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7. Appliance package. If your builder offers an appliance package, it’s usually a three-appliance base package of a fridge, stove and dishwasher. If higher-grade appliances are important to you, skip this upgrade. Even if you are able to get a credit for these appliances to put toward ones of your own choice, it’s usually only valid at the store the builder has the deal with. This may work for you, but look around before you commit. There are a lot of choices out there, and maybe better prices.More11 Nice-to-Have Upgrades for Your New Home11 Smart Upgrades for a New House
After you've decided on your wish list, take a good look at what can actually fit into your kitchen. "Some things, like islands, require a lot of space and just don't work in narrower spaces," says Ogawa. "Refrigerators can only fit in certain areas, and the kitchen layout's relationship to windows and doors is also a big priority."
OvensWall ovens are available in three widths: 24, 27 and 30 inches. The energy used by a wall oven relates to its size, so it's worth going for a smaller unit if it will meet your needs. If you have the occasional need for more capacity, opt for two smaller ovens rather than one larger unit. You'll save energy by frequently using just one of the smaller ovens, and for large gatherings you'll still have all the capacity you need.Seek a model with a convection oven, in which a fan continuously circulates heated air around the food. This means that the temperature and cooking times can be reduced, using 20 percent less energy. Also look for a self-cleaning feature, as these models are better insulated, which boosts energy efficiency by maintaining oven temperatures.Money- and energy-saving tips:Save your oven for large or multiple dishes. Ovens are inherently inefficient — only about 6 percent of the energy from a typical oven is absorbed by the food.Use your oven light to check on food's progress. Every time you open the oven door, the temperature drops 25 to 50 degrees.