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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 consultant 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 Exhibit A and A-1, included in your homeowner contract, for a comprehensive list of essential details. Pictured: the kitchen of our Alpine model at Empire River Reserve.

Leave Room For Upgrades

During the design 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 home-buying budget to splurge on upgrades later. Once your design selections are finalized, a deposit is due; the amount varies. Pictured: the premier bedroom of our Alpine model at Empire River Reserve.

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. Pictured: the dining room of our Hadley floor plan.

Your Design Appointments

Our one-on-one selection appointments 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. We offer two four-hour appointments for customers, so that you have the peace of mind to think through your choices before finalizing. Pictured: the living room of our Hamilton model at Empire Kennington.

Be Prepared

Once you’ve selected your finishes, 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 will provide you with additional contract documentation and sketches for you to take home. Pictured: the bonus room of our Bradbury model at Empire Camber Woods.

Explore our Design Studio

Virtually tour our state-of-the art design studio. Our 3,900 sq.ft. space features multiple kitchens and bathroom vignettes, plus flooring, tile, fireplace and exteriors galleries.

Visit our design studio page for more insight into our process and what we offer, as well as our homeowner resource page for more helpful information on finances, warranties and more.


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