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Choosing the Right Design for Your New Construction Home

Categories: Design, ReDesign | Posted: December 9, 2019

Choosing the Right Design for Your New Construction Home

Choosing to build your house from scratch means having the opportunity to create the home of your dreams and the chance to create something totally unique to you and your lifestyle. With that tremendous benefit, however, comes the added burden of myriad different details and decisions. Chief among them is the design of your new construction home. The considerations are nearly endless, and the process can begin to feel overwhelming before you’ve even started. To help lighten the load, we’ve scoured the internet in search of design experts and asked them to contribute their best tips for choosing the right design for your new construction home. Whether you’re in Houston or Newport, read on to discover design insights from the best of the best!

Lauren Cripe, Moss Design: An often overlooked area when designing homes is the connection to the outdoors and backyard space.

Whether it’s an addition or a remodel, we like to think of the project as more of a convergence, a fusion of the yard space and the principle structure versus just an add-on. Many additions are often constructed without taking into account the complete vision for the house and its site as a whole. In our approach, we want to think of the entire property and its interior space as a comprehensive, cohesive project, utilizing the space so as to merge, flow, and connect with all the combined elements.

We focus on connecting the house to its available yard, often updating and installing floor-to-ceiling windows permitting the optimum amount of natural light to the interior and direct access to the backyard space for a better connection to nature and ease of access so it becomes more usable space.

Heidi Denney, Home Designing Services: Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your existing home, many people believe they need an architect to turn their vision into reality. In Connecticut (and many states), a Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) is qualified to meet your needs often at a lower price.

Steven Perce, bldg.collective: Creating a home begins with tapping into ideas and memories collected over a lifetime and we urge clients to go beyond the simplest resources for inspiration and influence. Inspiration can come from anywhere- travel, childhood experiences, books or artwork. Try to remember that this is your home and a unique, well-designed home can inspire not only yourself but the community around it as well.

Juintow Lin, FoxLin Architects:

  • Meet with different architects. It’s important to like the portfolio of work by the architect but also make sure you like him/her. You will be spending a lot of time with your architect, so a good relationship is key.
  • Check the portfolio of the architects you are thinking about interviewing. Do all the projects look the same, or do they look like they adapt their style to the needs of their client?
  • Every good project has a good story or narrative. Try to think of the one thing that is most important to you, whether that be indoor/outdoor living, visibility from one space to another, sustainability etc.
  • In order to get the best design results, it helps to choose a few pictures of projects you like. These can be abstract concepts such as light/air/openness, to specific features like front doors or stairs.
  • Try to bring in the contractor during the design phase. Their experience is invaluable and it’s too late to make changes at the end of the design process. It’s recommended to show the design to some contractors at the end of Schematic Design or Design Development to get an opinion of probable cost.

Christine Boles, Beausoleil Architecte: As the climate crisis intensifies, we all need to do all we can to build sustainably and use clean electric power generated on-site. Look for good solar exposure especially towards the south and west. Additionally, did you know that most homes lose 7-10 times the ENTIRE volume of air in the house every hour through small leaks at windows, electrical outlets, etc.? Ask your architect about new construction methods for air sealing.

Cyndi Zaino, Hogan Architects + Development: Lighting is the most fundamental consideration when designing a custom home. Designing a building around solar orientation introduces many opportunities to utilize sunlight to create a vibrant and comfortable home.  Considerations such as the placing and sizing of windows or doors, and connecting interior and exterior spaces can fill a room with natural light that leads to positive health effects — it also has favorable thermal impacts on the building, helping reduce energy consumption.  For example, integrating landscaping elements such as a vine trellis or green wall provides dappled light as well as creates a thermal barrier to harsh sunlight.  Facade systems that are designed with solar orientation in mind can shield direct light and heat during certain parts of the day and provide soft, reflected light to fill a space.

