Tips from Our Team!
Buyers choose new-construction homes because they want to direct the details everything from the stain on the dining room floor to the glaze on the kitchen cabinets. But the best part about building — orchestrating all those details — also has the power to overwhelm people.
Consider all the interior finishes to select: Brick, trim, appliances, flooring, cabinets, counter tops lighting and plumbing fixtures.
People start the process with smiles on their faces, but it's no doubt an intense process. We want to make sure our buyers keep those smiles.
Making the stakes even higher is the fact that a home is the most expensive purchase most people are likely to make in their lifetime. In the interest of making sure it turns out right, here are a few tips to get to the finish line.
Where do I Start?
Start an idea file. If building a home might figure into the future, start compiling an idea file now."Start looking through design magazines and touring other homes built by Bill Mace.
It's no surprise that pleasing people is easiest when they have an idea of what they like. But putting a label to what you love is not necessary — pictures are the most effective tool!
Discussing basic color schemes for your rooms beforehand will save so much time at your selections appointment (the day when you visit the showroom and actually decide on selections).
Keep in mind your existing furniture, what color you might paint each room, and possible impacts on the home’s resale value.
Once you have an idea.. the rest will come easier.
Choosing Your Exterior Design
You have selected your homesite and found the perfect home, it’s time to get personal and make it yours. We strive to set up our color selection area so you can quickly navigate through the choices, without the pressure of spending thousands more in upgrades. Choosing colors can usually be completed in less than an hour.
First, walk through a model home. Visit your Lot and take a walk through the neighborhood. Choosing your exterior colors can be done quickly and will help get you on your way to decision-making. Most of our communities require the color selections we offer be pre-approved to ensure they meet the guidelines of the protective covenants in place. You want to make sure you know the colors of the homes around you before you start looking at choices available. No one wants to fall in love with a color only to find out it isn’t available. Don’t just look left and right at the colors your neighbors have chosen, also take a peek at the homes across the street. You want your home to be unique. (Your neighbors would also appreciate it if you didn’t build your home to look just like theirs)
Choosing Your Interior Design
I would recommend that you start with cabinets. You’ll have the same cabinets in your kitchen and baths. As your taste changes, it is much easier to change your counter tops then change your cabinets. We recently added new cabinets to our selections and they look really sleek and very modern. National new home trends have suggested that white cabinets are also back as popular choices.
Next, grab counter top and “wet area” flooring. Wet areas are the kitchen floors, bathroom floors, laundry room and foyer. The flooring in those areas should coordinate with the counter tops in those same rooms. Remember, you don’t want matchy-matchy. You want the colors to coordinate. There are several style of beautiful hardwood to choose from and it seems to go with almost anything. You can choose carpet last. Coordinate the carpet with wet area flooring and your look is complete.
In order to stay within budget, and build your house for the quoted price, your builder has set allowances for what can be spent on the different components. Your designer will know you allowances for the design components such as cabinets, doors, hardware, carpet, laminates, tile & lighting and can help you stay within those allowances if you wish. You are not, however, limited to just the products that fit within the allowance.
Products that fall within your allowance are included in the price of your home and carry no additional charges. For products that are over your allowance, there will be an additional charge or “overage”. You will be responsible for paying the overage. We will attempt to estimate overages at the time of selection, however, these are only estimates and will be finalized once a field estimate is completed.
Allowances & Overages
This information is being provided to you as the customer to inform you of the many aspects of building a new home or purchasing a model home. We want you to achieve and experience a building process that is smooth, informative and exceeds your expectations. Review some of the Frequent Asked Questions and ask our Builder and/or sales team if additional questions should arise.
How is the builder's allowance determined?
The allowances are figured into your mortgage price by many factors such as location, sales price , and contract terms. If you have specific preferences such as adding a deck or granite countertops please make sure that your agent has all your preferences clearly outlined in your contract.
What color will my interior walls be ?
The builder's allowance includes Tumbleweed walls and white trim. If you want to change or add colors, this is considered an upgrade/overage and is figured based upon sheen and square footage. Click Here to See Sample
Is hardware included with my cabinets?
Yes. You may choose handles / knobs for both doors and drawers that fit your unique style. Or if you prefer a more sleek/modern look you can choose no hardware .
What countertops are included?
Wilsonart laminate countertops are included in the builder's allowance. If you prefer granite or cultured marble , this is considered an upgrade or an overage , unless outlined in your contract.
Where do I choose my tile?
Tile is the only option that is not available in our showroom. Due to the revolving inventory of quantity and style, we do not offer tile selections on site. You may choose your tile from the local FLORIM TILE OUTLET located in Clarksville, TN on Wilma Rudolph (Behind Wendy's). The allowance is $1 psf.
Are Vanity Mirrors included?
Yes, we include a standard mirror over each vanity. Due to inventory and volume purchases, we do not offer customization. If you prefer a specialty mirror , we will be happy to install it for you during the build process.
Can I pick out my own selections at a department/ Home Improvement store?
We choose subcontractors that specialize in their individual trades, and stand behind their quality and craftsmanship with a warranty. For this reason, we cannot warranty materials purchased from outside retailers. However , if you are interested in upgrading your preferences our vendors offer a variety of materials that can accomodate every budget.
Do I pick out my light fixtures?
Our lighting specialists will lay out a standard lighting package for your home. You may choose the finish to be either Nickel or Bronze. All Living and Bedrooms come standard with a ceiling fan/light kit. If you are interested in upgrading your lighting package you may view available selections HERE , These items must be purchased before the framing walkthrough.
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