When working with an architect or building designer, you spend a lot of time massaging the design to ensure it’s just right. Clients typically get fixated on elements such as the flow of the design, storage solutions, the size of rooms, floor finishes and window styles, to name a few. But underneath those higher-level decisions is a collection of smaller considerations that also need to be specified and clarified in some way.
Dozens of things are represented on a floor plan, or simply assumed to be included because they just seem obvious, but aren’t dealt with in sufficient detail to ensure that you and your builder are on the same page. And when that happens, you’re more exposed to inaccurate quotes, build-stage cost variations, builder’s margins and budget blowouts.
Interior Features to Consider in Your Budget
For example, you’ll need to know the cost per square foot that has been allowed for the tiles (for both floor and wall), as well as whether the wall tiles have been quoted as full height, half height or even skirting tiles only. This may well vary from one bathroom to the next, so take the time to set out your expectations room by room.
2. Internal doors. Doors are pretty easy to identify on a floor plan, so there should be no confusion about how many are required. However, there are many considerations when selecting doors, which can affect the cost significantly. How wide and high are the doors? Are they plain or paneled, and will they have a painted finish or do you want wood veneer? Getting your head around as many of these considerations as possible will help you avoid extra costs during the build.
3. Woodwork and Trim. Cabinetry is no longer confined to the kitchen. Homeowners increasingly want built-in cabinets for storage and display solutions in all manner of places, including bathrooms, laundry rooms, bedrooms and living spaces. Woodwork should be easy enough to identify on a floor plan; however, given that there are so many options in terms of color, material, fittings, design detail and hardware, it’s important to keep the line of communication open with your builder and stay within your budget.
The truth is, unless there are detailed drawings available for cabinetmakers to quote from, the builders can only guess at what the cost might be. At Wolford, we offer the help of an interior design team to develop detailed drawings for quoting and specifying an allowance in your plan.
5. Lighting. Lighting is one of the most common items to cause a budget blowout, and there are several factors that contribute to this. First, it’s rare that an electrical plan is completed at the quoting stage. Second, because many people are unaware of the lighting options available (and the associated costs) when quotes are being prepared, they haven’t yet put enough time into considering their choices.
This can lead to the cost being underestimated in terms of number and type of lights. Make sure you visit a showroom in the early stages of your project to be better informed about your budget.
However, when it comes to other flooring types, wood in particular, you’ll need to make selections or allowances for the supply and installation of your preferred type of wood in order to avoid nasty surprises and cost overruns.
For example, wood flooring can be a rather generic term when we consider that it may include wood laminates, floating wood floorboards, bamboo and traditional strip flooring. With such a wide range of products and costs, it’s important to understand what the builder has allowed for. Our standard is a sand and finish floor, however some engineered woods can easily double this budget.
And Don’t Forget What You’ll Need Outside
You might also want to consider the attachment method used, with nails being the fastest and cheapest option and stainless steel screws being the most secure, long-lasting and expensive. Decks can be relatively pricey structures, so it’s important that you set out your requirements in as much detail as possible so that when you compare a number of quotes, you are confident that you are comparing apples with apples.
For any lot with even a modest slope, you will probably need to put some thought into the location, height and type of retaining walls. It’s not uncommon for builders to exclude them from the quote as they are often considered landscaping items; however, at Wolford, we believe them to be an integral element of the entire site.
To avoid many of these surprises hire a trustworthy builder who has a reputation for including these items in your original quote…like Wolford!!
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