Apr 24, 2023

Top Upgrades for New Homes

One of the most exciting parts of the home-buying process is choosing the finishes and upgrades that will make your home uniquely your own.

Upgrades add value to your home; thus, it is important to view upgrades for your home as an investment.

Nadia Rossini, Decor Manager

Here are the top 5 upgrades to consider when finishing a new home build.

Kitchen Upgrades

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s where most families spend a lot of their time. This is why kitchen upgrades top our list of places to focus your upgrades! Consider investing in appliances such as a range hood, a built-in oven, and a high-quality refrigerator. You may also want to consider adding under-cabinet lighting, a tile backsplash, or an island to increase your counter space. Waterfall edges could make for a really elegant finish for your island. Choose contrasting colours between your countertop and cabinetry to really make the space pop.

Bathroom Upgrades

Bathrooms take the second spot for where you should be focusing your upgrade selections. With a few choice upgrades, you can turn your bathroom into your own private, relaxing retreat and give your home a luxurious feel. Consider investing in a soaking tub, a walk-in shower with multiple shower heads and a bench, or heated floors. You may also want to consider adding a double vanity for increased functionality or even a bidet.


Investing in quality flooring can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your home. Hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring are great options that will last for years and also add value to your home. You may also want to consider adding radiant floor heating in your bathrooms for a touch of warmth during those extra cold winter days!

Read more on the pros and cons of Laminate vs. Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood


Lighting can transform the mood and ambiance of any space. Consider adding dimmer switches or smart lighting systems that can be controlled by your phone or voice-activated personal assistant. Pot lights that are grouped on different switches can also allow you to control the ambiance of a room. You may also want to consider adding a statement chandelier in the foyer or dining room to make a bold impression.

Smart Home Upgrades

Incorporating smart home technology into your new build can make your life more convenient, efficient, and sustainable. Consider installing a smart thermostat, doorbell camera, or a security system that can be controlled remotely. You may also want to consider adding built-in speakers or a home theatre system for an immersive entertainment experience. Stateview’s Comfort+ Program, included as standard on all our homes, includes many great smart home upgrades.

Remember that while upgrades can add value to your home, it’s important to stay within your budget. Choose upgrades that will enhance your lifestyle and bring you joy for years to come.

Congratulations again on your new home, and happy upgrading!