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Anyone buy new construction???

What upgrades did you do?  DH and I have our meetings  this week to pick everything out and not sure what to choose.  So far we went with adding brick to the exterior, finishing the basement, upgraded cabinets, added an island and hardwood on the 1st floor. 

Just curious what other people did or wish that they did do after the fact..  So many decisions and that's not good because I'm indecisive and cheap, lol.  TIA.   


Re: Anyone buy new construction???

  • We bought new construction for an investment property. We upgraded the windows, the brick, the ceilings, a fireplace, the cabinets and countertop added the ceiling fans, added an opening from the kitchen to the living room and added a bigger tub in the masterbed room. I believe that's it. Upgrade the paint if that is possible cause the paint they use is so cheap and you can't wipe anything off of it.
  • We did only those upgrades that we could pay 100% for upfront when we choose them.  And hard to do later on ourselves. 

    *  partial stone front

    *  kitchen island (because it matches our cabinets, includes cabinet space, and electric outlets)

    *  Upgraded kitchen cabinets to 42"

    *  ceiling fan "cans" in every room, capped off so if we wanted to add a fan or lighting, the wiring was already done.

  • We concentrated our upgrades in the kitchen, master bedroom and master bathroom.

    Kitchen - Granite Countertops, stainless steel upgrade on the appliances, gas range, 42 in cabinets with the elegance upgrade and level 3 wood upgrade. Also, recessed lighting in the kitchen. Island was not an option, however, probably a great idea if you have it available.

     Master bedroom - Crown molding, extra bump out for sitting room, recessed lighting, sconces and speaker system

    Master bath - upgraded all fixtures and tiles. Clear (non frosted) glass shower. Double sinks are a great upgrade. Garden tub was also added but I would not recommend the jacuzzi tub. The jets are a pain in the butt to clean. Most people would agree it is not worth the hassle.

    Also, if you do not want to upgrade the carpets, just upgrade the padding underneath. Most people like to replace carpets when you buy a house anyway. However, if you have the means to do it, I would upgrade the carpet atleast one level. We didn't and they are looking shabby after only the first year and a half.

     We also did the hardwoods throughout the entire first floor.

    Good luck! It is very overwhelming to pick everything out but sooo worth it and fun to see it all come together in the end. Not sure who your builder is but ours was Toll Brothers.

  • Thanks for the advice ladies. 

    Spring - our builder is Ryan Homes.

  • oooo congrats!! so exciting to buy a home :-D

    We upgraded the floors to hardwood on most of the first floor, added a morning room off kitchen/family (actually the builder added it as an incentive for us to sign that day....DONE!), ceiling fan boxes in all rooms, tiles in bathroom, shower stall in master bath, kitchen countertops and cabinets to 42inch with crown molding at top, kitchen appliances, banister on 2nd floor walk thru instead of half wall, fireplace molding and got marble instead of slate around it...I think that is it.

    We wanted granite countertops but the builder wanted to charge way too much so we will eventually do that ourselves. Finishing the basement was not an option :-( working on that now :-P

    the two things two years later that I wish we would have done is added the vent in the roof for better heating/cooling on 2nd floor and upgraded the lighting package....we have slowly changed it out but we went with the standard builder package and it is brass, I don't like brass and we have a 2 story foyer that still has the ugly brass chandelier because it is a pita to get up there and change it :-P

    those are the only two things that really stick out to me....dh is really good with things around house so we did alot of things ourselves that we knew we could save money on.

    good luck!


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