(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 # 47
    11744 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Go over budget now. You’ll end up spending more in the long run if you don’t. 

    Post # 48
    614 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @ItWasntMe:  but isn’t that same amount of dust likely sitting on your carpet, you just can’t see it? And if you get carpet, then you have to vacuum and clean spots out of it, so it’s not like it’s maintenance free or anything.

    Post # 49
    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @IAmTheShadow:  Yep, but you can pretty much go days in between vacuuming, but not so much with dusting and sweeping the wood floors. I had to do them sometimes twice a day or it looked like I had powdered sugar all over them, so they were pretty hard to ignore.

    The woods scratched,dinged and got too dusty, but we put new ones in the downstairs because we knew it would be better for resale. No one I know ever leaves  them completely exposed anyway. The house we just sold was built with them throughout (built in 1969), but the common areas  (LR/DR/FR/den) were carpeted when we bought it. The house I grew up in had hardwoods throughout, and in those days everyone couldn’t wait to cover them up!

    Everything comes full circle.

    Post # 50
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @bmo88:  I like your idea of leaving off the stone facade and the apron windows. 

    Personally, I think hardwood flooring is superior to carpet because it doesn’t need to be replaced if taken well care of, and you can always change up the style of the room with rugs. Carpet needs to be replaced over time, and requires more work to keep nice. Sure hardwoods need to be sweeped, but at least they don’t trap the dirt and dust like carpeting. 

    Also, if you plan on reselling, people are not going to be happy if one room isn’t hardwood. At least if the whole thing is hardwood, they can choose to cover it with carpet. But if its just carpet, there is only subfloor ing underneath. Plus it will be harder to match and cost more money later. 

    Post # 51
    837 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @bmo88:  Are you able to get your mortgage with the additional cash to finish the floors after closing? I know here in Canada you can get a mortgage that includes a cash amount for finishing projects after purchase. Talk to your bank and/or mortgage broker. This would allow you to save money AND keep the hardwood floors.

    IMO, you should just go $5000 over budget and get everything you want and have your house finished perfectly. It’s worth it. I know you set a budget, but almost every homebuilding or renovating budget should have wiggle room in it and it’s not unreasonable to increase your budget by $5000, especially when you look at what a small percentage of the total price that is. 

    Post # 52
    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Granted we are not building our home but the great room/living room has carpet and the rest of the house is hardwoods. We are pulling that ugly carpet up first thing to continue those beautiful hardwoods throughout. If you will miss the cozy feel of the carpet I’d just use an area rug near the couch. 🙂 You can kind of see the carpet to hardwoods transition (not my fav):


    Post # 54
    876 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @bmo88:  I didn’t read the other replies so sorry if I’m repeating. My husband and I built our home and hardwoods were a MUST. Yes its expensive but they are timeless, beautiful and awesome for resale. I know going over budget sucks but in the scheme of your (I’m assuming) 30 year mortgage its not that much.

    Post # 55
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I will cost you so much more to put the wood down later especially since you probably will not be able to get the same wood and will need to put down all new wood throughout. Just do it now. The added value is away more than it’s costing you.

    Post # 56
    794 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    @bmo88:  I’m happy to see the votes are in favour of going over budget.

    Our entire house was carpeted before we moved in and I made sure they were all ripped up and we installed laminate in the entire house before we moved in. It was $1400 for the entire house because of an amazing deal we found (and my SO installed himself). 

    Honestly though, when I see how much I sweep up off the floors and think about how that would have settled into a carpet I get SO grossed out. 

    Cleaning hardwood and laminate is SO MUCH easier and your house is SO MUCH cleaner.

    So if you’re making a sacrifice, I vote laminate over hardwood and say NO to carpet. 


    Post # 58
    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Get the hardwood. I loathe carpet,  our apartment is all carpet and it always, no matter how many times I vacuum and scrub it feels dirty. The other thing I would look at is if other homes in your area have the stuff you sre nixing, I would think it would lower the value for resale. In the grand scheme of 30 year mortgage,  $5000 and getting what you want while not doing a bunch of renovation on a brand new house seems like a better idea. 

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