Aric Gitomer, Aric Gitomer Architect: Are you looking to build a new home? Is this your first home? There is a big difference in someone creating their first home for their current
situation and whatever the future may hold such as a growing family, in-laws sharing your home, etc. versus a seasoned homeowner looking to downsize or upsize. Every future homeowner has a unique set of criteria to address in regard to their personal circumstances.

The key to a successful residential design is observation. Analyze your needs current and future and determine a hierarchy of must-haves, would be nice to haves, but not necessary. Once you have accomplished this epic task the communication with your architect is also essential to a successful outcome. The architect you select should be an excellent listener and interpreter as well as a negotiator between spouses at times. It is their job to create your vision by taking all the bits and pieces you feed them and realizing them into the design of your home.

Schwarz Lewis Design Group Inc.: Garage location and sun orientation are the two things that we look at first. Locating garages on the north or east side of the house will maximize light exposure and help create a sunlit healthy home.

Nikki Tubbs, Lead Designer, Regency HomebuildersTrends come and go (quickly these days!), so it is important to fill your space with selections you love. Choose colors and finishes that make you light up when you see them and keep it overall neutral with pops of your favorite colors and/or textures. Remember, your home should be uniquely you—and that alone will make it spectacular!

Michael McLychok, Principal, Director of Design, Tropical Architecture Group: Since we specialize in Tropical Architecture, the most important thing for new homeowners to know is that designing for humid tropical climates is very different than for dryer climates. Considerations in material selections that won’t mold, warp, peel off, or in general be high in maintenance are one of the first areas that make a difference in maintaining a tropical home and it’s longevity. Another consideration is designing for good airflow. The way in which the home is designed should be open to the tradewinds to help keep the home naturally cool as well as for that a pool, BBQ, and firepit are positioned properly. Roof structures and lengths of eaves can also keep the sun off your home so that you don’t have to constantly use air conditioning. Another typical mistake that people make is selecting appliances that aren’t serviced on their island.
What we encourage is for someone wanting to design a home in the tropics, to work with an architecture firm that knows what works and what doesn’t work for tropical climates.

Daniel Schmeling, Architect and President, Carbon Architects, LLC: Spend at least 30% of your time in the programming stage of design.  The more specific you can be about what you want/need (the problem you are asking your architect to solve), the more focused your architect can be during the design phase.  Programming is problem finding, design is problem solving.

Elizabeth Peterson, Ames-Peterson International Architecture & Interiors: Our philosophy has always centered around having our clients work closely with their architect and project management team from day one so clients feel included in every step of the design process. This means regular design review meetings discussing plans together so we can best translate our client’s fantasy into reality. Gone are the days of having one initial meeting with your architect and having your home mysteriously designed behind closed doors only to be underwhelmed with the result. This more efficient and collaborative design process empowers our clients while we guide them through the often complicated design and permitting process.

Joyce Owens, FAIA RIBA, Architecture Joyce Owens: When commissioning a custom home it is imperative to address the needs and budget of the client, the climate and the site. A good architect will specifically consider all of these issues, resulting in a project that is designed and tailored for the client and, more cost-effective, less hassle, and lower maintenance costs.

Originally published on Redfin

Why Buy New?

Categories: Design, Neighborhood Feature, Ready Now Homes, ReDesign, Special Features | Posted: April 23, 2019


If you are in the market to find your new home, you may consider the differences and benefits of purchasing a new construction home v. an existing or previously-owned home.

Here are 5 reasons to consider buying new!


  1. Quality in Construction and Design


New homes today are built with state-of-the-art products, techniques, and materials that must meet the latest building codes enacted by states and localities. Regardless of your budget, your new home will typically include important safety features such as smoke detectors, ground-fault circuit breakers that reduce the risk of electrical shock, and lead-free paint. In addition, you will have assurance knowing that you have purchased a home with a new roof, furnace, air conditioning unit and more, which are all very costly to replace.



  1. Designed for You


At Regency Homebuilders we offer an array of floorplans, with plenty of additional structural and design options to spare! After selecting your floorplan, you will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our Design Consultants to choose your remaining selections that make your house perfect for you and your family’s needs and preferences, instead of settling for the taste of previous owners. Today’s families require homes with flexibility to meet their lifestyle, so you will have the option to create spaces that make sense for you instead of having wasted spaces or a lack or storage.


