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    With so many benefits to buying a brand-new home, you’ve decided to take the plunge — good for you! It’s a decision that makes so much sense. Top of the list for why buying new is such a wise option is the ability to make the home yours. From floorplan to finishes, the house reflects your needs, your wants and your style at every level.

    So what do you want and need from your new home? Knowing is key! Read on for some tips to consider.

    5 factors to consider when designing your dream home

    Being proactive and knowing what you want is crucial to setting yourself up for a joyful, content life. Here are some factors every new homebuyer should consider when looking for a new home.

    #1 Assess your lifestyle

    First up, take an honest assessment of your family’s lifestyle. Who will live under your roof?
    • A multigenerational family? A multilevel floorplan might suit your situation best.
    • A couple of retired empty-nesters? The easy-to-navigate ranch design may work well for you.
    • A bustling family of movers and shakers? Two words for you: spacious mudroom.
    • A family of one with multiple four-legged “children”? A low-maintenance townhome may fit the bill.

    #2 Balance the budget

    Before you begin searching for your dream home, evaluate your finances. What can you afford? What items are on your must-have and would-love-to-have lists?

    Keeping your answers in mind as you search for a new home will help you stay within your budget.

    #3 Consider the homesite

    One advantage (among many!) of buying new is the opportunity to select where your home will be. This is an exciting aspect! Here are some considerations to get you started thinking about what will suit your lifestyle best:
    • Village: Which village matches your style? (Providence, Ascent or Prospect are available now at Sterling Ranch.)
    • Location: Front or back of the neighborhood? Near the Primrose School (coming soon!)? Close to the Sterling Center or Overlook Clubhouse, or tucked away from the bustle?
    • Orientation: South-facing driveway for quick snow melt? West-facing windows for Rocky Mountain views? East-facing windows, optimal for indoor plants?
    • Surroundings: Back to open space? Corner lot? Within sight of the nearest pocket park?

    #4 Personalize the layout

    Buying new at Sterling Ranch means choosing from dozens of home designs from a roster of award-winning home builders. As you explore the plethora of options, ask yourself . . . would you rather have:
    • Two (or three!) stories or a ranch design?
    • An open concept layout or a walled design for privacy?
    • A vaulted ceiling or loft space?
    • A finished or unfinished basement?
    • A spare bedroom or a home office (or home gym or library)?

    #5 Have fun with finishes

    The bones of the house are where your needs come more into play; the finishes, on the other hand, are where you get to flex your style. What’s your vibe? Do you like the chic simplicity of the farmhouse look? The ruggedness of modern industrial touches? The homeyness of a quintessential cottage or craftsman-style home?

    Whatever you desire, the interior designers at your builder’s design center will help you select the finishes to tie it all together.


    Design your dream home at Sterling Ranch

    Looking for a new home in a unique, forward-thinking community? We invite you to visit Sterling Ranch and tour our model homes, all of which are sure to inspire. These homes, from world-class builders, demonstrate the tremendous array of options available with a brand-new home. For your convenience, our Info Center is open seven days a week. Swing by — we’d love to show you what makes Sterling Ranch so special.