Designing a semi-custom home is an exciting experience from start to finish. Your home, after all, represents the largest investment you are likely to make in your lifetime. It should me more than just everything you want; it should be your dream home. At Bill Beazley Homes we believe your home should be a true expression of you, your family, and your lifestyle. Our design specialist will guide you through the process- ensuring every aspect of your home is exactly how you envisioned it.
We encourage our homebuyers to bring to their design appointment anything that would make the process easier- including pillows and magazines. After a short orientation, you will be led room by room through your new home floor plan to select from the options available to you. The process of making so many decisions in a 2-3 hour time slot can be a daunting task for some, which is why it is important to have a few things ready prior to your design center appointment.
1. Know Your Budget and Stick to It:
Upgrades might not seem too expensive individually, but once you go room by room they will add up quickly. Knowing your budget and sticking to it will keep you from selecting options that are far out of your price range. If you don’t want to go over 10K in options then make a plan and prioritize what is most important and what you can live without.
2. Know Your Time Constraints:
Be aware that some options have time constraints, and the stage of construction dictates which specific options Bill Beazley Homes is able to offer to you. No changes to the basic construction of the home can be made after framing begins and no changes can be made the last five weeks prior to closing which makes this next point very important.
3. Know What You Want:
Knowing what you definitely want in your home will help narrow down your options tremendously. Make a list of things you are willing to compromise on and what you cannot. Remember, some things can be added or upgraded after construction is complete such as tile, wood flooring, carpet upgrades, fireplace stones, power outlets etc. Cabinets, on the other hand are more difficult to modify later.
4. Know Your Colors:
Bringing color swatches goes along with knowing what you want. Having a clear idea of the color palette(s) you want in your home helps you select other things such as cabinets, flooring, and countertops based on how they compliment each other. See next tip.
5. Know How to Compliment:
Avoid upgrading two things, when one will work. For example, if neither the granite countertop nor the countertop color is what you wanted but upgrading both is outside your budget, upgrade just one of these items to match your color palette. This way you can still have the color palette you wanted without overspending.
6. Know What the Builder’s Standards Look Like:
Check out the options available to you either online or personally at the design center before your actual appointment. This will give you an idea of which options are available.
7. Know How Others are Decorating:
Research decorating blogs, magazine articles, etc. to see the current popular styles and colors. You can also take the time to visit houses which are near completion to see what color palettes are being used and make your decision accordingly.
8. Don’t Forget the Little Things:
Don’t underestimate the need for smaller items, which help to keep your house looking organized. For example, pre-wiring for security sensors, speakers, and TV wall mounts, are small but important if you want your house to look tidy. These things can be added after construction as well, but will be less expensive when added during construction.
What can be more exciting than getting the opportunity to help design your very own semi-custom new home? Only getting the opportunity to live in the house you designed from the bottom up. For more information or to contact the Bill Beazley Design Center, please call 1-706-863-4888.