  1. Energy Efficiency


Houses today are constructed from the beginning with features such as energy-efficient windows and more insulation, in addition to having energy saving appliances that can monitor and cut back on gas or electricity usage.  New furnaces, air conditioning systems, and heat pumps are far more efficient than heating and air conditioning systems from the past, helping you to have lower monthly utility bills.


  1. Re-sell Value


If you decide to move, you’ll be selling a home that meets more recent construction and energy-efficient standards and that offers more modern design elements (such as an open floor plan, higher ceilings, and extensive storage), rather than seeking to sell a home that was dated even before you bought it.



  1. Lower Maintenance Costs


The median age of a resale home is thirty-seven years and homes that have been around that long typically cost 21 percent more to operate than a new home. The cost savings from owning an energy-efficient new home with all new systems, appliances, and construction materials that won’t require repairs or renovation for years can easily offset any additional purchase price of the home. In addition, your new home will give you a piece of mind, knowing that you will be covered under your one-year builder warranty.

Designer Model Home for Sale in Germantown, TN: Somerset Community!

Categories: Design, Model Home, Outdoor Living, Ready Now Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: March 7, 2019

It’s all in the details in this professionally customized Designer Model Home!


Our Somerset Designer Model Home is for sale! This 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has over $142,000 in upgrades, making each space unique and breathtaking. Take a tour today at 7839 Sophie Lane– call 901.466.4040. For a video tour click HERE!


4,124 Square Feet
5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Bathrooms
2 Car Garage
$142,000+ in upgrades!



  • Chef ’s Kitchen equipped with stainless steel Jenn Air appliances, including a built-in refrigerator and custom-built sheetrock Ventahood
  • Custom built, designer cabinets with dovetail drawers, soft-close hardware, and 4.25-inch crown molding, with half inch overlay door styles.
  • Spa-like Master Retreat includes tile shower surround and floors, high-end Moen fixtures, seamless shower glass, and free-standing tub
  • Wet Bar in Media Room with sink
  • Custom built barn-doors
  • Wine Room with thin brick walls, wood shelving and iron doors
  • Office desk with granite countertop
  • Statement wooden Great Room beams
  • Outdoor living space with vaulted drywall ceiling
  • Integrated home wiring with advanced options such as centralized 4k HDTV distribution, surround sound streaming music throughout, and control of user systems via smartphone or tablet.
  • And MUCH more!!!

For more photos + info on this home:



Designer Tips from Waters of Hidden Springs Model Home

Categories: Design, Model Home, ReDesign, Special Features | Posted: February 7, 2019

We took a moment to chat with Regency Homebuilder’s in-house Designers, Cindy Carlson and Kristin Midgett, on their most recent project, the Designer Model Home of Waters of Hidden Springs in Oakland, TN. One can see that a great deal of care and consideration was used in planning and executing the fabulous and inspiring designs in each and every area of the house. One thing that was very important to the designers was accessibility, where “potential customers could walk in and feel as if they could move in tomorrow and feel right at home!”. They did this through choosing a mix of store-bought items, DIY pieces, and a combination of both, with repurposed and painted shelves in the “Game Room”.



Here’s a few design tips and insights from the pros!

What was the overall design theme of this home?

“We jokingly called our theme for this home casual awesome. We wanted to home to be casual and comfortable, yet beautiful and inviting. We wanted potential customers to walk in and feel as if they could move in tomorrow and feel right at home. We considered the neighborhood and families that might want to live there, and plan the rooms accordingly. We also planned with a budget in mind, choosing pieces that were affordable and classic. We didn’t do anything too trendy or an extreme style (farmhouse, modern, traditional, etc…)”

Where did you go for inspiration?

