(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 # 32
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Noooooo! Hardwood floors are SO beautiful and I feel like the great room is the MOST important place for them! Just my 2 cents, but I’d do linoeleum in the bathrooms long before switching to crappy ol carpet in your main living space. 

    We have hardwood floors (well, laminate, but it looks really realistic). I literally look at the floors EVERY DAY and appreciate how beautiful they make our home. Whereas I rarely think about the kitchen counters or bathroom floor or bathroom tiling…

    Post # 35
    Member
    10644 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Here’s one from MLS that shows hardwood and lino/tile.

    Post # 36
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    10644 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @bmo88:  It’s sectioned off.  I guess most are, but I know someone with a ‘circle’ so it was tile at the front, carpet in the living room and tile in the kitchen.  I thought it looked good.

    I agree with PPs, if you think you’re going to want hardwood throughout, it’s easier to do it all to start with, but I think carpet can look good even with the open concept.  Your builder might even be able to show you houses that are similar with the carpet option.  At least around here, there’s a fair amount of spec homes despite the lowish inventory.

    Post # 38
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @bmo88:  lol I don’t have enough imagination to put it all together in my head from pictures.  We bought a bunch of furniture today and I’m just hoping that when it gets delivered everything isn’t going to clash!  I actually decided against building early on partly due to all the options, maybe if we have to move I would reconsider.

    Post # 40
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @bmo88:  lol That’s what we did, but then I make a face every time I walk by a flaw.  It’s new-ish and in good condition, but there’s still lots of little cosmetic things.  Someone wrote poop on the master bedroom wall really small.  WTF?  Just why?

     

    Post # 42
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    10644 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @bmo88:  I’m guess it was the adult male who was here before us.  Their kid was a little young for that, I blame him for all the plastic parts missing on about 75% of the doorstops.  It’s in pencil, I should try an eraser on it.  We’ve been here for about half a year and I just picked up on it in the last few weeks, it’s super tiny.  I slowly pick up on more little things every month.

    Post # 43
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    5890 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @bmo88:  I totally understand your reluctance to mentally go from $215,000 to $270,000. That is sticker shock and you want to cur corners every way you can. But that is the trap most people fall into and they regret it. Every time they walk past that cheaper tile or short base boards, it drives them insane. Every.single.person that Ive every known really wishes they had just bitten the bullet and put in what they really wanted. If you want hardwood, then do hardwood. The sticker shock is high up front, but you’ll be paid back over the years with how happy you are with the house. 

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I am just wondering iyou’ll like to lay on the floor while watching tv. that may be a consideration. 

    Post # 46
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    Bee Keeper

    I know everyone likes to jump on the hardwood floors bandwagon, but our new home has the exact flooring you’ve described, and we love it! I had an entire house full of hardwoods prior to this one, and over the years, I really hated it. It isn’t easier to keep clean and in our house was simply a dust magnet. In every room (bedrooms included) we had large area rugs, but the wood that showed around it was just annoying to me. I didn’t want to be a slave to my floors, and that’s what I found hardwoods to be. Even using area rugs and having to move and rotate them so the wood underneath didn’t discolor over time was annoying!

     

    I’d keep everything you’ve decided on and get the carpeting in the great room. It isn’t hard to match (hardwood) as long as you save a sample of it and know the manufacturer. A professional installer will know exactly what to do.

     

    I’d also keep the granite. Now THAT is what I miss the most in our new home, and its something we’re adding ASAP.

     

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