benchmark features

Setting the stage

DreamDesign® 16

DreamDesign® 16

At Starr Custom Homes, we have no standard features like other builders do because your home is customized with whatever features you decide to include. However, in order to provide you with a frame of reference for value and comparison, we have defined a ‘benchmark’ of included features that would typically be part of any Starr custom home.  Of course, any of our Benchmark Features can be changed to suit the client’s wishes.

Construction Craftsmanship

  • Architecturally authentic design with richly textured elevations that include a variety of stucco, stone, lap and shingle siding, and board-and-batten siding (per plan)
  • Slab-on-grade with optional 3-course stemwall to raise home off-grade
  • 2×6 exterior wall framing
  • ZIP System wall sheathing with built-in moisture protection (housewrap)
  • Quick-Tie stuctural metal system
  • Three-step stucco process
  • James Hardie brand siding
  • Low maintenance vinyl eaves with optional James Hardie soffit/fascia
  • Fiberglass exterior doors with rot-resistant jambs and thresholds
  • Decorative garage doors in a choice of styles; door openers and keyless entry systems


  • Peel and stick underlayment (most builders use 30# paper which is not waterproof)
  • 30-year architectural shingles with optional choice of standing seam metal and concrete tile roofing

Energy-Saving Features

  • Low-E windows
  • Radiant barrier roof sheathing
  • High efficiency HVAC systems with programmable thermostats
  • Energy Star rated appliances
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • R-21 wall insulation and R-38 ceiling insulation with optional spray foam insulation

Behind-the-Scenes Systems

  • Choice of gas or electric powered appliances
  • Tankless gas or hybrid tanked electric water heater
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • Fully wired security system with two keypads
  • Structured wiring system with cable/phone outlets throughout
  • Surround sound pre-wire in great room

Gourmet Kitchens

  • Maple cabinetry with full overlay doors in a choice of styles and colors
  • Professional kitchen design with included features such as:
    • 42” uppers
    • Large crown moulding
    • Wall oven with separate cook-top
    • Built-in trash can drawer
    • Pots-and-pans drawer stack
    • Glass doors and staggered heights
    • Cabinet hardware
  • Quartz, granite or Corian countertops with undermount sink and Kohler plumbing fixture
  • Pendant lighting over island and undercabinet lighting
  • Tiled backsplash
  • Appliance packages from top brands such as GE Profile/Café, Thermador and SubZero

Sumptuous Baths

  • Fully tiled floors, showers and tub decks
  • Free-standing tubs available
  • Kohler plumbing fixtures throughout with matching bath accessories
  • Adult-height vanities in master bath with drawer storage
  • Quartz, granite or Corian countertops with undermount sinks
  • Frameless glass shower enclosures
  • Decorative glass mirrors (no plate glass)

Interior Embellishments

  • Dramatic ceiling treatments (per plan)
  • Built-in cabinetry (per plan)
  • Choice of knockdown or smooth ceilings
  • Sherwin Williams brand paint
  • Masonite brand interior doors in choice of style
  • Larger 5” baseboard and wider 3” door casing
  • Crown moulding in all main rooms and master suite
  • Use of chair rail, wainscoting and window and door casing
  • Full open railing on staircases and balconies
  • Choice of Kwikset brand door hardware
  • Wood shelving in all closets

Flooring and Lighting

  • Choice of wood, tile or carpet in each area of the home
  • Carpeted areas include 8# pad for softness and durability
  • Designer lighting inside and out with Decora light switches
  • Ceiling fans in all bedrooms, great room and lanai
  • Flood lights on rear corners of home

Exterior Beauty

  • Professionally designed landscaping with generous package
  • Fully sodded yard with full-coverage irrigation system
  • Fully pavered driveway and porches
  • Summer kitchens, screened enclosures and other outdoor living features are available

Products and features are subject to change without notice.