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  1. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    As most of you know I have a little home building biz I run.

    My basic stock home comes with the following:

    Ceramic tile in the baths and laundry rooms (tile is always at least 14" and usually 18").

    Stainless steel GE Profile appliances (stove is a smoothtop-no coil burners here).

    Prewired for home theater and 4 zones of audio (master/kitchen/dining/back patio)

    Two phone & cable/networking jacks per bedroom

    Ceramic tile or wood laminate in kitchen

    Whirlpool tub in master bath suite

    14 SEER air conditioner

    Large crown and base molding​


    My only 'upgrades' are;

    Granite counter tops with unde mounted sink in kitchen

    Fully sodded back yard

    Fenced back yard

    Stainless matching frig

    Audio/Video components​

    What other items do you look for in an average priced new home in your area (except view-we don't have any)... :p
     

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  2. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    Fireplace in the master bedroom baby!
     
  3. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    The average home where I live would also have the options of a chicken coop, car on blocks, appliances on the front porch and a still.
     
  4. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    Thats a good one:)

    Zoned A/C (upstairs downstairs)
    Center Cooking isle in the kitchen (if there is room)
    Garage?

    Bike room :D
     
  5. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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  6. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Fully stocked harem?
     
  7. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Forgot to mention I stub out a gas line behind the stove and one in the laundry room for a gas dryer.
     
  8. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Center cookin islands sound good in theory... but are pretty damn messy in real life.

    2 car... no room for a 3. :(
     
  9. Andyman_1970

    Andyman_1970 Turbo Monkey

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    What are your flooring options?

    I'd say laminate (Pergo) would be an upgrade over carpet, and those cool prefinished hardwoods would be an upgrade over laminate.
     
  10. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    The neighborhood is fully stocked with MILFs
     
  11. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Flooring is a frizze carpet... (budget $25/sq_yard with a 6lbs pad). Laminate runs $8.00 sq_ft.
     
  12. Crashby

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    I suppose some attractive landscaping in the front could be bling-ish...
     
  13. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Question:

    Tile countertops or laminate (Formica)???

    I personally HATE tile, and there are some really cool modern laminates. However, do most of you percieve tile as an 'upgrade?'
     
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    Andyman_1970 Turbo Monkey

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    Yikes, I hope that is the installed price.........I hope so.

    I'd make laminate/hardwood an upgrade for sure..........that would be a must for the misses and myself.
     
  15. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    Having just gone through this. I was very impressed with M/I homes specs and upgrade list.

    Hardwood floors throughout the common areas is VERY nice and is probably the most noticeable "wow" feature to my new home.

    I also would have paid for fencing.

    Depending on the elevation a wood deck would be a great option.
     
  16. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Landscaping allowance is $1000. This pretty much gets you some basic landscape and a fully sodded front yard.
     
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    Andyman_1970 Turbo Monkey

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    Aren't tile countertops a pain in the butt to clean???
     
  18. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Is it glued to the slab wood flooring or a 'floating' laminate?
     
  19. DaveW

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    higher grade sound insulation on the bedrooms?....double glazed on tose windows maybe?
     
  20. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    I think so... and the remind me of the 70's.

    However, I can install them for the same cost as formica.
     
  21. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Yes, double glazed windows are standard already. I also insulate the interior walls of the master bed room and the laundry room.
     
  22. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    I prefer tiles... but then there is always the risk of chipping them... or the grout looks horrible after a year from stains
     
  23. Andyman_1970

    Andyman_1970 Turbo Monkey

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    I always thought the appliances on the countertop would never sit level.............but anyway.
     
  24. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Do you see wood as a clear up grade to tile floors?
     
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    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    wood floors are the way to go!!!!! nothing beats them. tile in the entry rooms/mudroom
     
  26. Andyman_1970

    Andyman_1970 Turbo Monkey

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    I would also say a premium insulation package would be nice too.....mondo insulation in the attic and all the "bling" insulation stuff you can do to the foundation/crawlspace (if there is much).
     
  27. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    A moat would be cool.
     
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    Andyman_1970 Turbo Monkey

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    N8 (a bit off topic) - you mentioned on a previous house theread you use cement fiberboard siding (I think)........what your cost per sq foot on that......I'm researching siding options for our current house that is in sore need of new siding.
     
  29. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    This has been my trend lately. I can get a good laminate installed for the same cost as tile and after living with laminate in my own home I love it!
     
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    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    My dogs destroy wood floors.
     
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    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    That is called Hardee Board. I highly recommend it in our moist local.
     
  32. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Dogs should live outside as god intended.
     
  33. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    first off, ditch the network cabling cat 6/ethernet stuff...wireless is here to stay. you could also do this w/ the home audio (www.slimdevices.com is awesome, money well spent i'd say).

    what do you offer for lighting options? a monorail over the island would be great, esp if you have the ceiling height for it (the reason we ditched on that idea for our house; the 8' ceiling would have made it look dumb).

    not a fan of the pergo stuff; pre-finished wood looks a lot better imo.

    do people really spec tile countertops? sounds dumb to me.

    how about central vacuum?
     
  34. splat

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    If you do tile floor in the Kitchen radiant heat in the Kitchen Floor is very nice
     
  35. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    New Question:

    Interior colors:

    'Builder beige' or something with some life to it?
     
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    best decision i ever made.
     
  37. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    I do, but I am coming from SFL where everything is tile.
     
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    I second that...........
     
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    That olive/sage green seems to be all the rage these days............
     
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    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    MBC and I were happy to just find a used home in our price range that wasn't a hellhole and had a two car garage. We're not picky.