Design Studio

Welcome to Kay Builders Design Studio

Kay Builders is excited to unveil its first Design Studio, located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. This state-of-the-art showroom will allow you to view all of the wonderful options available to you for your new home. Our goal is to provide you with individualized attention to create the home of your dreams. Our CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans married with your selections will make your home truly one-of-a-kind.

    Design Team

    Leah Shahin Dorsey

    Design Studio Coordinator

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    Megan Hetherington

    Assistant Design Studio Coordinator

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    Design Studio Appointments

    Preparing For Your Appointment

    You’ve bought, or are thinking about buying, your new Kay Builders Home and now you’re excited to explore all the finishing touches waiting for you in the Kay Builders Design Studio. Want to know what to expect? Below is a handy guide and checklist to make the most of your Design Studio experience.

      Preview Hours

      You can visit the Studio anytime during Preview Hours. This informal visit is a wonderful way to become familiar with the layout of the Studio and the types of choices that will become available to you when you build your new home. Interested in a gourmet kitchen? You’ll discover coordinating cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, faucets, appliances and more. Create the kitchen that your friends will envy and still stay well within your budget!


        At Kay Builders, your Studio experience will most likely consist of two appointments (one to make your selections, and then one to finalize your choices). However, some locations may schedule more appointments so always ask to be sure. Before your first appointment, you’ll be assigned a Personal Design Consultant who will assist you during the selection process. Your consultant will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

        Due to the length of your appointments (2-4 hours), and because we want you to get the most out of your appointment time with your Personal Design Consultant, you may not want to bring the little ones with you.

          Design Tip

          Many homebuyers have found it helpful to go back to the model home before their final appointment. There may be something you’ve forgotten or overlooked. No time to spare? Virtually tour around your new home on one of our virtual tours on This convenient online tool allows you to review your floor plan at any time, from anywhere, including right up to your appointment time.

            Your First Appointment


            Determine Your Budget

            If you know the total amount you can afford to spend before you start spending, then it will be easier to decide which options are most important to you and where you’d like to allocate your money. For instance, if you’re an avid cook you might want to select higher-end appliances for the kitchen and save money somewhere else. Or if you’re an outdoor lover, you may want to upgrade to a larger deck or even a patio and save money in the kitchen.

            DESIGN TIP: Be honest with yourself about what you can afford so your Personal Design Consultant can direct you toward things that you’ll love that are still within your budget.


              Determine Your Home's Personal Style

              Visiting Pinterest or Houzz can be a fun way to find photos that represent and inspire your personal design style. You could also watch HGTV or other home-inspired programs for design inspiration and product ideas. You could even bring in pictures of your current home!

              DESIGN TIP: Have fun! Save pics of your favorite kitchens, baths, bedrooms and more. While the Kay Builders Design Studio may not offer the exact choices you see on Pinterest, HOUZZ, or other social media sites, we are confident that our experienced Studio Design Consultants will be able to help you find something similar from the array of carefully curated popular and on-trend choices. Sharing your style pictures during your appointment will make it a lot easier to achieve the design looks that you love!


                Determine Your Lifestyle

                How you live in your home will guide many of your home selections. For instance, if you have young children who will be beating a path to the backyard, then you’ll want to select a durable flooring option around your patio doors. If you have seasonal allergies, you may want to forgo carpeting or limit it to specific areas of your home.

                DESIGN TIP: Here are some great lifestyle questions to get you started:
                  - What do I love about my current home?
                  - What would I love to change about my current home?
                  - Where do I need durable or minimal maintenance choices (flooring, countertops, etc.)?
                  - How do I currently use my kitchen (home master chef vs. take out champion)?


                  Familiarize Yourself With Your Model / Floorplan

                  If your home has a flex room, then think about how you’d like to use that space. If you’re going to use the room for a home office then that decision may dictate the type of lighting, flooring, and tech options you’ll want in that room. If your home has a loft, then decide if your family would rather use the great room for an entertainment center that’s close to the kitchen or move all the TV pre-wiring to the loft for a more private space.

                    Kay Builders Design Studio Process

                    What You Can Expect

                    Most of all, you can count on having FUN selecting brand-new appliances and finishing touches for a new home that’s going to reflect your own personal style within your budget.

                    You will be contracted by our Design Studio staff shortly after signing your agreement of sales to schedule and begin your Studio experience.

                    Still looking for your dream home? Visit for a selection of available floor plans within our new communities.

                      Your Kay Builders Design Studio Checklist

                      Before Your First Appointment

                      - Visit the Design Studio during Preview Hours
                      - Determine your budget
                      - Determine your home’s personal style
                      - Determine your lifestyle
                      - Familiarize yourself with the floor plan you’ve chosen

                      Bring With You To Your First Appointment

                      - Your specific budget
                      - Must-Have list
                      - Must-Not-Have list
                      - Research photos (Pinterest)
                      - Pictures of your furniture
                      - Home décor samples (fabric and paint swatches, pillows, etc.)

                      After Your First Appointment

                      - Tour the model home again
                      - Finalize your selections

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