. Here’s how you can turn your Hayden Home into a sanctuary.

Eliminate distracting clutter

The first step to creating a calming space is clearing distracting clutter. Clutter can increase your stress and anxiety. That’s why it’s difficult to truly relax when there’s toys and clothes scattered across the floor.  Spend some time going through each room in the house and put away anything that doesn’t belong in that room.

Bring the light and outside in

Filling your home with natural light and nature-inspired elements like flowers, greenery, or water features will instantly set your home for relaxation. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds during the day to let the sunshine fill your space. During the evening, using warmer toned lights will help put you at ease as you relax before bed.

Natural elements like flowers and plants are instant mood boosters. Filling your home with plants will put your mind at ease. If you’re worried about keeping them alive, you can experience the same feel-good vibes with artificial plants.

Use your senses

Tune into your sense of smell and touch to help you unwind after a long day. Essential oils like lavender, bergamot, and lemongrass are known for natural relief of stress and anxiety. Scented candles are another good option to use. Furnishing your home with soft and cozy pillows and blankets encourages relaxation.

Create a special space

Designate a specific space in your home solely for relaxation. Doing this will help create the habit of relaxing. Do your best to keep distractions, like your phone and household tasks out of this space. You want to only use this as a place for relaxation. Doing this every day, even if only for a few moments, will help your body to equate that space with relaxing so you’ll feel more at peace the second you step into that space.

Our homes are more than just a place to live; they should also be safe spaces where we can slow down, relax, and connect with ourselves and our loved ones. These simple tips will transform your home into a peaceful and comforting sanctuary you’ll feel good about and in – no matter what’s happening in the world outside your home.

Find a New Home Near You

Are you looking for a brand-new home to create the perfect sanctuary? We can help. Hayden Homes builds single-family homes for every stage in life in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Contact us to start your journey to a new home.

How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2021 Colors of the Year Into Your Home

How to Incorporate Pantone's 2021 Colors of the Year Into Your HomeUsing color in your interior décor is a great way to try out new trends. This year’s Pantone Colors of Year, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, are “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” 

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, which is a bright yellow hue, are two independent colors that come together to support one another and we couldn’t agree more that these colors work perfectly together to do just that! Here are some ways you can incorporate these vibrant colors into your home.

Kitchen Backsplash or Cabinetry

If you want to go all in and make a bold statement, we love the idea of making your kitchen pop with yellow backsplash. Ultimate Gray can be used throughout your home, but it is perfect for an accent wall or even cabinetry. These colors will look fashionable for years to come so you won’t have to worry about repainting any time soon. Now, when you design a Hayden Home, we offer gray as an option when you’re selecting your cabinetry color selections!

Furniture

Outfit your living room, bedrooms, or dining room with upholstered furniture. Ultimate Gray is a beautiful color on statement sofas, accent chairs, benches, ottomans, and more. Give them a pop of color, that will make you smile, by adding a throw blanket or yellow pillows.

Decorative Accents

Decorative accents like artwork and other smaller décor items (e.g. vases, lamps, bookends) are an easy way to add either Ultimate Gray or pops of color with Illuminating yellow, into your home in smaller doses. They’re easy to change out as trends, the season, or your design tastes evolves.

Rugs and Linens

Area rugs and linens like bedding, towels, and even curtains offer another less permanent way to enjoy this trend. While Ultimate Gray is a classic color here to stay, you can compliment this color with yellow accents that are perfect for the any room, because the color is ” Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.” Think about using these colors in layers throughout your home with decorative pillows and throw blankets, a plush area rug, and duvet covers for the bed.

Kitchen Appliances and Cookware

Want to enjoy Illuminating yellow in your kitchen without committing to replacing your backsplash or walls? Colorful kitchen appliances and cookware are a great alternative, like a Dutch oven or even a stand mixer. Another option is looking out for serving platters and bowls in this delightful color.

Enjoy Your New Home!

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating yellow are two colors you will be sure to enjoy for years to come. If you’re looking for additional inspiration, check out our Pinterest board to get inspired by these colors. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in WashingtonOregon, and Idaho. We are ready to help you, whether you’re buying your first home or purchasing your second or third. Contact us today to learn more!