“We use all kinds of inspiration! We use Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, magazines, furniture catalogs and retailers. Once we find something that really catches our eye, we build the room around that. For example, we found a picture of a tent reading nook hanging from the ceiling in a picture on Instagram. We decided to do our own take on that and build a little girl’s room around this feature. We also found a fabric we loved at Premier Fabric, so we had euros made and found complementary bedding.”

What was your favorite feature or room in the home?

“Our favorite feature is the master barn doors, along with the master bath window treatment. We found pictures online and had the trim carpenter build the barn doors. We loved how the design of the doors was different from other standard designs we had used in the past.  The master bath window treatment was based off a photo from Pinterest, and we really were thrilled by how the two features flowed together and created a “wow” moment in the Master Retreat!”

What advice would you give to anyone looking to do a design overhaul in their home? Where should they start?

“We would advise going online or in magazines/catalogs and finding pictures that they love. When you have an idea of what you are wanting to do, and what you are looking for…shopping for all of the parts isn’t so overwhelming. We also keeps lots of pictures in our phones, organized by albums to keep each room/house straight, and a bag of fabric/bedding/pillows samples in our cars to use when shopping and making selections.”

What our your favorite local shops for furniture, antiques, etc?

“Warehouse 67, Sheffield’s Antique Mall, Something Special, Johnson’s Fabrics, Premier Fabrics, Homegoods, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Pier One…and many more!”

Can you share any DIY tricks that were used in this home design?

“Master bath window treatments: Our husbands had access to an old barn, and they literally went and cut the piece of wood off the barn and then cut it to our measurements. They were going to stain it, but it looked great with the barn doors as is! We ordered inexpensive tie-top panels from Wayfair and measured where we needed the hooks (which we got a Lowe’s.) Our builder installed the hooks and hung the board over the window. We tied the knots ,and it turned out beautifully!”

“For the shelves in the Game Room, we used shelves from an older model, but they weren’t the right color metal. So we removed the wood and spray painted them black to give the look of iron.”

Check out this beautiful Designer Model Home at 20 Chestnut Ridge Drive (For GPS – 12579 Hwy 194)!




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5 Reasons We Love Quartz

Categories: Design, Model Home, Special Features, Uncategorized | Posted: January 21, 2019

Quartz is an engineered stone that provides many benefits in both form and function. Here’s a few of the reasons why we love using this material in our kitchens and bathrooms!


  1. The wide array of colors and textures

 As quartz counters are engineered, many colors can be brought in through pigmentation. Textures and dimension can be created through adding in glass and stone, providing the natural looks of marble or granite, without the unpredictability.


  1. Quartz is Nonporous

Natural stones are all porous to a degree; however, since quartz is a manufactured material it will not let in liquids or stains. This will keep cleaning a breeze, and you will feel a real peace of mind knowing that harmful bacteria or viruses or harbored in your countertops.


  1. Durability

 Quartz is incredibly strong, resisting chips and cracks, as well as corrosion from cleaning materials and oils.


  1. Low maintenance

Another benefit of quartz is that you do not need to seal your countertops! However, it will benefit from using stone-safe cleaners to look its best.


  1. It can make your home look like this….   


Welcome to the Design Center

Categories: Design, Uncategorized | Posted: September 15, 2017

Don’t just build your dream home, but CUSTOMIZE every part of it to fit your lifestyle. Let our talented Design Center Consultants guide you through all the unique & cutting edge ways of designing your perfect dream home. Watch this video for a peek into our Design Center

You might be asking yourself how you can prepare for your Design Center appointment. If you complete this checklist beforehand you will be good to go!

〉 Create a Pinterest board, we have several to get your started here

〉 Create a Hozz ideabook book by room

〉 Visit our model homes

〉 Start collecting design magazines or even retail catalogs

〉 Drive through your future neighborhood for brick selections

The Regency Homebuilding Process

Categories: Design, ReDesign, Special Features, Uncategorized | Posted: September 13, 2017

Building a new, customized home is an exciting and big decision! Regency Homebuilders is dedicated to making this process as simple and hassle-free as possible. With excellence in design, construction, and customer service, Regency Homebuilders cannot wait to build your dream home!

