Robbins|Reed Custom Homes: Flex Rooms

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These days, our homes are so much more than four walls and a roof. Home office, gym, gourmet restaurant, movie theater… there’s really no way to label all the things we’re asking from a house in 2021.

That means flex rooms, spaces designed specifically to be multipurpose, just one of the features of our custom homes in San Luis Obispo. And we’ve put together a guide to help inspire you when planning a flex room.

Custom Home Styles that are Perfect for Gran Cielo de Vina Robles


Selecting the style of your new home is one of the first, and biggest, decisions you’ll make during this very important process of building a custom home. Finding a style that speaks to you while also determining what fits within the specifications, parameters and terroir of the homesite is a fun and creative process.

Whether you’re ready to start seriously planning to move into a new home or just in the daydream phase, who doesn’t love imagining unpacking in a space you’ve made your very own. Who doesn’t secretly peruse through sites like Zillow for your dream house? Now, picture a “build-your-own-home” tool that becomes a reality.

That’s what Gran Cielo de Vina Robles, our premier gated community of custom homes in Paso Robles wine country, offers: the perfect backdrop for this exercise in expression. From modern farmhouse to mission revival, we’ve come up with a list of custom home styles at Gran Cielo de Vina Robles to help guide your journey of creating your dream house.

Modern Farmhouse

Modern farmhouse style is traditional without being fussy, classic without feeling like a museum, and comfortable without the clutter. Modern farmhouse style is a bit less rustic than traditional farmhouse and adds more contemporary touches like a neutral color scheme and smooth lines. Modern farmhouse is all about mixing comfortable furniture with salvaged materials like reclaimed wood and antiques that aren’t meant to be museum pieces but utilitarian and tactile.

Modern farmhouse retains a certain level of sophistication rather than kitsch and needless accessories.

Mission Revival

The mission revival style is perfect for Gran Cielo because it was born right here in California, based on the styles of our 18th and 19th century Spanish-style missions. Distinctive features include a mission-shaped dormer or roof parapet, as well as stucco walls and a low-pitched red tile roof. Arches, twisted columns and central courtyards providing privacy for outdoor living are all features of this style.


Similar to mission style, Mediterranean homes are known for their excellent combination of indoor and outdoor living. Based on Moorish, Italian and Spanish architecture, the floor plan is open and flows from indoors to out, allowing for airflow and accented with plants and natural elements.

Roofs are often low-pitched and often incorporate clay tiles, and the exterior is typically finished in stucco in white or earth tones.

The open plan keeps the environment cool and comfortable in a warm climate, perfect for Paso Robles’ sun-drenched afternoons and cool evenings.


Another architectural trend with California roots, the Craftsman home was born of the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. The Craftsman has reemerged as a popular architectural style in many parts of the country after peaking at the turn of the 20th century.

The style emphasizes natural materials and symmetry incorporates wood siding exteriors, low-pitched roofs with gables and overhanging eaves. Wide front porches usually feature tapered columns or pedestals that extend to the ground.

Homey is the name of the game when it comes to Craftsman style, and they fit well into most neighborhoods, including Gran Cielo.

French Chateau

Gran Cielo is in the heart of California wine country, after all, so the chateau-style seems appropriate. This brand of architecture is elegance personified, featuring steeply pitched roofs and ornate rooflines, turret-like features, dramatic chimneys, and of course, striking curb appeal. The French chateau is an homage to the medieval castles of Europe and fits in well within grand neighborhoods. Of course, in Paso Robles wine country, winery chateaus are scattered throughout the vine-covered hills; why not make one your own.

Whether it’s helping you realize your dream of an ornate wine-country chateau or the airy and openness of a mission revival, our passion is building a home that plays on your passions. Get in touch with us today to make your dream a reality at Gran Cielo de vina Robles.

2021 Design Trends Shine at Noveno


Our interior spaces have become so much more these days than just a place to hang your hat. Spending most of your time in the home became the go-to for 2020, and that trend doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

So, we’re all paying way more attention to the spaces we call home, and 2021 design trends in San Luis Obispo are certainly following suit as expressions of utility, sanctuary, artistic voice and so much more. Here are some new design trends you can find at Noveno that make our innovative new build homes an extension of the aspects in life we’re all finding more important in our new normal.

