With all of the options available today, making selections for a new home can seem overwhelming. Many people aren't even sure where to begin. One method to prioritize selections and/or decisions is as follows:
Determine the following prior to starting the foundation:
Having the decisions noted above are critical for the various trades to prepare everything properly for all that goes in, under, and around the foundation prior to the foundation being framed and/or poured.
There are a host of other decisions that need to be made regarding insulation and energy conservation, flooring patterns, cabinetry details, colors, hardware, and so on. Try to clarify as much as possible in the plans and specifications so that you minimize decisions that have to be considered after construction is underway.
The following is an example of the general sequence of events that unfold from start to finish on a concrete "slab on grade" type project: