Wed, 08 May 2013 by Allen, Kristi
If you are thinking about building a new home in Utah, or just like touring the Parade of Homes, you'll love the Dream Home Expo sponsored by the Utah Home Builders Association. This weekend at the South Towne Expo Center, see exhibitors showcasing the hottest new home building products, watch demonstrations and learn about new home trends plus win prizes in one of the many giveaways!
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 by Allen, Kristi
The inspiration for this interior decor project came straight from Pinterest. I love the beautiful soft gold shelving units and wanted one for the front room of my new home. Unfortunately, units like the one I wanted can cost over a thousand dollars! Here's how I transformed an IKEA shelving unit for a total cost of less than $100.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 by Allen, Kristi
Many of our new home designs have the option to add a bay window in the nook or master bedroom. This area can be perfect for a simple seating arrangement or just a little more space for the dining room table. Another great way to utilize a bay window is to add a built-in banquette. This DIY project takes some time and a few tools, but the result is fantastic. My husband and I recently created a built-in banquette in our new home by McArthur Homes for less than $200.
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 by Allen, Kristi
Spring is finally in the air and Easter is just around the corner. Here's a round-up of Easter Egg Hunts for our homeowners in Lehi, Eagle Mountain and Herriman, Utah. We hope you have a very Happy Easter!
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 by Allen, Kristi
McArthur Homes is celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year! Check out this fun infographic showing some of our accomplishments.
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 by Allen, Kristi
Who doesn't love a beautiful hardwood in a home? Woods are warm, inviting, interesting and come in a huge variety of finishes. They are so popular, that almost every home buyer I worked with in the last year has chosen some kind of wood-like finish on the floors of their new homes in Utah (laminate, engineered or traditional). The question EVERYONE asked was "Which is better?" Well, the answer depends on what you are looking for in your floor, but here are some tips from our Award-Winning Design Studio.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 by Allen, Kristi
McArthur Homes is excited to kick off 2013 by celebrating our 20th Anniversary! We have been your local, Utah homebuilder since 1993 and we are proud to continue to offer quality new homes for Utah families. All year we'll be sharing our story of three brothers and their dad, who started from scratch to build one of the most successful home building companies in Utah. Plus see flashblacks from the early years...
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 by Allen, Kristi
McArthur Homes is kicking off our 20th Year Anniversary with a Christmas Open House. After two decades building new homes in Utah, we feel like this is a great time to celebrate! We invite all of our Realtor friends, Trade Partners and Lenders to please join us for an open house on December 19, 2012.
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 by Allen, Kristi
At our recent McArthur Homes Company Christmas Party we got to know our fellow employees a little better. Here are a few fun facts about some of the people helping to build your new homes:
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 by Allen, Kristi
The Christmas season is here! We hope you are enjoying the holidays in your new homes in Utah. For those of you living in a McArthur Homes neighborhood in Herriman, Lehi or Eagle Mountain, we've got some fun local Christmas activities for you! The best part? Most are FREE!
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Will you be hosting your family's Thanksgiving celebration in your new home this year? My first time hosting Thanksgiving was only two months after moving into my new home in Utah. It was a little overwhelming! Now I've learned to keep it simple! Here are a few beautiful, natural and easy ways to decorate your table for Thanksgiving.
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Two reports, released recently, show great increases in both new home sales and the value of homes across the Greater Salt Lake market. This is great news for those who would like to invest in a new home in Utah, as values continue to increase.
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 by Allen, Kristi
If there is one thing that made a big statement at this year's Salt Lake Parade of Homes, it was finish trim work. It seems that everyone building a new home in Utah is paying more attention to this important detail. Here are some different styles of wainscoting and wood work that I saw at the Salt Lake Parade of Homes (and a few from around the web).
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Our new homeowners, Josh and McCall recently moved into their new Cambria home and immediately got started on a beautiful nursery. The couple is expecting their first baby girl. They did such a beautiful job on the nursery that I wanted to share their pictures here.
