Absolute Best Resources to Use When Designing Your Dream Home

So you’ve decided it’s time to build a new home? If you’re like many other prospective home owners, you probably have a picture in your mind of what your dream home will look like. Building your next home, rather than buying an existing home that doesn’t exactly match your vision, allows you to fully customize your space. However, coming up with ideas and organizing the vision of your dream home can be extremely challenging and even overwhelming at times. To help inspire you, we’ve put together a list of the absolute best resources to use when designing your dream home.


With over 30 billion Pinterest pins to date and more than 70 million Pinterest users as of 2013, Pinterest is the perfect place to start brainstorming ideas to incorporate into your new home. Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or you’re just searching for inspiration, you won’t have a problem finding it on Pinterest. If you’re new to Pinterest, start by creating a board and titling it “My Custom Dream Home” then begin browsing the Home Décor category to see if anything catches your eye. Then start searching for features you know will be important to you and your family in your new home. For example, try searching “breakfast nook” or “dark kitchen cabinets”. If you see something you like, pin it to your new Dream Home board. Pinterest makes it easy to both find design inspiration and organize your ideas.


Houzz is a great tool for finding design inspiration, product information, and professional reviews to help you turn your ideas into reality. Because Houzz separates photos and products based on specific rooms of the home, it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. You can also use the filters on each page to narrow down your search results based on style, budget, price, layout, material, and more. If it’s your first time using Houzz, start by browsing their photos and reading their Ideabooks. You will want to make sure to setup your own ideabooks to save your favorite images. Your ideabooks can be categorized however you see fit and you can also share these ideabooks with family members or your custom home builder. At Mitchell Homes, we love it when our customers share their ideas with us and we are confident that Houzz will provide you with lots of great inspirations for your new home.

Open Houses

Though it’s not quite as easy to organize your ideas with this method, attending open houses is another easy way to find inspiration for your dream home. This provides a chance to see what you like and what you don’t like in person. Look for open houses in the area you’re thinking about for your new home. As you explore the home, take notes and even pictures of features you like. These might come in handy as you choose products and materials for your new home. You may find unique decorating ideas here too!

Mitchell Homes Floor Plans

With over 30 fully customizable floor plans designed to match the look and feel of Virginia neighborhoods, our home designs are another great place to look for inspiration for you dream home. Don’t see a floor plan that matches your needs? Let us know, we can work with you to modify any existing plan or we can design a custom home plan just for you! We have lots of floorplans that we’ve built over the past 22 years that aren’t in our standard plan library, but our New Home Consultants are great at listening to your needs, desires, and budget and then offering their expertise to choose a plan that is perfect for you and your family. Interested in learning more about our floor plans? Request a free plan book that includes floor plan details, photos, prices specific to your area of interest, and much more.

Designing your dream home is an exciting, and sometimes overwhelming process that requires lots of planning and organization. Luckily, these resources along with our expertise will make finding design inspiration and organization much easier!


Most Popular Custom Home Upgrades from Mitchell Homes

Custom Kitchen CabinetsPhoto courtesy Paula Henry via CC 2.0

Building a custom home is one of life’s most rewarding undertakings. Given the resources, you can personalize your home, crafting it to suit your every need and desire. While every project is different, Mitchell Homes’ customers are always excited to plan and build the home of their dreams.

Future custom homeowners don’t always know what they want, though. While all of our homes come with beautiful, durable, modern standard features, there’s no restriction on what we can craft. When customers contact us with uncertainty, we walk them through some of our most popular home upgrades for inspiration.

1. Custom Home Designs

Many of our projects begin when customers bring us the home of their dreams on a napkin, and end when we make those dreams a reality. We have received and fulfilled requests for anything from a small two-bedroom hunting cabin to a Colonial home in downtown Richmond. Mitchell Homes’ 32 unique floorplans cover a broad variety of needs and tastes, from the cozy 954-square-foot James to the expansive 3323-square-foot Berkeley.

Still, we won’t claim to satisfy every limit of the imagination with our pre-designed floor plans. We’re happy to build anything our customers desire, and we offer a whole host of custom upgrade options.

Custom options include anything that is non-standard. While Mitchell Homes offers thousands of upgrade options, there’s no boundary to what we’re willing to build. Our customers love finding unique custom upgrades on sites like Houzz and Pinterest and bringing them to us. If you can describe the project or show us what you want, we can make it happen!

2. Custom Cabinets for Kitchens and Bathrooms

It’s no wonder that many of our customers want to focus their home renovations on kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens are truly the heart of the home, a space where families and friends congregate to share food, drinks, and memories.

Adding custom cabinets to your home carries a number of benefits. You can match your cabinet styles to your home’s design, create additional storage and organizational space, or add features such as glass-pane doors and internal lights to create beautiful showcase areas.

3. Flooring

What do people want? Hardwood flooring. Many customers have always dreamed of adding the comfort and class of hard wood to their homes. With a variety of options from solid wood to engineered wood floors, we’ve got a personalized solution to match any home’s design.

Hardwood isn’t your only flooring upgrade option, though. Hardwoods are perennially popular, but lately we’ve seen an influx of requests for laminate flooring and ceramic tile, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and foyers. These classic and easy to maintain floors are perfect for families with children and pets.

4. Master Bath Customization

There’s no extent to the luxury that our customers desire in their master bathrooms. Bathrooms have a lot of small pieces that add up to an experience as indulgent as you’d like.

