Join us as we reminisce about another successful year!

Deck the halls (of Trilogy) with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and we sure do love to be merry here at our HQ! As 2023 draws to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on the last 12 months. And while some of us had high hopes our VIP (Very Important Pup) Ruger might take pen to paw again after his last blog about Trilogy, he’s more interested in keeping an eye on the door for the arrival of reindeer. (Or the UPS guy. Whoever gets here first with treats, honestly.) 

Trilogy’s 12 Days of Christmas

Since we love carols, it’s our inspiration for the Trilogy 2023 Year in Review. We’re taking it waaaay back to this ditty published in 1780, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Except instead of Ye Olde English flavor, we’re giving it a Paradise spin. Feel free to sing along! 

…On the 12 days of Christmas, Trilogy tallied up some fun facts from 2023…

  1. 1 lunch from Meehos (at least two times a week)!
  2. 2 site visits per day to every project site.
  3. 3 Palisades Homes sold this year!
  4. 4 different home design styles from Palisades Homes
  5. 5 decades of experience from the Bolin Family.
  6. 346 Trilogy hats given out
  7. 64 times Ruger greeted the UPS guy this year. (64!)
  8. 17 different fixtures in the sample room.
  9. 243 biscuits eaten by Ruger
  10. 14,300 waves given out in the truck: Greg (6240) + Shawn (4160) + Rod (3900)
  11. 53.07 tons of debris diverted from landfills this year (that’s 106,140 lbs, or 5,307 20 lb turkeys…and counting!)
  12. 78 photos on average when we photograph a Trilogy home 

P.S. Let’s add on a thirteenth day of Christmas just for fun, since 13 is the number of community events Trilogy participated in during 2023!

Okay, okay, maybe songwriting isn’t our thing. But we still had fun looking back on another successful year—and maybe next year’s recap will make for better lyrics! At the end of the day, the best stat of all is our most impressive: one incredible community giving us the honor each day of building the places you call home.

Happy Holidays from Trilogy
Our clients and the community of Paradise are everything to us. Because at Trilogy, we’re more than just a business. We’re family. So whether you want to spread some of the season’s joy or ask us about building a new home, we’re here for you. Contact us to see how Trilogy can help. Until then, wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

No matter your budget, Trilogy has a style for you!

‘Tis the season! Are you ready to deck your halls and be jolly? While some folks are already feeling the festive spirit of the season and have been finished decorating since September, others are just getting started. 

Whether you’re looking for fresh inspiration or just haven’t yet found the right style, budget, and firewise items, we’ve got ideas for you. Follow us in merry measure as Trilogy shares some of our top tips for decorating your home this winter. 

Pick a theme or a color scheme

The first thing to do is to solidify your style for the season. Not sure where to start? Take a look at your existing architecture, and identify the type of design. For example, if you have a farmhouse interior, consider a country Christmas theme with quaint table runners, rustic wooden bowls, and fresh fruit centerpieces. If your home is ultra-modern, you can mix and match eras and opt for a uniform color scheme instead. Go classic with hues of red, white, and green, or mix metallic hues with icy blues to fit the frosty weather. 

Find a focal point

The next step is to determine your home’s best feature and turn it into the main attraction. Got a great mantle? Make it the star of the show by decorating it with a fresh holiday-themed painting, garlands, stockings, stars, or a line of lanterns. How about a striking staircase? Let it be the showstopper, complete with weaving garlands or strings of beads. 

Decorate on a budget

If you’re looking for frugal festivities this year, it’s still possible to have great decor without breaking the bank. Vintage items are very on-trend, so hang up grandma’s elf-printed tea towels. Repurpose previous year’s items, like taking an artificial door wreath and turning it into a table centerpiece surrounded by votives. Go old-school and thread popcorn on a string for garlands, or use a brass bowl filled with pinecones as coffee table decor. Grab a roll of velvet ribbon in a holiday hue and tie it around chairs, staircase rungs, and other items. Your festive spirit can shine no matter what you use!

Choose firewise decor

To tree, or not to tree? It’s often the question when thinking of fire safety around the holidays. If you’re going for an artificial tree, choose ones labeled fire-resistant. If you’re choosing a natural one, opt for a fresh, green tree kept well-watered. And remember: keep both fresh and artificial trees away from heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves, heating vents, etc. Use lights instead of candles, and make sure they’ve been tested and inspected before you plug them in. If you’re hanging lights outside, be sure to keep them away from dry foliage and have them complement a firewise landscaping design. Finally, if you’re buying paper decorations like cut-out snowflakes, choose those labeled non-combustible or flame-resistant, and keep them away from warm lights, candles and other heat sources.


No matter what style of decor you choose, Trilogy ho-ho-hopes you have a wonderful holiday filled with all the joy and magic of the season. And if you need us for custom or semi-custom home construction, we’re happy to help. Contact us here and we’ll get started on making your dreams a reality.

