6 Upgrades to Consider When Building Your Next Home

When you walk through a showhome, you’re looking at what your next house could look like but what you’re really exploring is options to pick and choose from for your dream home. A well-designed showhome is a balance between what comes standard in a house and what has been upgraded to show you the possibilities (not to sound biased, but we like to think our showhomes have been perfectly designed to help you see your future home…)

One of the questions we get from new home builders is what is worth upgrading and what can we keep standard? Although building a house is a very personal experience, our team of experts is there to guide you through the process and that includes helping you decide which upgrades you might want to consider including in your home if you have the budget for them.

When you’re thinking about upgrades, you should be considering what you want to make your home a better place to live but also what will add value when you go to sell it down the road. We’ve put together a few upgrades that we think are worthwhile adding to your next home.

1. More Lighting

It might sound silly to think about adding more light, homes obviously come standard with light but you can never have too much, especially in rooms where you spend a lot of time in (and when the sun goes down at 4pm during the winter, having extra light can help). A lot of home buyers will add extra pot lights to the kitchen and living room areas to brighten up their living space.

2. High Ceilings in the Basement

Something you can’t do post-construction is make your basement ceilings higher. If you’re going to finish the basement or even just want to feel like there’s more room down there, increasing the ceiling height to 9 feet can make a huge difference.

3. Roughed In Plumbing

Speaking of basements, if you’re not finishing your basement right away it’s helpful to rough-in the plumbing for a future bathroom down there to avoid the headache of adding it in afterwards. Even if you never finish your basement, at least it’s there for the next buyer.

4. Gas Line for your BBQ

Whether you were planning on using a gas BBQ or sticking to a propane one, adding a gas line that comes out on your deck is useful if you ever plan to switch. It’s easier if the gas line is already there then having to install one when you want to upgrade your BBQ.

5. Storage Options

Having extra storage is one of those things that you don’t really notice until you don’t have enough of it. Consider adding built in storage options in your bedroom, linen and coat closets. This can include shoe racks, an extra shelf or drawers. In the kitchen, there are lots of storage options to add if you know what you need like adding more drawer options to the lower cabinets or taller cabinets if you think you’ll need more space. Consider adding in pull out trash and recycling bins to keep your kitchen organized and clean, leaving more space under your sink.

6. Bigger Garage

Just like the basement, widening or lengthening your attached garage needs to be done before they start building your house. Everyone needs more space in their garage, either for a bigger vehicle or for all the stuff we seem to accumulate over time.

If you have any questions about building a home, what comes standard with a new build or what other upgrades are possible, please reach out to our sales team and they can help you out. Contact our sales team here.

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