5 Builder Upgrades to Splurge On – and 3 to Pass Up

Building a new house is no walk in the park, especially if you are unsure about which features you want to add to your home. For first-time homebuyers, deciding how to create a home that is perfect for your family and lifestyle comes with making a whole lot of upfront decisions.

Whether you are choosing to build a custom home designed to your exact specifications or opting to select a home design from the pre-made plans provided by your builder, you will still have the option to include some builder upgrades into your construction.

The big question now is: which builder upgrades do you choose and which do you skip? Of course, the ultimate decision is entirely up to your imagination and budget. But, if you are looking for insight into your here are some builder upgrades that you can count on to add value and a touch of luxury to your house and others that are probably not worth the upfront cost of adding them to your home’s design plans.

  1. A Pampered Place

Is there anything more enticing than knowing that when you’ve had a long, hard day you can waltz into your luxuriously large master bathroom and relax in a big jetted tub or an oversized shower?

No matter the homeowner, the option to enjoy a deluxe bathroom is high on the list of definite wants. In the case of opting to add a luxury bathroom as a builder upgrade, this is a great investment for yourself and for the future value of your home.

  1. A Place for Everything

Have you ever heard anyone say that they have too much kitchen storage and they are fed up with having to keep all of their small appliances, wine glasses, and expensive dinnerware in organized and spacious cabinets? I’m willing to bet you haven’t. Adding extra cabinets and storage spaces to your kitchen is never a bad idea, especially a graciously-sized pantry, modern storage upgrades, and under-cabinet lighting.

  1. A Chef’s Kitchen

In addition to extra cabinetry, electing a kitchen upgrade from your builder will ensure that you’ll always have plenty of space that can make your kitchen the true heart of your home. A breakfast counter, a gloriously large center island, a built-in wine rack – these are the upgrades that you can include in a kitchen with a little extra room.

  1. An Office of Your Own

More and more businesses are adopting work from home options for their employees. Even if you are not an employee who can telecommute, if you do any amount of work from home, you will want to add a home office to your plans. While it may seem like any room can be turned into a home office, planning for one will give you the opportunity to place it in the part of your home where it is the best fit rather than waiting to see which rooms become available down the line.

  1. A Room with a View

Just like adding custom cabinetry, adding energy efficient, large windows to your home will give you not only some spectacular views but also flood your home with magnificent light. A well-lit room that is bursting with sunshine will brighten your home in more ways than just the obvious one. Sunshine can boost your mood, promote healing, and give you an energy burst to get more done with your day.

Now that you know what to opt for with builder upgrades, it’s just as important to know what is safe to skip.

  1. Top-of-the-Line Counters

While it may seem like a smart idea to invest in counters before you move into your house, a counter upgrade can cost you less if you wait until after you’ve moved into your new home. Your builder likely has one supplier that they prefer for countertops and vanities, and that means that you will get a reduced selection at a premium price point if you opt for this builder upgrade.

  1. Paint

You can paint your house inside and out at any point in time, so why pay extra up front to have a specified room color upgrade from your builder? Waiting until you have a better understanding of each room’s function and style before you paint may end up being the smarter way to go. It will also be much less costly than choosing a custom paint color from your builder.

  1. Appliance Packages

No one wants to worry about having a kitchen that looks gorgeous but has no appliances, but if you take the time to seek out your own high-end appliances you can save some money and the hassle of having to choose appliances from one or two select stores. That usually means settling for appliances that you don’t necessarily love.

Land & Lot Reports


1926 Circle of Excellence for 2020 2017 2019 land report 2020 economic projections 2020 economy 3 Benefits of Planting Native Vegetation aerial allure of land Apache Junction architect area Arizona arizona activities arizona eating Arizona economy arizona events Arizona home owners arizona land report Arizona living arizona real estate arizona realty arizona restaurants arizona summer activities arizona summer events backyard benefits of planting native vegetation best golf courses best golf courses in Arizona best golf courses in Tucson best hikes in tucson best hiking best hiking trail of Tucson best hiking trails best home decor best home details best housing markets best lights best night lights best night time lights best of Tucson best real estate best real estate market best takeout in Tucson Bisbee blueprint blueprints breweries breweries in Tucson Arizona buildable builder building building a home building house built-in desks built-in details built-in shelves burger buying homes buying land buying land in Tucson buying real estate buying real estate in tucson buying Tucson lots carpet change order cinema room classic car construction construction loan construction permit construction plan construction plans cooling coronado forest cost country custom home building custom homes deed restrictions desert garden desert gardening design design guidelines design guidelines for a Subdivision Development diy home improvement dream home dream kitchen easements eatery eating eating in tuscon economic outlook economic projections economics elevation energy efficient events film festivals film festivals in Tucson fireplace flood flood insurance floodplain Flooring food food tours foreclosure geologic language golf courses golf courses in Arizona golf courses in Tucson gps habitat health heated floors heating hidden room hikes hiking historical hobby room holiday events home home blueprint home blueprints home builder Home building home decor home decorations home details home improvement home owners home plan home size house house blueprints house details houseplants housing markets how to buy how to buy land how to make your neighborhood safer hvac industrial style interior design internet internet in Tucson internet providers in Tucson laminate land land parcel land report land use land use in Tucson land zoning living in Tucson loan program lot lots man cave March 2024 land report march land report measurement mexican minimalist modern mortgage movie bluff movie room moving mudroom national park native vegetation neighborhood new home new year night lights non-invasive plants Old West organization packing permit permit needed permits preventing erosion property property in Arizona property in Tucson property listings property report purchasing residential land real estate real estate in Arizona real estate market real estate report realtor tucson recessed light remote work remote work in Arizona remote work in Tucson remote working residential land resolution restaurant riperian riperian habitat rooms run rural Tucson safe neighborhood salad sales salt lamp Scottsdale selling real estate slope spa spa room specialty rooms steak stone style subdivisions Summer summer activities summer events sun exposure takeout Technology theatre things to do in arizona things to do in tucson things to do in tuscon topography travel traveling Tucson Tucson 2020 economy tucson activities Tucson Arizona tucson christmas Tucson economy tucson events Tucson home owners Tucson housing market tucson land tucson land for sale tucson land loans tucson land report Tucson lifestyle Tucson living tucson lot loans tucson lots tucson mountains Tucson national parks tucson real estate Tucson real estate market tucson realty tucson summer tucson summer events Tucson vegetation tuscon land report unusable land Upgrades upgrading your home upgrading your interior useable land vacant land vacant land design guidelines vacant land guidelines vacant land tucson vacant Tucson lots vacation vegetation views vintage walk warranty Wash what to do in Tucson where to eat where to eat in Arizona working in Tucson working remote in Tucson working remotely zip codes zones zoning

Sign Up for News

Sign Up

Featured Listing