When you buy a new build one of the first things that you will review and be required to make decisions on are the structural changes. Some items that you may want will cost thousands of dollars. When you begin making decisions on extras for your home it is important to have a budget. Items quickly add up if you are not careful. When Scott and I signed (with the wonderful Marissa) eQhomes had a decor bonus which helped. Below are some structural changes that we think are worth paying for.
If you want a bedroom in the basement you will need two ways of egress. Your bedroom must also have a window. The square footage of the bedroom dictates the size of the window required. The size of the window depends on the building code of your area. We decided on two larger egress windows for our basement as we like extra light.
A Three Piece Rough-In
If you want a bathroom in the future it is worth spending the money on a three piece bathroom rough- in. eQhomes does not provide this so the rough- in was extra.
If you have extra cash and you do not want jack posts in your basement then paying for a beam is something you should consider. I always love basements that do not have posts right in the middle of the room. You can work around jack posts of course, but its just nice not to have them!
One structural change that we have made in the past and are glad we did was omit the living room. Shifting a wall or adding a wall for an office makes more sense to me. Does anybody ever use their living room now?
A few other items that are not structural but worth mentioning. I personally prefer garage doors without handles. It gives a home a cleaner look. We always request that door handles not be put on.
Bonus: eQhomes provides pot lights in the soffit which I think is great!
Love the Pot Lights in the Soffit