Design | 18 July 2018

5 Essential Design Questions That Will Have Your House Move-In Ready

by Tamara Hosken

At the beginning stages of building a new home, the number of choices you have to make can feel overwhelming.

But we’re here to make it easy for you.

With careful planning, the right advice and a network of support behind you, we believe the process of building your home should be pain-free and enjoyable.

Here are just a few questions to ask our Design Consultants at the Spectra Selection Centre during the design stage that will have your home move in ready:

What colours, fittings and finishes suit my style?

These are the choices that will personalise your home and make it your own. Having a good idea of your interior and exterior wall paint, finishes and floor coverings early on will help set the scene for the rest of your design. For example, feature walls can really lift a room and bring out your own personal style... Having your colour palette set in place early will also assist with furniture and decorative choices closer to your finish date – will you be using existing pieces or will your new home benefit from a completely fresh look?

Our Design Consultants are there to answer your questions and help with the design stage of your new Carlisle Home.

For colour inspiration, visit our Gallery and Spectra Selection Centre as well as resources like home magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. Create a virtual or hard copy scrap book to assemble all your ideas in one place - that will give our consultants at the Spectra Selection Centre a basis on which to build your selections and help to coordinate everything into one complete scheme.

What types of window treatments do I need?

Having your window furnishings in place before moving day will be essential for your privacy and security and there are many options our consultants can take you through. Prior to your appointment have a think about whether you would prefer curtains or blinds- romans, roller, venetians or timber shutters? If your budget is stretched, you could consider starting with just the front of the house and finish the rest of the windows at a later date.

Our Spectra Selection Centre displays all the latest window furnishings and treatments.

Where are all the power points?

Electrical needs are so often overlooked until it’s too late. We don’t want you making that mistake so plan early on where you will need wall sockets in easy reach for every room of the house – consider how you use each room and what you’ll require for your appliances, lamps, TV and entertainment units. You could also consider built-in USB hubs in the study or kitchen areas for charging smart phones and data points for computers. And make sure your electrical plan is complete with any special light fittings to add your personal touch, like feature pendant lights, down lights and dimmer switches.

Personalise your new Carlisle Home by adding stylish touches like ornate pendants and modern down lights.

Will I need a security system?

For peace of mind, this is an important feature to build into your home design before you move in. There is a wide selection of premium security systems that will keep your home and family safe, such as an integrated intercom/alarm system and CCTV networking packs. Ask your Spectra Design Consultant which option would be best for you.

Can I go green?

Don’t wait until after your home is built to discover the benefits of environmentally friendly design – as well as being good for the planet, our range of green products can really impact the cost of running your home now and into the future. Features like energy efficient zoned heating and cooling, double glazed windows, rainwater tanks and thermal insulation can be incorporated into your home design and be ready to enjoy as soon as you pick up the keys.

You’ll be spoilt with choice when it comes to customising your Carlisle Home at the Spectra Selection Centre, where you can browse thousands of products, finishes and fixtures for every room of your home.

The Carlisle Homes award winning Spectra Selection Centre has everything you need when it comes to getting your home ready to move right in. Your personal Design Consultant will be on hand to guide you through the selection process and ensure everything you choose works together seamlessly.

Don’t leave the details till handover - ask your Spectra Design Consultant during your appointment what else you can do to have your new home move–in ready!

Visit the Spectra Selection Centre for more details and inspiration.


Tamara Hosken

Spectra Showroom Manager

Tamara’s depth of experience in lighting and interiors shines through to every corner of the award winning Spectra Centre showroom.

Whether she’s meeting with suppliers to view new products or updating the displays with the latest design trends, Tamara loves watching and guiding the showroom experience and is always focused on a positive client experience. 'It’s inspiring to see and hear our customer’s excitement as they choose materials and products to create the home of their dreams.'

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