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Looking for something fun, spooky and FREE to do this fall? Herriman City's 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival is coming up Saturday, October 13th. There is always something fun going on for those who have built their new homes in Herriman! You can see the details for the Pumpkin Festival below or ...
Tue, 02 Oct 2012 by Allen, Kristi
As if you needed another reason to build a new home in Lehi, Utah. Thanksgiving Point will soon be the home of Utah's largest children's museum! The groundbreaking was held yesterday for the new Children's Discovery Museum in Lehi, Utah at Thanksgiving Point. The museum will feature...
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Deciding whether to buy or rent your new home in Utah? According to Forbes magazine, it is 45% cheaper to buy your new home than rent in Salt Lake City for an average savings of $658/month. This article by Forbes magazine points out that although homes prices are on the rebound, it is still more affordable to own your own home than to rent, especially if you will be living there for 7 years or more.
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Fall is here, bringing cooler weather and color changing leaves. If you are still waiting to change to fall decor on your new home in Utah, now is the time! Here are six beautiful DIY wreath ideas to get you started.
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Adam, our helpful handyman, is here to show you some simple home maintenance: how to caulk your baseboards and windows in your new home in Utah. This maintenance step will help prevent separation and water problems as your home ages. In addition, this is a great tip if you are adding any additional molding or trim work to your new home.
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 by Allen, Kristi
We are so excited to announce the Pre-Grand Opening release of our new townhomes at Herriman Towne Center!
Fri, 10 Aug 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Join us Saturday, August 11th at Herriman Towne Center for the Herriman Health and Safety Fair. There will be demonstrations, activities, food and amazing giveaways!
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Those of us who own new homes in Lehi, Utah have been anxiously watching the progress of the new outlet mall being built nearby. Located near Cabelas and across the freeway from Thanksgiving Meadows, the outlet mall is scheduled to open in time for the holiday shopping season this year. Here is a list of confirmed stores for the new mall:
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Join us at Herriman Towne Center this Saturday, July 28th to enjoy some fun in the sun! We will have an awesome water slide, free Fat Boys ice cream sandwiches and Creamies, plus an ice dive for prizes! Bring your towels and come enjoy summer with us.
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Painting a piano is a project I have wanted to tackle ever since we moved into our new home in Lehi nearly three years ago. To be honest, I was intimidated and worried that I didn't have the patience. I am happy to say that painting a piano is EASIER than I thought! Here is my step by step process for a great, long-lasting finish without any professional tools (aka sprayer).
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Adam, our helpful handyman, is back to show you how to caulk the tub and shower of your new home in Utah. This simple maintenance step will help prevent water problems as your home ages. Thanks Adam!
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 by Allen, Kristi
This beautiful new model home in Herriman is casual and inviting with great pops of color. To me, it looks like summer! Here is a quick photo tour of this great new home design.
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 by Allen, Kristi
A friend of mine recently built her own banquette into the nook of her new home in Lehi. I absolutely love it and can't wait to do the same in my own dining nook. There are so many different looks and styles out there. Here are a few of my favorites from Pinterest:
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Wow! Owning a new home in Eagle Mountain just got even cooler. Did you know that there are plans to bring a wakeboard park to Eagle Mountain, Utah? Do you know what a wakeboard park is? I didn't but I did some research, and it looks amazing!
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 by Allen, Kristi
I just spotted a great deal for all those who own their new home in Lehi, Utah (or just like to visit Thanksgiving Point)! Groupon is offering several discounts for Thanksgiving Point. The best deal, in my opinion, is the One-Year Family Membership to Thanksgiving Point plus a photography session for $135.
