Thomsen Homes has a new office! We’re excited to host our Thomsen Homes Preview Night on Thursday, February 19th. This event goes from 4-7 pm and we would love to see you there! Get a tour of our brand new Design Studios and chat with our sales team. Are you looking for a new home? Perhaps a friend or family member is on the hunt? Bring them with! Already, built with Thomsen Homes? Come join us and we can chat about our referral program. You can also enter to win a $500 gift card from Eco Chic! We can’t wait to see you there!
Part seven of the home building journey, Brady and Jenna talk about what it was like to be so close to moving into their new home and what it was like to do the pre-finish walk through of their home.
Pre-Finish Walk Through
The day we finally got to walk in and see our house, full of all the decisions we made, had come. I can’t even put in to words how exciting it was to FINALLY walk into our home and see everything all together. We had been driving by for weeks and weeks watching it go up and seeing the exterior changes, but that doesn’t even compare to stepping inside and finally seeing it all!
Nate met us at our house and before walking in warned us that there were still things that needed to be done. There are individuals that meticulously walk through your home looking for “blemishes” that need to be touched up before closing. And when I say meticulous, I mean there was blue painters tape all over marking where something needed to be painted, or sanded, or filled in. What a relief to know the care that goes in to making your home literally perfect. Bryan, our construction manager, even stopped by to introduce himself and show us a couple areas that they would be replacing in the flooring and why (spilled glue). I appreciated seeing yet another person that was invested in the quality of our home.
My husband brought our upgrade addendums with on this walk through to help us stay focused on our choices. If something wasn’t right, Nate made a note in his phone to follow up on after our meeting. (I think that list ended up with only two items on it after 45 minutes of going through every room.) The builders and contractors are thorough and care about doing it right.
My favorite part of this walk through was Nate’s genuine excitement for us and the choices we made. Once again, everyone we worked with invested in our home building journey with them—it’s another reason we feel so confident not only in the choices we made for our home but in our decision to build with Thomsen Homes again.
To learn more about the Meyers’ home building journey check them out here.
Following along with Brady and Jenna on their Home Building Journey, next up: their electrical walk through. After meeting with our design specialists for a second meeting to select their interior selections, Brady and Jenna met at their home with Heidi and their electrician, Adam with Aurora Electric. Check out part one through five of the Meyers’ home building journey.
Electrical Walk Through
Our house has officially started to go up and we look forward to seeing the changes each day on our family car ride! Prior to our electrical walk through, we were given a list of potential electrical upgrades to look through in advance. Some of these choices we had already made and some we added that day.
Once the entire house was framed, we met with Heidi and Adam, our electrician, to walk through the house and make electrical choices. Our electrician was very knowledgeable about the standard number of outlets that needed to be in each room and the placement for switches, outlets, and lights.
Armed with a black Sharpie, he began marking where everything would go! When we weren’t sure about something, he always gave his honest opinion to help with our decision making. We knew going in to this walk through that we wanted to add canned lighting in the living room and family room, but he aided in where they should actually go to be the most functional.
The most challenging (and slightly stressful) choice for me was where to place our dining room light fixture. We had the measurements of our table, so Heidi and Adam helped us map out its location in order to make sure that our light fixture would be centered!
This may sound like a lot, but we were able to accomplish all of this over my lunch hour! Along with being knowledgeable, they are also extremely efficient in guiding these decisions with their expertise! Its days like this that we were incredibly thankful for the team that surrounded us so that we left feeling confident with our choices rather than overwhelmed and unsure! As always, their goal is to make sure that you’re making the right selections for YOU, not just what’s considered standard.
Stay tuned for part 7 of the Meyers’ Home Building Journey.
After Brady and Jenna had their first design appointment and picked out their exterior selections, they met with our design specialists for a second meeting to select their interior selections. Follow along for part five of Jenna’s guest blog and the Meyers’ home building journey.
The first thing I hear when people find out that we are building again is, “Oh, I could never make all of those decisions!”
I agree, there are a lot of decisions to make, but I can’t say I ever felt overwhelmed by them. This is credit to our design team—they will steer you in the right direction, give you their honest opinions, and offer ideas that you never would have considered in order to make your home come to life.
Every selection is right there in Thomsen’s office—they lay out standard selections and if you don’t see something that you like, they then direct you to the upgraded choices. Can I be honest here? We didn’t need to look at many upgraded options for our interior selections because the standard choices are absolutely stunning! At this meeting we chose our stain color for cupboards, doors, and trim, our paint color, carpet, laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, door style, and countertops.
