A new Veranda home is an investment — an investment in your family’s future and happiness. As such, you owe it to yourself to tailor it to fit your lifestyle with options and upgrades that offer convenience and value for years to come. Which home upgrades are worth the investment? We made a list.
Popular open floor plans put your kitchen front and center. You owe it to yourself to make it as beautiful as possible. Upgraded cabinets should be at the top of your list as it is expensive and time-consuming to replace them later. Extending cabinets to the ceiling adds a clean look and extra storage space. Granite countertops are standard in most homes but upgrading to quartz will reduce hard-to-remove stains. If you have a choice, always go with a walk-in pantry.
Studies used to be “nice-to-haves.” Now they are essential. If your builder offers the option to add a study, take them up on it. A dedicated home office offers privacy for phone or Zoom calls as well as space to spread out your work projects. If possible, see if you can add a second office or data center where kids and spouses can get their work done.
Floors and Tile
Upgraded floors and bathroom tile are both good investments. Choose hardwood or stone for easy cleaning. Keep the flooring consistent throughout your home for a polished look. Bathroom tile is almost impossible to tear out once it’s in, so choose carefully and when using on the wall, extend it to the ceiling.
If you love to entertain, you will want to invest in an extended patio. Large patios can be subdivided into conversational areas. If you love backyard barbecues, add a built-in grill. Outdoor fireplaces are perfect for romantic evenings and family gatherings. It’s also worth doing while your home is being built. That way you can enjoy it the day you move in.
If you will soon have a newly minted driver, you should consider adding an extra garage bay. Even if you don’t, adding extra storage space is always a good investment. Many builders will add built-in cabinets and shelves so you stay organized.
Most builders offer standard home automation packages. You can upgrade them at the design center, and it’s worth doing. Think about your lifestyle and add what makes sense, including extra smart lights, blinds, outlets and a security system.
Having dedicated entertainment space is important. Media rooms allow family members to watch television without disturbing others. They are also great for game day. Add a wet or dry bar for snacks and parties. Some builders offer children or teen retreats. Located between secondary bedrooms, they can be equipped as homework rooms or dens.