Thu, 31 May 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Are you looking to purchase a new home in Utah but you don't have enough funds for a down payment and closing costs? Utah Housing has recently announced new loan programs that may be perfect for you! Scott Smith, of Primary Residential Mortgage is here to share some info with us on these new loans for those looking to buy their new home in Utah:
Thu, 24 May 2012 by Allen, Kristi
When searching for a new home in Utah, you will most likely look at several different home builders. But how do you fairly compare builders? While some builders seem to give you the best "deal," you may later find out that most of the features you want in your new home cost A LOT extra. They reel you in with a low starting price, but everyting costs extra and before you know it, you're over budget!
Tue, 22 May 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Do you have your Memorial Day plans in place? If not, check out these 5 Fun Family Outings in Herriman, Utah. From splash parks to man-made lakes, Herriman has a great range of family friendly activiites, making it the perfect place to build your new home in Utah.
Wed, 16 May 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Mon, 14 May 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Sounds strange doesn't it? Why would you not want to save money? Well, let me tell you...
Thu, 03 May 2012 by Adam, The Helpful Handyman
Adam is here again to show you how to shut off or turn on the main water line for your new home in Utah. If you have a new home in Eagle Mountain, or a new home in Herriman, he will also show you how to turn on and off the water to your sprinkler system. This is especially important for those who are installing the sprinkler systems and landscaping for their new homes this spring and summer. Thanks Adam!
Mon, 30 Apr 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Are you still in Spring Cleaning mode at your new home in Utah? I am! Another project that I have been meaning to tackle forever is my fireplace. During the winter, condensation, dust, lint etc get burned onto the inside of the glass creating a smoky appearance. I knew mine was dirty, but I didn't realize just how dirty it really was until I cleaned it. Again, this is an easy DIY fix.
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 by Allen, Kristi
We have been meaning to clean the windows of our new home in Utah for awhile now. To be honest, I was intimidated by the task and considered paying someone to do the job for me. I priced it out and found that the cost would be over $200. Yikes!
Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by Allen, Kristi
The beautiful new Cameron model home is completed at Herriman Towne Center. Come and check out this great location with new homes in Herriman. Here are a few photos to entice you to visit!
Tue, 17 Apr 2012 by Allen, Kristi
A few years ago I tackled a quick home improvement project in my dining room and since then I've gotten tons of positive comments on the look. It was so easy and inexpensive to do, I decided to share the details here for those who want to create the same "paneling" look in their new home in Utah.
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 by Allen, Kristi
There are already so many great reasons to build a new home in Lehi, Utah. What's even better is that there are currently so many NEW things coming to Lehi in 2012. It really is a hot place to be! Here are a few of the new developments happening near our new homes in Lehi, Utah.
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 by Allen, Kristi
I snuck out to visit our new model home in Herriman and I was amazed at the progress! This new two-story home is nearly completed and it looks beautiful! This home is our new Cameron model. Some of my favorite features are the upstairs loft and perfect homework/bill workspace near the kitchen. Here are a few shots of the new home in progress:
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 by Allen, Kristi
A local film maker recently used one of our new homes in Lehi for a commercial shoot! It was so fun to see the set up and filming of a real commercial.
Wed, 28 Mar 2012 by Allen, Kristi
For those of you with new homes in Lehi, Utah, you may want to check out the Easter Eggstreme event going on at Thanksgiving Point. The event includes ongoing Easter egg hunts (grouped according to age) at 11:00am, 11:30am, Noon and 12:30pm. There will also be other great activities like a bean bag toss, Easter crafts, bounce house, face painting, relays and more. Plus, the Easter Bunny himself will make an appearance.
Mon, 26 Mar 2012 by Kristi Allen
Spring is here and with it comes fun spring decor. Last year, I wanted to create something special for my new home in Utah. I was inspired by Miss Mustard Seed's post on HGTV where she created a fun spring time monogram. It was such a cute, fun addition to her spring decor. I decided to take the idea one step further and create a giant monogram "wreath" to go on the front door of my new home.
Wed, 21 Mar 2012 by Allen, Kristi
For our McArthur Homes homeowners in Eagle Mountain, don't forget about the upcoming Annual Eagle Mountain Easter Egg Hunt. This event is sponsored by the EM Firefighters Association and it is FREE.
