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.

Noveno’s Model Grand Opening


See your next home for the holidays! After over two decades of planning and two years of construction, the first homes at Noveno are finally nearing completion. Join us for the model home grand opening of San Luis Obispo’s newest community.

Noveno Model Grand Opening
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Enter Noveno via the new roundabout at Fernwood Drive and Orcutt Road.

Tour new homes and learn about the neighborhood. Visit our new showroom to explore floor plans and amenities, speak with our team, and enjoy small bites and drinks.

Noveno offers 23 Avenue homes and 44 Parkway homes with these special features: Community-centered grand parkways Access to walking and bike paths Solar PV ready homes Attached garages pre-configured for electric vehicle charging. Noveno’s architecture blends themes from Craftsman and Bungalow styles for a contemporary expression of mid-century modern. Scenic hiking, wineries, beaches, and farmer’s markets are only moments away.

Stop by the event at your convenience, or you may reserve a tour by submitting an RSVP. Unable to join us at the grand opening? To get more information about these new homes from your local Central Coast builders, please call (805) 250-6584.