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Starflower
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 9:08 am
We actually didn't use such a great architect , he was half the price of others so we used a space planner with him, it was so worth it. Our space planner is tops! I wouldn't recommend this way though if you don't know anything about construction.
I would splurge on a highly recommended HVAC guy that knows where to place the heating and cooling vents, I've seen big messups on that and its so silly that it could just be done right the first time!
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OP
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 12:32 pm
OP here. Cost is 800k to 900k for a well-built 4000sqft house (not estimates from budget builders). And not including the land.
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Molasses
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 12:34 pm
Thank you! Does that include a basement or on slab? Finished or unfinished?
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OP
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 12:57 pm
Finished basement.
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Lemonchiffon
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 1:00 pm
Thanks!
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Lemonchiffon
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 1:01 pm
Assuming that includes a third story (attic) is that correct?
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Chambray
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 2:23 pm
These days, you often need to weigh price against availability. Delays cost money- whether it's the crew or the money you're spending to live where you do now. So sometimes it's worth it to upgrade something because you can get it versus waiting two months for it. We went with a brand of windows (don't remember which) that our contractor normally doesn't recommend because the upgrade doesn't buy you much. But they were easily available and good quality.

Before you pick anything, find out from people who know how available it is. Nothing is for certain, but that perfect affordable tile may be unreliable.
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OP
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 8:42 pm
I'm not sure what you mean when you say attic. This is for a three floor home-bedroom level, main level and basement.
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OP
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 8:43 pm
amother [ Chambray ] wrote:
These days, you often need to weigh price against availability. Delays cost money- whether it's the crew or the money you're spending to live where you do now. So sometimes it's worth it to upgrade something because you can get it versus waiting two months for it. We went with a brand of windows (don't remember which) that our contractor normally doesn't recommend because the upgrade doesn't buy you much. But they were easily available and good quality.

Before you pick anything, find out from people who know how available it is. Nothing is for certain, but that perfect affordable tile may be unreliable.


Interesting point!
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Lemonchiffon
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 9:21 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean when you say attic. This is for a three floor home-bedroom level, main level and basement.


Ok, so what I have in mind is 3 stories plus basement. Ie basement, main level, bedroom floor, and livable finished attic (Ie with bedrooms / bathroom).

So I assume that prob adds on like 200K or so.
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Peach
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 9:24 pm
amother [ Lemonchiffon ] wrote:
Assuming that includes a third story (attic) is that correct?


It’s normally per sq ft. So figure $200+ per sq ft these days
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Opal
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 9:35 pm
Sometimes can find clearance tiles from home depot/Lowes

Newer style (flat look) doors and trim are much more expensive without changing functionality (although the look is beautiful)

We bought hardware ourselves from eBay/discount websites (knobs, doorsteps, locks)

Every shampoo niche, recessed medicine cabinets add extra cost

Wire closet much cheaper. Can always replace later.

Don't need to put in backsplash the first day. Can do later.

Tile installation can cost more than the tile. Decide if you really need tile all the way up the wall, or if 3/4 or shower area only is enough.

Tub/shower combo cheaper than shower only. (Go figure!)

Special color exterior siding is more expensive for same quality

Wall mount toilets and vanities are more expensive for plumbing installation

In general stick with the mindset of no upgrades...it's hard more often than not to resist

And as mentioned upthread each day delayed is $. Dont waste time and avoid delays whenever possible. Not always worth nickel and diming if gonna lead to later decision.
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Jasmine
 

Post Wed, Jan 19 2022, 12:01 am
amother [ Opal ] wrote:
Sometimes can find clearance tiles from home depot/Lowes

Newer style (flat look) doors and trim are much more expensive without changing functionality (although the look is beautiful)

We bought hardware ourselves from eBay/discount websites (knobs, doorsteps, locks)

Every shampoo niche, recessed medicine cabinets add extra cost

Wire closet much cheaper. Can always replace later.

Don't need to put in backsplash the first day. Can do later.

Tile installation can cost more than the tile. Decide if you really need tile all the way up the wall, or if 3/4 or shower area only is enough.

Tub/shower combo cheaper than shower only. (Go figure!)

Special color exterior siding is more expensive for same quality

Wall mount toilets and vanities are more expensive for plumbing installation

In general stick with the mindset of no upgrades...it's hard more often than not to resist

And as mentioned upthread each day delayed is $. Dont waste time and avoid delays whenever possible. Not always worth nickel and diming if gonna lead to later decision.


How did you know what yo buy on eBay . Which hardware, sites , etc?
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Opal
 

Post Wed, Jan 19 2022, 12:09 am
amother [ Jasmine ] wrote:
How did you know what yo buy on eBay . Which hardware, sites , etc?


Stuck with known brands like kwikset. Ordered from hardwareandtools.com

We weren't looking for trend, just quality at discounted prices.

Also ordered things from ikea (towel bars, toilet paper holders). They had great prices for stainless steel vs the cheap plastic stuff.
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