Choose all the right details so it feels like you—inside and out

Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays

'Cause no matter how far away you roam

When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze

For the holidays, you can't beat home sweet home

Whether or not you’re familiar with the lyrics of the classic Perry Como song “Home for the Holidays,” the message of coming home is a powerful one, especially this time of year. Decorating and preparing a feast there, gathered together with those nearest and dearest to you, is a priceless yet simple joy.

And in the spirit of the season, we here at Trilogy wanted to spread some more of it by sharing one of our new Palisades Homes. See how you could turn a semi-custom house built by us into a home that makes every gathering feel sweet.

Give yourself the gift of choice

When you pick a semi-custom Palisades Home, you’ll be gifted with many choices to create the perfect space. You can bring your own plot of land to build on, then the fun really begins as you start making selections.

Start by selecting one of our three floorplans to best fit your needs. Then, we have four different home styles to choose from: Farmhouse, Modern, Coastal, or Tuscan. But one of the best parts about our Palisades Homes is you don’t have to stick to those options if you’re starting at the beginning of the building process. Think of them as just a jumping-off point—our process allows you to customize the selections to ensure your home feels like you.

Check out how Trilogy blended elements from these four different styles to create this beautiful, unique home:

Step into a new home 

If you would rather have a brand new home without going through the designing or building process, you also have the option to purchase a home where Trilogy has already bought the land, done all the building, and made the selections, like the one in the photos below. 

Exterior

Interior 

This is a great example of stepping outside the box of our usual home styles. We’ve blended a few features in this kitchen to create a special look, pairing black fixtures with warm, weathered woods and a backdrop of calming neutral tones. It’s one of the many ways we can make your house feel like home, whether you choose your own selections, or enlist Trilogy to pick out a beautiful design for you.

Receive a  festive homecoming 

What style would you call this home? We’d love to hear your thoughts! And if you’re ready for a new house to come home to, reach out to Trilogy and find out about our Palisades Homes and easy True Quote process. It’s just one of the many ways we can help you get the house you want at a price you can afford. Contact us to learn more!

Trilogy has gone to the dogs! And that’s a compliment if you’ve got fur like I do. My name is Ruger, and I’m a VIP (Very Important Pup) here at Trilogy.

And today, my two-legged coworkers have finally come to their senses and turned the blog over to me. Sure, I’ve read their other blogs, and while I think it’s funny when they use fancy phrases like “Home of the True Quote”, I thought our readers might benefit from a different perspective about what goes on around here. Follow along with me for a day in the life of a doggo at the Trilogy offices!

Good Morning, Paradise! 

After being woken up by my alarm (the birds) just after sunrise, it’s time for breakfast—meat cereal, my favorite. Then we get in the truck and swing by a few jobsites to check in on the crews before we head to the office. I love to ride with the windows rolled down, sniffing the good sniffs of Paradise like pine trees and coffee trucks. But there’s no time to paws when we get there because it’s another busy day at Trilogy, and I’ve got a lot on my to-do list! First I’ve gotta process some orders from suppliers, then I need to connect with Joe from Lumber, who has my actual dream job of counting and moving big sticks. I take a quick break to greet the UPS guy, and then I get ready for our first client meeting. 

A Dog’s Eye View of True Quote

My new friends are a nice young couple who lost their residence in the 2018 Camp Fire and want to rebuild with a custom home. Our team always asks about their priorities and goals, how long they plan to live there, and what they think their dream home might look like. The lady said she’s having trouble finding inspiration for her kitchen. My coworker said they should try using HOWLS*, which makes perfect sense to me because howling always helps me feel better when I’m frustrated. 

(*Trilogy Human Editor’s note: Ruger misheard. We suggest our clients use Houzz to find inspiration for their home design, but we won’t mind if you need a good howl in the office, too.)

I love it when they talk about the next step, which is going to see the couple’s land. While our team is busy taking measurements and photographs, I can usually sneak away to chase the squirrels. Afterward, everyone starts discussing serious stuff like permits, septic, regulations, and other things, all of which are a little confusing to me. But that’s okay because my coworkers are good at explaining those sorts of things. The couple also seems confused, but my coworkers walk them through everything and reassure them Trilogy has been doing this since 1967 (that’s about 294 doggo years!) All those decades of experience working in the industry and their professional connections make the whole process a snap. 

It sounds like our clients are going to create custom home plans with a local architect, so once they have their final drawings we’ll all get back together to pick out finishes. When this is done, it’s True Quote time! The couple looks relieved when they hear it will provide them with a detailed explanation of the building costs with zero guesswork. They’ll even get a schedule so they know exactly what’s happening during construction. The meeting ends, and everyone’s happy; my coworkers get handshakes, and I get a well-deserved doggy snack from Rivera, my personal cookie jar.

Our Pawsome Palisades Homes

Our next meeting with a senior couple goes quickly because they’ve decided to build one of our Palisades Homes. Out of our three-floor plans, they chose the Sequoia. Easy peasy, like a chew-toy squeezy! It simplifies their decision-making process so they can spend less time picking out things and more time giving me belly rubs during their appointment. Then my coworkers showed them the mortgage calculator on our website and started talking numbers, so I took a little nap on my special office bed. 

