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If there’s one thing that sets the buying new vs. resale debate apart it’s the ability to choose the features and finishes that suit your style and taste. From countertops to cabinets to bathrooms and flooring the selections are virtually endless and offer a wide array of choice. Sometimes all those options can be overwhelming, and we want to keep things clear and as simple as possible, so we have put together decor basics 101. Keep in mind that no two Empire projects are exactly alike, so you should ask your sales representative if there is any specific advice they can offer.

Empire’s High Standards

When you buy a new Empire home, rest assured you’re purchasing a beautifully designed home—our award-winning interior design teams take care of that. New homes at Empire are outfitted with contemporary, high-quality features and finishes that come standard, meaning they are included in the purchase price. To remind yourself exactly what’s included in your home, refer to the Feature Sheet in your sales package. It provides a comprehensive list of the essential details about your new home.

Leave Room for Upgrades

During the decor process you will have a chance to browse and purchase certain upgrades, which are signature design extras for your new home. For example, a special tub, a spectacular fireplace or that coveted countertop. Most homebuyers love upgrades and experienced new homebuyers will leave room in their homebuying budget to splurge on upgrades later. It’s a good idea to talk to your mortgage company and plan an upgrade budget before your design appointment.

Scheduling Your Big Day

Depending on when you purchased your new home, our design center team will contact you to set up your personal design appointment. We try to provide a couple dates for your appointment, but with tight construction schedules and many appointments to get through, sometimes the availability is a bit tight.

Your Design Appointment

Our one-on-one selection appointment gives you a chance to familiarize yourself with the options available to you, while a design professional will help you make the right decision for your dream home.

Be Prepared

Once you’ve selected your decor, we go ahead and build your home. Remember: the better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy this process. We’re here to help you every step of the way and include a personalized Design Information Package for to you take home. This package will provide all of the decor specifics, so please review it closely.

Have more questions about our design process? Contact us to get in touch with a member of our team.


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New Home Specialist



New Home Specialist


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