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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/2/2022

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Building a custom new home allows you to create a home thatís well-suited to your needs and lifestyle. Floor plans, color choices and fixture options are just some of the ways that you can adjust a home to your liking. Here are five other major ways to make a custom home truly yours.

Make the Basement Bigger With a Deep-Pour Basement

A deep-pour basement increases your basementís height by digging the foundation down deeper. Depending on how deep you want it, the increase in depth may just be 1 foot or it might be several feet.The purpose of a deep-pour basement isnít so much to increase storage space beneath your home, but rather to make your basement more comfortable to use. The increased height can be helpful if you eventually want a finished basement with overhead lighting fixtures.

Add Space to Rooms With Elevated Ceilings

Elevated ceilings increase the height of first- or second-floor rooms, usually for an aesthetic effect. Higher ceilings can make rooms look larger without increasing square footage, and higher ceilings can let in more natural light if oversized or additional windows are installed.

Depending on a homeís design, slightly elevated ceilings might be used throughout an entire floor. Alternatively, a single room might have an elevated ceiling that looks up to the second floor. 

Create Storage With Built-In Bookshelves

A home can never have enough storage, and you can increase your new homeís storage by adding built-in bookshelves. While you always have the option to buy standard bookshelves from a furniture store, they wonít be quite as nice as custom ones that are installed when the home is built. You can design every aspect of the shelves both so they look the way you want and accommodate your oversized books or personal touches.

Upgrade to an Expanded Garage

Upgrade your garage from a standard one- or two-car garage so that itíll better accommodate your future (or present) storage and vehicle needs. Even if you donít expect to need another parking space, you might still extend the length of your garage so that it can provide more room for large tools and gear.

Go for a Jacuzzi

A jacuzzi tub is a pleasant luxury anytime you feel sore, are cold or just want to relax. Itís also a fairly easy upgrade to put in when building out a master bathroom. Go for a jacuzzi in your master bath, and youíll reap the rewards every time you relax in the tub. You might also get a better selling price when you eventually move out, as master bath upgrades have some of the highest returns on home sale prices.

Make Your New Home Truly Yours

If any of these upgrades or customizations sound like something youíd appreciate, talk with your home builder about putting them in. A few customizations like these can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your new house.




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Posted by Judy Moore on 6/28/2020

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Homeowners looking to get top dollar for their house often invest in improvements to make their home more appealing to prospective buyers. Sure, they can slap up a coat of paint and make other minor cosmetic improvements, but these won’t necessarily increase their home’s value.

In a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors®, eco-friendly homes and energy-efficient products are in high demand with 59% of realtors® responding homeowners were “very” or “somewhat” interested in sustainability. Agents also indicate promoting energy efficiency in their listings increases buyer response.

Adding Energy-Star rated appliances is a great start—here are other top green features you can consider adding to your home.

1. New Windows and Doors

Older windows and doors allow drafts, burning extra fuel and electricity for heating and cooling.  Installing Energy-Star rated (or triple-pane, glass, insulated) windows and a high-quality door promote energy efficiency. As a bonus, they boost a home’s resale value. Homeowners who install windows see a return of investment (ROI) of roughly 70% and steel doors about 75%. They also save 7% to 15% on their energy bill after the installation. Not a bad ROI!

2. Add a Solar Water Heater

Solar water heaters cost between $6,000 and $17,000, so it’s not a cheap upgrade, but you might want to consider this investment. Solar heaters increase the value and marketability of your home and can add a 4% to 4.5% resale value. Plus, you’ll save on your energy bills while you’re still in your home.

3. Replace Bathroom Fixtures

Toilets, sinks, and shower heads installed prior to the mid-1990s are water hogs and don’t meet current federal, water-saving standards for fixtures. The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency recommends homeowners buy fixtures with the “WaterSense” labels. With these upgrades, you can save big on water and on utility bills. Some statistics suggest even minor bathroom upgrades will bring you a 102% ROI. A renovated kitchen and bathroom definitely perk a buyer’s interest, but these days energy-efficient upgrades will get you a better ROI than the usual remodels.

4. Upgrade Insulation

The quality of home insulation matters because it has a direct impact on your heating and cooling bills. Angie’s List reports two-thirds of homes in the U.S. aren’t properly insulated. Homes over 10 years old are likely not insulated to current standards. If you want to upgrade your insulation, a good place to start is in the attic because you can recoup 116% of your costs.

By adding green features, you’ll increase your home’s appeal and better solidify your asking price. If you want to learn more about Energy Star appliances or how green features add value to a home, feel free to reach out!