​One of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences you can have during your new home construction with M/I Homes is within our Design Center. The ability to select options and upgrades provides you a chance to personalize your new home to fit your lifestyle. With the guidance of one of our Design Consultants, you will choose everything from cabinets to flooring to fixtures, designing a home that matches your style and needs. You will even have the opportunity to add low voltage and electrical upgrades during your design meeting. The Design Center is truly where the vision for your new home begins.

When Will My Design Consultation Be Scheduled?

​Within 24 hours of contract approval by our management team, you will be contacted to schedule your Design Center appointment. At this time, you will also be sent a link to our online Design Center platform. With this, you can view various design options and even put items into a wishlist for your upcoming design meeting.

What Is Involved in My Design Center Appointment?

​The number of hours spent at the Design Center varies per series of home and will be listed in your contract. All first Design Center meetings are 4 hours. This includes a 1-hour allotment for a separate low voltage meeting and 3 hours of design time. Trust us, this time flies because we’re having so much fun! Our appointment times are at either 9:00 am or 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday.

​All low voltage selections are complete at the conclusion of that meeting. Most buyers complete their design selections at their first meeting but a few find they need a short follow-up appointment to wrap things up. If you do need a follow-up meeting, your designer will be happy to schedule that with you at the end of your first design appointment.

What Do I Need to Do for My Appointment?

​To prepare for your Design Center appointment and set the stage for a smooth process, we strongly recommend the following for your home design checklist:

  • Set a budget. This is very important. Upgrades can add up quickly in the Design Center and M/I requires a full deposit on any amount over 8% of your contract price. If you establish a budget ahead of time, you can avoid unnecessary stress.
  • Review standard options and attend a design center preview. We hold an open Design Center preview every Friday morning (excluding holidays) from 9:00 am until noon. During this time, you are free to browse our Design Center unassisted to view our standard and upgrade options.
  • Review your price list and determine your priorities. M/I Homes provides you with a plan-specific price list to aid you in establishing your budget and deciding which upgrades are right for you. If you determine your priority items ahead of time, this eases your decision making and makes the design selections process less stressful.
  • Create a color palette. Knowing the color palette for your new home or your desired design style gives you a good starting point and aids your designer in guiding your design decisions. There are some fantastic online visual tools available, such as Pinterest and Houzz, for this purpose.

​Need more design ideas or tips for your new home? You can learn more about the M/I Homes of Austin Design Center and contact our team for more information. Welcome to better design at M/I Homes.


Kim Heinen-Howard


Kim Heinen-Howard is the Design Center Manager for M/I Homes in Austin, Texas. She has been in the residential construction industry for 15 years with experience in both custom and production homebuilding and design. Kim is passionate about helping our customers build their dream home by offering trend-forward, high-quality materials and finishes priced within budget. Let Kim and her team of talented designers help you in bringing your design vision to life!