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Old 04-11-2010, 01:29 AM
 
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I need input!

I'm in the process of deciding on optional upgrades for my new home construction, but they will be minimal because I find their selections very limited and overpriced.

At some point in the future, I would like to replace the entire house with quality hardwood flooring after the standard carpet gets dirty but...

I also know that tile floorings can be expensive to replace and I'd rather not go down that route. I'm trying to decide if the entire kitchen/family room should have tile flooring or just the kitchen area? I would think having the hardwood flooring in the family side of the room that flows with the rest of the house would look appealing, but I am concerned about the mismatch in that room.

The pictures (http://www.previewfirst.com/vt/photos/25276 - broken link) numbered from 15 to 31 shows the exact color scheme that I will have in the house. If I do half tile flooring and half carpet, they would meet at the kitchen island countertop.

BTW, if I opt for tile flooring for the entire room, which color would look best? The color of countertop tiles can be changed.

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Old 04-11-2010, 04:27 AM
 
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Is it within your budget to do hardwood in the kitchen/family room?
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:02 AM
 
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Would your builder give you a credit for not installing flooring in those rooms and let you hire someone outside to come in and do that?
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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Is it within your budget to do hardwood in the kitchen/family room?
At the moment, it would be stretching it. The funds that I have would go towards the basic needs such as bills, and mortgage payments, and buying some needed furnishing. I probably would have anywhere from $2000 to $3500 in incentives leftover from the home construction builder after they have covered the closing costs.

For them to install hardwood flooring would exceed 15,000 dollars in upgrades for the entire house. I know I can go to Home Depot or order on the internet for pre-finished or engineered wood flooring for much less than that.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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Would your builder give you a credit for not installing flooring in those rooms and let you hire someone outside to come in and do that?
I could ask my builder, but I doubt they would since we entered a purchase agreement that they complete the construction in June and close by June 30th so I can receive the $8000 tax credit.

At first, the saleswoman was very hesitant about committing to the deadline but her superior gave her the OK to enter the contract with us.

BTW, will you be watching the Masters?
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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The pre-engineered wood floors are not the same quality, very thin and do not stand up to re-finishing. There is a reason it is cheaper.

I like the hardwood throughout. IMO it looks much better than tile. Maybe there are other upgrades you could do to your home later other than the floor and use those credits now toward the floor?

For instance, maybe you could go with cheaper faucets, pulls, etc and find the $$ for the hardwoods?
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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Would your builder give you a credit for not installing flooring in those rooms and let you hire someone outside to come in and do that?
Typically builders will not allow this, especially if it's a tract builder. In alot of cases, you can't get the CO without completing the home.

I would suggest to get the same flooring for both areas since it is so open. The transition from tile to hardwood will be weird in such an open space. If you are going to do tile w/ std carpet, why not just push it and do the whole area hardwoods. You can use the $8k credit to help with home furnishings. It may also be an option to roll closing costs into your loan to free up some more incentive money. It's worth asking.
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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i'd put in heated wood floors in kitchen and family room. i had parquet in my kitchen (from previous owner) that held up really well even with two dogs.
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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The pre-engineered wood floors are not the same quality, very thin and do not stand up to re-finishing. There is a reason it is cheaper.

I like the hardwood throughout. IMO it looks much better than tile. Maybe there are other upgrades you could do to your home later other than the floor and use those credits now toward the floor?

For instance, maybe you could go with cheaper faucets, pulls, etc and find the $$ for the hardwoods?
The only upgrades we have chosen so far pertains to the tiles in the master bedroom, guest bathroom, laundry room, and of course the kitchen area. Other than that, everything else is standard. I do very much prefer hardwood floor, but I won't be able to commit to it for at least a year since budget will be tight. I figure the cost of installing hardwood floor would range anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 dollars for an 1800 square feet.
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:14 PM
 
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Typically builders will not allow this, especially if it's a tract builder. In alot of cases, you can't get the CO without completing the home.

I would suggest to get the same flooring for both areas since it is so open. The transition from tile to hardwood will be weird in such an open space. If you are going to do tile w/ std carpet, why not just push it and do the whole area hardwoods. You can use the $8k credit to help with home furnishings. It may also be an option to roll closing costs into your loan to free up some more incentive money. It's worth asking.
Seeniorita, your'e right about tract builder not being flexible with the buyer's request.

I think I'll heed part of your advice and do the whole house with hardwood floor, with the exception of the laundry room and bathrooms. I prefer not to roll in the closing cost into the life of the loan or I would end up paying interest.

The only downside is that I have to tell the builder to install the standard tiles and carpet in the kitchen/family room (since there is no upcharge), get the CO, then rip out the tiles in the kitchen when it is time to install the hardwood floor.

At this point, it's really about minimizing the cost on material and labor. Until the escrow closes, my options are very limited.

Thanks everyone.
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