From the Ground Up

What to Splurge on When Building a Custom Home


Building a custom home is an amazing opportunity for you and your family to decide the details of every inch of your property. While keeping your budget in mind, here are five aspects of your new home worth splurging on to increase your home’s resale value.

Countertop space is prime real estate in the kitchen. The more you have, the better. Splurging on countertops can actually increase the value and appeal of your home if you decide to sell. Solid marble, granite, or wooden countertops are long-lasting if they are well cared for, making them as durable as they are beautiful. You’ll notice the difference a good countertop makes after just a few days in your new home.

Flooring is worth splurging on not only for the look, comfort, and resale value of the home, but also for durability. Especially if you have pets or young children in the home, it’s smart to opt for wood, high-end laminate, or tile in moisture-prone areas like the kitchen, mudroom, and bathroom. Your home will be able to stand up to usual wear and tear longer with higher-quality flooring.

The longer you live in a house, the more things you accumulate. Between children outgrowing clothes and toys, to lawn and sports equipment, storage space is oftentimes overlooked when building a new home.

Energy Efficiency
A home is a long-term investment so it’s important to consider the property’s lifetime value as you build. Adding energy-efficient features like insulation, a high-quality HVAC system, and energy-efficient windows will help on utility bills and boost your property value. It’s easy to
incorporate these features when the house is being built rather than having to update systems post-build. 

Appliances can make a huge difference in the look of a kitchen. Spending a little extra on appliances can be a good investment and improve the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. The more frequently you use the appliance should determine which appliance you prioritize over others if you’re working with a tight budget.

Elevate your forever home by putting more of your budget into these five areas. You’ll increase your home value while providing your family with little luxuries along the way. It’s easy to replace lower ticket items along the way, so focus on these areas while building. If you have any questions about custom home building, we’d love to help. In the meantime, download our Ultimate Guide to Home Building in West Michigan to learn more about the custom home building process. Feel free to reach out anytime! In the meantime, download our Ultimate Guide to Home Building in West Michigan to learn more about the custom home building process.