Building with Toll Brothers has been an interesting experience. You need to schedule meetings to discuss anything related to the building project. Those meetings are in person and it takes 45 minutes one way to get there. The builder further designates some choices that you do directly through Toll Brothers and other choices go through the design center. The design center is available for other builders as well and it is the place where you choose flooring, cabinets, appliances, and fixtures. Keeping up with the upgrades between the design center and from the builder directly is rough. It helps to put together your own spreadsheet.
You have three one hour appointments with the design center. And with the builder, many more pre-construction meetings. With the builder so far we have had:
- Contract meeting
- Plan meeting
- Electrical meeting (for designating where plugs and lighting will go)
- Selections meeting (entry door, garage door, exterior paint choice, roof type as well as glass selections for the door and windows)
- Audio Visual meeting for designating where the TV/network/sound system outlets go.
We had to put down a deposit of about 5% of the house value then with upgrades after the selections meeting, they asked for more. I really wish they would have an agenda for building to follow along. It has been a surprise during the process of when and what the content of the meetings are. We selected the lot in March and chose to delay building for an April closing. It supposedly takes 8-10 months for the actual construction which is currently scheduled to commence in October.
One of the most difficult choices was the exterior paint selection. The house is mediterranean style with a stucco exterior. As we sat for the majority of the selections meeting appointment with 8×10 swatches of stucco I was completely discouraged. For some it is impossible to choose colors from a small swatch. Add to it the fact that this is a choice for outdoor paint and we are looking at it indoors. Also, the builder didn’t have the roof choice (there are only two composite roof choices) to view with the color scheme. We had driven around looking at others and even took a few pictures, but to match it exactly is impossible unless you have access to look up the actual selections. After choosing a charcoal roof with some taupe and white accent we finished the meeting and were told to go look at some houses in the neighborhood with the charcoal roof. From a distance it looks like a roof with just tarp paper. I quickly realized it was a bad decision. My husband rounded the corner and all of the sudden we found exactly what I had in mind. It has the dark roof with the variation of medium to light with contrast that I had imagined! This was another Toll Brothers house so the exact selections can be pulled.
I will say my husband wanted the charcoal roof with the house color grey with white trim. This is part of the negotiation process with your spouse! I’m happy we could agree with this color scheme.