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design center tips

Posted by Dipple (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 29, 13 at 8:43

We just signed a contract for a new build (4 bedroom -2 story) in sugar land, TX and have our design center appointment coming up. would love to have inputs from others (kinda your "wish I had done that list") regarding the must-dos at the design center appointment (things which are costlier to replace/add later).Here are some things we are considering:

Front and rear exterior hose bibs
Front and rear exterior outlets
Gas hookup in backyard for BBQ
granite countertops for kitchen
stainguard carpets in all bedrooms
Electrical outlets in eaves for christmas lights
Pre-wire for surround sound
Water softener loop
Recessed lighting in living room and kitchen
Rocker style light switches

Any other recos would be greatly appreciated.thanks.


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RE: design center tips

If you are a AV junkie, then pre-wiring for video distribution, speakers, home security, home automation is a huge cost savings during construction versus after.

Address electrical and plumbing for backyard and landscaping.

Have a master plan drawn up for all of your "wants" so you can refer to it later when you decide to add those wants.


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RE: design center tips

This post relates to a post that hit the upper limit of posts... It has LOTS of useful advice what for to do/not do.

Here is a link that might be useful: wish I had done


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If your builder will let you, I highly recommend going to the design center to browse before your appointment. We went one day just to look around and to see what selections we liked, and then went back another day for our appointment. It helped that we had already seen the selections, but we still took the whole three hour appt. to finalize everything!


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Design Centers usually handle/display jsut about every item that can be chosen by the buyer... flooring (wood, tile, laminate, vinyl, carpet, etc.) in varyining levels of upgrades; Kitchen cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, bathroom tiles, sikinks, faucetry, lighting fixtures, appliances, etc. So for many items, you need to first decide what level of upgrade if any you want and then you need to make a choice from those particular options. You can play around with all your choices and put everything together so you can see what the finished product should look like and you can coordinate the different items across the board. In my case, the A/V, home security system, surround sound was a separate appointment with the vendor that handles that part of the build/installation.


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Not for nothing, but front and rear hose bibs and front and rear electrical receptacles should be included in the base price. These are the barest of minimums in terms of specs, and should not be considered upgrades or "design center" options.


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