Deciding to build a new home can sometimes feel like a leap of faith. Many times, a new homebuyer will have walked through a model and maybe a few move-in-ready homes. They’ll have looked at virtual tours and floorplans. But the vision of their home may still be hard to visualize.

That vision starts to focus during their design center visit. Most of our divisions have design centers where homebuyers can see, touch, feel and visualize the finishes in their new home. In fact, some of our award-winning design centers have or are undergoing renovations to make sure they are up to date with the most current design trends that our homebuyers are hoping and dreaming of.

For many homebuyers, the design center visit can be one of the most exciting parts of their homebuilding experience. (For people who love watching design shows on television, it’s very similar to a dream come true!) But what exactly should homebuyers expect when they visit a design center?

At Eastwood Homes, our homebuyers can expect to spend approximately four hours at the design center picking out their finishes. If your new home will have a third floor or a finished basement, you should plan for a longer visit. Homebuyers will usually visit the design center within two weeks of contracting on their new home, but that may vary especially during peak construction times.

When our new homebuyers arrive at our design center, they will be greeted and welcomed into the showroom by our design specialists. Think of that feeling you get when you enter the new car showroom. If you’re like me, you usually want one of everything! (This still happens to me every time I visit our design center!) This is why it’s so important to know your budget (and if you have any wiggle room) before making this visit!

Future homeowners will review their chosen structural options for their future home with our specialists who are trained to ask questions to help them get to know your wishes and needs. They will also ask about that all important budget so they can help keep you on track.

Generally, you’ll start your selection process by choosing exterior color selections. Some of these choices can include HardiePlank color selection, brick/stone color, and shutter and trim choices. This will be the point where you’ll really start to envision your home and what it will be like to pull into your driveway after a long day at work or at soccer practice with the kids.

Next, you’ll begin to choose your interior design options. This can be an extensive – and exciting – process! Do you want brushed nickel faucets or oil rubbed bronze? How about hardwoods, carpeting or luxury vinyl plank for your flooring? What about light fixtures? What color granite and which of our gorgeous cabinets will look best in your home and fit your design preferences? How about a trim package? Coffered ceilings in the dining room? This stage of the process is truly what sets our homes apart from some other inventory builders who don’t offer nearly as many of the designer choices that we do at Eastwood Homes. You’ll have enough choices at this stage in the process to make your home feel like a custom build, and to turn it into your dream home.

After picking out selections for the outside and inside of the home, our buyers will then move behind the walls for some high-tech design. They will meet with our low-voltage experts to discuss wiring throughout the home for phone, cable, surround sound and data.

After all of the new home selections have been made, our design center specialists will put together a list of the chosen options for review. Changes generally can be made within one week of design center selections. Our specialists will end the appointment by assuring our future homeowners that they are available for any initial changes and for any questions they may have throughout the process.

For our divisions that do not have a design center, our homebuyers will make their selections with our New Home Specialists who will walk them through each of their choices. They will have samples to choose from for their selections, such as granite and flooring choices.

Have more questions about designing your new Eastwood home? Let us know in the comments section below! 

*This is intended to be a general overview of the design center process. The selection process and timing may vary by division. Be sure to ask your New Home Specialist for specific instructions.


Tara Whiteley, Eastwood Homes

08/08/16 11:55am
Hi Sarah! Thanks for reaching out and for your interest in Eastwood Homes! We'd love to give you specific answers for your questions but the answers for your questions vary by community. Can you possibly fill out a Quick Contact form (the blue button on the right side of this page) or email [email protected], and we'll be happy to do our best to get you those answers! Thanks again! Hope to chat soon!

Tara Whiteley, Eastwood Homes

08/08/16 11:50am
Hi Alli! We are working on finding this out for you. We'll be in touch (probably on Facebook or Twitter!) Thanks!


08/06/16 2:37pm
Hello! What are the color choices for walls and exterior. Can I chose any color I like or do you only have a few to choose from like the colors of the carpet? I also wanted to know how much adding a fireplace would be and the estimated cost of hardwood floors would be. Thanks


07/26/16 4:24pm
I toured the Charleston Model in Granite Falls, Raleigh, NC one weekend and would like to know where (and the name of) that dining room table on display came from. It's gorgeous and definitely something I would want in my home! Thanks!

Tara Whiteley, Eastwood Homes

07/13/16 2:18pm
Hi Kate! We just heard back from Megan at the Design Center and it sounds like you all spoke this morning and everything got squared away. Please feel free to reach out to us again if you have any other questions, and we'd love to see your finished kitchen when you move in! Feel free to find us on Facebook and post a picture! Thanks!!


07/12/16 7:19pm
Hello! Regarding your cabinetry- would you please share with me who the manufacturer is of the cabinets shown in the design center. I believe that the Aristocrat manufacturer that we received has a VERY different finish than the cabinets shown and ordered in the showroom. I would appreciate if somebody could please speak to this. Thank you much

Tara Whiteley, Eastwood Homes

06/28/16 8:54am
Hi Ashley and Tammy! The Savannah Townhomes are getting close to opening, and we hope to have a big event at the community within the next two months, and that would be a great time for a sneak peak (Ashley) and to get all those deails (Tammy). Tammy - we have finalized the floorplans and they are on our website at I don't have an answer about the exterior color picks yet but we will be assigning an on-site agent for that community and he or she will know the answer. The best way to get the update about our upcoming event will be by joining our VIP list. If you haven't joined yet, just click the Quick Contact box on most of our pages (including this one) and submit your info to Amanda. She will keep in touch with you. Thank you for checking in. We are so excited about the Townhomes!


06/27/16 11:51pm
Is there an open house to come get a "sneak peak" before our appointment?


10/06/15 7:41pm
Hi Tara-- were you able to find out about designing the exterior? Or do you have any additional information on the floor plans that may be available? Thanks!

Tara Whiteley, Eastwood Homes

08/20/15 10:33am
Hi Ebony! Yes, generally speaking they will go to the design center to make their selections. However, the exterior selections and structural options may have already been chosen by Eastwood Homes, since they are part of a larger building and may have to meet some design standards of the community, for example. Since I know you are looking in the Charlotte area, I do want to say that we haven't heard yet about our new Savannah Townhomes in Charlotte. If I get an answer to that soon, I'll come back here and let you know!

Ebony L. Clay

08/20/15 7:56am
Can you design townhomes or only single family homes?

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