Here are some of our recommendations for making selections on new construction or remodeling your home…and some options to skip!
Skip the Following:
Remove oversized/glued-on mirrors in bathrooms. This is another easy step to make a home look more custom. Simply ask the builder NOT to install any mirrors and then go shopping for framed mirrors from a discount store like TJMaxx, Home Goods, or Ikea. If you are remodeling, remove the glued-on mirror, repair walls if necessary, and replace with framed mirrors (or leave the mirror on the wall and have a contractor frame it out with trim wood).
Remove cheap closet organizers. Remove the cheap wire rack shelves and rods and replace with custom closet organizers you can find at Lowes or Home Depot. Even IKEA has solid wood closet systems. To save some time and money, ask the builder not to install these if you are building a home.
Delete Drawer Pulls/Knobs and Plumbing and Lighting Fixtures. Builders often have only a few choices of these and if you do not like them, ask the builder to give you a credit and install the ones that you purchase on your own (that you can find at Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Overstock, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.).
Make Sure to Include the Following:
Add recessed and puck or pot lights as often as possible. Have your framer build braces for future ceiling fans if you choose not to install them right away. You may want to hire a lighting specialist to help you with this. If an attic is above the ceiling, the project is pretty straightforward. But adding lights to finished ceiling areas requires cutting holes in the drywall and drilling through the joists to fish the wire through the framing.
Extend wood flooring into high traffic areas. Even though it costs more, it is worth it. Wood floor hallways or family rooms are always desirable, plus, you can throw a rug down if needed.
Add an outlet in the pantry. Many homeowners keep a toaster oven, blender, and other small appliances (even a Swiffer Vac) in the pantry. By adding an outlet, these items can be plugged in at all times and don’t take up valuable counter space.
These are just a few ideas that can get your juices flowing when you’re remodeling or building a new home.