No doubt about it — while buying a new construction home is exciting, it can also be quite a daunting experience. It seems like there are millions of choices to be made, all of them with lasting implications. It’s enough to make even the most experienced home buyers feel a bit overwhelmed.
Here at Lowder New Homes, we want to make the decision-making process as smooth and easy as possible. Some design decisions come standard with your new home plan; the rest we’ve broken down into six easy-to-handle categories. When purchasing a new construction home, here are six design decisions you’ll need to consider.
1. Exterior materials
Regardless of whether you’re selecting an inventory home or overseeing construction of a home, you may need to make decisions on siding, brick or stone styles. You’ll also want to make some decisions about how you want your exterior landscaped. If there are other homes already built in your neighborhood, you can draw on these for inspiration; we also break these down when possible into predetermined combinations and color schemes designed to complement each other.
2. Interior materials
Choices about interior materials generally have to do with flooring (e.g., carpet, tile, natural stone, wood flooring, etc.) and paint color schemes. Again, some of these choices may be predetermined by your home’s plan, while others are left to your personal tastes. We can simplify the process with several pre-designed color schemes, or even recommend an interior designer to help you.
This isn’t necessarily the most difficult decision you’ll make, but for many people, it’s the most important. Here you will choose which appliances will go into your kitchen or laundry room, and you’ll have a choice of finishes and quality price points.
4. Cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures
What type of countertops do you envision for your kitchen and bathrooms? Quartz, granite, tile or laminate? What about cabinets — solid wood or particle? Dark or light? Stained or painted? What kind of handles? What about plumbing fixtures? Light fixtures? A neighborhood of new construction inventory homes typically provide options for a range of tastes. We’re here to help you find a home that has everything you need.
5. Energy efficient options
Besides choosing materials for their appearance and aesthetic value, you’ll also have the opportunity to select options to make your home more energy efficient, from upgraded insulation to windows to EnergyStar appliances. These options may cost a bit more up front, but you’ll feel the difference in your energy bills later (not to mention you’re doing your part to help the environment)!
6. Extras and upgrades
Once you’ve completed the five categories above, it’s time to look at your budget and decide if you want to include any extras or upgrades. Do you want custom molding? Would you prefer to upgrade your appliances or your cabinetry? Again, we’ve taken steps to simplify this process for you.
At Lowder New Homes, we are committed to walking through these new construction design decisions with you, offering guidance when necessary to help make sure you select options you’re going to be happy with for years to come. To learn more, call us at 334-270-6789.