New Construction Upgrades That Add Value
Designing and building a new house is a large undertaking. It’s a process you want to understand and be ready for from the beginning. Yankee Barn Homes suggests these 10 upgrades to design and build now. Don’t wait on these items, include them in the design of your new home as the cost to add them later will assuredly increase (a lot).
Upgrades To Build Now
Energy Efficient Windows No matter the climate or if the home is only to be used certain times of the year, the importance of installing quality windows cannot be overstated. Windows are the #1 place for heat/cool air loss in custom built contemporary homes. The better the window, the lower your energy bill.
HVAC System With a new house that is built to be tight (less energy loss) a system that heats, cools AND exchanges air is imperative to a healthy home.
Insulation Upgrade This is another energy saver. The better your insulation, the more efficient the home.
Efficiency and Beauty
Tankless on-Demand Hot Water System There is nothing more annoying than running out of hot water. Not only is a tankless hot water heater more efficient, you’ll love the readily-available hot water.
Radiant Heat in Floors This is by far the most efficient and healthy way to heat a home. There is no air blowing around, no drafts, and no waste of heat. The added bonus of warm floors on cold days can not be over-rated!
Wood Floors Wood flooring is far more attractive to a home buyer. No matter the intention surrounding your new home, one day it will be resold. The added value of wood flooring is huge in the resale market. Wood floors are the perfect pairing with post and beam contemporary homes.
Its All About The Room
Flex Room/3rd Bedroom A 3rd bedroom, which may be used as a flex space (office/craft room/yoga studio) is not a luxury. It’s a necessity for all contemporary house plans. The space also makes an enormous difference in resale value. All you need do it look at real estate listings. The difference in price between a 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom home says it all.
1st Floor Primary Bedroom with Age-In-Place Bathroom (zero threshold shower) This is a no-brainer. Zero threshold showers are not just for the elderly. Tripping and falling in the shower is no joke and it could happen to any of us, regardless of age. However, the availability of a first floor bedroom and bath with easy access is a must if you intend to age-in-place.
Upgrades To Build Now That Add Value
Finished Basement It goes without saying a finished basement adds value to your home during resale. It also adds value to you as it affords space for any number of things including a 3rd bedroom, an exercise room or an added family room. We have recently built a number of homes with the in-law suite on the lower level. These are not the dingy basement remodels of old. These suites are gorgeous!
Attached Garage The attached garage is not a luxury. It’s a necessity for those wishing to make life easier. Anyone who’s had to run through inclement weather hauling 3 bags of groceries knows this is true. Resale value is also a big factor.
Half Bathroom The half-bath is all about convenience for you and guests. It’s a no-brainer. Include one now during the planning stage.