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Materials That Matter: Landscaping

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Ever heard of MWELO? On December 1, 2015, the state of California adopted the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) as the standard for all landscape installations to help conserve and reduce water use in both Residential and Commercial landscapes. Here are a few of the important aspects of the MWELO standard: – All new […]

Materials That Matter: Plaster & Lath

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With Castle & Cooke beauty is more than skin deep. Admiring the stucco exterior on your new Castle & Cooke home, you might not realize the attention to detail that lies beneath the surface. That attention to detail even extends to the nails that secure the lath over which the stucco is applied. A nail […]

Materials That Matter: Grading & Drainage Certifications

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Protecting Your Home from Water Damage Mention “water damage” to most homeowners and they immediately think of roof leaks. But water can also damage a home’s foundation, and that kind of water damage is often difficult to see until it’s too late. When water collects in the soil under and around your home it causes […]

Materials That Matter: Roofing

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“The sky is the limit if you have a roof over your head.”— Sol Hurok Focusing on long-term goals for yourself and your family is easy when you don’t have to worry about the construction quality of your home. That’s why Castle & Cooke takes everything about the construction of your new home seriously, including […]

Materials that Matter: Plumbing

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Everyone Hates Having to Wait… Waiting several minutes for hot water to arrive at the tap after you turn it on is annoying…and wasteful. That’s why Castle & Cooke is installing Enhanced Hot Water Delivery System in our new homes in Highgate at Seven Oaks. The Enhanced Hot Water Delivery System speeds up deliver of […]

Materials that Matter: Painting

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“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary…” – Pablo Picasso The paint on our walls is another way to express our personalities. Here at Castle & Cooke we want only the best quality for our homeowners. And we don’t believe in taking short cuts. After all walls and ceilings are primed, we apply two coats […]

Materials that Matter: Fencing

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“Good fences make good neighbors.”— Robert Frost   Although Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” may actually question the need for a wall or fence at all, if you have ever lived next door to a neighbor with a deteriorating fence (or owned one yourself) you know what a chore it can be to maintain and […]

Materials That Matter Part 1: Carpet & Pad

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The California Building Standards Code is a set of requirements that must be met for the construction of any home or building in the state. Basically it is the minimum quality of construction that is required under state law. The key word here is “minimum.” Some builders take these minimum requirements literally, and build homes […]