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Structure Versus Cosmetics of Your Home

Today our topic is timeless: structure versus cosmetics of your home. I love this one, and it’s because people come in and they have this Pinterest board in their brains; they have this vision of what they want to build, but they also have a budget.

Everyone has a budget. I don’t care if you’re a millionaire. You’re going to put a budget on it; you’re going to amortize your funds. You want to ensure that you are spending only what you want or what the bank will lend to you.

Shelly and I watch people struggle with this constantly. There are things you can’t do later, right I mean; there are just things we have to do now. You can’t structuralize, you can’t put in a walkout basement later, you can’t put in your three-car garage later.

The most important thing is whether you want an in-grade home site or want to walk out or lookout. You can’t change that, and you can’t change if you’re in a community with neighbors you want. You can’t change the topography of your lot. Can you build out and dig a walkout door in your basement? Sure, but you cannot change the flow of your lot because your flow affects the flow of the next. Hence, we want to create proper water drainage away from the house positively.

The Expense of a Walkout

One of the most oversized ticket items is the expense of a walkout. If you’re wondering, “should I upgrade my countertops or should I do this?” then the answer is always going to be the walkout because your countertops can be added later, but you can’t go back and re-grade or re-change that.

A Vaulted Ceiling is Going to Give You More Room

It’s crucial that, if that vaulted ceiling, for example, is going to give you more room, you need to keep in mind if it’s something you think you can do later. Something else that is essential is knowing how your house sits on the home site.

It would be best to state your goals out loud to your sales consultant and your builder so they can hold your house tight on the lot so you can add, say, that driveway later. If we know your vision, we can help you create your future dream home and keep you within budget. That’s a perfect point. If we don’t know, we won’t be able to build your dream home.

Alternative Products

Many alternative products will temporarily give you that same overall look until you can put those more oversized ticket items in. I promise you the only person that will notice them is you because you know what you want.

What you want is now. You say, “I want this, but I can’t afford to add the stone, or I can’t afford to add the brick.” Well, guess what? We can give you that perfect friendly streetscape. You give us your vision and color board, and let us put some things together. If you don’t like it, it won’t hurt our feelings, but we’ll try and get on the same page and create that dream home you’re trying to build together.


It’s just important to talk to your builder about what structural items are essential, what cosmetic items are important, and what your budget is, and let us see how we can get you the most bang for your buck. I know that sounds terrible, but if we don’t know, we can’t help you. You’ve got to help us help you, and if you don’t have a budget, we can help you there as well.

For the past 50+ years, Cannon Builders has been a family-owned company providing new construction on residential structures. Our custom-built houses in Warren County and Lincoln County, MO prioritize quality workmanship with a wide array of home styles to fit the diverse desires of homebuyers.

193 North Lincoln Drive, Troy, MO 63379