Beyond the color choices, we also were able to look at the standard kitchen (yes, they have a beautiful kitchen right in their office that you work in to make all of these selections). This is where we could see if we needed to change any cupboards to a drawer, add pull outs inside a cupboard, and more! It’s truly about making choices that will best fit your needs! In our first home, we had no idea what we needed and the standard options worked great! This time around, we made only a few adjustments to the kitchen. We added a drawer bank to replace a cupboard and put a pull out garbage in our island. (A must for one of our dogs who has figured out how to unlock our garbage can!)
Finally, we had to select what I’m going to call fixtures. This includes things like the cupboard handles, faucets, showerheads, added cubbies, and light fixtures. Once again, were not pressured into having all of these decisions nailed down. Heidi and Amber helped us make a list of decisions that we weren’t ready to make and gave us a deadline for when we needed to have them made. They were also great about following up with us and continued to send us options and pictures via email! Remember when I said they’re organized? It’s incredible how helpful they were throughout all of this! (And judgement free—I changed my mind about our deck three times in one day! Yikes!)
I am so excited to see all of our choices come to life in our house! I can only imagine how beautiful it is going to be, and I credit our design team for helping us make this happen!
Soon after Brady and Jenna signed their purchase agreement they met with our design specialists to start sections on the exterior of their new home. Checkout part four of Jenna’s guest blog and their home building journey.
We wrote our purchase agreement in the winter knowing that they wouldn’t start building our house until the ground thawed, but we were still able to jump into the decision making process rather quickly (with some wiggle room)!
Our next meeting was to make exterior choices. We were able to pick up a little packet with samples to get our minds started towards what we wanted, but doing a little research in advance also helped with these decisions. We drove around many neighborhoods to look at colors, the difference between brick and stone, front porches, trim colors, and yes, even shingle colors!
We met with Heidi and Amber, our design team from Thomsen homes, and were amazed at their knowledge, expertise, and organization! They had a clear agenda for our meeting, but going off the schedule to discuss a random question that popped up never phased them.
We started by walking through our site plans to look at structural changes. For example, we decided to move a door on the main level to a different wall. They made notes right on our site plans and sent them off to the developer to be modified and reprinted before we left!
Next up, exterior choices! This is where our experience building four years ago was a little different. Four years ago, we didn’t even look at the color choices that were considered upgrades because we knew that it wasn’t in our budget for our first home. This time around, being that this is our forever home, we knew that an upgraded color was likely going to be our choice. (If you’re on a tighter budget, don’t let this upgrade make you nervous! We absolutely loved the color of our first home as well, we just had a different idea in mind after I had a little too much fun exploring Pinterest.) Since we had a more specific color choice in mind the second time around, they assured us that if a sample wasn’t on hand that we had in mind, they would do their best to help us find the color we were looking for. Thankfully, they had exactly what I had envisioned!
Remember earlier when I mentioned how organized Heidi and Amber are? We’d move on to our next exterior choice, I would be conflicted on a decision, and they would quickly pull up pictures of different builds that Thomsen had done to give me a visual comparison. This alone gave me so much ease with our decision making because I didn’t have to try and imagine what something would look like.
After we made all of our selections, they lined them up on these neat little shelves so that we could see our exterior choices all together. They encouraged us to take pictures as well! These pictures were so nice to look back on as we continued to dream about our soon to be forever home. (But they also came in handy down the road when we decided to add a deck and needed to choose a color that correlated with our exterior choices!)
The final step of this meeting was to look at the standard verses upgraded options for a water heater and sump pump. I’m going to be honest, this part of the meeting was like listening to another language for us because we didn’t even know it was an option for upgrading. They encouraged us to think about it and we weren’t pressured to make a decision that day. We went home to talk it over with our parents (one was actually able to stop into the Thomsen office later in the week to look at the choices) and then we felt confident with our choice with their help and guidance.
This is the perfect example of Thomsen Homes being more than just a home builder. They value your opinion and truly want you feeling confident, not pressured, into the choices you make. Whether it’s a standard choice or an upgrade, you will be getting a spectacular house that was made for you!
Stay tuned for more blogs on Jenna and Brady’s home building journey!
