My wife and I chose to build our house over buying one and it has been quite the process! The entire experience has been extremely exciting but stressful. We started this journey in August of 2015 and our completion date is May 2016. We hit a few speed bumps a long the way, dealing with the county over issues on the lot, but all in all i would choose this option all over again.
There’s so many options you get when building that you just won’t get (right away) when buying your home. From the lot to the floor plan everything is custom.
Things can add up quick when you have the power to pick every single option of your home and there are areas that deserve attention over others. You truly have to determine your wants and needs and create a balance. It wasn’t easy for us to sacrifice some of the things we wanted but the key was to identify what would be the easiest to do at a later date.
We decided to upgrade
- Garage door height
Floors are typically the main upgrade people are looking for in their house and it is absolutely one of the ones you should follow through with if you can. We have a 3 year old son and a dog so carpet was not an option we were interested in and hardwood was a little out of our budget so we decided to go with plank style laminate and it is by far our most favorite upgrade. IF you can do floors you absolutely should, the upgrade cost us about 2300 for a 1600 sqft home.
Garage door height is a perfect example of one of those details that would be a huge pain to go back and change once you realize you want it taller. We decided to go 8ft over 7ft so we can get a full size truck in if we need to. Some will say they will never need the door taller, and then one day they do. At around $500 it was no question that we were going to upgrade the height.
We eventually plan to do granite, but not at this time. Counters are relatively easy to go back and change when you can afford exactly what you want, but we did choose a slight upgrade from the standard package. The standard countertops had a pattern that repeated around every 3 inches, we chose an option that repeats every 5 ft and the difference is amazing! The cost increase was barely noticeable so it was a sure thing once we saw the two types side by side. Having these will make the wait for granite (if we choose to upgrade) a lot more manageable.
When it came down to walking through and laying out where we wanted our lighting/outlets etc. we realized that our entire living room was going to only be lit by one ceiling fan light fixture. It would also be off to one side of the vaulted ceilings and i knew this would drive me nuts so i decided to add six can lights over the living room which will provide plenty of lighting. The cost of this upgrade was $36 per light.
I also, being who i am, decided to add a 220v outlet in my garage for that pretty new welder my wife doesn’t know ill be getting. It was either that or unplug the dryer, so the $100 was more than worth it.
Backsplash was another cheap upgrade that was worth doing at the time of building, I don’t even remember what this cost but it wasn’t much.
Overall you can upgrade whatever you can afford but we chose a large lot and a large floor plan so our money was spent mostly on that. You don’t have to try to upgrade everything you want right off the start but this list should give you a good idea of what you may want to put a little higher on your list of necessities.