Taylor Morrison homebuyers say that the most enjoyable part of buying their new home is the visit to the Design Center. That’s where you get to pick out the special personalizing touches that turn a home into YOUR home. It’s kind of like a big toy store for grown-ups. And don’t worry, there’s a professional designer there to guide you, offer suggestions and make the experience fun. You can make the most of your Design Center visits by doing a little homework first. Here are some suggestions of what to do before your design center appointment.
Start an idea folder. Collect pictures you like from magazines and catalogs. Visit sites like Pinterest and download ideas from there. Include fabric swatches (especially those that you’ll find under the cushions of your existing furniture) anything else that strikes your fancy. On the day of your appointment, bring your idea folder with you. Feel free to bring toss pillows and any other accessories that will help you and your personal designer coordinate your selections.
So exactly what kind of selections will you be making? Well, depending on the home you’ve purchased you may have these items, options and upgrades to select:
- Exterior fabrication
- Front door including hardware
- Lighting fixtures
- Kitchen cabinet color, style and options
- Kitchen countertop and backsplash
- Master and secondary bath selections
- Custom cabinetry such as built-ins, wet bars, etc.
- Flooring including carpeting, hardwood, tile and stone
- Paint finishes & drywall texture
- Interior trim
- Fireplaces & mantles
- Outdoor kitchens
That’s a lot. Which is why you’ll want to allow plenty of time for your visits. Plan to spend at least two or three hours. You don’t want to feel rushed. For the same reason, we recommend that you don’t bring your children with you to these appointments. What’s tons of fun for you is a crashing bore for a toddler or a teen.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of sitting, walking and looking.
During your first visit, take pictures of the things that appeal to you. That will be a big help when you get home and start setting your priorities.
Ask questions and take notes. Your personal designer is a trained professional who can provide answers about the features, benefits, care and warranties on all the products available.
After you first visit, review your pictures and notes. Then make a list. It should include the things that you absolutely have to have and the things you’d like to have but could live without. If cost becomes a consideration when you’re making your final selections, your list will help you make your final decisions.
Enjoy the process. Buying a new home is exciting and putting your personal stamp on it is the best part.