One of the biggest advantages of building your home instead of buying a pre-sale or inventory home is the opportunity to design it with your personal style in mind. However, the whole process tends to be a little more overwhelming that most people think. Picking out wall colors and flooring is exciting but trying to find the matching grout usually, slips past our client’s minds. That is why – like other quality builders- we offer the opportunity for each of our clients to visit our in-house Design Studio to finalize those selections before the build process begins.
So — What exactly is a Design Studio?
Our design studio team is made up of members that are experienced with helping multitudes of families decorate and design their homes. They strive to make the entire process and enjoyable as possible because they know how overwhelming it can truly be for those who aren’t used to having to pick out all of the details at once. The goal of this visit is to design your home to go beyond your initial expectations and so you know what you are getting from the beginning.We are glad you asked! The Design Studio is located at our Cook Residential office to provide you the opportunity to fill your brand-new home with personal selections for you and your family. It features anything from brick and mortar to cabinets and backsplash. You can meet with our knowledgeable team to help you review hundreds of options available for your home. From the windows to the floors, our team is here to help you walk through this process.
Do I have to visit the design center?
We want to help your family find as much value as possible in your new home and making sure you like each element of design of that home is essential to your satisfaction. That is why our design center team is made up of members that are experienced with helping multitudes of families decorate and design their homes. They strive to make the entire process and enjoyable as possible because they know how overwhelming it can truly be for those who aren’t used to having to pick out all the details at once. The goal of this visit is to design your home to go beyond your initial expectations and so you know what you are getting from the beginning.
If I’m ready to buy a home, can I finance my home’s options and upgrades?
In some cases, yes. Ask your Mortgage Loan Officer about what you qualify for when purchasing your new home. You’ll typically want to set aside 10-20 percent of the purchase price for design options. We know that every family has a different set of circumstances when it comes to buying a home. However, there are a couple of things that remain true with everyone. Do you have cash in the bank to pay for your upgrades? Do you qualify to finance those upgrades? We highly encourage you to speak to your mortgage professional prior to visiting the design center to understand your cash flow and financing ability when selecting additional upgrades for your home. Your loan officer and the Real Estate professional are there to help you understand what upgrades will add value to your home and which ones are cosmetic. When it comes to your home appraisal – that is important.
How long should the process take?
Our appointments last for 3 hours in our design center, picking out your finishes and options for your home. That may seem like a lot of time but picking out all the finishes for your home can be time-consuming if you aren’t ready.
We really would love to be able to host any potential homeowner to our design studio prior to their design appointment, but our experience tells us that sometimes that makes the whole process much harder.
Why? Because our team knows you are going to have questions that we won’t be there to answer and that can be frustrating.
So instead of visiting to see what we have to offer, we suggest you take a moment to browse our design galleries on our Pinterest Boards, Houzz Pro Site, and gathering things you see online. However, keep in mind that sometimes that perfect Farmhouse sink you found in Country Living simply may not work in the corner sink area of the floor plan you selected. That is why our team is an expert on your floor plan and your options.
We do encourage you to bring your favorites with you to your design center appointment. It gives our team a chance to guide you toward similar selections and assist you in knowing what will work in the spaces your home provides.
Do I have time to think it over after I visit?
Our building process doesn’t begin until your final selections are made so that we can assure that the building process goes seamlessly. During your design studio appointment, you will be provided with a timeline for making final decisions on all of your home’s options.
At what point should I visit the design center?
As soon as we go binding on the contract, we want you to schedule an appointment within 5 days! So what are you waiting for? Find your community and start a conversation with one of our new home consultants.