Add fun to decision-making when building – Silicon Valley
Congratulations! You almost have a contract for a house yet to be built. Every step in front of you represents opportunity and excitement.
It is wise to know what the coming months will hold when you decide to buy early in the development of a new home community.
Before entering this stage, you have taken the important and exciting steps of selecting lots and floor plans. The experts who work with your builder have carefully guided you through the process.
Once contracted for the best floor plan on the best home site for your needs and budget, the builder will provide timelines of specific benchmarks. What’s next? Continue important decision making to keep your housing project on track.
Let’s start with structural, electrical, plumbing, trim, windows, doors and other design decisions.
Think of the house from floor to roof. You will be asked to make decisions about various structural options that may affect the earliest stages of construction. While the footprint of your chosen floor plan probably won’t deviate from the builder’s overall plan for that style of home, some decisions within that footprint can affect things like framing, electrical, and plumbing.
Room configuration options are the most important of these. For example, your 2,200-square-foot home may offer the option of three bedrooms plus a loft or four full bedrooms. Your decision will affect the framing, electrical work, doors, trim, and possibly even floors.
Then, in some situations, it may be possible to upgrade a bonus room or room on the first floor for different purposes. The same space can be used as a simple home office, guest bedroom, guest bedroom with its own bathroom or even a sophisticated home office, rehearsal studio or media room.
The en-suite option requires additional plumbing, while the stripped-down office or media room could benefit from additional cabinets, power outlets, and built-in USB or charging stations. If you keep your options open, consider wiring for A/V, electrical, and other infrastructure that is much easier to install during construction than later.
Your builder will walk you through the power requirements for various devices. You will also learn how your home will be designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption through combinations of solar energy and other building technology. All this knowledge can inspire you to make choices you didn’t know were available to you.
Other drywall installation considerations include any wiring needed for custom light fixtures or ceiling fans.
When making decisions, look at least five or ten years into the future and try to anticipate how family life may change or what needs may arise.
Before construction begins, or as early as possible after construction begins, you should do a design style test. Your builder should be able to provide you with one.
You may have been contemporary when you thought you were traditional. You may have been hybrid when you thought you were modern. You may be drawn to earth tones rather than solid bright or contrasting colors. Visit the design center showrooms early to understand how your style aligns with your choices.
Floors, cabinets, counters, back walls
These decisions take place almost simultaneously. After all, in different parts of the house, they share space and together they can have a great impact.
Come to your design meetings knowing what you don’t like as much as what you think you do. If you’ve discovered a must-have feature for closets while touring model homes or seeing other newer homes, mention it early in the process so the closet experts can plan the time needed for adjustments.
Doors and Upholstery
Some builders give you options for doors and trim, such as style choices for door frames, window frames, window sills, and baseboards. Trim, frames and skirting can be supplied in a variety of widths or levels of detail, from smooth, flat profiles to those with more intricate milling.
Your builder and designer will help you navigate through choices that best fit your budget and long-term needs.
During trim conversations, ask which window treatments are included; this can differ per builder. You may want to check out a variety of window treatments for installation after interior painting or to get ideas for later installation.