Saturday, December 24, 2005

house selections  

posted by Michael Piwonka 10:34 AM
I spent several hours yesterday checking out hardwood flooring, carpets, solid counter tops and ceramic tile for the new house I'm buying.

I originally just wanted to upgrade the contractor grade carpet that the builder had selected for the bedrooms to a berber that is more to my liking. However, after talking to the flooring people, the additional charge to simply put hardwoods throughout the house (except the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms) isn't too daunting. The resale value of hardwood makes it a logical choice, especially when considering that it's cheapest to install during initial construction.

The builder had planned to put hardwoods in the living room and entry only, and it was going to be a pre-finished flooring. Surprisingly (at least to me), pre-finished flooring is actually more expensive that the traditional, unfinished hardwood flooring. People use the pre-finished often because it is much faster to put in (often a complete house can be done in a day or two).

The unfinished is cheaper, even with the increased labor. Installation must be finished well before final sanding so the wood can adjust to temperature and humidity; staining and 3 costs of poly take 4 more days, during which no one else is allowed in the house.

I'm going with the traditional hardwoods because I prefer the look, it's cheaper, and it's more durable. The builder can worry about the scheduling problems this may cause.

I'm going to use a neutral colored ceramic tile in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room.

Also, I've picked a synthetic countertop material for the kitchen. Often generically referred to as Corian, this brand is called Affinity, but is effectively the same thing.

The builder supplies black kitchen appliances as part of the base product; I'm checking the prices of stainless steel appliances to see if I can afford the upgrade.

I'm getting excited about my new house!


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