The Best Homebuilder Upgrades


During new home construction, you are able to customize the finishing touches to fit your lifestyle and design tastes. What’s more is that you can choose to add optional builder upgrades to transform your new house into your dream home. As your premier homebuilders in Utah, we know that picking and choosing your upgrades can seem a little daunting, usually because new homeowners have particular features important to them, but they aren’t sure if the upgrades will increase the value of their home. Many homebuilders don’t help homeowners navigate between possible homebuilder upgrades, but at Hamlet Homes, our designer — Janet Allen at Carpet Diem — can assist in helping you choose your personal improvements and help you select the right combinations for your budget. Here are a few tips to help you decide which upgrades to choose for your home.

In the Kitchen

The kitchen has an extensive list of possible upgrades, and the ones you choose can add up quickly. We suggest keeping functionality in mind. It may seem like your new kitchen will have so much space that you don’t know what to do with it, but you will most likely want even more room to house food and cooking items down the line. We recommend going for taller cabinets for extra storage and a trendier look. You can choose to add pots and pans drawers to make for easy access during your quick, weeknight dinners. Don’t forget to put a little focus on your appliances. While they may not change the aesthetic as much as custom cabinets, upgrading to energy-efficient and high-end appliances with your homebuilder will almost always save you money in the long run.

Keep it Light

As far as we’re concerned, you can never have too much light in your home. That’s why the homebuilders at Hamlet Homes strategically plan the layout of all new home constructions to take advantage of natural light, but you can always make your home a little brighter. We suggest keeping with ambient lighting in your living spaces, and making your kitchen and bathrooms extra bright. In your bathrooms, choose task and overhead lighting, so you never have to squint when shaving or applying your makeup. In your kitchen, go beyond recessed lighting by installing under-cabinet lighting. These little lights will help you navigate your cooking and brighten up the space when you entertain. If you choose glass cabinets, install lighting inside for a similar effect.

Flooring Done Right

Sure, you can always upgrade your flooring later, but that can be expensive and time consuming. Not to mention the headache of living in a home undergoing updating. Instead, choose the flooring options that match your aesthetic and lifestyle before moving in. If you prefer hardwood in bedrooms and hallways, we always suggest upgrading during the build. To help with the cold Utah months, we splurge and install radiant floor heating. Not only will your family love it, but future buyers will, too. Finally, choose to upgrade the carpet pads. The cost is typically low and will provide a longer lifespan and softer step.

Fantastic Finishes

Not all upgrades need to break the bank. A few simple finishes can make all the difference in your new home. We suggest customizing tile grout for a trendier look, choosing your home’s interior paint color, and adding extra outlets or ceiling fans. So many residents in the homebuilding process stress about upgrades because they didn’t budget for them. Instead, put aside a portion of your budget for improvements that will personalize your home and allow you to get the biggest bang for your buck. If you would like to learn more about the personalization options you receive from the homebuilders at Hamlet Homes call us today at (801) 281-2223.


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