How to Build an Indianapolis Custom Home

Custom Home Design Tips: Making Things Modern

Penny Siml - Tuesday, July 31, 2018


​ How to Stay On Schedule When Building Your Custom Home

Leisha Jenkins - Monday, July 23, 2018


            The selection process for your new custom home should be enjoyable and exciting! But this process quickly turns stressful when delays push back the move-in date. The good thing about designing a custom home is that the look of the home is completely in your hands. You select the shape, size, layout, color, and complete design that best suits you. In the end, the home is completely unique to your family.


            While this level of customization is one of the reasons you chose to build a custom home in the first place, it quickly becomes overwhelming. You may be hesitant to make permanent decisions for your home, but to stick to the schedule, you have to stick to a schedule. Falling behind on selections puts your end date at risk. We want to help you understand the selection schedule and give you tools to move into your beautiful custom home on time.


            A selection schedule is developed depending on the construction schedule. Building your house is carefully scheduled based on the availability of each person involved. When this schedule has to be altered, it brings major delays to the construction process. Schedules must be reevaluated and completion dates may be pushed back. If you don’t select materials ahead of time, then the builders cannot proceed with construction. Here are some tips to help you stay on schedule when designing your custom home.


            Trust the Process

            One common misconception of many future homeowners is that you have to make all the selections before construction begins. You don’t! But you do have to keep up with decisions throughout the process.


            Certain selections, mostly regarding the interior of the home, can be made during construction. There will be time built into your selection schedule for pricing, packaging, and shipping if necessary, but there is no time for procrastination. Trust that your home builder has carefully developed a schedule to get your home completed as efficiently as possible. Make selections according to this schedule and don’t fall behind! If you’re overwhelmed with choices, ask your builder to help narrow down the options for you. It’s better to ask for help than ask when the new completion date will be. We have lots of experience and expertise we’d love to share!


            Look it up!

            We understand that life gets busy. We’re here to make the selection process as easy as possible.


            Researching ahead of time helps us understand how we can best tailor the home to your needs. It also helps you determine what kind of style you want in your new home. If you come to us with ideas, we can contact our vendors and find materials similar to those you’re looking for. Additionally, many vendors have online catalogs that you can peruse. Not only will this speed up selection, but allows you plenty of time to choose what you love. Here’s a list of selections you may want to start considering.


            Exterior Selections:

            Roof color

            Type of roofing

            Type of brick/siding

            Garage door styles

            Exterior doors



            Interior Selections:

            • Flooring
            • Paint
            • Hardware
            • Interior doors
            • Countertops
            • Trim
            • Finishes


            Plan Ahead

            When choosing selections, make sure you look ahead and make sure that it will be a lasting decision for your family.


            Do you have pets or plan on having pets? What about kids? What will you do when grandma visits? Will you be entertaining friends? Will friends be staying at the house?


            These questions may impact everything from the flooring to the number of bedrooms included in your house. Plan ahead now so that you don’t have to reevaluate your floor plan down the road.


            One for the Books

            Don’t lose track of the selections you’ve made. Keep a careful record of each decision along the way.


            The last thing we want to do is build you a home that you aren’t happy with. If you visit a showroom, take a photo of the material or appliance you choose. Photos are also great if you need a bit more time to ponder your decision. Also, keep track of the product’s name or number. Having an organized record of your selections will help you picture the outcome of your home and make sure you’ll be happy with it for many years to come.


            Overall, the selection process should be exciting and enjoyable. After all, you’re designing your own custom home from scratch! Use these tips to make sure you keep up with your selection schedule without falling behind. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know! Ready to get started! Don’t worry, our team at Carrington is here to help you every single step of the way!

            Ready to get started and stay on schedule? Let’s schedule a consultation to start your dream home project! Let’s talk



Vintage Inspiration for Your Custom Home Kitchen

Penny Siml - Thursday, July 05, 2018

Do you have a passion for vintage clothes? Maybe you love the look of antique furniture. A popular trend we’ve been seeing lately is a touch of vintage charm in the kitchen. It’s often a room most people think of for the latest and greatest appliances. But you can still get high-performance out of kitchen appliances with a unique and trendy look. To get inspired take a look at this untouched 1950’s kitchen.

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Planning Your Custom Home - Where to Put Electrical Outlets

Penny Siml - Friday, April 20, 2018


Building your dream home is a whirlwind. You’ve spent countless nights thinking up the perfect home for your family, everything down to the last detail. You’ve read tip books, become a regular at home decor stores and somehow ended up with a massive collection of paint chips. With all of the details racing through your mind, it’s easy to forget the little things, like outlets.


While outlets seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of designing the home, poorly placed electrical outlets can make living in the home frustrating at times. While you’re considering your building plans, be sure to keep these not-so-common places in mind.



Depending on when you’re building your home, the holiday season might not be on your mind. When it’s time to decorate the home for the holidays, you’re likely going to want a way to plug in lights or decorations without having a cord hanging off of the ledge or down your wall.



Of course there will be plenty of outlets in the kitchen for all of the countertop appliances but there are a few places to keep in mind for extra outlet placement. The island is one place that often gets overlooked. To get the most out of it, you need to be able to use it! If your island is especially large, consider a few outlets on the sides or top to plug in mixers, small appliances, or maybe even your phone to charge while prepping dinner.



Closets are typically for clothes and shoes, but they also store a lot of other household items. The closet is a good place to keep battery-powered devices like a dust buster. You also give yourself the option to plug in an iron, or steamer in the closet eliminating trips in and out of the laundry room. With an electrical outlet in the closet, take out those pesky wrinkles and simply hang them up when you’re done.



If you prefer to go cordless with your kitchen appliances, the pantry is the best place to charge them between uses. A lot of people like the freedom of using appliances without fighting with cords or switching them around an outlet. Store and charge them close to the kitchen without sacrificing precious cabinet space.


Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

Similarly to the kitchen, the bathroom has a lot of battery powered gadgets that require a charge now and then. Consider adding an outlet in the medicine cabinet to charge razors or toothbrushes discreetly and eliminate counter clutter at the same time!



Be sure to include outdoor electrical outlets to your list! While not commonly overlooked when planning a new build, many people wish they had put more in during the build. Think about your lifestyle and all of the things you might need around the outside of your home. Outdoor entertaining, landscaping, lighting, these all need power.



The garage is a great place for plenty of outlets. An outdoor refrigerator in the garage holds sodas and water, and a deep freeze for storing extra food frees up space in your kitchen freezer. Remember to add plenty around the workbench too!


The Floor

This one might seem odd, but think of all the times you’ve gone to plug in a lamp and had to stretch the cord to reach the outlet behind the couch. Strategically placed outlets on the floor near corners of the room give you great flexibility. You can plug in lamps, decor, or devices that need charged while your spending time relaxing on the couch.


A little planning beforehand saves money in the long run because installing them later can be disruptive and costly. You’ll never wish you had less electrical outlets, but you miss them when they aren’t where you need them. Think about your home now and all of the places you wish you had access to an outlet and plan your brand new, custom dream home accordingly!



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Carrington Homes is your distinctive Indianapolis Custom Home Builder specializing in custom homes and remodeling throughout Central Indiana

Phone: (317) 336-8002

8250 N 600 W McCordsville IN 46055


Remodeling and Home Design



8250 N. 600 W. MCCORDSVILLE, IN 46055