How to Upgrade Your New Home

There’s no better feeling than finding the home of your dreams… or is there? By following these simple steps, we will show you how to upgrade your new home to make it truly one-of-a-kind. With a plan tailor-made just for you, your house can be your own personal paradise. And it’s easier than you might think!

Whether you want a gourmet kitchen fit for a chef or a relaxing master suite that feels like a resort spa, Direct From The Designers has thousands of plan options full of diverse features. Explore some plans and choose the base design for your home, then go ahead and give yourself some great upgrades when you build. We even offer information on some of our favorite finishing products and touches for every space. Explore all of our recommendations from industry leaders to help create the perfect home for your whole family! To help kickstart the journey, we’ve highlighted a few of the major spaces and top features that homeowners tend to splurge on when building a house.

New House Plan 4298 - Front Exterior
House Plan 4298
5,286 Square Foot, 5 Bed, 3.1 Bath Luxury Cabin

As always, if you have any questions or need some help navigating the building process, let us know. We are happy to help tackle whatever challenge you might face!

Turn Kitchen Style Up a Notch

The kitchen is perhaps one of the biggest spaces where your home makes a statement. An ode to both style and function, kitchens are the first place we’ll tell you to look when planning how to upgrade your new home. Whether it’s a rustic kitchen in a chic farmhouse or a stunning modern layout in a contemporary plan, our designs can embody any possibility. The real key is to find fixtures and features that match your home’s style while also providing high performance and reliability. No matter the budget, we can supply you with so many amazing recommendations.

Traditional farmhouse plan with modern amenities. The Ingalls House Plan.
House Plan 9772
2,964 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 3.1 Bath Modern Farmhouse

Consider enhancing your kitchen by focusing around the cooking and food prep areas. An impressive gas range and a modern oven are some relatively simple ways to add value to your house. Many homeowners also love the look of refined finishes like stone-look countertops and beautiful cabinetry. You might even consider adding a prep kitchen or butler’s pantry to help keep some of the cooking mess out of your picturesque kitchen.

Upgraded Kitchen Plan

One of the most surefire ways to add a look and feel of luxury in any kitchen is with commercial-style appliances. These large, powerful appliances leave and impression on-sight and when you use them! But kitchens have a variety of great features to enhance. Don’t let anything go unnoticed and ensure that this amazing space stands out for the right reasons!

A Spa Day Every Day

Everyone could use a relaxing trip to the spa now and then. But what if we told you that you could relax and let the stress melt away every single day? That’s right! The master ensuite bath is another common area to look at when figuring out how to upgrade your new home.

The idea of upgrading your home doesn’t get much more tempting than when you think about a spectacularly relaxing oasis. Just imagine the bubbles of a jacuzzi tub after a long day at work or with the kids, or freshening up in an enchanting waterfall shower. Adding high-end finishes to his and her vanities can also greatly increase a home’s value and create convenient storage and other options!

House Plan 6562
5,618 Square Foot, 6 Bed, 6.1 Bath Traditional Narrow Plan

See the bathroom section of our Product Ideas page to get started! You’ll see that bath luxury doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. Many of the brands featured have impressive finishing options for any budget! Plus, we can help customize your space for whatever you need. So, if you don’t want a bathtub, we can help expand your shower. Or if you want a makeup and hair station with knee space, we can add that too! Think about what makes a great bathroom great to you.

Bathroom Upgrade

How to Upgrade Your New Home with Exterior Product Choices

While the kitchen and bathrooms might be the most popular places to focus on when upgrading, there are actually plenty of other areas just as important that can get overlooked by some. Stand out from the crowd and show your ultimate attention to detail by creating a home with awesome curb appeal, too!

Window Personality

One easy way to create curb appeal is by choosing proper windows to complement your home. For a Craftsman plan, you may want to consider windows with divided lites and ornate trim for detail. And for a modern plan, you’ll probably want to opt for large, sleek panes. We always recommend that you purchase from a reputable company to ensure that the style is on point and your home is protected for years to come.

House Plan 5517
1,879 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 2.0 Bath Craftsman Bungalow

Doors Galore

Your front door and garage door(s) play a big role in creating curb appeal. Picking a unique but fitting door for your architecture will increase your property value and give a great return on investment. There are so many gorgeous ways to add a custom touch with your doors, so be sure to explore design options!

House Plan 7138
1,509 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 2.0 Bath Country Cottage

Subtle Touches Go a Long Way

There is a practically endless number of ways to customize your home plan. In fact, we couldn’t possibly list them all here! From crown molding and tray ceilings, to built-ins and centerpiece stone fireplaces, the list goes on and on. Many homeowners love to add an outdoor kitchen or entertainment space. Just be sure to use your imagination to make every inch of your home customized for your enjoyment!

Molding Upgrades
House Plan 7283
2,297 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 2.1 Bath Modern Craftsman