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Making Selections For Your Home


Now that you’ve settled on a floor plan and signed your contract, the most fun part of the home building process begins! A week or two after the contract, it will be time to come to the design center and make the selections for the interior and exterior of your home. Since there are so many things to think thru when it comes to your home, we have a few tips to make the process easier and less overwhelming.


The first thing to consider is what rooms or what items are most important to you. These will be the areas where you want to concentrate your design budget. For example, if you love to entertain or have a very open floor plan, you might want to focus more on making sure the kitchen is exactly how you want it and if necessary, sacrifice some on the bonus room bath. Once you know what areas are a priority for you, start looking for pictures online to get a feel for what you want that space to look like. Houzz and Pinterest are great tools for this. Both allow you to create your own online “boards” where you can save the pictures you find. At your design appointment, we can then pull them up and recreate those looks for your home. Our Pinterest page has not only inspiration photos but also several boards that act as an online design center. We recommend browsing thru these boards, in particular, to familiarize yourself with what we have to offer here. If there is a floor, cabinet, or countertop that you know you love, it gives us a great starting point to put the rest of the choices together.


One of the hardest things for most people to decide on is their exterior colors.  There are thousands and thousands of colors in the Sherwin Williams deck, so how do we narrow it down to just one?  We recommend driving around and looking at the homes in your area.  If you have a lot that is governed by an architectural review board (ARB), then the existing homes in your neighborhood should give you a feel for what types of colors will be approved.  Keep in mind as well that you most likely will not be able to do a color that is very similar to the houses on either side and across the street from your lot.   Another thing to consider is the style of your home.  For example, if you have a very coastal elevation, then breezy or bright colors work well; where Craftsman style homes lend themselves to earth and jewel tones.  Be sure to snap pictures of your favorites so we can find the right color for you.  Sherwin Williams has a color visualizer that allows you to try out colors on their site to see what you like best, which can be a very helpful tool if you’re debating between several different ones.


The final tip on preparing for your design appointment is to enjoy the process.  We have a wonderful, professional team that will walk you thru each step of the way.  We are here to provide our expertise in helping you create the look you want in a home that you can be proud of. Watching the drawings on your plans turn into a reality is very exciting, and we hope you enjoy every minute of it!

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