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Consider closed cell spray foam in the exterior walls. Open cell at the roof deck.
With today's energy prices going through the roof, this may be something that becomes more common in the future. Just my .02
Try CB custom homes out of A2. He's my brother in law and has a great reputation for building quality. He's built some homes that are spectacular and more importantly he's an MSU graduate!
Put cows on your lot to reduce property taxes.
are you required to use the GC that the developer has? Do you have options with that?
Also, can you get independent sub quotes on the work? One of the last builders I spoke with, in a similar situation as you and your property, told me I could get my own quotes from other subs and use those subs if wanted.
A few years ago I sought 3 or 4 quotes for our home project. I met with a lot of them. Sort of interviewed them. Did reserach on line and asked around for recommendations. I just liked the idea of have 3 or 4 quotes, and of course I liked the opportunity to meet them and review things.
Coach Dantonio is my Spartan!
Do you need a landscape architect?
Do you have a contract with the builder?
Not yet, but we are far enough along in the process that I would not feel right about walking away from the GC at this point.
If I were building I would put hardwood floors everywhere. Not laminate. Hardwood. (Obviously if you have dogs you might see it differently.)
Hardwood lasts thirty to forty years. You will only have to maintain it a couple of times. It is more pricey up front, but in the long run it is cheaper than changing cheaper flooring every five years.
If you have children and any of them have allergies, hardwood is the best thing to have in your home.
are you really enamored with both halves of all your shit?
Anyone else first think of Little Bill in Unforgiven?
Understandable, especially since his buddy is doing the early design work. Don't know where you're building but are they both aware of any easements, local setback restrictions, homeowner association restrictions, wetlands or other environmental issues? Has the lot been surveyed for build? Who will be applying for the permits?
Have you discussed the project with other GC's?
This post was edited by The Pantry 14 months ago
I do this for a living. First thing is, where are you building? Climate and terrain dictate a lot of decisions. The value of the neighborhood dictates a lot of decisions, you don't want to overbuild dramatically above the neighbors. Feeling good about your builder is key, you already have a relationship with him and that will continue through planning, building and warranty period so if you have concerns now, they will most likely not improve over the up to 2 year period of the relationship. If he knows his stuff he should be able to steer you through a lot of decisions.
If you are committed to this home for the long haul, follow the advice above and don't skimp on the basics. Foundation, drainage, insulation
"This board would be great if it weren't for all the posters. ." -- AA Spartan 12/16/11
This, energy efficiency is key. I mean most building materials these days are much better than they were. But don't skimp on windows/insulation/etc. They will pay themselves. I mean you could even build a house with practically 0 energy bills if you wanted. Might cost a lot up front though...
She only gets to decide what goes in the kitchen. Give her more authority and you'll end up tripling your price, at least. None of those expensive counter tops or smooth top stoves either. Make sure you get a pretty sweet man cave set up too.
at least give her a shoe rack in the closet or something. Maybe then you can limit her to only enough shoes she can fit on the rack
Are you married? Doesn't sound like it.
We are building in Hudsonville on the west side of Michigan. The designer is not a buddy of the GC. He has a good reputation among many builders in the area and works for Standale Lumber. The GC is aware of the easements and setbacks as we had worked with the developer in approving the drawing.
No survey yet, that will take place a few weeks before close. GC will apply for the permits. No other GC's have been contacted. I am not too nervous about these issues as the GC has been in business for over two decades and has a good reputation. He has built literally 70-80 homes in the area.
Some of my biggest concerns are windows. I want to use Andersen 100 series but they have not been around for too long. Didn't know if moving up to 200 series was necessary. Going with Certainteed Landmark. Again, don't know if it's worth moving up to Landmark pro.
Hardi Panel looks great but I am concerned about having to paint the whole exterior every 5-7 years. Leaning toward Certainteed Vinyl 6" Lap that mimics the look of Hardi, without the maintenance.
GC gave me the option of 2x6 vs 2x4 construction. He said that it would probably take about 70 years to recoup the added cost on the 2x6 in energy savings. Does not seem worth it but I don't know if there are other considerations.
GC said that 2x4 with closed cell foam would be cheaper than 2x6 and offer higher R value.
We think we are going with granite in kitchen and all baths. I have heard good things about quartz as well but it will cost $20 more per sq ft. Not sure if it's worth it. As for flooring, I was quoted essentially the same price for engineered wood vs. wood planks. We don't have dogs but we do have 3 young kids. Leaning toward the planks as they can be refinished and some dents and dings actually seem to give it character.
Builder builds all his own cabinets out of solid wood and buys the doors. I have been in a few homes he has built and they look really nice. Don't really see any issues there.
Probably going to stick with a standard 75 gallon water heater. I have ready that tankless can have issues with temp variation and the require a yearly purge and even though we will have city water a water softener is recommended to ensure trouble free operation.
yes, only 1.5 years. However, we can only afford to rent so far. So I haven't had to worry about expansion yet
Exterior: Cement fiber lap siding looks better than vinyl (James Hardy makes a good one) and 4-6" trim. Flood lights on the rear (and sides) of house. At least a 3 stall garage with third one stall extra deep.
If walkout or daylight basement add extra windows and high ceilings in basement. Do not skimp on doors. Fan of ceiling fans in bedrooms and family room. Upgrade in kitchen with dovetail drawers, etc. Make sure you have enough storage/closets.
Hold final payment until everything is finished otherwise they will move on. Good luck.
"Not yet, but we are far enough along in the process that I would not feel right about walking away from the GC at this point".
Do not feel this way until you have discussed payment plans(only pay for work completed and product actually on site), AND the time frame to complete the project/house. Discuss lien waivers from the major suppliers if he his suppling materials from his subcontractors. Prior to construction ask for a list of his subcontractors he will be using. Good luck
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It's obvious you have some $$$.
My only suggestion would be to give second thought to your flooring. Frankly, I've found hardwood floors to be a pain in the ass.
No question that hardwood floors look fantastic when you put them in. Best thing going. But see how they look after 5-6 years.
They dent up. Fade in the sun. They can stain. I freak out a little when water is spilled on them. And oh yeah, you have to refinish them every so often.
One persons "character" is another persons "your floor looks like crap"
That said, I've heard of some factory-applied hardwood finishes that are supposedly bulletproof. Not sure about those products...
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