SMART Upgrades to Your New Construction or Spec Home

Date: August 30, 2019

SMART Upgrades to Your New Construction or Spec Home


When you purchase a new home, you will have the opportunity to customize it to your specifications. But depending on your builder, your options may be limited in comparison to what you can accomplish by working with contractors and suppliers on your own. If you purchase a spec home (new construction already built and optioned out), then you have no customization options. Fortunately, these scenarios can work to your advantage for three reasons: The cost of upgrading doesn’t always subtract the total value of the builder’s standard option, so upgrading on your own wouldn’t cost extra in these cases.  You may want to live in the home with the standard features and discover through that process which upgrades are really necessary.  You now have limitless options, and the time to explore them fully.  When you move into in a new home that you would like to upgrade, these projects will add maximum value, functionality, and enjoyment to your home:


Quality Cabinetry in the Kitchen: Few upgrades make a home look and feel more upscale than high quality cabinetry. In addition, when you consider Trends in Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Door Styles, such as taller cabinets, customized colors, two-tone cabinets, beaded inset designs, glass doors, and innovative storage options, you can have a home that better supports your lifestyle.


Beautiful, Functional Vanities in the Bathrooms: Builder-grade bathroom cabinetry is often made of low-grade thin pine. The style is basic, and not one that will complement upgrades elsewhere in the house, and storage is minimal. Often, there won’t be shelving inside once you open the doors, making it a hassle to keep the space clean or to find the items you’re looking for. Upgrading after the build often costs no more than upgrading when you build, and gives you extra cabinetry that you can use in the garage!


Luxury Lighting: The finishing touch on any upscale home is lighting, which adds ambiance, functionality, and warmth to your spaces. There are so many options for each room in your home when you shop around, but builders offer only limited choices. In the kitchen, you may opt for pendant lighting above your island and LED lighting above your cooking spaces. Iron chandeliers in the kitchen, dining area, and living room are popular options, as are recessed lighting fixtures. Dimming switches are an essential feature as well. Quality lighting also offers energy savings over standard builder-grade materials. When you upgrade lighting across your home, you can package your builder lighting materials and sell them or offer them to a friend.
If you would like to learn more about how to upgrade your new home, visit our showroom and see the possibilities for yourself. Our in-store expert remodelers will help you get the most out of your living spaces through high-ROI improvements!

We had a wonderful experience with Emily from Modern Kitchen and Baths and the contractors she set up to renovate our kitchen! We had a short amount of time to complete the project, and not only did Emily say it could be completed by the time we needed, but the whole team delivered on that promise. We love our new kitchen and are so thankful for the expertise that Modern Kitchen and Baths provided for us. I would definitely recommend them for anyone needing a kitchen renovation. Thank you!

Sara Schweain

From my kitchen to my master bath being completely redone, I am more than happy with the products,design & completed projects.

Bernie Williams