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Nov 24

Builder Magazine: The Building Industry Gives Back

Newport Beach, Calif.–based Trumark Homes works with the nonprofit charity: water to sponsor wells in communities that don’t have access to clean drinking water. Trumark has sponsored two wells in Ethiopia so far and works to raise awareness of the importance of water conservation, a hot button topic in its drought-prone state. At a grand opening event in Silicon Valley, for instance, the firm gave out brochures for charity: water and displayed jugs that attendees could carry to help imagine what it’s like to lug gallons of water several miles every day like some villagers in Africa do, says Trumark co-founder Michael Maples.

Nov 20

Builder Magazine: Trumark Homes’ SL70 Nails California’s Small Lot Ordinance

When Trumark Homes purchased a site under the small lot ordinance in Silver Lake, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, the builder knew understanding the eclectic enclave would make or break this development.

Nov 18

Energy (And Money) Saving Tips For New Homeowners

Lightbulb

Saving energy is important, and so is saving money. After buying your new home, the last thing you want to do is spend energy and money on preventable expenses like switching out light bulbs. Here are some helpful tips to get you started on making the most out of your new home:

Check insulation – Checking the insulation of your home can save you a large sum of energy costs through the year. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests finding out how much insulation you already have in your home and where it is housed exactly. Getting a whole-house energy assessment can help determine this along with areas of your home that may need air sealing.

Adjust the thermostat – Keeping the thermostat in your home locked on one temperature will save you money on energy costs as well. Constantly changing the temperature at home eventually causes spikes in your electricity bill, while a consistent temperature keeps your thermostat from expending extra energy costs.

Install ceiling fans – Of course, keeping that thermostat on lock could make for an uncomfortable day or two, especially if temperatures begin to rise. Luckily, installing a ceiling fan can help the circulation of cool air through rooms and through your entire home. Think about installing a couple depending on the size of your home, keeping in mind how the flow of your home is also set up.

Buy LED or CFL light bulbs – Buying the right lightbulbs is a money and energy-saving essential that takes only a few minutes to accomplish. Head over to your nearest home improvement store to find the right bulb with the right wattage. If you want to take it a step further, consider installing dimmers on your lights as well.

As a new homeowner, being proactive in home maintenance can make all of the difference in saving you money along with making your home more energy-efficient. Follow these tips and rest assured your new home is helping you spend wisely.

Nov 13

Richard Douglass Named Southern California Division President for Trumark Homes

Richard Douglass Photo 2011California-based Trumark Homes announced today that Richard Douglass will step in as the as the homebuilding company’s first Southern California Division President.  With a multi-faceted real estate career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Douglass will oversee all operations of Trumark Homes’ Southern California Division, which most recently introduced the nearly sold out SL70 community in Silver Lake.

Mr. Douglass builds on an extensive background in development and planning that includes managing the construction of more than 10,000 homes – from entry level to multi-million dollar products and high-rise developments – with revenues well in excess of $3 billion. Prior to joining Trumark Homes, he led Southern California operations as Division President for Ryland Homes, and has also served as Southern California Division President for Centex Homes.

“Richard is a gifted leader who delivers tremendous results,” said Trumark Homes Co-Founder Michael Maples. “His depth of expertise in the Southern California building industry, and unique ability to lead and inspire the people around him will serve as a key asset for our company in this newly created role. Together, I am confident we will have an even greater impact on Southern California.”

Mr. Douglass is an integral member of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, where he recently held a position on the Governance Committee and also served as the President for the Orange County Chapter in 2004. For his commitment to the community beyond the building industry, he received the “Spirit of Life” Award from The City of Hope and the “Good Scout” Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

“Trumark Homes is a true leader in the homebuilding industry with an esteemed reputation for developing communities tailored to meet the needs and desires of their target buyers,” said Mr. Douglass. “As Southern California continues to rank among the hottest housing markets in the country, this is an opportune time to join Trumark Homes and help them bring new projects to life in the region.”

A native of San Clemente, Mr. Douglass received his BA in Political Science from Long Beach State and attended Orange Coast College, where he graduated from the school’s Construction Technology and Applied Mathematics program. He is also a past AICP member of the American Planning Association.

About Trumark Homes

Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of master plan communities and new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.TrumarkHomes.com

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Nov 04

Preparing Your Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving with friends

November’s arrival  means Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while most of the focus is (understandably) on the food, it’s also time to start preparing your home for the holiday season.

Here are a few things to keep in mind besides how to bake the perfect turkey or a new secret ingredient for your famous sweet potato dish:

  • Space – Before making the commitment to host Thanksgiving this year, you should first ensure that you have adequate space. Take note of the number of rooms, beds and space you have and be honest with yourself about how many people your home can accommodate. If you only have one guest bedroom with a full-size bed and a couch in your living room, it’s probably best to avoid inviting your in-laws and cousins to all stay the night. Try rearranging furniture to maximize space as well, putting unnecessary items away in closets or under beds. Mood lighting can also help create the perfect ambience while concealing some of that cleverly rearranged furniture.
  • Non-Grocery List – Food may be the first thing on people’s minds when they think of Thanksgiving, but other items such as towels, toiletry items, blankets and pillows are also necessary for a comfortable holiday. Take inventory of your essential non-grocery items to see what else you may need to purchase to keep guests happy.
  • Kitchen Details – Get a firm understanding of your kitchen’s capabilities and shortcomings, and again, being honest with yourself. Doing this before grocery shopping and inviting people over can help manage expectations while also managing stress. Another helpful hint is to make side dishes potluck style. Invite friends and family to bring over the mash potatoes, green beans and desserts while you only worry about the main course.
  • Decor – Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday that requires a large amount of decoration across your entire home. Find decorations specifically for your kitchen and dining room that provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. Decoration in two rooms saves you time and money, giving you more to spend on dinner and family.
  • Cleaning – This should go without saying, but cleaning your home should be at the very top of your list even if it’s the last thing you do before guest arrive. Providing a clean space makes everyone feel more comfortable and puts your home’s best foot forward when it comes to first impressions.

Following these simple tips and giving yourself ample time to do so can make all the difference for your holiday. Besides, who wants stress and confusion on Thanksgiving when you can have gravy and cranberry sauce?