5 Things To Consider When Visiting a Display Home
This is great for sourcing inspiration but it’s important that you understand how to apply this to your life situation and budget. Create a checklist to talk through with your custom home builder to establish what will work best for you.
Industry insiders suggest that there are some essential things you should consider when visiting a display home. At Mazzei Homes, we have compiled our top 5 considerations for you.
1. Does the footprint of the home suit your block?
Firstly, consider how the display home will fit on your current property. You will need to think about the shape of your land to determine the best entry and exit points. Will the laundry door of the display home look out of place on your block?
Orientation can impact they way that your home is lived in as well as its sustainability. Consider where the driveway will be placed to give you access and how your privacy can be maximised. Visiting a display home is a great way to get creative ideas for your own property, just be sure they are suitable.
2. Will there be plenty of room for you to grow?
You never know what the future holds. Even so, it’s important to consider the differences in function between custom homes and display homes. Your own house will be built to accommodate your family, lifestyle and future plans.
This could take the form of additional bedrooms or outdoor space, depending on your needs. If you plan to be part of a multi-generational household or wish to use a section of your home as an Airbnb rental, then your floor plan requirements will differ.
Also, consider the activities that you enjoy undertaking, where you might require a studio instead of a study or a double garage to store sporting equipment. Display homes offer you a standard floor plan that you can build on as you go.
Understand where you see your family before visiting a display home to maximise your visit.
3. Which features are an upgrade or standard?
Display homes are all about the wow factor. There’s nothing worse than having your heart set on a feature only to find out that it comes in way over budget. When you’re visiting a display home, pay close attention to the features that are included as standard.
Staying to budget when building a custom home can be a challenge. Consult with your custom home builder to get a clear idea of financial constraints and their professional recommendations. Where possible, get details about the designs, floor plans, measurements and inclusions for the display homes that pique your interest.
These can be referred back to long after you’ve left the display home and are great for refreshing your memory.
4. Get a feel for the flow of the house
Display homes can be decorated in a particular style to complement the home design and give each home a different feel as you walk in. Visiting a display home requires you to understand what elements make a house a home for you.
Take your time as you walk through each space and imagine yourself living there. Street appeal is likely to be the first thing you will notice, followed by communal living areas such as the kitchen. Do you want to see straight from one end to the other or do you feel happier in a home that is cosier?
At this stage, it’s important to trust your instincts. See past the interior decor and get a feel for the flow of the house. Discuss how this can be implemented into your own home design with your custom home builder.
5. What to bring when visiting a display home
If you’ve done most of the legwork on your budget and unique needs, walking through the display home will be a fun experience. Ensure that you keep a pen, paper and camera or phone with you. This way, you can record all of the design details that you like.
Take a lot of pictures and most importantly, take your time. Custom homes are a big decision to build and you’ll want to learn as much as you can. At Mazzei Homes, we want to help you make the most out of visiting a display home, contact us to come visit one of our own display homes.