Dallas’ Best Builders Share Where to Save and Splurge

A little advice from the pros.

Q: Where should I save my money, and where should I invest?

SAVE


Plumbing Fixtures
Styles change so quickly; a homeowner could be replacing them in four or five years. If you do splurge, consider it in the master bath—not a guest room. Most visitors don’t pay that much attention to the faucets.

Outdoor Amenities
Don’t spend too much on pools, spas, and other exterior amenities like sport courts and pool slides.

Secondary Bathroom Tile
Use subway tile with a decorative trim.

Flooring
There is plenty of good-looking and durable flooring at reasonable prices. Use more economical selections in kids’ bedrooms and bathrooms.

The Media Room
With the advancement of home audio and the availability of larger TVs, you can save by not building a separate movie room. Opt for a nice setup in your living or game room instead.

SPLURGE


Energy Efficiency
Spend on foam insulation (walls and ceiling), efficient AC systems, and good windows. Your energy bill will thank you.

Landscaping
Don’t forget the exterior. Put your budget toward curb appeal.

Foundation
Opt for the best. It all starts here.

Interior Finishes
Go big on countertops, tile, light fixtures, and hardware—the jewelry of the home.

High-end Appliances
Enjoy the latest in advanced technology in appliances.

Outdoor Heating & Cooling
Heating and cooling systems for the outdoors are definitely worth the splurge, especially in the summer.

Electrical Fixtures
Everyone notices the light fixtures the moment they walk in a room. Make it count.

Kitchen and Master Bath
Builders agree that you should save your dollars for the two most important rooms in the house: the master and the kitchen. Go higher end here with furnishings and finish-outs.

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