No need to worry about soaring utility bills for your new home at Spring Mountain Ranch in Riverside this summer.  Your home is built by KB Home, one of the leaders in energy efficiency.

      

New construction by KB Home at Spring Mountain Ranch has energy efficient features built in.

Thermal enclosure systems with air sealing, quality insulation, and high-performance windows enhance comfort and lower utility bills, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems that deliver more comfort, better moisture control, and improve indoor air quality. KB Home’s eDIFFERENCE program is a combination of distinctive details that deliver high energy and water efficiency, improved air quality, and advance technologies.

KB Home also offers the option to buy or lease a solar panel system on your new home, which we all know is a great source of energy savings. What’s better about your new home at Spring Mountain Ranch is that KB Home uses SunPower® solar panels, which produce 70% more energy over the first 25 years.

Your new home in Riverside is already designed to help you save energy and money. Here are ways make it even cooler.

Plant Trees

Trees are more than just beautiful to look at, they’re a great way to block the sun and cool down your house during summer. Plant a tree within 40 feet of the south side of your house or within 60 feet of the west side to block the most sun. Not only will you need to run the air conditioner less, but you’ll be contributing to the health of our planet. A tree planted on the west side of your house can reduce net carbon emissions from summertime electricity use by 30% over a 100-year period. The best trees to plant are those that grow quickly, are drought tolerant, and give a lot of shade. Some of these are Ginkgo Biloba, California Sycamore, California Oak, and Eldarica Pine.

Buy a Gas Barbecue

Grilling outside will go far towards keeping your house cool while cutting the energy cost of cooking in the house. So go to the Farmer’s Market, pick up some fresh veggies and grill them. Want to really go green? Eat more salads. They’re plenty green and don’t require a hot oven to prepare.

Install a Ceiling Fan

Turn the AC down and install a ceiling fan. The moving air evaporates moisture from your skin and creates a wind chill effect that keeps you cooler. Rotate the fan counter-clockwise to push cool air down to the floor. You don’t have to make yourself dizzy staring at the fan while it’s moving to figure out if it’s moving in the right direction. If you don’t feel air movement the fan is spinning clockwise.

Creating a Master Retreat in Your New Home 

The master bedroom in your new home at Spring Mountain Ranch is more than just a place to sleep, and perchance to dream. It is your retreat from the world after a long day. With a bit of imagination and not a whole lot of money you can create a dreamy oasis that you will look forward to escaping to all day long. We want to help you transform your bedroom, so we’ve put together a few tips.

Enjoy your view by making the most of your windows 

View from the Spring Mountain Ranch Master

Riverside is surrounded by mountains and granite outcroppings with high peak views of Box Springs Mountain, Blue Mountain, Mount Jurupa, and Mount Rubidoux. Those fortunate enough to live at Spring Mountain Ranch can enjoy these sights just by looking out the window. The breathtaking views should not be missed, so try this: Put up semi-sheer curtains and make the panels about four times the width of the window so they are deeply gathered. Place a lamp directly in front of, or close to, the window. This will allow you to see out, but won’t allow others to see in.

Create your own view with art 

Art has so many purposes. It’s nice to look at, lends a homey feel to your room, and best of all, it speaks to your soul. There’s no real art to choosing art (pardon the pun!). It doesn’t matter if you buy it at an art store, a local gallery, or an art fair. Only two rules need to be remembered when you pick out a piece. Do the colors work with your room décor, and more importantly, do you feel happy and peaceful looking at it? If you can answer yes to both questions snatch it up and hang it across from your bed so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning.

Make your bathroom into a spa

Spas are wonderful places to get a massage, but aside from that, having a spa in your own bathroom is even better, for a few reasons. Professional spa services are expensive. Leaving the house after being out at work all day is not exactly inviting. And driving home while feeling completely relaxed after a trip to the spa? Not a great idea. So create your own spa at home with a few simple additions. Install dimming lights and a massaging shower head. Put together a meditation playlist on your phone and play it through a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Finally, create ambience with aromatherapy and candles. You’ll never want to leave your bathroom.

The right bed is a must

Now that you’re saving all that money by eliminating the need for expensive spa trips, you can spend it on the most important piece of furniture in your house: your bed. A good night’s sleep is everything, right? So get the restful sleep your body and mind needs by investing in a quality mattress. They can be quite pricey, but most come with warranties of ten to twenty years. Check out this link of the ten best and worst mattresses on the market: www.bestmattress-brand.org/10-best-mattresses-of-2016-and-10-worst-rates-beds-avoid

Relax with the right sounds

Now that you have a nice comfy bed, the next step to a good night’s sleep is having something relaxing to listen to. Even the simplest music makes your brain work while it tries to follow the chord structure. A better solution is a sound machine. Sound machines are inexpensive and unobtrusive, and they offer a large variety of sounds such as ocean waves, chirping birds, and mountain brooks. If you want to shut out the world altogether you can even listen to white noise. Again, we’ve found a website with the ten best (but not worst!) sound machines out there: http://www.toptenreviews.com/electronics/family/best-sound-machines/.

