Monday, December 28, 2009

The fun stuff - Upgrades, oy vey!

We've settled on the style of house - The Florence. It's base price is $166,990 Florence Floor Plan pdf. 3 pages

Now we need to pick a lot. There's 2 kinds of lots.
  • Free lots
  • Premium lots - extra $3k-$4k
The lots that were included in the price were just fine with us. We could have paid a few thousand to live on a premium lot. Premium lots are a little bigger and have unobstructed views of the golf course. We chose a lot that was standard, and we're lucky enough to have it facing the part of the golf course which will ensure us that we'll never have houses built behind us. Sounds like a premium lot to me without the premium price!

Now lets talk about the many, many options you have with the structure of the house and interior options. First, let me start off by saying that I'm a practical person and almost always look at getting the most for my money and resale value. Here's the options we went with:
  • Elevation of house, there are 3 styles to have the front of your house to look like, we chose to have the "B" style (out of A, B, C).  Click here for elevations  With each elevation there was a little more brick on the front and the front of the house has different peaks. When asking about the elevation, I inquired if we could upgrade our elevation but omit the brick. Yep, we can! So for $1400 we changed the style of the front of the house, which included an overhang over our front door. If we wanted to look of a brick house, we could have done this for a couple of thousand more. Why do this - we all know it's not a brick house!
  • option to have the loft area converted to a 4th bedroom - $1500 (this was a no-brainer, only $1500 to make another bedroom? Resale value just went way up)
  •  Finished basement $6450, with 1/2 bathroom + $2550 = $9k
  •  Morning Room with Gourmet Island $9950
  • Fireplace - there are 3 styles, I picked the least expensive one @ $2850 (I waivered on this, but realized a house at this price range, a fireplace is expected)
These are the major structural changes we did. We were able to do this because Ryan is currently offering to pay for half of your upgrades up to $16k (that's $8k to be paid by them). This essentially gives me the finished basement for free.

Come back later for more details on the interior options.


JEllis said...

Where did you end up building? We are looking for something close to 77.

JEllis said...

Did you upgrade the master bath?