New Construction Q and A

You asked, I’m answering. I put a question box up on Instagram offering to answer any questions there might be regarding building a new construction home. The questions submitted were great so I thought it would be most helpful to gather them together in one place. So let’s begin!

What is the timeframe for building a new construction home?

Timing is different with every builder. I believe most builders are giving a year for competition due to demand and COVID delays. For the actual building process, it takes roughly six months from start to finish once construction begins until the moment they hand you the keys. This obviously varies based upon the size of your home and details within. Another thing to consider is that for those of us living in the North/Upper Midwest we have to work around Winter, which can cause delays as basements and foundation can’t be dug and poured during the freezing months. We signed our purchase agreement in September 2020 but they couldn’t get us on the building schedule until the beginning of April. They dug in April and finished in September, giving us roughly a five month building time.

What is the most difficult part of the building process?

I’d definitely say the wait was the hardest thing. It’s hard to be patient when you’re so anxious to be in your new home. Also deciding on the design elements was definitely overwhelming at times. Thankfully builders commonly offer the help of an interior designer to assist in decisions.

Can my realtor be involved in the process?

Each builder is different in what their rules are regarding this. Our realtor was involved in the process and was very helpful. If you haven’t been working with a realtor yet and are already familiar with what builder/neighborhood you’d like, you wouldn’t necessarily need a realtor to be involved. The builders have their own consultants that’ll walk you through the entire process, start to finish. We found our realtor to be very helpful in the negotiation process and it helped having someone in our corner for the tough discussions.

Do you have the pay the builder prior to completion?

Yes, as with any purchase agreement signed when buying a home you’ll be required to provide earnest money. Each builder varies in how much they require for earnest money. Our builder required 10% of our total home price as earnest money. Half of the earnest money was required at the time of the purchase agreement being signed, the other half was required just prior to the dig date.

How much should you estimate to spend on design upgrades?

This varies depending on the house size and the builder. We selected a builder that offers homes that come with upgrades built into the base home price. For instance, hardwood floors were included in the base price of our home. Some builders will only offer lament as included in their base price, meaning if you’d like anything different you’ll have to pay for that.

Our builder said on average people spend 1-10% of the price of their home at the design studio.

My advice is to select a builder that provides higher quality material as included in their base home price. This will prevent you from being surprised at the design studio with a $30k+ increase in your home price.

Is there an additional cost for the land?

For the most part, yes. Each builder is different in this but commonly you will pay anywhere from $2k-$50k for just the lot. This is in addition to the price of the house. Each lot varies in price based on size and location. I’ve seen some builders have a few lots without a premium but I wouldn’t say that is easy to come by. Usually if you find this those lots will be the least appealing lot in the neighborhood, which might be why the builder offers them at a discount.

What is a builder’s option book?

The option book is one of the first things you’ll do once you sit down with a builder and start discussing the process. You’ll pick out the floor-plan and lot you’d like. Then they’ll walk you through their option book. The option book is exactly what it seems, full of options that you can add into your home. These options would include things such as a larger kitchen island, freestanding tub, hardwood floors throughout, staircase upgrades, tiled shower, etc.

What is the best advice you would give someone who is thinking about building?

Do you research. Building a spec home is much different than building a custom home. Determine which you’re up for and go from there and either way do your research on the builder. I’d suggest visiting 5+ builders in the area and pay attention to the details of the home. Sit down with a few different builders and put together a pricing sheet. This is super helpful in determining which builder has the best price based on what upgrades are included.

I hope you found this Q and A helpful and makes you feel more informed as a buyer.


Dining Room Tables

Last week I shared my current favorite dining chairs on the blog, this week I’m sharing my favorite dining tables.

There is something so special about a dining room table that is filled with delicious food and surrounded by special people. My family and I love sitting down for dinner together each night and sharing our highs and lows from the day. We always try to pray together and read from the Bible each night as a way to connect with the Lord and each other. My prayer is that my kids will remember those times together forever.

Dinners are my favorite and I’m all about creating an environment that is inviting and comfortable. These are some of my current favorite tables that are a perfect place for family meals.




Modern Farmhouse Table

Our dining room table. I love the design with the light wood tone.

Modern Rattan Dining Table

LOVE rattan!

Oval Marble Table

Marble, yes please!

Concrete & Wood Dining Table

Concrete is a current fave and a trend we’re seeing more and more!

Round Gray Pine Dining Table

I love this traditional table with a great price!

Graywashed Pine Dining Table

Another great price table!

Mihaela Dining Table

Beautiful design and quality!

Dining Chairs Roundup

Choosing the right dining chairs can be hard. Some of the major factors I’m considering as I’m deciding on dining chairs are comfort, price, and style. With two small children even though I’d love white, comfy, upholstered chairs, I know they’ll be destroyed within two days. So it is all about compromise. I love adding in different tones when it comes to dining furniture. If you’re able to steer away from matchy-matchy when it comes to the dining room table and chairs I’d highly suggest doing so. Changing the tone of wood or adding in texture with fabric, leather, or rattan can take a boring dining room and transform it into something beautiful.

I’ve gathered up some of my current favorite dining room chairs. They vary in price and style but I think they’d be the perfect addition to any dining room.

World Market Linen Armchair

I love the cream fabric of this chair. It looks comfortable and it rolls. It would be a perfect addition to ends of a table or add 6 of them for a very classy look.

Black Farmhouse Style Chair

Love this affordable option from Target. Pairing these chairs with a light wood farmhouse table is definitely a trend right now.

Bistro Dining Chair

The perfect chair for a family with young children. I love the wood tone.

Rattan Dining Chair

These Serena & Lily chairs are a dream. They’re available in multiple colors.
Rattan is super trendy right now and I’m here for it.

Upholstered Dining Chair

Available in multiple wood tones and fabric colors.

Traditional Side Chair

A classic style with a variety of wood tone options. RH quality is unmatched IMO and the price of these aren’t too different from the affordable Target chair above.

Leather Dining Chair

I love pairing leather and wood together.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option World Market has these.


Photo credit Lucas Sankey

Hello, thanks for stopping by Bria Rose Home.

I’m Brianne, a mother of two young children, wife to my high school sweetheart, and lover of home design.

Prior to June 2021 you would find my family and I living in beautiful San Diego, California. We loved San Diego, the people, the beach and weather, the food, the laid back culture, and so much more. But when the pandemic shook all of our lives in 2020 we felt the Lord’s calling to bring us back to Minnesota. Both my husband and I were born and raised in Minnesota and value the slower pace of life the Midwest has to offer. In September 2020 we purchased land and started building our dream home in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.

We’d love if you follow along as we build our house and make it into our home. We have quite a few DIY projects up our sleeves and we’d love to show you what we’re up to along the way. My hope is to be a resource for you and help you make your home all that you’ve dreamed it to be.

Follow along on Instagram as we share our home with you.