The New Home Design Center
Builders with design centers are DCI | Charlotte Showroom leveraging the resources of qualified interior designers, who typically consult with residential property owners and guide them throughout the selection process, ensuring that they make the right house they desire while still sticking within a reasonable budget. When it comes to designing a home, the interior designer has long held the title of “designer-in-chief.” It was believed that the designer had the greatest influence on the overall appearance of the house, since they had the best eye for proportion, color, texture and space. They also had the most influence over the structural elements of the home, such as flooring, countertop materials and window treatments.
But as we have seen, it is becoming more common for the interior designer to collaborate with the property owner and architect to produce full-color, real-world design selections in a showroom setting. The property owner no longer holds all the power in the production of the finished product, but they do hold a large amount of influence over how the finished product will look and feel when it is installed. This partnership allows the property owner to select the showroom furniture, lighting, wallpaper and flooring as they would in their own home, although they usually have input over the finishing touches, such as whether the doors will have a display panel or whether the tub will have a pull-out seat. By allowing the property owner to select the showroom furniture and finish the room in the manner they envision it, they often save money by not having to have the work done themselves.
Many of the new homes being built today contain the same kind of design center amenities as older homes. These include high-end hardwood flooring that is sealed by a vapor barrier, granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, state-of-the-art electrical wiring and water-jetting systems in the shower and bath. If you look hard enough, you can find homes with earth-tone flooring and even brick-fronted courtyards. In fact, many new homes are being designed with the “green” fever beginning to hit the entire country. With the design center and other outside influences such as home builders who now incorporate green building into their designs, it is possible to find a new home that contains features you never thought possible for your home.