How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year into your Home

How to Incorporate Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year into your HomeUsing color in your interior décor is a great way to try out new trends. This year’s Pantone Color of Year, Classic Blue, may seem like a boring choice at first glance, but there’s so much you can do with it. Here’s what Pantone has to say about its pick:

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Classic Blue is a versatile shade; it’s a calming tone that can also serve as a strong pop of color. This elegant color looks great in any room. Here are some ways you can incorporate Classic Blue into your home.

Accent Wall or Cabinetry

If you want to go all in and make a bold statement, Classic Blue is perfect for an accent wall or even cabinetry. We’ve seen this in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms for a fun pop of color. This sophisticated color will look fashionable for years to come so you won’t have to worry about repainting any time soon. Now, when you design a Hayden Home, we offer blue as an option when you’re selecting your cabinetry color selections!

Furniture

Outfit your living room, bedrooms, or dining room with upholstered furniture. Classic Blue is a beautiful color on statement sofas, accent chairs, benches, ottomans, and more.

Decorative Accents

Decorative accents like artwork and other smaller décor items (e.g. vases, lamps, bookends) are an easy way to add Classic Blue into your home in smaller doses. They’re easy to change out as trends, the season, or your design tastes evolves.

Rugs and Linens

Area rugs and linens like bedding, towels, and even curtains offer another less permanent way to enjoy this trend. Classic Blue is perfect for the bedroom because the color evokes a sense of tranquility and serenity, something you definitely want when you’re trying to relax! You can layer your home with decorative pillows and throw blankets, a plush area rug, and duvet covers for the bed.

Kitchen Appliances and Cookware

Want to enjoy Classic Blue in your kitchen without committing to painting your cabinets? Colorful kitchen appliances and cookware are a great alternative, like a Dutch oven or even a stand mixer. Another option is looking out for serving platters and bowls in this deep color.

Enjoy Your New Home!

Classic Blue is a timeless color that will be in style for years to come. It’s a great color to add into your home! If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We are ready to help you, whether you’re buying your first home or purchasing your second or third. Contact us today to learn more!

How to Design a Welcoming Guest Room

Now that we’re heading towards the end of the year, it’s no doubt that many of us will be welcoming family and friends into our homes to stay overnight. While they’re not expecting a luxury, five-star hotel experience, it feels good knowing your guests feel welcomed and comfortable in your home. Here are some simple tips for creating a guest bedroom that will make your guests feel like home.

Fresh linens

Make sure the bedding is fresh and ready for your guests when they arrive. Also, consider having an extra set of bedding in case accidents happen or their visit extends a couple of weeks.  A deep basket is a great way to stash extra guest towels, pillows, and blankets in the room.

Have a fully-stocked nightstand

Nightstands help keep the essentials within easy reach of the bed. Make sure your nightstand is outfitted with a lamp, clock, tissues, and a place for them to charge their devices. You can also place a water pitcher and some glasses so your guests won’t have to try wandering into your kitchen during the middle of the night.

Provide plenty of storage

Most guests don’t need to fully unpack during their stay but, be sure to provide plenty of storage options for their things. An extra chair, ottoman, or bench can be used as a place to put their clothes or suitcase (or you can also place a luggage rack in the room as well). An elevated surface makes it easier for guests to access their bags during their stay. Also, include hangers in the closet for anything they may want to hang.

Keep the essentials on hand

Consider providing travel-sized essentials like soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and an extra toothbrush on hand. Guests will appreciate having these necessities, especially if they’ve forgotten something! Another great idea is having the wi-fi password on hand for them as well. Save guests the hassle of asking for the password (and spelling out a complicated one) by printing the information on a card.

Welcome your guests home

You can create a dreamy guest room that even you’ll want to stay in! Do you love hosting overnight guests but don’t have an extra room? Hayden Homes can help. Contact us today and tour one of our model homes in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. We’re sure you’ll find your dream home with us!

Top 8 Upgrades that Payoff at Resale

Top 8 Upgrades that Payoff at ResaleHome renovations are becoming more commonplace, thanks to the popularity of home improvement properties on HGTV, DIY Network, or Houzz. Renovations can range from months-long transformations to simple updates that can be made over the weekend. However, not all upgrades are created equally, especially when you consider resale value. Here are the top 8 upgrades that won’t cost a lot of money but will reap top benefits when it’s time to sell your home.

