Building a custom home is a large undertaking. The most commonly spoken phrase during the building is process is “I can’t believe how many decisions need to be made!,” and rightfully so. The selections required range from hose bib locations to the profile of the molding that finishes the trim detail on a cabinet door panel. Often homeowners are overwhelmed and are not sure where to begin, as one decision can greatly affect the next set of selections and set the tone for the overall aesthetic of a home.  

With this in mind I have compiled a list of some finish selection tips to help navigate choosing the pretty stuff. These rules of thumb are meant to be a general guideline for keeping your mind settled and the job on track.  


Rules Of Thumb for Architectural Finish Selections 

1.     Know Your Style. The most basic rule can also be the most challenging for some. I consistently direct my clients to compile photos on Houzz, Pinterest, or out of magazines to narrow down common aesthetic patterns in order to zero in on an overall design.

Tip: When saving photos make sure to leave a caption or a note detailing what you like about the photo. An interior designer sees all the elements working together whereas you may only love the countertop.


2. Identify Your Element. This refers to a finish or material that you absolutely LOVE and most desire to implement in the build. This can be a countertop that has captured your heart, a specialty tile that will not necessarily match every countertop, or a cabinet style or finish that is highly specific and unusual. By having this element in hand, it becomes much easier when choosing the other finishes that surround it to make sure they all work together holistically.

Tip: Try to be flexible. Sometimes these elements become discontinued or are out of your budget range. Your interior designer is a trained professional who can help suggest alternatives in case of an unexpected change such as this.  



3.     Stick to the Plan. The most common delay in the building process is when changes are requested. Remember, each selection made impacts others so a “simple” change can often derail a design or open room for mistakes as the builder and interior designer must take considerable time to go through the motions of a change. With the custom residential building industry booming there is likely not much of that time to spare.

Tip: As the design process rolls along have your interior designer lay out your selections and keep photos and samples on hand as often as possible.  


4.     Trust The Process. Chances are you are working with seasoned professionals in every aspect of your home build. From the architect, builder, and interior designer to the carpenters, tile installers, and landscapers these folks are all working together in your favor to create a lasting and quality home for years to come. If a mistake happens or something is missed, do not panic! Good contractors will make things right.

Tip (and this is a big one): You will always get what you pay for! 




Working with the proper professionals to ensure your satisfaction is paramount. Through the years Tyner Construction has learned many lessons and implements each of them into our procedure and process. Our skilled team will walk you through from start to finish to ensure there are no gray areas. A final product that exceeds expectations and stands the test of time is always our goal!



Article by Jennifer Scott

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