Building a home–trying to cut budget–what would you do?

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: What would you do?
    Carpet the great room/living room and save $2,600! : (12 votes)
    10 %
    Go over budget and do hardwood floors throughout : (106 votes)
    84 %
    Go with another contractor after the house is built, pay out of pocket : (6 votes)
    5 %
    Other (please list below) : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    40 posts
    Newbee

    @bmo88:  I know it’s important to stick to a budget, but $2600 isn’t that big of a deal when compared to the overall price and value.

    I think that not only will the hardwood floors throughout make the area flow better, but it will also increase the value of your home. If this is something that you can truly afford, then I would stick with it and trim your budget elsewhere. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    42490 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would do the flooring all the same now.

    I would choose Caesarstone counters rather than granite.

    Can you do the painting yourselves?

    Do you have a basement? Can you leave it unfinished for now?

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    3519 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Go over budget.  In the scheme of things, it’s not that much and it would be a waste to put get something that you wouldn’t really be happy with.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Before I opened this I thought “tall baseboards” are a must, but I see you have cut those. EVen though I have heard no one should purchase or build a house thinking about resale I always do. What makes a house modern/ current? What makes a house special? What makes my house fab for me right now? I wouldn’t cut back on anything  you mentioned. If you can ay for it upfront instead of rollng into a mortgage even better. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    6048 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think it would look odd with the carpet.  Plus they will put subfloor in and not hard wood floors.  If you decide to go back later and put in Hard wood floors, it will be hard to match.  I’d go over budget.

    Post # 10
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    42490 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @bmo88:  Caesarstone is an engineered quartz.

    Post # 13
    Member
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    If it is cheaper, corian counter tops are actually a better investment than granite IMO.  They are easier to take care of, they don’t stain the way granit does, and they are solid surface.  I would never replace ours with granit. 

    Post # 15
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    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @bmo88:  for all the stuff you want your brother to do can you just have your builder not bother installing or finishing?  Reduce the price even more?

    I recently had some water damage in my home and the baseboards had to be replaced. Once the baseboards had to be replaced the walls had to be repainted. The costs and iinconvenience was pretty high. Would your brother then have to do other things to fix what you don’t like?

    Post # 16
    Member
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We just moved into the house we built and honestly, the only things we regret are the things we didn’t buy. You will hardly notice the extra money in your monthly mortgage payment, but you will see what you skipped out on every single day.

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