Where to Spend Your Upgrade Dollars

You found a home you love in Lago Mar, now it’s time to make it your own with upgrades that enhance your lifestyle. If you are on a budget, you might be wondering which upgrades will give you give you the biggest bang for your buck. Here are some upgrades that are typically worth the investment:

Kitchen Cabinets

Your family will be spending a lot of their time in the kitchen, so it makes sense to make it as attractive and functional as possible. Kitchen cabinets upgrades are worth the expense because tearing them out later is time-consuming and expensive. Choose solid wood cabinets or high-quality alternatives with soft-close hinges and full-extension drawers. Extra tall cabinets that extend to the ceiling give you more storage and a more polished look. Deep drawers provide plenty of space for pots, pans and small appliances.


You want flooring that can stand up to daily wear and tear so it’s worth upgrading. Genuine hardwood floors are a timeless choice that add warmth and value. Engineered hardwood can be a more cost-effective but still attractive alternative. Luxury vinyl plank offers the look of hardwood with added durability and water resistance, making it great for high-traffic areas and homes with pets. High-quality porcelain or ceramic tiles in areas like kitchens, bathrooms and entryways provide durability and easy maintenance.

Structural Upgrades

Structural upgrades such as media rooms, studies and bonus rooms are worth investing in because remodeling is expensive. Try to think ahead and imagine what you might need in the future. For example, if you anticipate having to care for elderly relatives, you might want to add a multi-generational suite. An extra garage bay might be just the thing for a hobbyist or for when Junior gets a driver’s license.

Outdoor Living

If you love outdoor entertaining, an extended patio is worth the money. Extended patios expand your living area and allow you to create zones for cooking, dining and conversation. Many builders offer optional sliding glass doors that allow you to integrate your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Other upgrades to consider are an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill, sink, refrigerator and counterspace as well as an outdoor fireplace for chilly evenings.


Smart home technology can be found standard in most homes in Lago Mar. Most home automation systems feature high-speed internet, smart lights, video doorbells, garage door openers, thermostats and more. Check with your builder to see if you can add items such as smart outlets, extra smart lights, more door locks and smart appliances.


Under-cabinet lighting is a smart investment especially for those prone to midnight snacking. It also provides better illumination for kitchen tasks and adds a professional touch. Smart bulbs and switches allow for customizable lighting scenarios and can be controlled remotely.

Primary Suite Upgrades

Your primary suite is going to be your sanctuary, so it should be as beautiful and comfortable as possible. Turn your bath into an oasis by choosing a stand-alone tub or an oversized shower. High-quality tiles for floors and shower walls can dramatically improve the look and feel of your bathroom. For the bedroom, a bump-out that includes a circular wall of windows provides room for a seating area. If you have a walk-in closet, invest in a custom closet system to keep everything organized.

Visit Lago Mar Today

Want to learn more about our builders and their upgrades? Stop by our model homes. Once you’ve seen them all, take a tour of our community. You’ll love our breathtaking amenities, including our gorgeous 12-acre lagoon. Have lunch waterside at the Blue Lagoon Bar & Grill. Visit today!

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024