Flexible Spaces

Needless to say in today’s new norm that what were once single-uses spaces have become so much more out of necessity. The home has become all things to its inhabitants, not just a sanctuary for family time and relaxation.

Not only do we live in our homes, we now work, exercise, vacation and enjoy “nights out” in them. It makes multi-use space a necessity.

This translates to everything from furniture – for example, an office chair that doubles as something comfortable enough to lounge in – to adding elements that divide rooms into multiple uses. Creating an office space inside a bedroom, ensuring a kitchen doubles as a beautiful space to entertain family and friends or even create a stunning “Zoom” background are now all key requirements that our Noveno homes achieve.

Tech Integration

The home has always been a place to sit back, relax and be entertained – and that’s even more true now – while also catering to the evolving needs of the modern family. Key features in Noveno homes help to seamlessly integrate that need with tech solutions in nearly every aspect of our design. Data outlets and multi-media outlets with smurf tubes so you can run wires in the walls are design aspects in many rooms.

But it’s more than ensuring tech for entertainment and work purposes.

Our homes all have NEST 3rd Gen programmable thermostats, tankless water heaters, pre-wiring for rooftop solar and conduit and gang box for optional electrical vehicle charger circuits installed.

Modern, Minimalist Design

The COVID crisis has not only emphasized what is important in life but it also has stressed cutting out the unnecessary. Clean, simple forms using modern materials while also keeping in mind utilitarian use and environmental benefit is in high demand in today’s home design.

“Contemporary minimalism is not about the idealized absence of things, but about choosing things with a meaning, that matters to us and that can enhance our well-being, physically and mentally,” writes Elizabeth Rizzato, interior designer and founder of the design trend publication Italian Bark.

The trend toward modern, minimalist design is something Noveno homes embrace with a “less-is-more” approach to our contemporary expression of mid-century modern that is uniquely California.

More Design Trends We’re Keeping an Eye on Heading into the New Year:

Your bathroom is your oasis: The bathroom isn’t a one-use room anymore, either. Now, it’s the place to relax and disconnect from outside chaos made possible by conscious design choices.

Biophilic design: Indoor plants have become an important trend in interior design as we look more to maintain a connection with nature.

Blending Inside and Out: “In good design there’s a harmonious dialogue between the exterior environment and the interior space,” said Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International in New York. Noveno homes stress that extension to truly take advantage of our unparalleled Central Coast landscape and climate. Check out our blog for more ideas for outdoor living spaces.

If you’re interested in more information on Noveno or any of our other projects, reach out to us. And to keep up to date on the latest happenings at Noveno, sign up for our newsletter.

Self-Isolation Friendly Design Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony


Our homes are having to be pretty versatile these days, doubling as the office, classroom and restaurant, to name just a few quarantine-related adaptations we’ve all been forced to make. Needless to say, getting outside isn’t exactly as easy as it used to be.

But if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space in your home, there’s no better time than the present to make sure you’re enjoying it. To celebrate the completion of our latest multi-family property, Pacific Courtyards, here are some quarantine friendly ways to make your patio or balcony your own.

Green it Up

If you’ve got a green thumb or want to develop one, there are a number of creative ways to build a patio garden. A shipping container herb garden is a great way to save space and add some homegrown spice to your cooking. There are also countless other ways to get creative with a patio garden, from pots and planters to converting buckets or even an old desk or dresser.

Take the Office Outside

Feeling confined in your new home office? Consider adding a table workspace to your lounging area for a little fresh air motivation. And when the working day is over, your setup doubles as a comfy spot to enjoy a cold beverage or take in the sunset.

Let the Light In

Adding a few strands of patio party lights or any number of colored or hologram lighting options can add ambience to any outdoor space – especially useful as the nights get longer. Combine light strands to your garden or around your table for added effect.

