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

posted 6 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 # 19
    9720 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would not skip the hardwood floors, especially in an open floor plan. You’d probably end up paying more later on to hire someone else to do just that room. Plus wouldn’t it be hard to blend the new hardwood with the old hardwood once you did upgrade that area?

    Post # 20
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Honestly, unless you live in a really cheap area, $5k is nothing when you are buying a house.  I would just go $5k over budget if you can afford it.  I don’t think this is a principled hill worth dying on.

    Post # 21
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The quartz you mentioned as an option is equivalent to Caesarstone.  Caesarstone is just a brand of quartz.  I have had both quartz and granite and in my opinion they are pretty much the same in terms of quality so it is really a matter of cost and which look you prefer.  Granite does have to be sealed twice a year unless it is one of the darker granites, whereas quartz does not, but sealing granite takes a total of ten minutes so it is a non-issue.  Some people really like   Corian but some do not.  It scratches.  And it is not heat resistant (but honestly you shouldn’t put hot pots directly on granite or quartz either.)

    As for the cost, definitely go ahead and do the hardwoods now.  Unless you are using a prefinished hardwood, if you go back and add hardwoods later you would have to refinish the hardwoods in the rest of the house at the same time in order to get the color to match (which you would want in an open concept house.). That is a mess and far more expensive than paying $2600 now.  You will regret it if you fall on your sword for this issue.



    Post # 22
    5890 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @bmo88:  I have to agree with @Erin418:. Every single person that I know that has done a semi-custom, custon or renovation ALWAYS, ALWAYS ALWAYS regret the small things that they decided to cut from the budget. It would be one thing if it was $50,000 over budget. 

    Dont think of it as $5000. Think of it as $5000 over 30 years. That only about $25 per month. Ask yourself-are all the things you are thinking of cutting worth $25 per month? I know you say you will do it later, but you wont. Once you get furniture in and your life starts to get busy, it will never happen.

    For me personally, I would pay up to $50, maybe $75 per month to have the hous I really really want and would love.   

    The amount of regret you will have over $25/month is not worth it! Pay the extra $5000

    Post # 25
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Hardwood floors all over. I think the carpet would look odd and you need to think long term

    Post # 26
    10644 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @bmo88:  Our great room has carpet and kitchen is hardwood.  I actually like carpet where people hang out as we sometimes just sit on the floor and it’s more comfy.

    Post # 28
    3080 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @bmo88:  I would keep the hardwood floors througHout and like someone else said, maybe change up the granite. You can always get granite counters at a later date, its a lot easier than adding in wood floors b

    Post # 29
    10644 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @bmo88:  Quite a few houses here are built like that, so no one thinks it’s strange.  They are open concept.  It provides some definition between the kitchen and the great room.

    i’ll see if I can find a good photo, but I don’t want to leave it for long as the reverse photo search creeps me out.

    Post # 30
    11268 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @bmo88:  i have built homes in the past (and currently) and always want to keep control of the budget so i totally understand what you are saying.  i would honestly keep the hardwood floors for now.  it’s a big job after the move and the hassle of moving everything, the mess, etc later will not be worth the savings now.  trust me.

    look at the lighting, door hardware, kitchen hardware, taps and faucets and door styles.  these are easy to replace later on if you can go with a lesser quality one now.  they may all come with the build, but ask your builder what the budget is on each certain item and see if he will credit you if you find one cheaper.  my builders have done this in the past.  actually, the products that i found were cheaper (on sale, of course) and of far better quality so i never had to change them.

    i’m not sure about your driveway but you can go with the basic paved asphalt driveway instead of paving stones or stamped concrete.  upgrade in a few years.

    also, landscaping is another option you can do later.

    good luck.  can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Post # 31
    10644 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

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