Game Day Party Tips From Hayden Homes

Football season is in full swing, which means your living room may soon become the most popular place on the block. But not all game day celebrations are created equal — it really depends on the host, and the house. Here, the Hayden Homes team shares a few tips on preparing your home for game day:

1. Seating – Hosting a gathering means that you will need to offer a variety of seating at varying heights to provide guests with a good view of the television. Estimate one person per available seat cushion, and then supplement with other seating options as needed. Floor pillows are a great, flexible solution for this.

2. Snacking – Put your kitchen island to good use by staging it like a banquet table, including varied heights to display a bounty of snacks. Make sure that you have plenty of ice-cold beverages available within view, since it feels like an imposition to open the fridge in a friend’s home. If relevant, take the time to wrap your silverware in napkins so that guests can easily grab and carry their utensils.

3. Sound – The volume of the game should be loud enough to appease fans, but moderate enough to allow for easy conversation. Most Hayden Homes come with a built-in speaker system, which to offers ideal sound consistency and master control options throughout the house. When possible, mute commercials to offer a break from the melee.

4. Supplies— The final element of a great football party is the décor, for which team colors and mascots provide easy inspiration. We recommend attaching decorations with Command Adhesive Strips to protect your walls from damage. If damage does occur, Paint Buddies from Rubbermaid are great for a quick touch-up or two.


With these tips, and a dash of creativity, your home will be the favorite venue this Football season and beyond. Tell us, how do you celebrate game day?

Fall Gardening Reminders from Hayden Homes

One of the most rewarding aspects of home ownership is having the space and freedom to cultivate a garden. With fall approaching, now is a great time to expend a little extra energy on yard maintenance to ensure plants stay healthy and vibrant as cooler temperatures set in.

Here, a few reminders from our landscaping contractors on caring for your garden this fall:

Plant: Planting trees and shrubs in the fall gives new roots a chance to settle over the winter, prompting lush growth in the spring.

Thin: To encourage continuous blooming, deadhead your flowering plants to remove spent blossoms. This will provide you with additional stem growth and larger, more abundant blooms.

Trim: For leggy plants, don’t hesitate to cut off the stems and flowers since the process fosters new stem growth. Simply find the location on the stem where leaves emerge and cut back to this point.

Nourish:  A little fertilizer never hurts, especially when planting or transplanting bushes and plants. Be sure to mix any nourishing soil you purchase with your native soil.

Prepare: Choose your spring-blooming bulbs now and begin planting them in groups for the best visual appeal. Be sure the area you select has adequate drainage, and consider laying wire mesh or screening over beds to keep critters from digging up bulbs.

A Grand Opening Weekend in Washington

This is going to be one exciting weekend for us. Hayden Homes has not one, but two Grand Openings in Washington this weekend! On Friday September 20th from 11 am to 7 pm we will be celebrating the opening of Sekani in Airway Heights, and on Saturday September 21st from 11 am to 4 pm we will be celebrating the newest phase of Crossroads in Moses Lake.

Come join us for one or both! Our building partner Parr Lumber will provide BBQ lunch and refreshments, and Cornerstone Lending Group will be on hand to talk about special financing incentives. There will be games and prizes for the kids, and adults can learn how they can Fill the Fridge with FREE groceries for a year!

The scenic beauty, ideal weather and abundance of recreations make Eastern Washington a great place for families. Hayden Homes is proud to have been part of this area since 1996. In fact, many of our hardworking employees call Central and Eastern Washington home. And beyond our reputation for building high quality homes, we are also well known for our efforts to contribute to the community at large.

The Crossroads model home is located at 1323 E. Polk Ct. in Moses Lake. For information call Chris Blessing at 509-766-0300 or email:

The Sekani community is located in Airway Heights. From I-90 near Spokane, (West) on W Sunset Hwy 2, Head North on S Hayford Road, Right (East) on W 12th Ave, Left (North) S Antelope Ave. For information contact The Kestell Company at (509) 979-8173, or email:

Home Organizing: Tips for a Great School Year

It is Back-to-School week around the Northwest, and families are working overtime to stay organized. While it may be impossible to avoid the mayhem of that first week back, you can prepare your home for the rhythm of the school year with these four tips from the Hayden Homes team:

Entry way

Tools like the Family Bulletin Board are essential to keeping schedules aligned. We suggest one that is both large and easily updated, providing information for a full month. Color-coding is encouraged.