Upgrade the garage door

It’s not the most exciting upgrade but replacing your garage door with an upgraded model practically pays for itself, recouping about 97.5% (98.3%) of costs. Choose a garage door made from durable materials like steel, wood composites, and aluminum.

Add stone veneer siding

Adding manufactured stone veneer to your home will seriously upgrade your home’s exterior, helping you to recoup about 94.9% of the costs. Not only does stone veneer look better, but it can also improve your home’s chances of withstanding harsh weather conditions!

Minor kitchen or bathroom remodel

Kitchens and bathrooms remain king when it comes to homebuyers. Upgrading them is usually a sure bet if you want to increase your home’s value. But be smart with your upgrades. Instead of investing in a major renovation, keep it simple by replacing cabinet doors, hardware, and fixtures in the kitchen and updating fixtures, tile, toilet, counters, and lighting in the bathroom. Minor kitchen renovations can recoup about 80.5% of your costs and minor bathroom renovations can recoup about 67.2% of costs.

Deck addition

Outdoor living areas have grown in popularity over the years. Tap into that by adding a new deck or patio. Wood is always a great way to go, typically recouping about 75.6. Alternately, a composite deck or patio will yield an average return of 69.1%.  A 16×20 ft sized deck is the recommended size, however you’ll want to make sure it’s the right size for your home and yard. Be sure to include railings and steps.

Siding replacement

Old and damaged siding is an eyesore. If you’re not a fan of stone veneer, new vinyl siding is a good alternative, allowing homeowners to recoup about 75.6% of costs. Updating the siding will make your home look newer. Be sure to update the trim as well.

Replace existing windows

Replacing your existing windows with Energy Star-rated windows will appeal to energy-conscious homebuyers, since they can lower a home’s energy bill by 7 to 15%. By installing at least 10 vinyl replacement windows, homeowners can get a 73.4% return on value when they sell.

Update the front door

Replacing an existing door with a steel one can reap about 74.9% at resale. Steel doors make a home safer and add curb appeal. Add to the visual appeal by choosing a door with decorative options like glass paneling.

Install smart technology

Smart home technology has becoming popular with younger generations, especially the Millennial generation, who is now the largest buying generation. While not all smart home upgrades are made equally, here are some of the most popular smart technologies that will appeal to this buyer group:

  • Smart lighting
  • Climate control with smart thermostats
  • Smart home security systems and door locks
  • Smart garage door opener
  • Smart appliances
  • Built-in speakers with app control

Move into Your Dream Home

By investing in a few strategic home improvements, you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck when it’s time to sell. We hope you’ll consider Hayden Homes when you’re ready to buy your next home. We make homebuying simple by offering a wide variety of beautiful and smartly-designed new homes to fit every life stage. To learn more about our new homes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, visit us online today!

4 Ways to Personalize Your New Hayden Home

After searching high and low, you’ve finally found your dream home. Now that it’s yours, it’s natural to want to put your personal touch on your new place. One of the best things about a new construction home is that it’s a blank slate for you to personalize as you see fit. Here are some quick and easy ways to make your new house feel more like home.

Hang family photos and display collections

One of the fastest ways to make a home feel like yours is putting up some family photos and displaying your collections. There’s nothing more personal than that! Surrounding your home with items that carry a special significance is a surefire way to make your new house feel more like yours.

Paint a wall (or more)

Most homes are painted in neutral tones so make your mark by painting the walls. You can go simple by brightening a door or window frame with a bold accent color or go big by painting an entire room or two.

Customize smaller details

You’re going to be in your new home for years to come so don’t feel compelled to immediately make all the changes. Instead, think small by swapping out smaller features like hardware and drawer pulls, window treatments, or light fixtures. These small updates can make a big statement.

Landscape the yard

Depending on the season you move in, updating the landscape is a great option for putting your personal stamp on a new property. Plant some flowers and shrubs, add large potted plants, and even some patio furniture like a seating option or a fire pit. These small additions will make your home more inviting.

Enjoy Your New Home!

