When building a house you are faced with a crap ton of choices! And trying to decide on upgrades can be overwhelming. I did a lot of research because the last thing I wanted was to have any regret or I wish's. Needless to say after all the time and research I was only left with a longer list of wanted upgrades. Most to which we ended up scratching. I finally realized it only comes down to these few things that can simplify the process.
BUDGET + FAMILY + LIFESTYLE
BUDGET BUDGET BUDGET! In most cases you will meet with your Builder and go over budgets for your new build early on. When it comes to the interior it is completely up to you and the choices you make if you go over, under, or stay right on budget. If there are upgrades you know you want early on make sure to add them into your budget. Know ahead if you have extra or saved money to go toward upgrades. Can you afford it?
FAMILIA! What are your families realistic wants and needs? How big is your family? Will your family benefit from this? Will this make life easier? Is it important? Do you have animals?
LIFESTYLE IS EVERYTHING! Are you an active family? What areas of the house do you use most? Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Do you cook often? Are you planning to resale in the future?
LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS.
I have always been a firm believer in this. It's natural to want things, but having them and being able to afford them are two different things. Remember this when thinking of what upgrades you want to add. Everybody has different preferences and certain things they like and don't like. That is what makes you special and unique. Make your own must have list and be one step closer to making your home yours.
Here is the rundown on our must have upgrades!
BOARD & BATTON SIDING- Top of my list! We knew from the get go that this would be our home exterior so it was added to our budget first thing. Fist pump to LIFETIME siding!
BLACK WINDOWS- Another top of my list! Double the money, but so worth it!
RAISED CEILINGS- Although we did lower most ceilings we raised the entry, living room and master.
CAN LIGHTS- Add can lights wherever you can! We added over 50. We also chose a modern square style.
USB OUTLETS- We added these to all the bedrooms for phones and laptops.
TILE SHOWERS- We wanted to design custom showers. Bonus- it adds value to your home.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT EVE OUTLETS- Luke's must have!
COVERED PATIO- We spend a lot of time outdoors!
LARGE CLOSET WITH WINDOW- Being able to get fresh air and natural light in a master closet is a dream!
OUTLET IN PANTRY- My pantry is where I'll keep my toaster, Microwave etc.
FUTURE HOT TUB OUTLET- We plan on having a hot tub in the future so we put in a 220 outlet in the future location.
CENTRAL VAC- My must have! Easy wall access plus cleaner air and reduced allergies!
BRACES FOR FUTURE CIELING FANS- We had our framer build braces for future ceiling fans. I am not generally a fan of the look of ceiling fans. We put them in the Living room, Master bedroom, and upstairs boys room. And put braces in the others for future.
TALL CIELING CABINETS- I don’t think I have ever heard someone say that they had too much storage space in their kitchen. Why not have the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling! And quite honestly I never know what to put on top of cabinets and they seem to just collect dust.
UNDERLIGHT FOR CABINETS- I loved the idea of this for our upper cabinets in the kitchen.
TRASH DRAWER- Keeps the garbage out of sight!
MUDROOM- With our active family we end up having shoes, coats, back packs, basketballs, cheer bags, dance bags dropped at the door. The mudroom will be the catch all!
DRINKING FOUNTAIN- The boys drink from the faucet, Drives me nuts! we added a drinking fountain to the mudroom right below the stairs to the boys room.
LED LIGHTING- Long life time. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational life time expectation of sometimes up to 100.000 hours.
OUTDOOR GAS LINE- We added it to our pack patio for a BBQ.
DOUBLE OVENS- Baking cookies will be a breeze!
STOVE TOP- Luke's pick!
POT FILLER- We do a lot of cooking.
FARMHOUSE SINK- My pick! Who doesn't love a big sink.