My parents and I are having a house built and we have an appointment at the center of home design. They say it should take about 4 hours. Does it really take the time to choose countertops and molded? What kind of things should we be looking for. What I discovered was – usu. Take as long as you will be bombarded with many, many questions and faced with many design combinations. Be sure to eat before going to make sure that you blood sugar does not drop and becomes moody and anxious. Get enough rest. Check with your home design center to see if you and Mom 'nem can walk around downtown to see the different finishes, hardware, etc. It's a little intimidating to have to make the decision not to have seen the options until the day Hell, minutes before having to make them. In terms of what to look for to keep an eye on the price as you can face cost overruns without blinking. The selections quickly add up real big bucks. Do not skimp on the counters, cabinets, sinks and floor finishes. These elements can increase the resale value of your home and they are the most expensive to change. I would go with the least expensive accessories like doorknobs, faucets, lamps, etc. As any handyman can change for you after you're in the house and the cost of maintenance personnel most likely be lower than its constructor. Good luck to you and Mama nem '