When I entered the design studio located in the Orlando, Florida area I felt like I was home. There is a little coffee bar and a lounge area for you to relax, and they even had HGTV playing. It’s a dream from the start! I truly love everything about interior design, home décor, and the aesthetics of my home. Beazer has created a foolproof process for you and I regardless of how much you know (or may not know). After going through the buying process I have a few pieces of advice for anyone who is considering building their home. What to do, and NOT to do at the design center, and how to make it all work to your benefit.
Find Out if your Design Center Offers an Open House
Did you know that in some areas you could visit the Beazer Homes design center for their open house? BEFORE you pick your design selections!! Ask questions (lots of them), get an idea of what you like and don’t like. Familiarize yourself with their partner brands. There are so many positives to this opportunity, and I didn’t do it. Looking back, it would have been a game changer and less stressful when it came to the decision making process. If there is not an open house or design center offered in your area, you may be able to visit the model to get a better idea of design options. At the end of the day, the more familiar you are with the design options you have, the easier it will be to make a decision.
Your Studio Time is Limited
Your design appointment where you pick your details and finishes is 3 hours. Yes, 3 hours! There are no surprises and since you have the option of attending the open house, this shouldn’t be an issue. At the time I purchased my home, I did NOT attend an open house, and I had a 3-week-old newborn at the time we signed on our house. Needless to say, I had not done my homework, and we still managed to get it all done in 3 hours. Don’t be afraid to get the opinion of the designer at the studio, because they know it all, have seen it all. They also have a remarkable way of knowing what you want but may not be able to articulate.
Do Your Research
There are so many resources online including the beazer.com website. There you can get inspired and create a vision of what you like and dislike. Write down a list of your must-haves, your wants, and your extras. If you have your priorities in line, it will be a lot easier to make a decision when the time comes. You can visit the Beazer partner websites like Moen, Sherwin Williams, and Progress Lighting to see what products you gravitate towards. You will be pleasantly surprised at the plethora of materials, finishes, and colors to choose from!
Don’t Overthink It
There are a lot of beautiful options to choose from, but it isn’t so overwhelming that you can’t make a decision. I think most people have a preference whether they know it or not. When they have the options in front of them they tend to have a strong feeling one way or another. If you go with your gut and have done your research, chances are you will be at peace with the decisions!
Listen, folks, I am not getting any kickbacks on you spending more buying your home. However, I will tell you this; I have lived in my Beazer home for 3 years and my biggest regret about the whole process was pinching my pennies SO much that I missed the big picture. There were a few things like adding wood and railings to my stairs, going for a small upgrade on my shower floor, and the smallest of details I didn’t choose because I was being stubborn.
Now, I probably won’t ever get those things done after I’ve moved in because it is such a pain and will create a construction zone in my house. Which is why we built in the first place…to get exactly what we want. I strongly URGE you to get what you want and don’t look back. Spending a little more in your upgrades sounds like a lot but in the grand scheme really isn’t a deal breaker.
About the Author
My name is Jessica Belvedere and I am a mom, graphic designer, Beazer homeowner and interior design fanatic and lifestyle blogger from Live Like a Mother.