This section will help you learn about basic and optional equipment before talking to your builder or renovation specialist.

Although it's generally easier and more economical to add options during the original construction, many builders are reluctant to include them in their proposals for fear of losing the job to a competitor who submits a bare-bones bid. Once a builder realizes that you're interested in long-term value and enjoyment—not just the lowest initial cost—he will be more than happy to explain the various options available and help you select the equipment that best match your vision and your budget.