From the Ground Up

Lifestyle Cost of Materials

There are many choices and decisions that need to be made when designing a custom-built home. It can be hard to know what’s best and what is worth spending a little more on. As home-building experts, we recommend focusing on quality.



Analyze Your Options

One of the biggest challenges homeowners face is balancing what they want in their home and staying within their budget. There are three things to keep in mind when choosing products for your new home: purchase price, product lifecycle, and upkeep cost.

Purchase Price

The price it will cost you today to purchase and install the product. 

Product Lifecycle

How long the product will last. 

Upkeep Cost

The costs needed to provide maintenance and rejuvenation to ensure the product is in working order throughout its lifecycle. 



Prioritize Quality

Quality is what really matters when it comes to value. It can be a great investment to spend a little extra to get a higher-quality flooring material that is guaranteed to last for many years with little to no maintenance. Alternatively, a lower-quality product can actually cost you more money over time. That’s why it’s important to consider lifecycle and product upkeep when making decisions, and not just purchase price.

The following products may seem more expensive at the onset, but are actually a very good value in the long run:

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring can last for 30 years — and with very low maintenance! Put it in a high-traffic area and its durability will prove itself. It can handle dogs, cats, children, and pretty much anything else that it might encounter. While it is more expensive, the cost is manageable considering it will last over a 30-year period.


Carpet Pad

Sometimes it can be hard to spend a lot of money on things you can’t even see, like a carpet pad. But it can make all the difference. Pads help the carpet stay supported and can add years to your carpet’s life. The water-resistant option keeps stains on top, preventing them from trickling down to the subfloor.

Granite and Quartz

Kitchen countertops can be a hard decision to make, but if you’re looking for a lifetime product with little maintenance, granite and quartz are some of the best options.

Although expensive on the front end, they are beautiful and can bring your whole kitchen to life while still being a good investment.

Insulation and Heat Barrier: 

Investing in good insulation and upgraded windows can lower your monthly utility bills. Better insulation will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Upgraded windows can offer insulation like properties as well as UV protection.



Roofs are expensive to replace, so it’s a good idea to spend a little more money at the beginning so it will last a long period of time. You can even choose roofing options that will increase your home’s overall energy efficiency, which could also lower your utility bill every month.

Decisions, decisions

Having trouble knowing what to pick? We can help! If you build with Elon Homes, we can help you through this stage and give you advice on what is best for your lifestyle and budget.

Contact us today!