Planning any venue—a wedding reception, work party, or even your own living room—means making difficult design choices. While fussing over napkin colors hardly seems important, the actual aesthetic appeal of an area largely contributes to the area’s functionality. The most important design choices we make, however, won’t be for a party. They’ll be for our own homes. Unfortunately, many Houston homeowners pore over options for cabinets and flooring and lighting alike and then often regret their decisions a few years later. So, how does one make accurate design decisions during new home construction? The team at Century Construction want to introduce these practical (and fun) tips to avoid falling into post-design regret.
Appoint a design team
In the initial stages of new home construction, you’ll be working closely with your contractor to draft a blueprint. The contractor has expertise in this area and will lead out in the drafting process. However, the process of interior design will rest largely on the shoulders of the new homeowner. While the contractor will assist in providing resources and direction, he may not be completely familiar with your style. The solution? Pick a pro design team. Hand select 3-5 people who know you well. Pick people that will be able to honestly say, “Those cabinets are nice, but they’re not you.” Picking elements in harmony with your personal style is the best way to avoid falling into design regret. Meet with your team regularly throughout the design process. Let them share Pinterest boards with you. Give them a sense of ownership in the project and they’ll help you pick excellent pieces. Most people will be flattered with the invitation and take it seriously.
Fall in love with expos and magazines
Good news: Houston is a big place. It has no shortage of expos, workshops, and conferences to educate and inspire people building new homes. Although these large events can sometimes be a financial trap, they often provide a wealth of options in the design process. Take pictures of everything you like. Talk to people. Ask them what their design decisions are. Find companies with styles that match what you’re looking for. Take these ideas and formulate a plan to incorporate them into your new home. Whether you decide to purchase from these expos or not, the value they create can be immeasurable. Likewise, it wouldn’t hurt to sign up for one or two interior design magazines to keep the ideas coming monthly.
Prototype anything and everything
Another excellent way to avoid tacky or unpleasing features is to test, test, test. Paint swatches of your favorite colors on the walls before you commit to a bad shade of seafoam green. Order samples of carpet and place them in different lights. Blow up pictures of cabinets and visualize them in your kitchen. Many design mistakes can be avoided by prototyping. Unsure how to prototype a certain design element you’re considering? Ask your contractor or interior designer for ideas.
Don’t rush the process
The whole point of new home construction is to design something you love. It’s okay to slow down the process, make educated decisions, and hold off on decisions you’re unsure about. If you need another week to choose between pendant or chandelier lighting, great! This process is strenuous. Because of that, many homeowners fall victim to hasty design decisions. Take your time and enjoy the process. It’s worth it!
If you’re considering new home construction, contact Century Construction in Houston. Not only are we respected as a reliable and trustworthy company, but we are intimately familiar with the design process. Our team will help you make well-thought-out design decisions that you’ll love for years to come.