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How to Choose the Right Home Features

May 18, 2018

How to Choose the Right Home Features

You’ve chosen the location and floor plan for your new construction home. Next comes a slew of details—interior and exterior colors, siding, flooring, countertops, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry style, all the way down to the hardware on the doors. This “tailored” approach creates a home that’s truly move-in ready, exactly as you want it, and one of the main reasons that Hunter Quinn Homes’ customers choose building a new home rather than buying an existing one. But you might need a little guidance in how to choose the right home features, so we asked the design professionals at Hunter Quinn Homes’ Design Center to offer their insight, suggestions, and experience.  

Gather samples. Before you sit down in your home builder’s design center, gather photos that show the styles, colors, and details you like. Also, bring photos of furnishings you intend to have in your new home. This information will help the interior designer guide you through the choices that will best complement you and your lifestyle.

Create a color palette first. Start your interior design planning with a color palette. Choose the paint colors and tones that will present the atmosphere you want in your home. It could be neutrals, country cottage, contemporary, vibrant, or somewhere in the middle. Compare the colors from room to room so that they flow and blend as you move through the home. Be sure to look at swatches under different light, as they will be seen in your home. As you talk with your home builder, find out the type of paint that is going to be used. You want a low-VOC paint, to prevent the volatile organic compound emissions. 

Balance durability and great looks. Choices like flooring are important because your floors take the most beating. Between foot traffic and pets, certain areas should be protected. Today’s homeowners like the look of wood flooring, but often need something that’s more resistant. Wood-look tile is a popular choice, because it provides a realistic wood appearance with the durability of tile. 

For carpeting, you have many choices. At Hunter Quinn Homes, we recommend Mohawk. The company is known for its quality, but we also respect Mohawk’s commitment to eco-friendly and sustainable practices. You can get the quality you want, with the peace of mind that the manufacturer has earned a Green Label Plus designation, a reflection of the indoor air quality that results from using the lowest-emitting VOC products. 

Cabinetry is a smart investment. One of the most noticeable features in your new home are the kitchen cabinets, particularly with an open floor plan where your kitchen is visible throughout the main living area. Choose the kitchen cabinets carefully, from the door style and color to the hardware. Also consider the drawer extensions, like soft close hardware. Talk to your kitchen design consultant about the many cabinetry options available, like pull-out drawers, glass doors, and shelves. Hunter Quinn Homes prefers Aristokraft Cabinetry, which is known for exceptional craftsmanship and style.

Choosing the right home features might feel overwhelming right now. Work with your Design Center professional to make sure you’re happy with every choice. Hunter Quinn Homes builds homes and communities throughout the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Our beautiful, energy-efficient homes start in the low $100,000s, so we make good living affordable. Browse our communities, floor plans, move-in ready new construction homes, and current incentives.

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I've dealt mostly w/ Chad Murdock & Rick Melo through my purchase/moving process. Both of them have been extremely helpful, and are a big part of the reason I wound up choosing Hunter Quinn. I had been in the market for over a year, and my realtor finally recommend this neighborhood as he had some friends that had invested. I'm super happy w/ my decision! Thank you!

Margaret H., Creekside at Horizon Village Homeowner

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