Interior specifications

All developers will give you interior specifications and optional finishes for your villa. These lists will include the type and make of appliances they intend to put in the villas. This can sometimes be used as a marketing tool to show you that they are going to install “luxury” fittings in your villa.

However, you should bear in mind that these specifications might change over time and artistes’ impressions for what the kitchen or the bathrooms will look like should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Developers are not trying to deceive you, there intentions are honest at the design stage and sometimes they get too ambitious and have to scale back at a later date if costs increase. Therefore, villa owners should monitor this over the period of construction and ask to be updated on any changes that may occur.

If you are not happy with the fittings the developer is going to install then it may be possible to upgrade the interior of your villa.

For example, with different kitchen appliances, say, changing from Smeg to Miele, but of course, you will have to pay the difference in price. The same goes for your bathroom fittings. Ask the developer if they would mind changing the brand to another one. If your brand is comparable in price to the brand the developer was going to install you may not get charged the difference if the difference is small.

Keep in mind; upgrading may not be as simple as it first appears. Using kitchen appliances as an example, let us say you want a double door fridge, instead of the single fridge the developer was going to put in. That sounds easy, but the size of your kitchen is too small and all the kitchen cabinets have already been ordered and paid for by the developer.

This means your kitchen will have to be redesigned to accommodate the larger fridge, but to make matters worse, if you do that, there won’t be room to install the dishwasher.

Now it’s getting complicated.

Kitchens are a particular problem especially if you have a small space. If you have bought off plan then it is possible you might be able to upgrade and pay the difference. However, if you plan to rent out your villa and choose to go into the rental pool, the developer may not be keen on you changing the design specifications, as he will market all the villas as being of the same standard in design and luxury.