4. Trust Your Builder To Think Outside the Box
Anyone can build a cookie-cutter home, but King says if you trust your builder, you should let them come back to you with one of their own designs. “We see all these front-facing, 3-car garage homes,” he says. “One thing we take pride in is coming up with a different style.” For instance, all the homes in the Valley Trail neighborhood, including the St. Jude Dream Home, are built with the garage at the back of the house. “This made the backyard smaller,” King says, “but that was intentional. It makes the front yard much bigger and forces you to have a sense of community.” Residents of Valley Trail now spend more out front and on their sidewalks. Most homes have even added rocking chairs to their front porches, and that, as King sees it, is proof that this style of community-forward design works.