With over 40 neigbhorhoods and 140 floor plans, there are so many different ways that you can customize your dream home. Take the time to visit our designer models, so you can get a feel for what your style is and what floor plans you love. You can find all of our model homes here. Also, visit our Pinterest page to see more design inspiratation before your design center appointment.

From picking out your floor plan to your pre-construction meeting, this is an exciting time for you and your family! This is also the time you will design your dream home! Our Design Center Consultants will walk you through every aspect of designing your home, while staying in your budget.

Once the Certificate of Occupancy is rewarded, it is time for closing! This is where you will meet at the title company to sign paperwork for your new home, and where the money is transferred for the finalization of the home sale. Once this is all done, you are the owner of a brand new, beautiful Regency home!

Throw the Perfect Housewarming Party

Categories: Design, Holiday, ReDesign, Uncategorized | Posted: September 11, 2017

It finally happened, you’re all moved into your dream home and construction is over! You’ve decorated, bought furniture, unpacked, and now it’s time to celebrate! If you follow these few tips, you are guaranteed to throw the perfect housewarming party!


Let your family and friends know you moved and invite them to your new home! You can create easy and fun cards with the paint swatches you’ve most likely accumulated, or go paperless with sites like Paperless Post.


Planning your menu can be the most fun part of throwing your party, or the most stressful if you don’t like wearing the chef’s hat! We have some delicious treat ideas on Pinterest to help you get started HERE.

To help things move smoothy, prep and cook beforehand whatever you can! Offer a variety of finger foods to keep guests mingling and checking out your new space! Learn how to make the perfect Charcuterie board HERE. Don’t forget desert, these Rice Krispie treats look just like paint brushes!


Have a local bakery create fun and cute sweet treats for your guests to take home.


Get creative with decorating! Here’s another way to DIY and repurpose those paint swatches!


A fun way to BUILD memories is to have your guests sign a Jenga piece, then bring out the game later for everyone to play. Also, snag those secret family recipes by asking your guests to leave their favorite. Now you pulled it off and threw the perfect housewarming party! Relax and show off your dream home!

For more menu inspiration, home decor, and DIY projects, visit our >>Pinterest<< board!

Get Inspired with our Classic Contemporary Designer Model

Categories: Design, Model Home, Uncategorized | Posted: September 1, 2017

Having a designer home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight decorating budget. Fortunately, there are ways you can get the high-end look you dream of without the professionals! Our newest Designer Model has people talking and we want to help you get inspired! Use this guide to create your very own Classic Contemporary designer home. Visit this model in person – 4243 Dockery Drive Olive Branch, MS 38654 and see more pictures here.

Your Pinterest Perfect Home

Categories: Design, Model Home, Special Features, Uncategorized | Posted: August 21, 2017

Now that you’ve built (or are currently building) your dream home, time to perfect the interiors with these Designer Model DIYs!   Add a unique touch to your home by creating a look & feel of your own. Below are some of our favorite accessories to have around the house.  Easily re-create these fun Pinterest projects and showcase them in your own new home!

 *all DIYs found on Pinterest*



Keep your knick-knacks on display with this fun hanging rope shelf.  As seen in our College Crossing Designer Model, these hanging shelves serve as a nightstand on each side of the bed.  Perfect for small accessories, books, or plants!  >CLICK HERE< to see how you can make your own!


Give your home a rustic touch with this DIY wooden towel ladder!  Used in the Cross Creek Designer Model, this ladder will help declutter your home and neatly display your favorite blankets, throws, towels or quilts!  Only needing $5 worth of lumber, >CLICK HERE< to learn how to build your very own!


Not everyone has a room specially dedicated to wine like this Somerset Designer Model, but that doesn’t mean wine isn’t important!  This rack is perfect for storing multiple bottles & is a space saver!  Create your own classy wine rack to display in your kitchen or dining room >HERE<!