If individual spec homes hint at economic recovery, then new builder design centers—a sign of large, growing communities—offer sure hope for the future. Last year Edward Andrews Homes and the Providence Group opened facilities in Alpharetta and Johns Creek, respectively. The centers create one-stop shops for finishes such as flooring, tile, shingles, hardware, and lighting.
The Providence Group—led by Pete and Warren Jolly, a father and son who are both Atlanta natives—is building 15 communities in the metro area, including ones in Suwanee, Cumming, and Smyrna. Its 5,000-square-foot center offers samples and vignettes for kitchens, bathrooms, media rooms, and even outdoor spaces.
The first step for Edward Andrews homebuyers is an interactive quiz to help designers understand how the clients use their homes. At the new $3 million showroom, the high-tech approach continues, as representatives load choices into a virtual rendering. Edward Andrews is developing 14 communities in the north metro area.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME under the headline “Design Centers Redux.”