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meriboo 05-31-2019 09:13 PM

Length of Design meeting
 
How many days did you need to complete your design meeting?

VApeople 06-01-2019 07:18 AM

We spent a very enjoyable day and a half.

Of course, we were very prepared. We drove around and looked at different houses, so when she asked what color we wanted for the house, trim, and roof, we just said the same as the house at a certain address.

We had spent hours walking around looking at the type of front lights, so we knew what we wanted.

We knew in advance that we did not want a roman shower, vertical blinds, an oven, or a refrigerator. We later got the refrigerator and oven much cheaper at Best Buy, and we got ADO-wraps instead of vertical blinds at another store that sells them.

Our house had some common options, like a golf cart garage and an expanded lanai, so we knew we wanted those.

We knew what type of cabinets we wanted by looking at model homes.

When it came to choosing carpet and tile colors, my mind went blank because they all looked the same. Fortunately, my wife came through and made some great choices.

We did not like granite for the countertops and thought we wanted Corian instead, but our designer Nicole said that a large sink would be more expensive with Corian. She pointed out that we could get beautiful porcelain counters with a large sink for just a few hundred dollars more than Corian, so we took it. We are thrilled with our choices.

Packer Fan 06-01-2019 01:11 PM

So I have some questions - how do you know what the house will cost when you buy the lot? How do you know if you can do the bumpouts you want? Do the prices come out similar to the pre-built homes that are for sale? It seems so backward - I would want to design my house completely, then wait for the right lot to come open. My concern would be that the house and lot together would turn out to be way over my budget, and you are already locked into the lot..... Comments?

Dan9871 06-01-2019 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Packer Fan (Post 1654395)
So I have some questions - how do you know what the house will cost when you buy the lot??

When you purchase a lot you sign an agreement to build a house of a minimum value within a year. The minimum depends on lot/area etc... The Villages determines that. The actual cost of the house depends on what you choose to put into it and you will not know that until the design is done.

asianthree 06-01-2019 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Packer Fan (Post 1654395)
So I have some questions - how do you know what the house will cost when you buy the lot? How do you know if you can do the bumpouts you want? Do the prices come out similar to the pre-built homes that are for sale? It seems so backward - I would want to design my house completely, then wait for the right lot to come open. My concern would be that the house and lot together would turn out to be way over my budget, and you are already locked into the lot..... Comments?

When working with your rep most know what model they want, a golf cart garage, bump house, garage, lanai. VLS have the knowledge of what property will allow those items, and if you want to add a pool later they have the knowledge of those lots too. Then when you meet with design team your lot can accommodate your wants and needs. I do know couple of people that changed their model and had to find a different lot. As for cost I would think most have met with a financial guy or have the cash on hand to make their dream come true

HIgolfers 06-01-2019 04:46 PM

You should have an idea of what floor plan and what bumpouts you want before selecting a lot. As for how many days to design a home, we were coming in to TV from a distance and were told 5 days. We pretty much knew what we wanted and our part only took a day and a half but then all the plans had to go to the Architect, which took 2 days (one of those was a SUnday so maybe that was why) and by time we got the contract to sign it was the fifth day.

CFrance 06-01-2019 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by VApeople (Post 1654294)
We spent a very enjoyable day and a half.

Of course, we were very prepared. We drove around and looked at different houses, so when she asked what color we wanted for the house, trim, and roof, we just said the same as the house at a certain address.

We had spent hours walking around looking at the type of front lights, so we knew what we wanted.

We knew in advance that we did not want a roman shower, vertical blinds, an oven, or a refrigerator. We later got the refrigerator and oven much cheaper at Best Buy, and we got ADO-wraps instead of vertical blinds at another store that sells them.

Our house had some common options, like a golf cart garage and an expanded lanai, so we knew we wanted those.

We knew what type of cabinets we wanted by looking at model homes.

When it came to choosing carpet and tile colors, my mind went blank because they all looked the same. Fortunately, my wife came through and made some great choices.

We did not like granite for the countertops and thought we wanted Corian instead, but our designer Nicole said that a large sink would be more expensive with Corian. She pointed out that we could get beautiful porcelain counters with a large sink for just a few hundred dollars more than Corian, so we took it. We are thrilled with our choices.

What is a porcelain counter? Is that the same as marble?

CFrance 06-01-2019 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by CFrance (Post 1654445)
What is a porcelain counter? Is that the same as marble?

Never mind! I just Googled porcelain countertops and am intrigued. Did you find a trusted installer?

VApeople 06-01-2019 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by CFrance (Post 1654451)
Never mind! I just Googled porcelain countertops and am intrigued. Did you find a trusted installer?

Actually ours is quartz, not porcelain. I get these fancy things confused.

VApeople 06-01-2019 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Packer Fan (Post 1654395)
So I have some questions - how do you know what the house will cost when you buy the lot?

We had no idea what the house would cost when we put down a deposit to hold the lot.

When we first met with our realtor, he gave us a sheet that had the basic price for every style of house with no options.

After working with our designer, we added about $60K in options.


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