Turn your bedroom into a master retreat

You worked so hard to buy a new house at Spring Mountain Ranch. Now it’s time to reward yourself by creating a space in your beautiful new home where you can shut out the world whenever you want. You don’t have to do it all at once. Start with a good mattress, because your bed is the most important part of your bedroom, and go from there. You’ll have that oasis before you know it.

Spring Mountain Ranch is thrilled to announce two new home communities in Riverside, Monterey and Capistrano and by KB Homes.

 

KB Home, the builder of Presidio Point and Mission Gate, is pleased to offer two new home communities at Spring Mountain Ranch. KB Home listened to what home buyers are looking for, and is excited to be a part of these two beautiful new communities. Spring Mountain Ranch is equally excited to be partnering again with KB Home because of the builder’s stellar reputation for quality of workmanship and design. The new communities, Capistrano and Monterey, promise to bring a fresh perspective on design to the already stunning Spring Mountain Ranch and will share the neighborhood benefits of the new home communities already built here.

Capistrano

  

The Capistrano community will offer homes in both Spanish and Spanish Colonial architecture. Six spacious one- and two-story models will be built here, ranging in size from 2,329-3,734 square feet and offering three to six bedrooms, 2-4.5 baths, 2-3 car automatic garages, and open floorplans. Exceptional standard features in all models include granite kitchen countertops, 9-foot first-floor ceilings, and tankless water heaters. And of course, as with all homes that KB builds, they will be ENERGYSTAR® qualified. Depending on the model, additional standard features include walk-in closets, kitchen islands, Moen® chrome faucets, and flex space. The homes will be priced in the $400,000s.

Monterey

  

The homes at Monterey will be built in Spanish architectural design and will range in size from 1,575-2,773 square feet. The six one- and two-story models will hold three to six bedrooms, 2-3 baths, 2-3 car automatic garages, and open floorplans. As with Capistrano, granite kitchen countertops, 9-foot first-floor ceilings, and tankless water heaters will be standard. Exceptional features will depend on the model, and will include walk-in closets, 6-panel interior Colonist doors, upstairs laundry room, open loft, and Moen® chrome faucets. These ENERGYSTAR® qualified homes will be priced in the $300,000-$400,000s.

Community Benefits

What makes these communities great, aside from spacious, beautiful homes, are the benefits that come with living at Spring Mountain Ranch. The peaceful and quiet neighborhoods are bordered by the Scenic Riverside foothills. Community amenities include a basketball court, sand volleyball court, BBQ and picnic areas, and over six miles of pedestrian trails.

Location, location, location

We all know that location is everything, and Spring Mountain Ranch has it. With convenient access to the Riverside Metrolink® station, I-215, Hwy. 91, I-10, and Hwy. 60, the community is just four miles from University of California, Riverside and close to Loma Linda University Medical Center, Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, and Galleria at Tyler.

Learn more

If you want to be kept in the loop about when construction will begin on Capistrano and Monterey, join the interest lists for the communities. We didn’t have enough room here to describe all the wonderful details of these two new communities at Spring Mountain Ranch, so to learn more call the sales office at 951-274-0139, and a representative from KB Homes will be happy to talk to you.

 

 

Tips for Saving for Your Down Payment on Your New Home in Riverside, CA

Keys to Your New Home

You want to buy a new home, but think it’s out of your reach? It doesn’t have to be. With a little planning, smart decisions, and discipline, it can be done. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. The minimum amount you’ll need to save for a down payment for your new home in Riverside, CA depends on your financing. Traditionally, a down payment is 10-20% of the cost of a home. This amount can vary, so talk to a loan officer to determine exactly how much you’ll need to save. Whatever that amount is, you can do it. It’s all a matter of finding ways to save and rethinking your budget.

How will you do this? The best way to achieve any goal is to have a solid plan. Here we’ve developed a step-by-step plan that can work for anyone. Clean up your credit. Know how much you need to save and set a time goal. Create a separate savings account just for your down payment. Lower as many monthly expenses as possible to free up money for saving. Save windfalls.

Clean up Your Credit

There are three simple steps to cleaning up your credit. First, get copies of your credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies; you are entitled to a free copy every 12 months. Next, review your reports, looking for anything that is inaccurate or incomplete. The third step is a little more involved, but very important. Send a dispute letter to the Credit Reporting Agency detailing all inaccurate or incomplete information on your credit report. Need to just build your credit? The quickest way to do this is to pay off the full balance on all your credit cards every month.

