Get your new home ready for summer


Summer is just round the corner and with it comes a season that can mean sunshine, barbecues and entertaining guests. But is your new homeready for the coming season – especially if it is your first summer in a new house? Here are a few chores that it can be helpful to do in advance to get your home ready for the season, so that when summer does arrive, you can just kick back and relax!

1.     Prepare for rain– We’re starting with a less obvious one, but in some states summer is as likely to bring heavy rain as it is sunshine, and it’s important to make sure your new home is prepared. Check for any damage to gutters and downspouts, and ensure your gutters are clear of leaves, debris or anything else that might prevent rainwater from flowing freely.

2.     Get your yard ready for outdoor living– Check and clean any outdoor furniture that needs attention. Summer is also barbecue season, so make sure to clean your grill and ensure your propane tanks are full, or that you have a sufficient supply of charcoal.

3.     Check your decking– Wood decks can be susceptible to damage over the winter, from snow, ice and cold temperatures, even if you’re in a new home. First you’ll want to clean your deck with a brush and a low-pressure hose or washer; high pressure has the potential to damage the wood. Inspect the deck for splinters, raised fibers or cracks. If necessary, sand the deck down and re-stain or reseal.

4.     Inspect your HVAC system– If you’re expecting a warm summer (and bear in mind that the last three years have been the hottest on record) then you’ll want to know that your air conditioning is up to the job. Check and clean away any leaves or other debris on the outside compressor, and make sure the air filters are cleaned or replaced as appropriate.

5.     Attend to your greenery– Time to apply the old green thumb: trim your shrubs and fertilize your lawn. Get out your hoses and make sure both hoses and nozzles are in good repair; replace any that seem problematic. If your lawn has a sprinkler system, it’s also a good time to check that it’s in good working order.

There you have it. This list is by no means exhaustive, but these five tips will help you to ensure that when summer is in full swing, you will be able enjoy your new homeand yard, whether that’s just you and your family or if you are entertaining guests.

Here are some signs it might be time to search for a new home


Not everyone enjoys the prospect of moving to a new home, but when the time is right, it is definitely a good idea to start searching for a new house. But how do you know when the time is right? There are any number of factors that can prompt a home move, and they differ for every unique individual or family. Still, there are a few common factors that can be a trigger for people wanting to find a new home. In this blog we’ll look at some of the signs that it might be time for you to get off the fence and start a new house search.

1.     Financial– Any financial advisor will tell that it’s important to review your finances periodically. But that doesn’t just mean your income, outgoings, cash savings and other investments; you also need to consider your property wealth. How much is your current home worth and how much equity do you have in it? Examining your finances can give a good indication on whether it’s time to upsize to a new homeor to stay put, to concentrate on saving a deposit or on paying down an existing mortgage.

2.     A fresh start– Most considerations on this list are practical in nature, but this one is more emotional. Are you happy with your current life and where you are living? Or is the time right for a fresh start in a new housein either just another neighborhood, or another part of the country entirely. Perhaps you are considering a change of career, or just a change of scenery. It’s important to be sensible and practical when considering a house move, but it’s also important to listen to your heart.

3.     Storage space– This is a big one. We all accumulate what might generally be referred to as “clutter” in our lives, but that word can also devalue our treasured belongings. If your book collection, wardrobe, music collection, or kids’ toys are taking over your home then sometimes it may come down to a stark decision between having a thorough clear out, or considering upsizing to a bigger new home with more storage space.

4.     Changing relationships– When a couple start getting serious, it’s common for one to move in with another to begin their life together. But buying a new housetogether can also be an option for some. There can be a real bonding experience in house-hunting together, choosing furnishings, and setting up a new home that reflects the compromise and agreement between two partners.

5.     An expanding family– Another one of the big ones. If you are planning having your first or further children, it may be necessary to think seriously about upsizing to a new home. But it’s not always just the size of the property that’s a consideration – you may simply want to move to a new house in a more appealing neighborhood, or one with a better rated school district.

At Miraval we have built a beautiful community of luxury new homes featuring award-winning architectural design. Contact us today to find out more.

How to have a great 4th of July party at home


Here at Miraval we passionately believe that we don’t just build new homes, we build new home communities. With the 4thof July just around the corner, the families who live at Miraval will be making plans for how they are going to spend their Independence Day, whether that’s with family, friends or their new home community neighbors. The holiday is a great opportunity to celebrate our nation, its history and what makes it great; here are a few of our ideas for how to have a great 4thof July celebration.