Outdoor Hangout

Use any number of combinations of chairs, tables, rugs and loungers to create a unique outdoor hangout spot. The center of attention could be your fire pit for hanging with friends well into the night or a farmhouse table for dining al fresco. Grab a few more shipping pallets for an outdoor wet bar to complete the setting.

Or Add a Fire Pit

Whether it’s from the big box store or a DIY creation, a fire pit is perfect for making sure you can enjoy your patio year-round. Especially as the nights come earlier and get cooler, it doesn’t get much cozier than stargazing by the firelight. Most any hardware store will have plenty of options, or grab a few pavers or bricks to build your own.

Pacific Courtyards gets you started with fully finished patio areas over the podium garage with fire pits, planters and lounge seating. If you’re interested in more information on Pacific Courtyards or any of our other projects, reach out to us.

Vintage at SLO Project Update


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Pre-leasing is starting soon at Vintage at SLO, San Luis Obispo’s newest garden-style luxury apartment home community. Despite some recent detours due to the pandemic’s effect on material supplies and operations, Vintage at SLO’s professionals have found innovative ways to keep moving forward. Here’s a quick update.

The construction team recently celebrated the move from temporary power to permanent power connections for some buildings. The completion of stucco on the exteriors of several other buildings is bringing the Vintage at SLO vision to life.

Future summers are looking very refreshing, as the beach-entry pool has been excavated and is ready for concrete, which means the restorative spa will be making a splash soon, too. Other resort amenities, such as the modern clubhouse with lounge and fully-equipped fitness center, are on track to welcome residents in the near future.

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Vintage at SLO offers contemporary apartment living for active lifestyles just two miles from downtown San Luis Obispo. Whether you’re out enjoying nearby trails and wineries or home relaxing while planning your next adventure, you’ll appreciate the convenience of San Luis Obispo’s next luxury living community.

To join our interest list and receive up-to-date information on Vintage at SLO’s progress, visit We’d love to stay in touch on Facebook and Instagram as well or reach out to the Robbins|Reed Communities team.

Noveno: Observations, Appreciation, and an Invitation!


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San Luis Obispo Was Ready for Noveno!

We heard about it at our Sneak Peek in September. Then, at our Grand Opening in December and Open House in February, we met even more people excited to learn about Noveno.

At each of these events, there’s one thing that makes us really happy. We’re seeing people of all ages meeting each other, discovering things they have in common, exploring Noveno side-by-side, and sharing enthusiasm about the design discoveries they make. It illustrates to us that we’re not just building homes, we’re building community.

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As Local Builders, We Have an Advantage.

We get to build for people we know, in a community we love. This perspective helps us understand what people appreciate about San Luis Obispo, and how we can help them enjoy living here every day.

Working with people to finalize their home purchases, we hear how their decisions were made. They appreciate brand new homes with modern architecture and thoughtful design features. They enjoy a setting that allows them privacy, yet encourages engaging with their neighbors and enjoying being outside. They chose Noveno for what sets it apart and how it brings people together.

We are Thankful.

We appreciate every person and family who has visited or told others about Noveno. We’re grateful to our local employees who go to work each day knowing they’re building homes for the people they share the beautiful Central Coast with.

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We are Ready For a Party.

We’ll be enjoying Noveno with new and future residents at a block party Saturday, March 7th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Can you join us? Follow this link for more info and let us know you’ll be there! (Food? Yes! Cornhole? Of course! Come show us your skills!)

Click through the gallery to see some of our latest completed homes here!

Can’t join the fun Saturday? We’d still like to welcome you to Noveno. Come by for a tour, or call (805) 250-6584 to find out which homes are available. It’s changing quickly! Current low interest rates are allowing Noveno homebuyers more flexibility, making decision-making even more exciting!

Robbins| Reed Custom Homes: Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2020

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Biophilic design, still on the rise in architecture, acknowledges the many ways nature interacts with and contributes to physical and emotional wellbeing. Mindful integration of elements from the natural environment within built environments helps people feel connected and grounded. It’s no surprise that many of 2020’s interior design trends are influenced by this architectural trend. Our custom home builders explain in today’s blog.