Busy lives require lots of stuff; coral it with a bank of Personal Lockers along one wall of your garage. From dirty football cleats to the class ferret, this is a perfect warehouse for all those things you need, yet would rather not invite into your home.

Living Room

Many of Hayden Homes come with an optional built-in Homework Desk, but any desk will do. Simply designate a level space for homework that faces away from the television and other distractions with a good-quality overhead light and a comfortable upright chair to foster concentration.


Win the war of after school snacking by purchasing two baskets – one for the fridge and one for the pantry – wherein you can place after-school snacks for kids of all ages. Children will enjoy feeling self-sufficient, the kitchen will remain relatively clean, and little appetites will remain unspoiled until dinner.

Fill the Fridge With Hayden Homes

How would you fill the fridge if you received one year’s worth of free groceries? With the Fill the Fridge* promotion from Hayden Homes, the choice is yours when you buy an existing home before the end of the year.

Here at Hayden Homes, our team has some interesting ways to Fill the Fridge, and we want to share them with you. . .

Join us on Facebook every Friday as we post a photo of the refrigerator from one of our Model Homes in Oregon, Washington or Idaho. Then, guess which Model Home we have shown to earn cool prizes, Facebook fame, and bragging rights!

Hot August Nights: 15 Tips for Cooling Your Home

Did you know it is recommended that your thermostat be changed to 78 degrees during the summertime? For some, that may feel a bit on the hot side, but if you don’t have A/C, that can seem heavenly.  In order to get your house down to that temperature (and keep it there), we compiled a list of 15 things you can do to help cool your home this August.

15 Tips for a Cooler House

1. Outdoor Shade.  Bushes and tall trees, when placed correctly to shade your home, can reduce the amount of heat beating down on your house and heating up the interior.

2. Appliance Run Times. Avoid starting heat-generating appliances–dishwashers, dyers, ovens–during the hottest times of the day.  Run these appliances once the sun goes down, when possible.

3. Close Up the House. Keeping your house closed shut during the day will ward off unwanted heat and humidity.  You can circulate the air at night by opening the windows or with the use of ceiling fans.

4. Ceiling Fans.  Speaking of ceiling fans, they are a great way to circulate air and provide a breeze within the house during the warm months.  They double in the winter with two-story homes by circulating heat that rises to the top level.

5. Window Fans. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, placing a window fan in a window when the temperature outside is in the mid-70′s or lower (like during the night and on cooler days) can help cool and circulate the air.  Open your interior doors to help assist with airflow.

6. Air Conditioner Maintenance. If you have A/C, be sure to routinely maintenance it yearly to maximize the efficiency of your unit. Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season, to help combat normal dust build-up which can reduce air flow by one percent per week.

7. Upgrade your A/C Unit.  If you have an older central air unit, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a higher-efficiency unit. You may also want to verify that the air conditioner is the appropriate size for your household to maximize cooling and efficiency. Several studies have found that most central air conditioning systems are generally over-sized by 50 percent or more.

8. Avoid Dehumidifiers With A/C Units. Using a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating will increase the cooling load and make your AC unit work harder than necessary.

9. Seal and Insulate Ducts. Just as sealing your ducts in the winter will help with the efficiency of your heating unit, sealing and insulating ducts also helps keep your house cooler in the summer.

10. Unused rooms. Close the doors and and vents in unused rooms of the house.

11. Window Coverings.  Providing shade on the windows (especially on the east and west windows) can dampen incoming sun rays and dramatically cool the house.  In fact, mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent. Try keeping blinds, shutters, draperies, or other window coverings closed when you are not home, or when the sunlight is directly hitting your windows.

12. Awnings. Installing awnings on south-facing windows and where there’s insufficient roof overhang to provide shade can dramatically reduce the overall heat penetration into the house.

13. Low-E Windows.  If you don’t have Low-E windows, consider adding Low-E films to your windows.  Not only does Low-E films have cooling properties, but it also protects your floors and furniture from UV ray damage.

14. Infills.  Exotic infills in your windows (where gases such as krypton and argon are filled in the space between panes) is a new technology that boosts R-values and provides better interior insulation.

15. Shade your A/C. When possible, shading your interior or exterior A/C unit can increase unit’s efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent.

Keep cool and have a great rest of the summer!

