It's been a while since my last post. Aside from the fact that not much has been going on with the house, my husband and I went away to celebrate our first anniversary and as a teacher I'm scrambling to get ready for school to begin! But this is a fun post, so I don't want to put it off any longer. We decided on the Venice model. Here are the upgrades we chose:
- Elevation B
- Full Brick Front
- Egress Window in basement (this one boggles my mind, see below!)
- Plumbing for future bathroom in the basement
- MORNING ROOM!!!!!!
- Upgrade to level 2 kitchen cabinets
- Gourmet island in kitchen
- 42" cabinets in the kitchen (this was a no brainer for only $350)
- Kitchen sink upgrade - deeper bowls
- Gas hookup for stove (I don't really consider this an upgrade!)
- Microwave to be mounted above oven
- Ice maker rough in (refrigerator not included!)
- Fire place in family room
- Oak handrails and banisters for stairs
- Upgraded lighting package
- Recessed lights in kitchen, family room, and morning room
- Floor drain in garage
- Upgraded carpet and carpet padding
- Laundry tub (yep, that's an upgrade!)
The price of upgrades does vary from loctation to location. For example, a finished basement for my model in Pittsburgh is close to $12,000 but in Ohio is $6,000 for the same model. While they may not be the same, if you're interested in cost, feel free to email me at email@example.com
So some of the upgrades we're getting are hardly upgrades in my mind. For example, we are REQUIRED to have a window in the basement - it makes sense. However, this is an $850 upgrade. My feeling is that if something is required to meet code, it should be included in the price of the house. Other absurd upgrades (in my mind) were the gas hookups, the floor drain, garage opener, and wash tub. Also, I was very disappointed in the standard lighting package. I know we could have changed the light fixtures ourselves, but I think that cost would add up very quickly if we did it on our own.
All of that aside I am very happy with what we're getting. Sure there are things I wanted that we didn't get, but we're going to have a great house. I'm most excited about the morning room! I can't wait to be in our new home.
Next time I'll post about the upgrades we didn't get....and why.