March 29, 2016
Affordable Amenities for New Construction
Once you’ve decided to invest in new construction, it’s important to think ahead. You’ll be living in your fabulous new house for quite some time, so you want to be sure that you make it special, with those little extra touches that make you feel truly at home. You’ll also want to keep an eye to the future, because you’ll need to make changes from time to time in your life, and some of those changes might mean you’ll be selling this very home. You’ll need to make sure that there are some “little luxury” amenities that will make your house more attractive to a potential buyer. So which amenities are affordable, yet elegant and appealing to a high percentage of buyers? Here’s some of our favorite suggestions: Kitchen Upgraded Countertops - Stone, granite or marble are natural materials with high levels of durability that are easy to keep clean. Not only that, they’re fashionable and sleek, and have an undeniable chic appeal. The investment you make in a premium countertop will make your meal preparation more enjoyable now and will pay off later if you need to sell. Integrated Appliances and Modular Cabinets – Built-in appliances are taking kitchen design by storm! Refrigerators that disappear into the wall treatments, dishwashers that blend into the cabinetry and practically invisible trash compactors; it’s a trend with a celebrity feel that everyone can enjoy. And modular cabinets are easy to replace if one becomes scratched or damaged – you don’t have to invest in a whole re-do. Bath & Bedroom Bathing Options - Don’t overlook the appeal of a deep, relaxing garden tub! Nothing says luxury like a deep bath mounded in bubbles. A bonus – many bathrooms with garden tubs offer an additional separate standing shower, allowing for two unique bathing experiences that can be taken separately or at the same time. Updated Fixtures – High-end shower heads, faucets, shower doors and mirrors can add elegance and style – with a modest price tag. His and Hers – Dual sinks and separate closets are a must in every luxury home, and it’s relatively inexpensive to incorporate these design elements into your custom home. That’s Entertainment – A sleek entertainment center with a flat screen TV has become a must for every master suite. Look for one that tucks away when not in use. Some bathrooms are now coming equipped with a TV as well; that’s an indulgent extra that only used to be seen in the ritziest hotels! Above and Below Luxury Lighting – Recessed lighting, elegant chandeliers, lighting above and under the cabinets and stylish pendant lights give your home an upscale glow. Gone are the days of functional table lamps and white glass globe fixtures; you can make a top-tier style statement for much less than you think! Fabulous Flooring – Choose exciting (and luxurious!) materials such as exotic hardwoods or high-end ceramic, porcelain or marble tile. A well-placed throw rug of rich, decadent fiber will cost less than wall-to-wall, and has a slick, modern edge. Technology Discerning homeowners are gravitating toward home builders that offer upscale technological amenities. Central vacuum systems, multi-room sound, varied remote control options, advanced closet systems, air filtration systems and homes that are already fiber-optic and Wi-Fi ready are in demand. Energy-efficient appliance options are a must, as are advanced insulation and home alarm systems. Make sure you ask about these, as many homebuilders will offer them as part of their standard building packages. If you’re ready to explore the world of affordable luxury, make sure to stop in to The Gallery at Ernest Signature Custom Homes. It’s easier to decide on the perfect Savannah, GA homebuilder for you when you see what they can do to glamorize and stylize your home while working within your budget. We’re here for you – click here for more information on our first-class Design Center!