Five Must-Do Summer Events in Central Oregon and Bend

Living in Central Oregon during the summertime means having a calendar that’s so dotted with activities, your iPhone calendar starts to look like it has the chicken pox.  That’s why our employees choose to work, live, and play here, and that’s why we continue to build communities throughout lively Central Oregon (and the just-as-wonderful surrounding Northwest region).

So whether you are in Central Oregon for vacation, or for good, don’t miss the opportunity to attend these wonderful summer events:

1. Bend Summer Concerts (Sponsored by Hayden Homes)

Les Schwab Amphitheater hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment, right in Bend’s backyard.  Tickets range in price from $35 – $79, depending on the musician. Headliners include:

  • June 28 – Steve Miller Band ($39 – 79, 6:30pm)
  • July 12 – Pink Martini ($35 – 65, 6:30pm)
  • August 11 – Michael Franti & Spearhead ($36, 6:30pm)

2. Summer Sunday Concert Series on the Lawn

Check out the concerts on the lawn of the Les Schwab Amphitheater (or enjoy the music as you float by on your way down the Deschutes) on Sundays in June, July, and August from 2:30 – 4:30pm.  Pets, kids, and picnic baskets welcome!  Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE?  Concert titles include:

  • June 23 – Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
  • June 30 – Marley’s Ghost
  • July 14 – Tumbleweed Wanderers
  • July 21 – Sarsaparilla
  • July 28 – Tony Smiley
  • August 4 – Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole

3. Pickin’ & Paddlin’ at Tumalo Creek

A Bend favorite, the Pickin’ & Paddlin’ series is like a paddle party on the Deschutes.  Enjoy live music, boat and board demos, and local brew.  Boat demos start at 4 – 7pm, and music starts at 7pm.  Dates and titles include:

  • June 26 – The Pitchfork Revolution
  • July 31 – Polecat
  • August 28 – Wayward Vessel
  • September 27 – The Giraffe Dodgers

4. Beer and Brew Events

Now earning a reputation as the most breweries per capita in the United States, how else would you celebrate the beer-friendly, hop growing, brewery boasting town of Bend than a series of summer-inspired brew events?  Don’t miss out on the following beer events this summer:

  • June 20 (5 – 10pm, $20) – The Fermentation Celebration – a beer walk at the Old Mill. $20 for a Silipint and 4oz tastings a each location.
  • June 22 (1 – 5pm, FREE) – Deschutes Brewery 25th Anniversary Party – a anniversary party at Drake Park with family-friendly activities, live music, and local fare.
  • August 15 – 17 (3pm – 11pm, $12) – 10th Annual Brewfest – Over 140 craft brews from 60 breweries at the Bend Brewfest at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.  Admission is free, children are welcome until 7pm, and $12 buys you a tasting package.

5. Munch n Music (Sponsored by Hayden Homes)

Family fun at Drake Park every Thursday from July 11 through August 15th from 5:30 until 9:30pm. Enjoy live music, local suds and food, and activities for the kids. Admission is free.

See you there!

Wine Water and Weather

The perfect blend of the above, that is the Tri-Cities. And one of those cities that sits on the north east bank where the Columbia and Yakima River meet is the city of Pasco. This growing town is conveniently located close to everything the Tri-Cities and Franklin County has to offer. Wine – over 200 vinards and wineries within an hour’s drive; Water – recreation from boating to jet skiing; and great Weather – with 300 sun filled days year round for golfing, hiking and so much more. The Sacagawea Heritage Trail, a recreational and educational trail along twenty-three miles of beautiful Columbia River shoreline, runs right through Pasco.

Hayden Homes is excited to announce the Grand Opening of our newest community in Pasco called Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill is conveniently situated near I-182 for quick access to the rest of the Tri-Cities area. Also close is a large outdoor sports complex with Gesa Stadium, home to a minor league baseball team. The Chapel Hill community is less than two miles from great public and private schools, shopping, a movie complex, and restaurants.

Chapel Hill offers signature quality homes at an exceptional value. With several well-appointed home plans available, you are certain to find one that is perfect for you. Come see for yourself during our Grand Opening Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, from 11am-6pm. at the model home at 6614 Aintree Drive, Pasco. There will be a BBQ lunch provided by our building partner Parr Lumber, and prizes, including the chance to win a local weekend getaway and an Apple iPad.

Directions from I-182 – exit Road 68, head South, turn West (left) on Chapel Hill Blvd, turn South (right) on Aintree Lane.

For more information contact Erin Robinson at 509-392-8876, or