Know the Amount of Money you Need to Save and Set a Time Goal

Budgeting is all about being informed and open-minded. Once you’ve spoken to a loan officer and know how much you need to save, set a reasonable goal for how much time it will take you to save this amount of money. Give yourself as much time as you think you’ll need, but don’t set your goal too far into the future, as you might get discouraged with the amount of time you think it will take. The key is to set reasonable expectations for yourself; you’re much more likely to achieve your goals if you don’t set your expectations out of reach of what you can realistically do.

Create a Separate Savings Account

Set up an account that is dedicated to helping you save for your down payment. Sit down with a calculator and determine what percentage of your monthly income you can realistically set aside, then place that money in your dedicated savings account every time you get a paycheck. If you set up your savings account in the same bank as your checking account, you can simply transfer the money between accounts.

Lower as Many Monthly Expenses as Possible

Do you get to the end of the month and wonder where all your money went? Take a close look at your bank statement. You’ll discover that a lot of your money went to lots of small purchases. It’s not the big ones (rent, car payment) that break the bank, and besides, these are unavoidable. Many expenses are avoidable, though. So cook instead of ordering take out. Make a few large shopping trips instead of many small ones. You’ll have less opportunity to pick up items you don’t need. Instead of going out, stay in with a good movie and a few friends. You’ll have just as much fun.

Save Windfalls 

Windfalls can come in many forms. A large tax rebate, an unexpected inheritance. Although it may be tempting to splurge with this money, placing it in your dedicated savings account can go a long way toward helping you save the money you need for a down payment.

It Will Be Worth it

Saving money for a down payment on your new home in Riverside, CA may seem overwhelming, but if you follow the action plan we have outlined here, it will be easier, and will happen more quickly, than you thought possible. So go ahead and take the plunge; just make sure it’s a well thought out plunge. Buying a new house means building equity, and more importantly, it means building a home. Isn’t that something we all want?

Earth Day Begins at Home 

Tomorrow is Earth Day. What can you do to celebrate this important day in your new house in Riverside, CA? Going greener is easy, healthy, and can actually be fun. Here we will show you five ways to go green. The easy stuff is recycling and reducing paper waste. The fun stuff is planting a sustainable garden, installing tech home controls, and making your own household cleaners.

 

Use Renewable Goods Instead of Disposable

Let’s start with the easy stuff. Replace any disposable goods with renewable ones. Buying rechargeable batteries not only reduces the impact batteries have on our landfills, but it will save you a whole lot of money. Those of you who have children, with their multiple battery-guzzling gadgets, will really appreciate this one.

 

Cut Down on Paper Use

Reduce paper waste by using dishes instead of paper plates. It means washing more dishes, but the benefit to the Earth and your wallet will make up for it. Use reusable bags, towels, and cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Set up online bill pay through your bank or individual service providers. Not only will this reduce the amount of mail accumulating in your mail box, but it will allow you to pay your bills with a click of a button. After all, writing and mailing checks is so yesterday!

 

Plant a Sustainable Garden

Now on to the fun stuff. Make use of the big yard in your new house in Riverside, CA by planting a sustainable garden. Sustainable gardening means using native plants, shrubs, and trees to create beautiful landscapes while feeding your family fresh, organically-grown fruits, herbs, berries, and vegetables. Here’s how to plant a sustainable garden: use compost; dig in the dirt and pull weeds rather than using chemical herbicides and toxic pesticides (you’ll find getting your fingers dirty to be very therapeutic!); grow drought-tolerant plants; save seeds from your plants for next season; use mulch or ground cover so your soil holds water. The best veggies and herbs for a sustainable garden are tomatoes, onions, leeks, green beans, mushrooms, potatoes, peas, carrots, basil, parsley, and chives. To learn more, visit https://www.planetnatural.com/sustainable-gardening/.

 

Make Your Own Household Cleaners

For the health of your family and the health of our Earth, buy non-toxic household cleaners, or better yet, make your own. The simplest, and cheapest, ingredients work best. Chances are you already have all the right stuff: baking soda, unscented soap, lemon, Borax, white vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, and cornstarch. To learn how to concoct these ingredients into great cleaners, go to eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm.

 

Install Tech Gadgets That Help Save You Money

We’ve saved the best for last. Who doesn’t love tech gadgets? More to the point, who doesn’t love tech gadgets that save you money? Install a home automation system to control lights and appliances in order to use less energy when you’re not home. For a list of the best tech home gadgets available today, visit https://www.cnet.com/topics/smart-home/best-smart-home-devices/.

 

Buy a House Built by KB Home

Whether you choose to take advantage of all the suggestions we’ve made, or none of them, you can still rest easy knowing you are making a difference for our Planet by living in a house built by KB Home. Every house KB Home builds is ENERGY STAR® certified, meaning it is kind to the Earth and easy on your wallet. Find out more here: www.kbhome.com/energy-efficient-homes. The things we’ve talked about today may seem like small contributions, but small things make a big difference when we all chip in.

 

 

 

 

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