Designing a model home can be a great experience for both the designer and builder. The model home gives the chance for the designer to be creative and showcase their talent. Model homes allow potential buyers to envision themselves living in these homes so it is important for the designer to make it functional as well as beautiful.
The job of the designer when working with a builder is to make the home look beautifully designed but at a cost effective price. Ultimately the designer wants recognition for the builders designed home and the builder wants to sell the home. This means it is crucial for the designer to come up with an innovative approach to make the home attractive for the buyer but also affordable for the builder. A great way to do this is to spend money on upgrading some items while saving money on others. The model home should set the stage for the rest of the homes in the community. This being said, it is important for the designer to pay attention to small details and upgrades in hopes that the buyer will want to purchase their home with these upgrades.
Designing a model home gives the designer some freedom to express their unique talent and style. A good way for the designer to make a statement is to show multiple uses of different rooms in the home. In one home, this may be a bedroom, while in another the room may act as an office space. Variation will allow the buyer to envision themselves in the home and make adjustments according to their lifestyle. The designer has the opportunity to put in some exclusive finishes such as moulding, wallpaper, ceiling details and be creative with accent tile to really make a statement. Ultimately these special finishes and attention to detail will set the model home apart and make it special.