At Trilogy, There’s No Place Like Home

When I wake up, my new friends are gone, but our team is still discussing the meetings and how they can help make the home-building process easier for these two couples. My coworkers do this a lot; I think it’s because they really care about their clients, and the community, too. In my furry opinion, it’s because Trilogy is a family business, and even though they’re a bunch of humans, they’ve got a pretty good philosophy of honesty and transparency. I’m glad to be a part of it!

Well, that’s all for today…time to go home and have some kibble.

‘Til next time,

Trilogy’s Good Boy, Ruger.

It’s no secret Trilogy is a big fan of life hacks in construction. These small home design tweaks help make our client’s everyday routines easier and add value to their homes. And after 50+ years in the business, we’ve found quite a few to pass on. 

One of the most important life hacks in construction comes down to your selections. These are the sink styles, shutter colors, and pantry paneling you choose to incorporate into your home, usually in alignment with your family’s preferences and needs. For example, many future homeowners are interested in creating a kid-friendly house design. And the good news is, it’s easy to create a stylish and functional space through well-planned selections.

Use Durable Materials 

When designing with children in mind, the first thing to do is select durable materials. Work your way from the ground up, starting with floor coverings. It may sound obvious, but avoid softwood floors like pine which can chip or scratch easily, and opt for tougher hardwood or engineered wood. Laminate and vinyl are good picks for high-traffic areas, while carpet may work for bedrooms in need of a cozy feel underfoot. Choose scratch-resistant kitchen countertops like quartz which doesn’t stain easily and cabinets made of tough wood like hickory. 

Design for Everyday Routines

If you’re building a custom home, design with your family’s routine in mind. For example, if you’re planning on having a pool, you might want to include a bathroom with a shower off the garage so kids can rinse off after swimming. Got small humans and pets? Incorporate a mudroom entry into the floor plan. If the kitchen is the heart of your home (and your activities with the kids), Trilogy can advise you on counter heights suitable for a range of different ages. Finally, an appliance cabinet is one of our favorite home hacks, since it keeps kitchen appliances away from little ones and leaves more room on the counter. 

Palisades Homes

Custom houses aren’t the only residences able to incorporate these life hacks. If you are looking for a semi-custom home, take a look at some of the fun and functional floor plans from our Palisades Homes collection. We offer three different floor plans and four different styles so you can find the right combination for your needs and taste. Whether you are designing with children in mind or not, we’d love to help you make the most of your future home. 

As a family-owned business, Trilogy is proud to build other families their forever homes. Contact us here today to find out how Trilogy can help make your home design dreams a reality! 

“Less is more” is the popular slogan behind the modernist design movement. Modern home design style often features open living spaces adorned simply with minimal home decor.  Sleek and refined, it relies on making a statement through a few key design choices in construction and selections, with chic finishes like marble, streamlined furniture resembling art, and floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Old Becomes New Again

While the words “modern design” suggest, well, modernity, this trend actually began over a century ago. We can thank the Germans and Scandinavians for introducing the world to minimalistic art, architecture, and design through the Bauhaus movement. Modernism prized functional beauty above all else in the creation of objects that were ornamental and served a purpose. For example, a dining room might feature a simple table with clean lines and no ornamentation. This style experiments with building materials like steel, concrete, and wood for construction and furnishings. 

Mod Monochrome

Ever heard of a “monochromatic color palette”? It might sound like a mouthful, but it describes a color scheme based on the shades of one color. To decorate, pick a base hue along with lighter tones and darker shades of the same color. For example, a modern design style in the living room might use different shades of brown, ranging from rich chocolate to beige. Or try “tints” by adding white to the primary color. Remember, the goal of monochrome isn’t to be blah or boring–it’s a subtle way to make a statement through neutral colors. 

Tactile Textures

Once you’ve chosen a color scheme for your modern design, it’s time to play with textures. Traditionally, it engages the senses: the shine of bright copper, the cool touch of marble, and the earthy sound of wooden floors underfoot. Think kitchen cabinets fitted minimally with chrome hardware, hovering above a countertop made of concrete. Furniture often combines steel and leather, with low silhouettes like floor-grazing couches. Pair these with rugs made of natural materials like jute or wool, and introduce glass elements in coffee table tops, mirrors, and decor to complete the look. 

Elements of Modern Style:
Palisades Homes

If you’re thinking of building a home with Modern style, contact us at Trilogy. We’d love to show you our version of Modern design and other styles from our Palisades Homes collection. In addition to Modern, these homes come in three other design styles: Coastal, Farmhouse, and Tuscan. Explore these options to find the best match, whether you choose a semi-custom or custom home. 
Contact us here today to learn about this design style and unique floor plans for our Palisades Homes. Ask us for inspiration, or build a Houzz Ideabook to share with us!

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