Timber Home Living - - Product Spotlight -

Start an idea file. If build­ing a tim­ber home might fig­ure into your fu­ture, start com­pil­ing an idea file now. Even if you don’t have spe­cific prod­uct names or brands, hav­ing a photo gallery of likes (and even dis­likes) will help your de­sign team see your vi­sion for your fin­ished home. Web­sites such as Tim­berHome Liv­, Pin­ter­est and Houzz fea­ture thou­sands of photo ideas to be put into elec­tronic files. And don’t for­get to bring fab­ric swatches from draperies, couches and bed­spreads — any new fur­ni­ture you plan to buy or ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture you will keep.

Un­der­stand the process.

Find out how the fin­ish­ing process will work with the builder you’ve cho­sen. For ex­am­ple, does the builder have a rec­om­mended de­signer or dec­o­ra­tor for you to work with? Or do you need to visit the tile store, plumb­ing show­room and flooring sup­pli­ers on your own? The time­line for mak­ing choices also can vary. Some builders re­quire buy­ers to make all se­lec­tions be­fore con­struc­tion can be­gin. Other builders re­quire that buy­ers se­lect each prod­uct by the time it is needed in the con­struc­tion process.

Stay true to your style.

Try­ing to pre­dict if white kitchens or mo­saic back­splashes will still be on trend three years from now can be tax­ing. If you plan to live in your house for some time, choose the fin­ishes and styles you love and for­get what’s pop­u­lar with oth­ers.

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