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THE DESIGN STUDIO

Each community boasts its own Design Studio that is filled with options and upgrades such as cabinets, countertops, flooring and more. Get inspired and visit the Design Studio in your preferred community or development.

 

 

DESIGN STUDIO FAQ

Q: What is the Design Studio?
A: Each community boasts its own Design Studio. All of the personalization upgrades and options available for selection in your preferred community are showcased there. A Design Consultant will assist you in creating a personalized home within your budget.

Q: What should I expect on my visit to the Design Studio?
A: A Design Consultant will assist you each step of the way in defining your ideal home, selecting finishes, while working within your budget. The Design Studio appointment(s) is engaging and fun.

Q: What should I expect with the Design Process?
A: The Design Process is broken down into three steps:
1. Prior to the contract signing, all structural options must be finalized. This is done early on to prevent delays in construction.
2. After the Purchase Agreement is signed, the homebuyer will schedule and attend an Orientation Appointment to familiarize them with the selection offerings.
3. A few days after the Orientation Appointment, the homebuyer will attend a First Selection Appointment. If the option selections are not finalized on this date, the homebuyer must schedule and
attend a Final Selection Appointment. Review your contact to understand the Design Deadlines!

 

 

 

Q: Is an appointment necessary to visit the Design Studio?
A: Even before you purchase a home, you can come in and preview the selections during business hours. However, in order to receive personal attention, an appointment is necessary. The Design Process may require several appointments as outlined in your Purchase Agreement. The first appointment may last around 3 to 4 hours as you learn about your preferences and style. Subsequent appointments may be shorter if you are simply finalizing your selections.

Q: How should I prepare for my Design Studio appointment?
A: Imagine how you and your family will utilize each room. List all of the details that will impact your lifestyle – location of outlets, pre-wiring, and lighting to list a few. Next, visit our decorated models and gather inspiration from the option showcased and take a note of them. We recommend that you bring in any photos to your Design Studio appointment to assist your Design Consultant in understanding your style and preferences. Finally, Design Studio appointments can take a few hours. Arrange for a babysitter so that you can focus on the appointment.

 

 

 

Q: How much should I expect to spend on my design options?
A: Imagine how you and your family will utilize each room. List all of the details that will impact your lifestyle – location of outlets, pre-wiring, and lighting to list a few. Next, visit our decorated models and gather inspiration from the option showcased and take a note of them. We recommend that you bring in any photos to your Design Studio appointment to assist your Design Consultant in understanding your style and preferences. Finally, Design Studio appointments can take a few hours. Arrange for a babysitter so that you can focus on the appointment.

Q: What choices are available at the Design Studio?
A: The options selections vary by community. Typical selections include cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances, and window coverings. Structural options such as floor plan modifications, smart pre-wiring and environmentally friendly upgrades may be available. Our homes are tailored for your lifestyle.

 

 

 

Q: How much should I expect to spend on my design options?
A: This is all up to you! Every homebuyer has a different desired budget. Our Design Consultant will work with you to stay within your desired budget.

Q: What brands does the Design Studio carry?
A: The options selections vary by community. Typical selections include cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances, and window coverings. Structural options such as floor plan modifications, smart pre-wiring and environmentally friendly upgrades may be available. Our homes are tailored for your lifestyle.

Q: Can I finance my design options through my home loan?
A: In most situations, the answer is yes. As long as you meet your lender’s criteria and are able to meet your monthly payments.

 

 

 

PREPARE FOR YOUR DESIGN APPOINTMENT
Your appointment will be scheduled at contract signing. Refer to your contract to understand your design deadlines.

Allocate up to three hours for your appointment – it will allow us to explore your ideas and make the most of your appointment!

Prepare a list of questions – like what are my cabinet upgrade options?

 

FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
Visit your preferred community’s model home and take pictures of your favorite bath fixtures, cabinets, flooring, countertops, and so on.

Bring pictures of your favorite styles, colors, or specific items to your appointment.

 

IMAGINING YOUR NEW HOME
Print out the floor plan of your future home. Consider how you plan to utilize each room and note it in the plan.

Bring your camera (or phone). By capturing photos of your favorite finishes – you’ll always have a reference to bring back home.

All decision-makers are at your appointment. If you and your co-buyer are a team, don’t make decisions without the other!

Take a notepad with you and expect to take a lot of notes.

Schedule daycare for your children or pets – as needed.

 

FOLLOW UP
Mark ongoing deadlines on your calendar and ensure that all design decisions are submitted on time. Variations in finishes normal, especially with natural materials – giving your home its own unique look and feel.

 

QUALITY PARTNERS

We are proud to work with the leading industry brands to bring the most innovative and best products to our homes. Every Akel Home comes with quality you can rely on so you and your family can create a lifetime of memories.