When building a Thomsen Home, you will have two design appointments with your design specialist. This step can be overwhelming for some people, use our tips below to help prepare for your design appointments.
Before Your Appointment
- Create a list of everything you want to include in your home and be prepared to remove some things (or even add a few). Our design specialists recommend adding items to your home that will be harder to add later on, such as a gas line rough in for a future fireplace. Gather ideas from Pinterest and Houzz to help spark some creative ideas. You can even print these off or save them on your phone or tablet to show your design specialist during your appointment.
- Calculate your budget. Let your Design Specialist know what your budget is up front. They will be able to take your budget into consideration when helping you select certain options for your home.
- Consider your lifestyle and needs such as children, pets, storage, large kitchens, entertaining, etc when thinking about options to add to your home.
- Consider these questions before your appointment:
- What area of your home do you spend the most time in? How about the second most?
- Do you entertain friends or family in your home? If so, what features do you wish you had to enhance the entertaining experience?
- Consider the exterior of your home – What colors are you leaning towards? Do you prefer brick or stone?
- Do you feel as though you never have enough storage in your home? If so, where do you feel you need more? Kitchen/Pantry, bathroom, laundry room, mudroom, master closet?
During Your Appointment
- Bring your own samples of fabric swatches from your furniture, curtains, etc. Having a visual of what your décor pieces look like might help you decide on what selections you choose for your home.
- Once you select your samples during your design appointment, take pictures of the samples for future planning and decorating ideas.
After Your Appointment
- Once your design appointments are done, you can sit back and relax while your home is being built!
If you’re looking for more design tips and trends, check out our design section on the blog.
Navy cabinets are a growing trend in the interior design world. When incorporated correctly, this trend can create a classic, timeless look. Whether you are going for a farmhouse look or a modern feel, navy cabinetry can complement with various decor pieces to create any style.
Incorporating navy cabinets in the kitchen
When using navy cabinets in the kitchen, it is best to use the darker color on the base perimeter cabinets or accent with a navy kitchen island. Our design team recommends pairing darker base cabinets with white upper cabinets. When using a darker color on upper cabinets, this may create an unbalanced, top heavy feeling in your kitchen. Add a white granite or quartz countertop to create a well-balanced kitchen design. In your decor pieces, incorporate metals such as gold, nickel or copper items. This kitchen in our 2585 2-Story Model Home incorporates the custom navy blue base cabinets with white upper cabinetry. Accent pieces include nickel cabinet hardware, bronze lighting, and a mix of metal decor pieces.
Incorporating navy cabinets in the bathroom
If you’re going for a lighter, classic look, accent the dark cabinets in your bathroom with a lighter countertop. Choose either white, cream or a grey countertop. Thomsen Homes offers numerous granite and quartz countertops, as well as high-end laminate options. If you are creating a masculine bathroom, pair the navy cabinets with a darker countertop such as dark grey. Again, incorporate metals such as gold, nickel, or copper in your decor pieces, as well as lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware. This bathroom in our 1670 Rambler Model Home is a great example of how to decorate with navy cabinetry in the bathroom. Accent pieces include satin nickel cabinet hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and bronze decor pieces.
Whether you decide to incorporate navy cabinetry in your bathroom or kitchen, you can’t go wrong with this classic design that adds a hint of color to your space. If you’re looking for more design trends, check out our design section on the blog.
Reclaimed wood. It’s rustic, unique and functional. Reclaimed wood’s distinctive appearance, it’s contribution to green building and the history of the wood’s origins make this growing popularity of using reclaimed wood for furniture, décor, sliding doors, feature walls and more.
Midwestern boys through and through, the men of Grain Designs in Fargo, ND are passionate in what they do and it truly shows in their work. From what started as a need for apartment furniture, owners Blain Mikkonen and Grant Koenig took their background in architecture and design to create a company where they can create different pieces and see their ideas come to life.
Thomsen Homes is so excited to collaborate with the talented team from Grain Designs to offer our clients genuine custom designs that they can incorporate into their home. No matter what the home plan you are building Grain Designs can offer custom reclaimed wood paneling, doors, tables, mantels and more. When you meet with your design specialist at your interior selections appointment you can check out the design studio to get a glimpse of what options we have available.
Your home is a reflection of you. Your lifestyle. Your family. Our collaboration with Grain Designs is just another layer of opportunity to make your home unique to you and your family. Your moment is now.