Designing Your Home – Part 2: Selecting your options

In Designing Your Home – Part 1, we went over the basics of the Toll Brothers Design Studios, discussing what they are, and how they work. In part 2, we are going to go over the process of selecting your options, so get ready, because this is the fun part!

When you walk into your first appointment at the Toll Brothers Design Studio, you will be amazed at all of the options that are available. You will have the chance to select from gorgeous hardwood, tile, and carpet flooring, cabinets with different woods and finishes, different styles and colors of granite, marble, and quartz countertops, along with many incredible appliances and fixtures.

The products will be showcased in a series of beautiful vignettes that you will walk through with your design consultant, carefully selecting your favorites. The design consultants are experts, with knowledge on the classics, as well as the latest design trends, and are there to help you personalize your new luxury home into your dream home. It is important that you talk to your design consultant about what your visions are; that way, he or she can help make them reality.

So don’t hesitate to ask questions, but also, feel free to take your time, get a good look at each option, and even test and compare them. We want you to feel comfortable with the products you are selecting, so go ahead, try them out!

But before you go testing, you should have a budget in mind. It is important that you arrive at the Toll Brothers Design Studio with a budget, and discuss it with your design consultant. This will help your consultant get a better understanding of how much you want to spend, and how you want to spend it.

Typically, the room you will begin designing first will be the kitchen. The kitchen is often the center of entertainment in a home. It is where people can gather around to cook and eat, as well as socialize. With the kitchen being the main hub of a home, it is usually the room people spend the majority of their budget. That is why our design consultants have you start with the kitchen, because the decisions you make in that room usually drive the rest of the home.

Once you complete the kitchen, the next room you design really depends on your lifestyle. Some people prefer designing the family room next because that is another major gathering area, but others want to design their master suite next because that is going to be their secluded getaway.

Whichever room you decide to focus on next, and next after that, you can be sure that there will be many features that are already included in your new Toll Brothers home, as well as numerous options for you to consider.

While you are selecting your options, you want to be aware of your budget, but you also want to be sure that you are designing your dream home. You don’t want to go through this process and at the end realize that you should have chosen an upgrade. In fact, should is considered a bad word in the Toll Brothers Design Studio. Our design consultants never want to hear you ask them “should I get that option,” instead, they want you to select the options that you want.

That is why the design consultants won’t make the selections for you; they will help you decide what options are best for you. They will also provide you with insight on what options are trending, but will encourage you to select the ones you like best, not merely the ones that are most popular.

For example, a few options that are trending right now are glazed and white cabinets in the kitchen, hand scraped floors in the family room, and white marble countertops in the bathroom.

Ultimately, you are designing your dream home. Each option you select, whether it is an included feature or an upgrade, should be exactly what you want – we are just here to help!

Selections and options vary by region. Speak with a sales representative at the community of your choice for more information. To learn more about Toll Brothers Design Studios, please visit the Toll Brothers Design Studio website.

This Post Has 8 Comments

    1. Toll Brothers

      Hello Elaine, thank you for your comment. Plans are still in development at Rivington, but we do have similar product being built with new model homes to tour at Newtown Woods. Please visit the website for more information –

    1. Toll Brothers

      Hello Krishna, thank you for your comment. Toll Brothers offers CFL light bulbs as the standard bulb for the lighting fixtures in our homes, and LED options are also available.

  1. Sherry Senunas

    We bought a villa in Kensington woods , Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are in Florida for the winter and so they have extended our time to decide options. I am trying to look ahead so we can be efficient. I wonder if you can give me the wood floor company you use so I might look at them at least online if not in person now. I am interested in the engineered hard woods in a wider plank and a medium to natural French oak. Will that be available?
    I also wonder about your granite. I realize all slabs are different but they do have names and some of these things can be seen online or at Lowes or Home Depot. Tile choices also would be nice to see.
    Any help with checking out options ahead would be so helpful. I have written to our wonderful sales person also about this so she may be contacting you. We are excited and as I read in this article I do not want to be disappointed and/ or rushed and make a sorry mistake.
    Thank you for any help you can give me so I may do my research ahead of the meeting. It would certainly be easier for all if these options could be seen online ahead. Obviously things do look different in person but it might be more efficient for all. Just an idea.

    1. Toll Brothers

      Hello Sherry, thank you for your comment on our Toll Talks blog! You will need to work with your Project Manager and Sales Manager to make this happen. Your community team will be able to take care of you throughout your home buying process.

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