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 by Allen, Kristi
One of our homeowners, Melinda Fowler, recently had the best idea! She created a pin board of her new home in Eagle Mountain, now under construction. As she visited our Award-Winning Design Studio, Melinda "pinned" each of her interior design selections. She now has a beautiful Board on Pinterest showing her new home design, elevation and interior selections.
Sat, 10 Mar 2012 by Adam, The Helpful Handyman
Adam, the Helpful Handyman, is here again to show you how to light the pilot light on the water heater in your new home in Utah. He'll also show you how to know if the gas is on and how to adjust the temperature on your water heater. Useful tips for taking care of your new home!
Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Those thinking about owning a new home in Utah often ask, "What is the advantage of building a new home over buying a used one?" There are many answers, but some of the most important ones include:
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Our fabulous new Design Consultant, Sara McArthur, is giving us a peak at her beautiful new home in Lehi. Sara and her husband built their McArthur Homes townhome in Lehi before she became the Design Consultant for McArthur Homes, but she already had an amazing eye for design and detail.
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 by Allen, Kristi
We are not the only ones who think now is a great time to buy a new home. Warren Buffet recently said on CNBC that he would buy up "a couple hundred thousand" single-family homes if he could.
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Want to make the kitchen in your new home in Utah stand out? The National Kitchen and Bath Association has revealed the results of it's annual study highlighting kitchen trends for the coming year. They have identified two major trends in kitchen cabinetry for 2012. The best part? These popular cabinets are included with your new home from McArthur Homes! So here are the things to look for in cabinetry for 2012:
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 by Allen, Kristi
The interior selections have been chosen for our beautiful new model home in Herriman, Utah. This new home will showcase our Cameron design, a new two-story plan that offers many exciting features such as a great study area between the kitchen and family room. The interior designers from Pace Interiors have selected some beautiful products from our Award-Winning Design Studio for this model home. The selections are mostly neutrals in warm grey tones. The designers will later add splashes of color with accent paint, furnishings and accessories.
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 by Allen, Kristi
So if you haven't heard everyone talking about LOW INTEREST RATES, you may be living in a cave. Interest rates are down as low as 3.75%. Compared to average rates of 7% that is a huge savings and compared to the 18% interest rates that my parents got on their first home in the 80s it seems downright unbelievable!
But what does that really mean to you?
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Here's a cute Valentine's Day story from Matt & Melissa, who built a new home in Lehi with McArthur Homes. A few years ago in February, their new home was under construction and this is what Melissa said about it on her blog...
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Adding art pieces to your home can be the perfect way to add a spark of personality to your space. Art can create drama, unify a color scheme or even add humor to a room. Here is a collection of inspiraitonal art pieces from the 2011 Parade of Homes.
Thu, 09 Feb 2012 by Adam, The Helpful Handyman
It's the middle of winter here in Utah and our furnaces are hard at working keeping us warm. Have you changed the filter on the furnace in your new home in Utah? In this video, Adam the Helpful Handyman from McArthur Homes, shows you how to correctly change your filter and ensure that your furnace is working properly, keeping your new home in Utah toasty warm!
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 by Kristi Allen
McArthur Homes is proud to announce a new model home at Herriman Towne Center, where we build new homes in Herriman, UT. Even better, we are building a brand new home design which is now available at all of our neighborhoods. Here's a sneak peak of the new home design, under construction now!
Sat, 28 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
We recently received this kind letter from Nefi & Francesca Bernal. The Bernals are currently building their second home with McArthur Homes. They loved their new townhome by McArthur Homes so much, that they are now building a new home in Herriman with McArthur Homes!
Thu, 26 Jan 2012 by Adam, The Helpful Handyman
Adam, the Helpful Handyman, from McArthur Homes, shows us how to adjust the threshold on our exterior doors. In this video, Adam will demonstrate how to adjust your threshold up or down in about one minute.
