(Closed) New Home Build Through National Builder – Your Experience Please!

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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yorp127:  we already had a new washer/dryer that we were moving over from our old house, so can’t help you with this one.

$20,000 is a lot of money! If it was me I probably wouldn’t do the morning room if you already have a small table/counter to eat at and a formal dining room.

We have upstairs laundry and I LOVE it, def would spend the money on it!

We upgraded the laminate countertop (just to a better laminate) in our kitchen, don’t know if it was worth it or not, but we just liked the look of the textured laminate better.

The lighting we just stuck with the standard lighting (we liked the standard fixtures), but I wish we would’ve added some pot lights in our living room, it’s a big room and only has one light in the middle.

I think spindles look nicer than a half wall, makes it feel more open.

We didn’t upgrade our cabinets because we liked the builder’s standard ones.

I would definitely get rid of the popcorn ceilings while you have the chance!

We upgraded our carpet underpad (we were told to upgrade either the carpet or the carpet pad and I actually liked the standard carpet better than the upgraded ones!)

 

 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn

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Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We got a higher ceiling in the basement because we wanted to finish it. My husband didn’t see the need, I did.  Now its a “suite” with a full kitchen, bathroom and living room – and he’s glad we did the upgrade. We got a lot of wood flooring rather than carpet. We got an upgrade here and there but we paid more for our land (32 acres) because we wanted farm assessment. That was def our biggest “upgrade”. This was 18 years ago, so any prices would be meaningless. We upgraded things through the years as we had more disposable $$. I’m really glad we did our kitchen (the original one was moved to the basement).

The one thing we didn’t do was have these poles removed in the garage. 18 years later I’m still kicking myself for that one, every time I open my car’s passenger door. Remember, you can always add on as your financial circumstances change. My kitchen remodel (10 years ago) was $150k. No way could we have afforded that when we first bought the house. I still smile when I think of the time I wanted some frivolous upgrade during the building process and my husband said, “You don’t seem to understand doberman, there’s NO.MORE.MONEY”. Me: “Oh”. Lol.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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yorp127:Β  we upgraded our ensuite to a double sink – I don’t see why having an extra sink would ever be a bad thing?!

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

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doberman:  $150k for a kitchen remodel?! What does your kitchen look like?!

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here’s a couple quick shots to give you a general idea. I can’t get a good photo of the wet bar area and the kitchen dining area extends farther in is not shown. It’s the details that cost. The cabinetry was all custom, as was the tile work that goes all around. I’m counting the appliances as well. Note the cat walking on the table. Undoubtedly on his way back from the litter box lol. Good thing I love him to pieces.

 

Post # 41
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Helper bee

My kids have the double sink and I love it. 4 boys (his and hers) and my kids share a side and his share a side.

Plus if you have a mix of girls and boys or germaphobes and not, they won’t want to share.

I would definitely not do popcorn ceiling. It gets very dusty and nasty.  Curious small children on bunk beds also like to pick it off. I paid to have mine scraped and removed on my first house.  Cost way more than $2k.

If you have all bedrooms (or even most of them) I would put laundry room upstairs unless it makes master bedroom tiny.

I definitely would buy appliances on your own. I hear nothing but nightmare stories from Best Buy, I would do Home Depot. I had to replace my fridge, microwave, washer/dryer all in the last year.  They are all from there.

I also have the spindal stair case. 

I’m not positive of the quality of my carpet, but just recently upgraded to the tile that looks like hardwood floors.  The carpet lasted 9 years though (5 kids and 4 dogs). 

The island and double oven are the best things in my house.

 

 

Post # 42
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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yorp127:  Definitely consider what upgrades you think are the most important, and also think REALISTICALLY if you will ever get around to doing those upgrades yourself if you opt out of them by the builder. That’s one piece of advice I tell everyone – be it buying an already built house, or building. Everyone thinks “well it’s just cosmetic I’ll do it later” but the reality is, soooo many people never get around to it. Either because down the road they decide not to spend the money, or maybe consider it too much hassle. Sometimes even though it’s a bit a more expensive, the ease of it during building process can sometimes outweigh the after the fact cost.

Countertops, lights, ceiling fans, hardware? Those are easy DIY changes. Things like ceilings and flooring – those are a big hassle to do after the fact. If you think you want an upgraded hardwood do it during building. For the love of all things house project DO THE UPGRADED KNOCKDOWN CEILINGS. The mess involved (not to mention constantly moving furniture around and clearing out rooms) is worth the extra money. $2,000 for not having popcorn is nothing in the grand scheme of things! We’ve been doing renovations in our house, and have spent every bit of $5,000 (maybe even more, but we’re having painting done at the same time so pricing is all mixed in) on having the popcorn scraped, knockdown sprayed, and painted. 

If all your bedrooms, or the most of your laundry will be upstairs, put the laundry upstairs. Ours is upstairs and while it’s not really convenient for us now because it’s just Darling Husband and I (our master is downstairs), I know that once we have kids and the bulk of our laundry is coming from them – it’ll be more convenient. I think it’s worth a slightly smaller bedroom (because really, you don’t spend that much time in there) to have a mudroom. 

 

Post # 44
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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yorp127:  My Darling Husband has changed out almost all the lighting in our home. He’s pretty handy though, but almost all the lights come with instructions that I feel like even I could figure out…lol.

As for painting it really depends on how good at it you are and how much you are wanting to paint. We just had our whole inside house painted. In the past Darling Husband has always done it. He’s crazy OCD and meticulous about stuff like that so his paint jobs looks pretty fantastic. That being said I’m not allowed to touch the paint brush…haha. With the current job, we had SO much that needed to be done (including a 2 story foyer that required scaffolding) we hired it out. In all honesty, the company we hired was super duper slow and my Darling Husband did a better paint job (he ended up doing our living room, kitchen, master bed/bath himself. 

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