Ask Andy: Getting the Most from Your Design Studio Visit

Ask Andy: Getting the Most from Your Design Studio Visit

Posted 09/30/2016

For many buyers, the Design Studio is where the magic happens. It’s where their dream home actually begins to come to life as they work with professional design consultants to individually select flooring, fixtures, counter tops and more. It can also be an overwhelming experience – where the sheer number of selections involved in finishing a new home can strike trepidation in the hearts of even seasoned home buyers. We sat down with Maracay Homes President Andy Warren to discuss this topic and to gather some tips on getting the most from a visit to the Maracay Homes Design Studio.

First of all, Andy, how should someone prepare for their time in the Design Studio?

In order to get the most from a Design Center appointment (which needs to be scheduled ahead of time), it’s important that buyers come prepared to take their time and commit themselves to the specialized attention this process deserves. We have two Design Studios – one in Scottsdale and one in Tucson – whose hours are Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The appointment generally takes up to four or five hours for selections to be completed. In our opinion, it’s time well spent! It’s also helpful to do a little research before you arrive and have a general idea of what types of colors and design styles appeal to you.

What typically takes place during a Design Studio appointment?

Once you arrive, your design consultant will help you select everything from paint colors to door handles and numerous details in between. Feel free to bring along your inspiration boards, magazines, notebooks, color swatches and whatever other design details have interested you. While we simply do not have the resources to build one-of-a-kind custom homes, we do offer a variety of options that are suitable to an array of tastes. To see some of the Design Studio options in action, feel free to browse our Pinterest boards and Houzz page – and bring your Ideabooks along on your digital device (tablet, laptop or phone) to show us what you might have in mind.

Any last advice?

Relax and enjoy the process. We want you to love every square inch of your new home and this is your opportunity to make it your own. Take time to carefully select the details that will express the individual personalities of you and your family. We’re here to help. Your vision plus our expertise equals a winning team.

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