We hope that you enjoy your new Hayden home for future generations. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We’d love the opportunity to help you purchase your dream home. Contact us today to learn more!

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.

Warm & Cozy Fall Essentials for Your New Home

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are already starting to change colors. As the weather cools, now’s the time to start thinking about warm and cozy fall essentials that will not only provide a little comfort during the cooler weather, but can also contribute to the perfect home ambiance. Here are some of our favorite home additions.
Warm & Cozy Fall Essentials for Your New Home
Setting the Tone in Your Sitting Area
Conversation is important, and when the weather is cool out, there is nothing better than cozying up in an oversized chair or on a nice couch and chatting with loved ones. Make sure your home has a great conversation area. If you have a fireplace in your home, a conversation area near your fireplace is an added bonus!
If you already have a great sitting area, add a bookcase and fill it with your favorite reads. This ensures your room doubles as both a cozy conversation spot and a nice area to get some solo time. You can also stack the bookcase with puzzles or games to encourage social activities!
The Right Lighting for Fall Home
The Right Lighting
In the fall, the right lighting can do wonders in terms of warming your home and creating the right mood. This is especially true during the winter months in the Northwest when we have shorter days. Does your dining room fixture not put out enough light? Upgrade to something with bigger sized light bulbs and that can make a drastic difference during evening hours. Also, try soft mood lamps, candles, or even an artificial flickering light that resembles the light given off by a flame.
Blanks for a cozy fall home
Blankets and Blankets and More Blankets
Invest in some blankets and throws that are soft, warm, and of a warmer color tone (think deep reds, browns, grays, blacks, burnt oranges and yellows, and warmer shades of white). Blankets can be thrown over armchairs and couch arms, or be rolled into fashionable buckets that add a little extra decorating flair. These will also come in handy for those spooky halloween movies everyone loves.
Add Some Fall Specific Elements
Consider Adding Some Fall-Specific Elements
One way to make your home feel warmer and to embrace the change of seasons and the fall holidays that are to come is to add some fall-specific elements. Some of our favorites are:
  • Decorating with different squashes or gourds;
  • Wreaths outfitted with fall plants and colors, including leaves, berries, and even nuts;
  • Pressing leaves between two pieces of glass and framing them;
  • Using twigs and branches as decorative additions to a vase of fall flowers.
Fall Decorating Tips for your new home
Turn Your Dining Area Into a Place People Want to Be
Dining rooms and dining tables often get a bad rap for being uncomfortable and boring. But if you plan on hosting any holidays meals this season, or having guests over for dining otherwise, there are a few things that you can do to really warm up the room and improve people’s comfort. Start by making those straight-backed, hard surfaced dining room chairs more physically comfortable to sit in by adding cushions to them. This will encourage your guests to spend more time at the table, and can add some fall festive flair with the right colors and pattern.
Then, focus on lighting; harsh lighting isn’t welcoming, and can really ruin the mood during the fall. But the issue may not be with the lighting so much as the wall colors. Consider painting a single wall a warmer color and that can make a big difference in the overall feel of the room.
Finally, decorate your table. Use a patterned table runner to draw attention, and place candles, different pumpkins and squashes, decorative skulls, or/and a vase with flowers in the center to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
Enjoy Your New Home!
At Hayden Homes, we hope that you’re enjoying your new home this fall season. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We are ready to meet with you! We work with those at every stage in the home-buying process, whether you’re buying your first home or purchasing your second or third. Contact us today to learn more!

Top Home Designs and Features for Millennials in 2018

Millennials are changing how home designers and builders approach the design and construction process. Millennials are unique in their values and goals, and, as such, want homes that reflect that. This means that McMansions that require a lot of maintenance and aren’t energy efficient, or homes with a maze of small rooms instead of natural light and open spaces, are a thing of the past. Instead, Millennials are looking for something fresh, modern, and as one-of-a-kind as they are. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve found to be the top home designs and features that Millennials want in 2018.

Top Home Designs and Features for Millennials in 2018Eco-Conscious Designs, Features, and Materials

One thing that most everyone can get behind is the desire to be more environmentally conscious. Things like energy-efficient windows, lighting and appliances are a must, and many Millennials are also in love with features like reclaimed wood, local stones, and other recycled materials that add a touch of nature. Millennials also rely heavily on modern technology so having electric outlets in convenient locations is a must.

