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Building A Custom Home? Consider These 5 Upgrades

If you are going to build a custom home, you should know that you have plenty of opportunities to make upgrades to the standard construction that you get as part of a newly built home. Here are some upgrades that you should definitely consider.

Spray Foam Insulation

Upgrading the type of insulation used in your home can really make a difference when it comes to your energy bills. Ask your contractor about using spray foam insulation around the home's exterior so that you can see some significant benefits in regard to how energy efficient your home will be. 

In addition, you should also ask about using spray foam insulation on interior walls as well. Spray foam can really help with dampening the sound between rooms, which can make it great to put around bedrooms where you don't want the noise to keep people awake at night. 

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater can be a nice upgrade from a traditional hot water tank. The biggest difference you'll see with a tankless hot water heater is that you have practically unlimited hot water. You no longer have to worry about being the last to jump in the shower in the morning and having cold water since the tankless model heats the water up on demand.

Data Cabling 

While many people think that they can get by with WiFi for their Internet, a newly constructed home gives you the opportunity to install data cables within the walls. By placing an ethernet cable within the walls, you can hardwire all of your electronics so that they are not dependent on a solid WiFi signal. In addition, you'll have less congestion on the wireless network for those devices that must use WiFi. 

If you do not want to run data cables in the walls just yet, it is worth running conduit to key places so that you can run whatever cables you want at a later point.

Recessed Lighting

It is incredibly easy to add recessed lighting to rooms while the framing is being done. It eliminates the need to have a fancy light fixture in a room and gives each room a very modern look. Consider having the recessed lighting placed during construction so that you have plenty of light and don't have to depend on lamps. 

Outdoor Gas Lines

Want a gas grill on your back patio at some point? Ask about having a gas line installed in an outdoor location where you may want to put a grill later on. You'll be thankful for the upgrade when you never have to buy a new propane tank ever again. 

Keep these tips in mind when looking for custom home building services near you.