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Posted by Kari Montoya on Jul 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

If you’re like a lot of new home-to-be customers, you have a stack of House Beautiful magazines in the garage. You might have another box of Architectural Digests, Veranda’s and Town & Country’s in the closet. All earmarked. Dog-eared. Post-it Noted, and scribbled on. Or you might have a few Pinterest boards overflowing with ideas, we know we do! Your dream house is living between the pages of your favorite magazines and images you have saved online—and you can’t wait to start designing!


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Analyzing the Options

If you’ve already been preapproved with any of our Home Ownership Counselors, it might just be time to break open those magazine boxes and start the color boards! This is your invitation to bring every interior home idea into one of our local Adair Homes Design Centers. 

Often, one of the biggest challenges for homeowners is balancing what they want in their home and the possible budget limitations. As we sift through your style, your must-haves, preferences and wants, we’ll also discuss your best product choice. There are a myriad of backsplash tiles, flooring choices, and hard surface products to choose from—and it’s our privilege to help you identify products that satisfy the three tenants of a good investment: Purchase Price, Product Life Cycle, and Upkeep Cost.

     Purchase Price: The price that it will cost you today to purchase and install the product

     Product Life Cycle: How long a product will last

     Upkeep Cost: Maintenance & rejuvenation. In other words, what care the product requires to
     keep in working order throughout its lifecycle 

Advice from an Expert

We met with our in-house design expert to get more insight on products she recommends when considering budget limitations.

“In every area of a home build, there are decisions to make. Quality is what matters, when it comes to actual value. If you spend a little extra. to get into a higher quality flooring material that is guaranteed to last for many years with little to no maintenance, you have to ask yourself, is that a good investment? 

In contrast, a lower quality product can actually cost you more money over time. It’s so important to look at lifecycle and product upkeep when making final decisions.” Heidi Paulsen, Adair Homes

Heidi also tells us that there are some products that may seem more expensive at the onset, but are actually a very good value in the long run. Below are a handful of examples:

Carpet pad- Sometimes what you can’t see can make all the difference—like carpet pad. A small upgrading in the carpet pad—from an 6# to a 8#—helps the carpet stay supported with daily wear. The water resistant option  keeps  stains on top, and prevents them from trickling down to the subfloor. This seemingly insignificant product upgrade can add years to your carpet life.

Tile flooring- Tile flooring can last for 30 years, with very low maintenance. It’s durability is unsurpassed, can handle high traffic, dogs and cats, and any toddler push toy imaginable. While tile is more expensive at purchase, when amortized over a 30 year period, the cost is manageable and (typically) preferred. 

Granite and Quartz- The counter products are expensive on the front end—but if you are looking for a lifetime product with little maintenance associated with use, these options are your best bet. Also, they are just beautiful. Even if you can't afford to do a full kitchen upgrade these surfaces will add some serious style! 

Insulation and Heat barrier- Interested in lowering your monthly utility bills? Better insulation will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Upgraded windows can offer insulation-like properties as well as UV protection. Upgraded windows can also offer insulation-like properties as well as UV protection.

Eagle Concrete tile roofing- These roofs are made to last—some over 40 years! These concrete tiles increase your home’s overall energy efficiency—effectively saving you money every month. Maintenance is fairly low, as this product is easily cared for and repaired.  *Eagle Concrete Roofing is currently only available for homes built in Arizona.

>> Check out this Designer Corner event with Heidi for more information on setting priorities to balance your budget and design needs!

Advice from an Adair Homes Customer

Every day our team works with customers to make the right choices for their budget. On of our recent home owners recommends installing the mudroom cabinets yourself after moving in as a fun project and a way to save money on your overall costs.

"One way to save money when building a new home is to install cabinets in non-essential areas yourself. The kitchen cabinets are required to pass inspection, but some rooms can be left open and you could put in your own cabinets once you move in. These areas include the butler’s pantry, laundry room and mudroom, if your plan has these areas." Adair Homes customer, Travis M.

We love the choices this family has made for their beautiful home and the customizations they continue to do on their own after moving in. Visit Travis' blog to learn more about their journey. 

Decisions, Decisions

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Many decisions go into building a home, especially if you are trying to be mindful of you budget. If you a person who wants to touch and feel everything in our Design Center or someone who would prefer a preselected package from our designer, our Pro Team will be by your side every step of the way. Give us your parameters, and we’ll help you narrow down the options so that you can choose the options that will provide the greatest value to you and your home. 

Our company stands for value, integrity, and quality which is why every product we offer is backed by companies we trust, warranties, and our dedicated Customer Care department. It's important to us that you feel comfortable building your new construction home and that you are happy with your choice to trust us for many years to come.

About Adair Homes

With 50-plus years in the industry, Adair’s long term commitment to treating each customer with honesty, integrity, and respect has paid off, 21,000 customers strong and counting. 

At Adair Homes, our mission states: it is our privilege to build our customers the home they have always dreamed of. We believe in providing the greatest value for our customer’s dollar and finding innovative ways to value engineer homes. We believe that we can offer an outstanding customer experience that is both enjoyable and rewarding—and offer this one-of-a-kind customer experience as the largest on-your-lot builder in the West. For more info, get in touch with us here or call 1-844-518-7072.