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Five Of The Best Optional Extras To Consider When Building A New Home

There are few things as exciting as choosing the design of your new home. A visit to display villages always gets the imagination activated and the ideas popping.

Display Homes are usually professionally styled and are often decked out with lots of optional extras/upgrades. But which ones are the best?

If you don’t have a huge budget for extras, its important to choose upgrades that offer either fantastic value in terms of lifestyle amenity, or a good return on investment when it comes time to sell.

Here we have compiled a list of five of the best optional extras to consider when building your new home.

1. Sustainable design
It’s no surprise that sustainability is becoming an increasingly important aspect of owning a home. In fact, Domain recently reported that ninety-five per cent of millennials and baby boomers consider sustainability to be an extremely important feature when building or buying a home.

From solar panels and hot water systems to double glazed windows, LED downlights and ceiling fans, industry experts believe that investing in sustainable design pays a double dividend for the home owner, first with lower utility bills and secondly with a well-regarded asset on resale.

2. Kitchen and bathroom upgrades
When it comes to kitchens and bathrooms, it’s wise to consider extras that have broad appeal. Spending extra to upgrade appliances in areas that are frequently used such as your kitchen, can add impact to the finished product and appeal to most buyers.

The kitchen is usually the heart of the home and a place where you and your family will spend a lot of your time. For this reason, spending a little extra on this area is a good idea both from an aesthetic and functionality point of view. Kitchen benchtops for example are often a primary feature in most homes and therefore it is a good idea to choose a material that is durable and timeless.

Good quality appliances are also important and are worth every cent in the long run, so make sure you choose the best options within your budget.

When it comes to bathrooms, your design can be finessed with contemporary features such as frameless or semi-frameless shower screens, his and her sinks and Smartstone vanity tops.

3. Heating and cooling
Australian weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable, which is why it is important to think about your heating and cooling system in the early stages of the design process. Ducted or split-system airconditioners are tricky to retro-fit and are best installed during the build.

Air-conditioning generally adds value on par and is a great selling point when it comes to combating extreme weather conditions. While the initial cost can be high, it’s no longer considered a luxury inclusion.

In addition to air-conditioning, gas feature fireplaces are also very popular these days as they add warmth but are also aesthetically pleasing and a great central feature in the home.

4. Outdoor living
Elderton Homes strongly recommends home buyers include an outdoor living space in their new build, which is why we specialise in including them.

It’s also beneficial to have both covered and uncovered areas for entertaining and kicking the football with the kids. You can make the most of outside spaces by adding an alfresco dining area, which is likely to increase your home’s value and create a real selling point.

Furthermore, a well-designed garden is a well-used garden and can make the perfect spot for enjoying the warmer nights.

5. A garage or carport
These days, we are forever becoming more and more dependent on cars. However it may come as a surprise to know that many house and land packages don’t include car parking in its standard offering, but as an optional extra you should give serious consideration to.

While garages used to be a luxury, they’re becoming a much more common property feature. With a garage comes options and flexibility for both parking and indoor space, and with flexibility comes added value.

You will be pleased to know that Elderton Homes includes garages in all its builds, however you will need to decide when choosing your design how many car spaces you think you will require both now and in the future to accommodate your family.

Having an undercover car space or two is something that all prospective buyers will love and can also potentially increase value if you ever decide to sell.

We hope that this has given you some insight into some of the best optional extras to consider when building your new home.

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