Choosing the Right Finishes for Your Home

by Tracey LaFleur 02/09/2020

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The benefits of buying a luxury home that's under new construction include customizing it to fit your life and your family, and choosing your own finishes is a perfect way to achieve this goal. But which finishes will still maintain their beauty under the stress of busy families on the go? Which ones require the least maintenance and will wear well under heavy traffic? Our experts have put together the perfect primer for homebuyers who want to customize their new construction from the ground up, so that the surfaces look great, last long and require minimal upkeep. Here's what we recommend:

Cast Concrete Countertops

Concrete tops the list for designing versatile-yet-gorgeous countertops. Completely customizable right down to the color, concrete is an upscale, elegant material for countertops in both kitchen and bath, and it has benefits that make it worth the effort, including:

  • Superior Heat Resistance
  • Extreme Durability
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Versatility
  • When you choose cast concrete as your choice of countertop, you can customize it to fit any shape and any space. You can even choose to have materials such as decorative river rock embedded. You can have your concrete countertops dyed, stamped or polished to ensure that they're custom to your luxury home and your home only. 

    Eco-Friendly Flooring

    Even if you're drawn to exotic hardwoods such as jatoba (Brazilian cherry), resist the urge to install them in your new luxury home because they contribute to harmful deforestation of the world's rainforests. Opt for eco-friendly, sustainable woods instead. There are plenty from which to choose, including:

  • Bamboo
  • Cork
  • Plantation Teak
  • Reclaimed wood is a viable alternative to non-sustainable wood, as well. Old barn timbers and salvaged pine logs make beautiful, luxurious flooring options that add history and architectural appeal to every home without harming the planet. 

    Sustainable Cabinetry

    Wood is, far and away, the most popular choice for luxury kitchen cabinetry. And it's not just the type of wood used, but the style and design of the cabinets, as well. For upscale, luxurious wooden cabinets in your kitchen, pantry or bath, consider American hardwoods such as cherry, maple, alder or ash. The growth and harvesting of these trees are monitored by the American Hardwood Export Council and strict best management practices ensure that no species is stressed or over-harvested. Additionally, they're exceptionally hard to withstand all the dings and scratches that come with family use. Lastly, they look exquisite when installed in your kitchen as paneled ends on upper cabinetry, decorative legs on islands, and as the frames for elegant, glass-paned doors. 

    Your new luxury home is only made better by customization. Talk with your builder today about which finishes you'd like to see incorporated, and you'll love the end result even more. 

    About the Author
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    Tracey LaFleur

    Whether you are a first time homebuyer, moving up to your next home, or an experienced investor, I have the expertise and resources to help you buy or sell your next home!

     

    With over 14 years of experience as a Realtor, I am a Licensed Associate Broker, and a Certified Buyer Representative. I have the Graduate Real Estate Institute Certification, e-PRO Certification, and Instructor Training Institute Certification. What that means to you is that I have the know-how and skills needed to assist you! I specialize in residential properties, but I have the knowledge and experience to assist you with all your real estate needs. 

     

    From our initial consultation, through the contract negotiations, and on to the closing, I will guide you every step of the way - making the entire process as smooth, enjoyable, and stress free as possible.

     

    Enthusiasm, knowledge, and personal concern for my clients interest are what make me an outstanding resource for you in your real estate transaction. I will provide honesty, integrity, and professionalism to the process. I work diligently to help my buyers and sellers meet their real estate goals.

     

    My affiliation with Howard Hanna, the 3rd largest real estate company in the United States, will provide all of the additional resources and support needed for a successful transaction.

     

    When you are ready to discuss your real estate needs and goals, I am here to help. Customer service of my client is my number one priority! ...I am ready to assist!

     

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