As you begin the exciting process of making selections for your new home, consider the needs and preferences of your household—including work, school, hobbies, entertaining and holidays. What lifestyle changes do you expect over the next 5 to 10 years? Have fun compiling notes and collecting ideas for each area of the home. As you finalize your choices, find the right balance of aesthetics, function, and maintenance for your household. While your builder’s specific procedures may vary from this information, in general you should find the following guidelines helpful.