Choosing Structural Options for Your New Home
One of the most exciting aspects of purchasing a new construction home is being able to choose options and finishes to personalize the home for your lifestyle and preferences. Structural options are anything that affects how the home is built such as additional rooms or a covered porch and will often change the overall square footage of the home. Finish options are where your style comes into play such as cabinets, countertops, lighting and plumbing fixtures, floor coverings and more. Your builder should present you with structural and finish options and upgrades to choose from to help determine the final price of the home.
Both structural and finish choices are typically selected early on in the process. When choosing structural options for your new home, make sure you understand what the advantages are of each option and which ones best suit your lifestyle and budget.
Depending on the builder, you may have structural choices for the kitchen layout in addition to the finish options. A deluxe kitchen may have more cabinets or different appliances such as separate cooktop and built-in ovens.
When you think about how much time you spend in the kitchen, especially if you like to entertain. Make sure to carefully consider all available kitchen options.
Owner’s Suite Options
Another important area of the home for most people is the owner’s suite. This is your private oasis, so you’ll want to choose options that help make your daily routine more enjoyable.
Structural options for the owner’s bath may include a walk-in shower. There may be multiple walk-in shower options including an L-shaped design without the need for a door or curtain and a zero-curb sloped floor.
Don’t underestimate the use you will get out of a sitting room connected to the main bedroom. An owner’s suite sitting room gives you a private area connected to your bedroom where you can relax and read or watch TV without lying in bed. It also makes your bedroom feel larger and more open.
Many builder floorplans come with options for a fireplace in the living room. It’s a nice addition to the main living area of the home, especially on a cold winter night. Most fireplaces are electric and provide both heat and ambiance to your home.
Adding windows where available can be a great way to let more natural light into your home. You’ll need to carefully consider how you plan to decorate your home and what furniture you will have where when deciding on whether to add available window options to your home.
Bonus Suite Options
A bonus suite with a full bath, bedroom and living area adds enormous value to your home. The versatility of a bonus suite allows multi-generational living, a private area for guests, or flex space that can be used for many purposes.
Imagine having an area in your home that can be used as an office, music room, workout room, hobby studio, movie/game room or whatever you like as your needs and preferences change. All while not infringing on the main living area or other bedrooms in the home. You’ll also gain additional storage which is always valuable.
Additional Room Options
Your builder may have other room options such as an additional bedroom, sunroom, den, four seasons room, full pantry, or office. Additional rooms will add to the cost of your new home, but they will never be less expensive to add than during the initial home construction.
If your budget allows, include as much square footage as you think you will need in the future, so you don’t have to spend a lot more money later to add the extra room you need.
Covered Porch Options
If you love spending time outside, you’ll want to make sure you include outdoor living areas when choosing structural options for your new home. Depending on the climate where you live, adding a covered porch option may allow you to spend more time enjoying the outdoors without worrying about getting sunburned or soaked in a rainstorm.
Scarmazzi Homes Communities
When choosing structural options for your new home, you’ll receive guidance and help from our Scarmazzi Homes New Home and Design Consultants so you can relax and enjoy the process knowing you’ll end up with a home you love.
Most of our favorite floorplans include structural options for a deluxe kitchen design, a second-floor bonus suite, an owner’s suite sitting room, a walk-in shower, covered porches, and more!
Contact us to learn more about our homes and communities and how our low-maintenance lifestyle frees up time for you to enjoy life!