CHOOSING INTERIOR FINISHES
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 Living.com, 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.