As I’ve mentioned several times, one of the biggest parts of the planning stage is a budget. While a budget is a definite must have, it’s important to know up front what areas you are allowed to splurge on.
The word splurge always excites me! I mean what woman doesn’t want to spend a little extra money on upgrading some important items in the home? The best part is, this is money well spent! I love knowing I can upgrade on a few areas and feel good about it. It is money that will actually play a big part on making your home look more high end. I’m going to discuss five areas that we chose to splurge on in our current home. We will also be doing the same in our upcoming build.
In our current farmhouse, you know that we have double solid mahogany front doors. This is one area I knew upfront I was going to spend some extra money on. The entrance of your home needs to make a statement, and what better way to do so than with your front door.
Henry and I personally love real wood doors. They are warm and inviting, while also offering great curb appeal. Some have issues with real wood doors not being weather resistant, so you may want to consider other options that give the same look.
Whether real wood or not, the appearance of the front door should be dramatic and be a focal point of the home. This will require a little more money spent on this item, but will be well worth it as it is something that can transform the look of your home. Nothing bothers me more than someone spending so much money on a house, then choosing a cheap front door.
Crazy enough, with each house we have sold, no one asked what brand of cabinets we put in, the question is always, “What kind of countertops are those?” Countertops are a great place to spend a little extra money. Not only do people love high end countertops, they are great for the longevity of the kitchen use. If you are one that does lots of cooking, you will want countertops that hold up and will persevere heat and extensive use. Upgrading your countertops will be money you will not regret spending!
Windows are already a big budget item on the list, but it will pay off to splurge and get what you want in this area. Not only should they be aesthetically pleasing, they should also be energy efficient. While they may cost more upfront, keep in mind this is one area where you can recoup your money.
We chose to go with black windows on our farmhouse build and will also be using a dark color window on our current house. The color variation is much more expensive, but will offer a more prominent appearance from the road. We are all about curb appeal! Throughout building, remodeling, and selling several homes the biggest thing we have learned is how important it is to make a house standout from the outside.
Closet Space and Features
Larger closets and closet storage features are another great place to spend a little more money. The closet space itself will need to be planned upfront during the early stages. The space will not actually cost that much more, it is the features inside the closet that will be your upgrade.
After you have the space, you need to make sure you have them decked out with lots of planned storage options that will allow for organization. This will take a little more both time and money, but will be well worth it!
Appliances are a place where I really never knew we would spend so much money, but it can definitely be done. While I think you can still do this reasonably , it is important to spend a little more and get something you will not only be happy with, but also looks great!
Appliances can seriously make a huge difference in the look of a kitchen. What if you spent all this money on beautiful cabinets and countertops, but then put in a builder grade black fridge. That would kill the look of the entire kitchen and it wouldn’t matter how much money you spent on everything else. The appliances need to compliment the design and look of your kitchen. This may mean spending a little more and getting those professional grade appliances that will give the kitchen an upscale finished look.
I could go on and on of things you could splurge on while building, but I just wanted to point out a few. Ideally, it has to be something you and your spouse talk about and feel comfortable with. Your choices may be very different than ours, but I do think it is worth planning a budget on some items you are willing to go above and beyond on. The ones I have pointed out were ones we have noticed to really make a difference in the past. These were particular areas we noticed made a difference in looks, functionality, and resale value. They were also ones that buyers always seemed to love and what attracted them to our home.