8 Upgrades to Include When Building A Custom Home

What tips do the pros have for buyers looking to build a custom home? We asked the experts on our Design Gallery Homes team, who cater to buyers looking to build in custom communities or unique locations in and around Indianapolis. Their answers may surprise you.

1. Create a WOW kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home and a central hub of activity. To really make an impact, splurge on the countertops and cabinet features. Consider a dramatic granite paired with cabinets that extend to the ceiling. Or incorporate open shelving with a dramatic tile backsplash.

2. Add smart features in the kitchen

As boring as it sounds, wiring and lighting in the kitchen is key. LED lighting within cabinets and drawers is becoming a major must-have for buyers. Connected appliances are also emerging which can keep an inventory of your food, send spoilage alerts, suggest recipes and even place reorders for grocery delivery. Think about what to incorporate and plan ahead with your builder.

3. Create a spa getaway

You’ll spend a lot of time in your owner’s bathroom, so splurge a little to build a relaxing sanctuary. Consider incorporating unique tile designs and upscale lighting fixtures. We’re seeing an increasing number of buyers choose super-showers with built-in seating instead of bathtubs. And don’t forget to place outlets where you’ll need them!

4. Make a grand entrance with a stylish front door

This may surprise you! But the doorway sets the stage for your exterior and the main entrance of the home. Make a statement that will really wow guests.

5. Plan for outdoor living

If you love fresh air, definitely think about establishing an outdoor living space. This area will allow for an extra entertaining spot. There are many options for adding covered spaces with built-in fireplaces. It’s a home upgrade you won’t regret.

6. Add trim

This is an often-overlooked feature of the home. Add character by adding trim around windows and creating statement walls with your favorite trim treatments. For example, shiplap in a tray ceiling above your bed or even a wainscoting wall will add style.

7. Incorporate high ceilings

Ceiling height allows for an open and airy feel. Plus, it adds dramatic impact to your home. If you are looking to finish your basement, let your builder know to plan for nine-foot ceilings if possible.

8. Future-proof your home

Pre-wiring for any needs you might envision down the road will save time and money. It is easier to get the wiring done prior to your home’s completion than to tear up walls later. Also consider adding rough-in plumbing in unfinished spaces in case you might like to add a bathroom in the lower level in the future.

The home building process can be fun and easy! With so many options to include in your custom home, you need a team by your side who can provide expert advice every step of the journey.

Interested in learning more? Have a lot or need help finding land? Design Gallery Homes by Drees can make your custom dream home a reality.

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