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Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM
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When building a new custom home, you have the option to invest in the features that make the most sense for your family’s lifestyle. If you enjoy cooking and gathering in the kitchen, this is a smart place to focus your budget. On the other hand, if you enjoy outdoor living, a deck or patio can provide the atmosphere you desire. You have countless options for custom homebuilding upgrades, but if you’re like most people, you have a limited budget. If you’re trying to decide which features are right for you, consider the following possibilities as you refine the design.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy Star–rated appliances in the kitchen and laundry room are often not much more expensive than alternative options, and they can reduce your energy costs for the life of the equipment. Although the technology is still evolving, virtually all major manufacturers offer high-quality energy-efficient appliances that will provide long-term savings.


The cost of replacing kitchen cabinets in the future can be a lot more than you might expect, and it’s disruptive to daily life, so it makes sense to upgrade them during the building process. Custom or semi-custom cabinetry is durable and adds to the resale value of your home. Having extra room with deeper cabinets and features like soft-closing doors and built-in storage systems also makes it easier to work in the kitchen, which is often the heart of the home.

Windows and Skylights

Natural light offers many benefits, including better sleep, improved mood, less strain on vision, and energy savings. The time to add windows and skylights is during the design process. Adding skylights to bathrooms and bedrooms can cut down on artificial-lighting use without affecting privacy. Adding more or larger windows can also help make interior spaces feel more open and enhance the exterior aesthetic.


The floors in any home are subject to significant wear and tear. If you have an active or young family, investing in upgraded flooring can help keep your home looking new for longer. Flooring also plays a major role in the overall look and feel of your home, so even if you don’t expect to need something more durable, you might want to invest in materials like high-quality carpet, hardwood, or ceramic tile.

Larger Garage

If you’re undecided between a one- and two-car garage, it’s worth going larger if you have the space on your lot. Even if you only currently have one vehicle, you never know when your needs might change. Having the extra space for storage or a work area is also valuable and allows you to have more living space in your home. A larger garage is also an asset if you ever plan to sell your home in the future.

Electrical Upgrades

Having extra outlets in your home doesn’t cost much, but it can have a major impact on your daily life. Think about all the places where having access to power can make life easier, including the kitchen and pantry, bedroom closets, work areas, and under the eaves for holiday lights.

In general, if you are considering any type of upgrade, consider the costs of doing it later. Structural changes and integrated items like windows, cabinets, and flooring can be costly to replace in the future. Making the investment during the building process can actually help you save money in the long run, so if there is room in the budget, it’s better to do it sooner than later.

Adair Homes offers custom homebuilding designs and upgrades for all types of budgets. Contact us today to speak with a Home Ownership Counselor about the type of home you would like to build.