Kid-friendly fun

The 4thof July is a great opportunity for adults to hang out and chill out, but if there are going to be kids at the gathering, it’s important to give them lots of things to see and do. Set up fun, traditional games like cornhole – and for an extra bit of Independence Day patriotism consider getting a board and bags sporting the good old Stars and Stripes! Alternatively, what could be more American than a game of baseball? A whiffle ball (for safety), a bat and throw-down bases and you’ve got fun for adults and children alike. Not all kids are sporty or competitive, though, so be sure to have entertainments for them, too, whether that’s coloring books and pencils, or a fun craft table where they can get creative.

Food and drinks

Whether you’re throwing the traditional 4thof July barbecue or not, there are a whole host of Independence Day party foods to please adults and children alike. For sweet treats, it can be fun to keep the theme going with those patriotic colors. Cookies, cupcakes or even ice-cream sandwiches bedecked with red, white and blue sprinkles make great treats for all the family. For something just a little bit healthier, how about skewers with alternating strawberries, marshmallows, and blueberries? As for drinks, what could be more traditionally American than a lemonade stand … homemade, of course!

Well, we hope that’s given you some ideas. At our Miraval new home development, we know that families will be taking advantage of our indoor/outdoor floorplan to enjoy the day to the max. Miraval wishes all of our residents – and everyone else – a happy and joyful 4thof July.

Arranging the furniture in your new home


Different people take different approaches to arranging furniture in a new home. Some homebuyers are meticulous planners, thinking long and hard about it and even sketching out ideas based on the property floor plan. Others take a more organic approach, waiting until they move in and trying different arrangements to see what setup best suits their new house. In this blog, we’ll give a few hints and tips on what you might want to consider when thinking about furnishing your new home.

First of all, ask yourself practical questions about your space. What activities will be taking place in this room? How many people does the room have to accommodate? If you are, say, a family of four, do you also need to take visitors into account when planning living and dining rooms? Once you’ve thought about the practicalities, you will have a better idea of what furniture you need for each room, whether you are moving pieces from an existing home, buying all new furniture, or somewhere in between. 

If you are so inclined, experimenting with various arrangements in advance can save avoidable hassle after you move into your new home. In the old days, we used to do it by drawing out floor plans and even using little cutouts to try different furniture arrangements. Today, there are various interactive online tools available that make the job much easier. Try out websites like and to experiment with various arrangements for your new house and get a feel for how things will look.

A good interior design tip is to remember the concept of focal points. Focal points in a space may be a natural part of the room’s design – for example, that bay window or fireplace that your eye naturally goes to. Alternatively, you may want to create a focal point, whether that’s the corner of the room where the television will go, a painting in an alcove, or an ornate mirror on a wall. Remember to take the focal point into account when deciding how to orientate the furniture in the room.

As a final tip, beware of creating too big a void in the center of rooms. While some may be inclined to push all the furniture up against the walls to create more space, in reality, this can have the effect of a gaping, uncomfortable void in the middle of the room. Consider moving the furniture away from the walls, or alternatively filling the void with another piece of furniture, such as a coffee table, which can create its own focal point.

So there you have it! We hope that we’ve given you something to think about and that when it comes time to move into your new home you'll find the job of choosing and arranging your furniture in each room of your new house just a little easier.

Reasons Your New Home Should be a Modern Home


When looking for a new home, there are a number of important choices to make from the outset. The first is whether you want a home that has already been lived in or a new home that has recently been built. 

The good news is that today’s modern homes draw on a wide range of influences and are becoming increasingly popular for both first time and experienced buyers. New home sites, such as those at the Miraval site in Mesa Verde, create not just stunning properties but wonderful communities, brilliant places for families to set up home and prosper. 

Designers and architects are able to bring a wide pantheon of different styles to modern homes today. Not only can they include all the latest energy saving and sustainable technology your property needs, they design with aesthetics in mind. That means you get a great looking modern home that feels right from the moment you step over the threshold.  

Many properties go for large glass walls that can open onto stunning vistas or enclosed gardens depending on the location. Surrounding garden walls are also part of the design for many a modern home and provide the architects with plenty of opportunity to be creative. 

It’s the interior where the midcentury design of today’s modern homes make all the difference. Architects and builders create spaces that not only stand out but which each have their own individual character within the community. 

In places like the Miraval community in Mesa Verde, you’ll find plenty of modern properties designed to give you space and comfort. Built with southern coastal California in mind, each property has it’s own contemporary feel and a sense of timeless comfort. You can contact us today to find out more.  

