Are extra features worth it?

While we all like deals that make us feel like we “got a steal”, the reality is that value and cost are directly proportionate to each other. It will always be true that you get what you pay for and that is certainly the case in home building as well. In an age of instant gratification and consumerism, it can be very difficult selling someone on extra features they don’t need or want. Granite countertops or a metal roof on a house are only a few examples. While some may want the status of knowing they have the best thats available, most times the real estate market reflects the fact that, at resale, you may not get quite as much return as you had hoped for hardwood floors or a high-performance envelope when LVT or basic housewrap can “satisfy for now”. I believe its safe to say we all wrestle with varying degrees of morality and stewardship in the handling of our finances. While “satisfying for now” is a legitimate expression of stewardship, I also contend for the legitimacy of “satisfying for the future”! I, for one, don’t feel right cutting many corners on a house flip, for example, in order to turn a profit at the expense of the next homeowner having to deal with problems down the road.

This was solidified in my mind again recently with this whole home remodel that had tremendous rot & decay behind a stone facade. This could easily have been prevented by a few simple and relatively inexpensive procedures at the time of construction only 18 short years ago.

No, we don’t believe in pushing you to something you don’t need at the moment, but we also believe there are some basic, simple, things that can be done to a house under construction that will pay dividends to the long term investment & project longevity. We understand a house is one of the largest investments most people will make, and we want to help make that return as good as possible. It takes a lot of discernment to weed through the myriad of options in the home building process, but we’re here to help. If you can, invest in some features that you can’t see (like rainscreen or a good envelope weather barrier) in addition to the beautiful cosmetic things you can see.