Wed, 25 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
For those of you who own a new home in Eagle Mountain, UT or are considering building a new home in Eagle Mountain, you may want to check out this new website. The Homeowner's Association at The Ranches of Eagle Mountain has put together a helpful website answering your FAQ and making it easy to pay your dues, submit your landscape plan, or even nominate a Yard of the Month.
Sat, 21 Jan 2012 by Scott Smith
Scott Smith, a preferred lender for McArthur Homes, answers a questions that he hears a lot from people looking to purchase a new home in Utah: "When can I buy a home after a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale?"
Wed, 18 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Did you know that Herriman is projected to be the fastest-growing region in Utah? Or that there are currently 32 city parks, with plans to add many more in the future?
Mon, 16 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Here's a home tour of our popular Cordova home. This beautiful new home in Lehi, Utah was featured in the Utah Valley Parade home and the response was unbelievable. People LOVE the decor, the layout and all of the thoughtful details that went into this home.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
An easy, DIY tutorial for building and upholstering your own headboard. I based my design on the nailhead trim headboard that I loved in last year's Parade of Homes.
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
If your New Year's Resolution was to slim down, and you own a home in Lehi, Utah, check out Lehi City's "Slim to Win" contest. The Lehi Legacy Center has put together a six month contest which will include weekly workouts with team trainers, nutrition training and monthly weigh-ins.
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Attention all McArthur homeowners who have built (or are building) our fabulous Fairfax home in Utah. This design idea is just for you! As I was browsing one of my favorite blogs, I came across this fantastic idea of how to decorate an arched wall separating two rooms.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Last year, we sponsored a contest rewarding those new homes in our Utah neighborhoods that exemplified beautiful landscaping and exteriors. Here are photos of the finalists' beautiful new homes. Which homes is your favorite?
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
Are you looking for a new home in Eagle Mountain or The Ranches? If so, you may qualify for a fantastic loan program called Rural Housing Loans. Scott Smith of Primary Residential Mortgage explains the benefits of this program in our short video.
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 by Allen, Kristi
It is the beginning of winter and I am already dreaming of warm summer days. You can plan now for a fun summer project that can improve the value of your new home in Utah by adding more entertaining space in your backyard.
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from McArthur Homes! As 2011 comes to a close, we at McArthur Homes are feeling truly grateful. We are thankful that nearly 2,000
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
Herriman City is a great place to own a new home, especially during the holidays! This year, the Herriman Arts Council is sponsoring a Holiday Lights Contest.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 by Scott Smith
Sat, 03 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
Thanksgiving Point is a great place for family activities, especially during the Holiday Season. This year the Holiday Lights Display is more than a mile long and features over a million twinkling lights. You can ride in a carriage, wagon, trolley or your own car through the winding display of Christmas cheer.
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
Stenciling is an inexpensive and easy (although not necessarily quick) way to add a fun design element to your new home. With stencils you can create a custom "wallpaper" look using any colors of your choice and for a fraction of the cost of real designer wallpaper. Here are some easy tips I learned while trying out this project over Memorial Day Weekend.
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
I L.O.V.E. spending time in my craft/laundry room! For me it is such a casual, creative space with lots of storage. Here's a few ideas that you may want to incorporate into the laundry or craft room in your new home.
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
Don't you love visiting the Parade of Homes to find decorating inspiration? This year, McArthur Homes' Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry gave me SO many great ideas for decorating my home. Here are a few kids space ideas from the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. Which is your favorite look?
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
Thu, 01 Dec 2011 by Allen, Kristi
The best way to create a spa-like bathroom is to start with a clean, fresh color palette. Of course I love the simple white and green palette of the McArthur Homes Award-Winning Parade Home, the Cordova.
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 by McArthur Homes
The holiday season is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year from Thanksgiving through the New Year. If you are planning on traveling this holiday, Mcarthur Homes, a home builder in South Jordan, UT, offers a few helpful holiday tips for a safe and relaxing trip.