5 Top Buying Tips for a New Construction Home


While there are some similarities with buying an existing property, purchasing a new construction home does have its own unique aspects and challenges. If you’re looking for a modern build in Orange County, for example, you are going to be limited to areas where these homes are being built in the first place. 

1.    Our first advice when thinking of buying a new construction home is to do your research as fully as possible. That’s not just finding out about the industry but also looking in detail at any community you want to move into. 

2.    Having a good level of knowledge and educating yourself, will reduce the chances of things going wrong and will save you money in the long term. We also advise researching the builder, including any subcontractors they may work with. 

3.    Unless you have the money already in the bank, you are going to need to organize a lender for your new property purchase. It’s not a question of settling for the first one you come across and who agrees to lend you a mortgage. It’s down to the best deal you can get. Shop around for a partner who really delivers what you need and be prepared to take your time. 

4.    What comes next once you have chosen your ideal property and community? There now follows the negotiation – what you are going to get for your hard earned or borrowed cash. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a competent realtor on your side, no matter how great the new construction home looks from the outside. 

5.    Finally, you need to ensure that everything is in writing and that you read those documents carefully and get a lawyer to go through them for you. The last thing you want to find is that you are put at a disadvantage because of some missed or misunderstood small print. 

If you’re looking for a new construction home in Orange County, be certain to check out the Miraval community currently being built in Mesa Verde. Contact us today to find out more. 





Don’t Make These Mistakes When Buying a New Construction Home


Buying a modern house is a big investment and you want to get it right first time. Not only would you like to live in a great community but you also need a new construction home that fits your requirements.  

It’s easy to get caught up with unimportant things when your home is developing right before your eyes. The problem is that you must stay focused and make sure all the relevant boxes are ticked. That includes ensuring you get the right advice and have your new home inspected. 

Do You Need an Estate Agent?

Buying a new construction home makes many people think an estate agent isn’t needed. They depend more on the sales agent without considering their options. A realtor will work for you, not necessarily for their commission, which is why you should always be using one from the get go. 

Carrying Out Research

Any modern house development can look highly attractive from the outside. That shouldn’t prevent you from doing your homework on the builders though – check if any court cases are pending and look at licenses, bonds and sub-contractors to be on the safe side. 

Find Out What You’re Really Buying

Many new construction home companies will add on extras for a premium price – in other words you have to pay if you want certain amenities. Before you sign any contract, you should check what’s included in the price and what isn’t. List everything in detail and do a thorough check. In other words, assume nothing. 

Have an Inspection

Just because it’s a modern house, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an inspection. In fact, precisely because it’s a new build you will want to make sure that everything works perfectly. 

Read the Fine Print

Any contract can stretch into many pages and the temptation is to glance over it and sign. Always make sure you read those terms and conditions as closely as possible – any contract is there to protect the builder more than the buyer and you don’t want to put yourself at a disadvantage from day one. 

At Miraval in Mesa Verde, we understand that our customers are looking for the right place to settle down. That’s why we’ve created a beautiful and harmonious community for the more discerning modern house buyer. Contact us to find out more.

Buying a New Construction Home? Here’s What You Need to Know


There are several advantages in looking at new construction homes, not the least of which is hopefully bypassing  the maintenance and refurbishment issues that come with older properties. 

At Miraval, a custom home builder that believes in covering all the bases for our buyers, we’re providing a location and property that ticks all the right boxes. 

One thing you need to look at when buying a modern home is how a new construction business includes its features. Are they standard or do they come at a premium price? On our Mesa Verde site, all our properties come with modern interiors and the amenities you expect from a premium builder. 

Even if you’re buying a brand new property, you’ll want to get the best price from a custom home builder. It’s a good idea to check if they offer special deals or incentives if you, for example, using a certain title company or lender. 

Another avenue you will want to explore carefully is the warranty that comes with new construction homes. The last thing you want is the warranty running out when you most need it or not really covering what you thought it did. Checking over the conditions and what the warranty applies to in the home is important. 

You will also want to understand how the community is going to develop around you. At Miraval, it’s not just about building beautiful homes, we’re also focused on creating an exclusive community that means something to the people who live there. 

When you’re looking at an area with new construction homes, keeping these things in mind is important. At Miraval’s Mesa Verde, we combine modern construction with timeless design, bringing together all the amenities you could wish for. Mix that with our exclusive community and the perfect location, and you have a custom home that fulfills all your dreams. 

Contact us today to find out more.