Mitchell Homes has upgrade options for every part of your bathroom. Our customers have requested all sorts of custom bath projects, including:

  • Changing from a tub-shower combo to a roll-in shower and walk-in bathtub. Custom bathrooms are our specialty, and that certainly includes handicap-accessible bath fixtures to cater to the unique needs of our elderly or disabled customers.
  • Upgrading a regular shower to a luxury shower spa and Jacuzzi tub with internal heaters. There’s nothing quite like relaxing in a hot bath after a long week, and Jacuzzi offers a world-class spa experience in your own home.
  • Upgrading to comfort height and water reducing toilets, faucets, and sinks. Water fixtures are small pieces of a puzzle that can come together to create a true luxury bathroom.
  • Upgrading advanced showers. Popular choices include new showerheads, steam showers, and the ioDigital shower system from Moen. The ioDigital includes an easy-to-use interface that allows you to set and maintain the perfect temperature and flow with digital precision. The LED indicators flash until the requested settings are achieved, taking the guesswork out of creating the perfect shower.

5. Site Work and Land Development

As a professional homebuilder, Mitchell Homes’ customization projects aren’t limited to home interiors. We help with all aspects as our buyers need. As part of the homebuilding process, we aid in all necessary site work and land development tasks on your property, including:

  • Grading to ensure a level surface and sound structural foundation for your entire home
  • Drainage control using up to 400’ or silt fence to prevent long-term damage from erosion, sediment loss, and standing water on your property
  • Paving, including stamped patterned pavement for a distinct custom home exterior.

These may be our most popular options, but they only represent the tip of the iceberg for what Mitchell Homes can create in your home! What upgrade options does your custom dream home include? For more inspiration, be sure to request a plan book from Mitchell Homes!

(Video) New Sales & Design Center in Hampton Roads, VA

Scott Sleeme, president of Mitchell Homes, appeared on Hampton Roads Happenings on WVEC near the end of March to share some good news. Watch the video to hear what he had to say!

In 2014, Mitchell Homes will be opening a new sales and design center to better serve the residents of Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas. Scott also shared more information about how people who build with Mitchell Homes can save almost $15,000 when compared with other home builders in VA.

We’re excited about this opportunity to better serve our Eastern Virginia customers.

Most Popular Floor Plans from Mitchell Homes

One of the many advantages of building a new home on your lot in Virginia with Mitchell Homes is the ability to choose and customize one of our 30+ floor plans. Whether you are looking for a single-story ranch, a cape cod, or two-story home, Mitchell Homes has plenty of house plans to choose from. Keep in mind that every plan we offer can be customized to suit your family’s style and needs.

Different customers have their reasons for choosing the floor plan that is right for them. Some people prefer single-story homes to two-story homes. Some people prefer the master suite located separately from the other bedrooms. Some people prefer a modern, open concept layout to a more traditional floor plan that features separate living, dining, and family rooms. Our list of available floor plans has something to offer every customer looking to build a new home. Here we’ve assembled our top five most popular floor plans (based on actual homes built) and the reasons customers love them.

#5 – The Kaplin

The Kaplin, a single story home, is one of Mitchell Homes most popular floor plans

The Kaplin is a three bedroom, two bathroom, single-story ranch home with 1,636 square feet. The exterior features a large, covered porch, which creates a great outdoor living space and beautiful curb appeal. The large kitchen features a breakfast nook and easy access to the adjacent dining room. The master suite features 3 closets, a double vanity, and a separate tub and shower. The Kaplin makes great use of the available space.

The floor plan layout of the Kaplin from Mitchell Homes

#4 – The Mathews I

The Mathews I is a single story home from Mitchell Homes

The Mathews I has been a best seller for many years. This three bedroom, two bathroom, 2,068 square foot home is available in two different layouts with an optional garage and multiple kitchen layouts. Choose between a modern, open-concept layout and a more traditional layout with a separate family room, living room and dining room. The master suite is separate from the other two bedrooms, and a convenient mudroom containing the washer, dryer, and water heater leads to the back yard.

The floor plan layout of the Mathews I from Mitchell Homes

#3 – The Nicholas

The Nicholas - a ranch style home from Mitchell Homes

The Nicholas is another three bedroom, two bathroom, ranch home with 1,242 square feet. The open concept layout of this home features a great room that opens into a dining room. The dining room flows into the large kitchen, which features a bar that looks out into the great room and dining room. If large, open space is what you’re looking for, the Nicholas may be the floor plan for you. The master suite is separate from the other two bedrooms and features a large, walk-in closet. Choose between two separate master bathroom layouts. Most customers prefer the larger of the two, which features a double vanity and separate tub and shower.

The floor plan layout of the Nicholas from Mitchell Homes

#2 – The Ridgeview

The Ridgeview - a custom home from Mitchell Homes

The Ridgeview, a three bedroom, two bathroom, single-story ranch home with 1,304 square feet, is another open concept home with a master suite separate from the other bedrooms. This home is listed as a three-bedroom home, but it also features a study near the front of the home that could easily be turned into another bedroom. Choose from two different master bathroom options. Similar to other homes on this list, the Ridgeview makes great use of every available square foot of space.

The floor plan layout of the Ridgeview from Mitchell Homes

#1 – Your Design

Custom home floor plans

That’s right! The most popular floor plan that Mitchell Homes builds is either a customized version of one of our existing floor plans, or a completely custom design that a customer brings to us. We want to build your dream home whether that is one of our designs or your own. Bring us your ideas and we’ll build the home you’ve always wanted.

It turns out that our most popular floor plans are all single-story ranch homes, but we also offer plenty of options for families looking for a cape cod or two-story home. Which floor plan is your favorite? We’d love to know! Tell us in the comments below.

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