Low Maintenance in your New HomeLow-Maintenance and Great Home Warranties

Many millennials, prefer to spend their time on their passions and aren’t looking to take on a home project that may detract from that. There are too many things to experience and places to go to be tied down to a house that’s going to require work one weekend after the next. As such, newer homes are a great fit, as are today’s home warranties. At Hayden Homes, we offer one of the most comprehensive new home warranties in the northwest. This one-year home warranty program provides 12 months of coverage on our work, and ensures that if any problems arise, our customer care team will be there to help.

Millennials want lots of open spacePlenty of Space

While Millennials may not care about having a huge dining room or basement, they do want plenty of open space and light, large master bedrooms, and additional areas that can be used as an office. Further, with a large portion of Millennials households being dual-income families, a two car garage is a must (both partners need a vehicle of their own to get to work in the morning). Luckily all Hayden Homes come standard with a two-car garage!

Another interesting trend amongst Millennials is the ability and desire to work from home. Which means that home offices need to be comfortable, spacious, and conducive to productivity. High ceilings, expansive windows, and simple yet clean features all contribute to this. Check out a list of our home plans that offer a Den standard or as an option HERE.

What do you want in your new home?What Else Do You Want in Your New Home?

Home builders in the northwest are doing more to create homes that are specifically designed for Millennials. If you’re a Millennial who’s considering buying your first home in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho, what features does your dream home include?

At Hayden Homes, we have gorgeous homes available that are perfect for people of all generations, Millennials included. To see our new homes for sale today, contact us directly. We will work with you to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

Decorating Your New Home to Reflect the Fall Season

Fall Centerpiece Ideas As the days become shorter and the nights become cooler, there is no doubt fall is upon us. However, the change of temperatures doesn’t have to be a drag – fall is full of enjoyable things, such as the back-to-school season, Halloween, changing leaves, and it’s a great excuse to cozy up with a good book in your favorite nook in your brand new home by Hayden Homes. As you settle into fall, here are a few fall decorating tips to ensure that your home reflects the season.

Fall-Inspired Centerpieces

Whether you’re looking for a great centerpiece for the table within your new Hayden Homes’ kitchen, or you want an eye-popping piece to place on an entryway or coffee table, creating a fall-inspired centerpiece is easy to do and will certainly draw positive attention. As recommended, on our Fall Decorating Ideas Pinterest page, start by securing a round or oval shaped container that is long and shallow. Fill the bottom of the container with soil, and plant a mix of succulents, leaving plenty of room in between succulents. Then, in unfilled spaces, add an array of fall-focused veggies, like eggplants, mini-pumpkins, zucchini, and radishes. You can top it off with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Easy Fall Door Decorations

The front door is the entryway to your home, and is also the first thing to draw attention when looking at your home from the outside. As such, focusing on the front door and the surrounding area/porch is a great place to start when it comes to fall decorations. And even better, decorating the front door and front porch is easy! In fact, you can really spruce things up and get in the fall spirit simply by adding an array of different colored and different sized pumpkins, gourds, planted fall flowers (think dark oranges and reds), bales of hay, and a pretty fall door wreath.

Wreaths are fun because you can use a wide range of different materials to create a wreath that is fall-themed. Try involving the kids by going on a fallen fall leaf hunt, and then gluing leaves together around a wreath. Or, scrounge up pinecones, pumpkins, corn husks, or even cranberries to create a unique fall wreath idea.

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Another great way that you can get the kids involved and add a little flair to your new home is to create DIY framed leaves. For this project, you’ll need some beautiful leaves that are in good condition. You can also use flowers or other fall plants. Then, press your leaves or other plants in between the pages of some heavy books, being sure to put parchment paper in the books first – leaves should be flattened after about 30-45 minutes. You will then put these in a frame of your choice (glass looks great!) and hang around the home as desired.

What other ideas do you have for decorating your home? Don’t forget about decorating your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and other living areas, too! And if you need help looking for a new home for sale in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and all throughout the Northwest, don’t hesitate to reach out to Hayden Homes today for help.