There are a number of custom home upgrades that will catch your eye when you're in the preliminary stages of planning a build. Hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, and a loft over the garage may all be ideas that you want to implement, provided that they'll work within your budget. Your custom home builder may talk to you about a variety of other upgrades that may not seem to possess a high degree of appeal. However, as you discuss these topics with your builder, and even with friends or neighbors who have had custom homes built, you'll quickly realize that you'll appreciate these upgrades. Here are some examples.
The insulation of your custom home might not be on your radar when you're going over the upgrades that appeal to you, but it should be. Many custom builders will offer different levels of insulation. While there's nothing that is theoretically wrong with a standard amount or type of insulation, you won't regret spending a little more money to choose an enhanced product. Better insulation isn't something that you'll see in the same manner as quartz counters or hardwood flooring, but it's something that you'll appreciate in other ways because it will make you more comfortable in your home and help you save on heating and cooling expenses.
It's common for the roof of a custom home to be finished in standard asphalt shingles. Many homeowners choose this approach, but your custom builder can offer you different upgrades. Choosing higher-quality architectural shingles instead of standard shingles or going a completely different route and selecting a metal roof or slate tiles may be ideas that don't overly excite you, but that are appealing in their own way. These roofing upgrades will last longer, preventing you from having to think about the replacement of your roof in several years.
Landscaping is another upgrade that some homeowners skip. You might be fine with your builder leaving your lot as is and have plans to put down your own sod and do some other basic upgrades over time. It's definitely worthwhile to consider the merits of at least some basic landscaping now. Whether it's building a retaining wall, crafting some elevated gardens with paver stones, or performing other similar projects, you'll appreciate having these things looked after by your move-in date so that you don't have to devote time and money to them in the months ahead.