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Old 2019-03-21, 02:31 PM
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Anyone have a Richcraft Cedarbreeze?

Did you do any of the optional layouts and if so are there things you wish you had or hadn't changed?

Also, any pricing for upgrades you'd be willing to share? Very frustrating that the design centre won't provide even ball park figures for upgrades.
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Old 2019-03-26, 09:18 AM
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Anyone have a Richcraft Cedarbreeze?

Did you do any of the optional layouts and if so are there things you wish you had or hadn't changed?

Also, any pricing for upgrades you'd be willing to share? Very frustrating that the design centre won't provide even ball park figures for upgrades.
The design centre being so closed is part of what deterred us from buying a richcraft. It's like, "here, give us three quarters of a million dollars first, and then we'll rip the band-aid off". Plus, the sales rep we worked with had a printed contract, etc. basically our first meeting; they wanted 25K up-front whereas most other buyers do a pay-as-you-go-ish plan; they didn't actually listen to our needs and kept trying to sell us on things (more expensive things); and overall were kind of shady throughout. Plus, the fact that they wanted a letter from your bank confirming financing is just odd - our bank said "Yeah, that's really atypical for a new build, and this letter would basically mean nothing, since you don't have a final mortgage until you lock in your rate 120 days before"

The builder we went with told us rough costs at the design centre (which were almost accurate for every single item, save a few more custom items)
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Old 2019-03-26, 09:31 AM
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Thanks for the feedback JCC! Which builder did you end up going with?

We ended up getting some pricing from the sales centre after all, some seem reasonable, others seem totally out of whack:

9' basement - $13,122
Move bathroom rough in in basement - $250
add exterior door in mudroom - $1,179
extra windows in basement - 1,385/window
move existing windows in basement - $300
4 Bedroom layout - no extra charge
Change powder room door to pocket - $1,000
Extend hardwood to kitchen - $1,500
Upgrade to linear fireplace - $2,997
Upgrade to stone around fireplace - depending on stone starts at $8,000
Upgrade to glass shower in ensuite - $2,634
add outlets - $95/each
Change to 200 amp panel - $3,000
extra cable ports - $95/each
Change hallway window to operational window(s) - $300
Hardwood stairs - $5,247 in oak and $6,644 in maple( if you do maple you would have to upgrade the main floor hardwood also.)
Hardwood throughout upstairs - depending on the wood anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000
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Old 2019-03-26, 09:40 AM
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Thanks for the feedback JCC! Which builder did you end up going with?

We ended up getting some pricing from the sales centre after all, some seem reasonable, others seem totally out of whack:

9' basement - $13,122
Move bathroom rough in in basement - $250
add exterior door in mudroom - $1,179
extra windows in basement - 1,385/window
move existing windows in basement - $300
4 Bedroom layout - no extra charge
Change powder room door to pocket - $1,000
Extend hardwood to kitchen - $1,500
Upgrade to linear fireplace - $2,997
Upgrade to stone around fireplace - depending on stone starts at $8,000
Upgrade to glass shower in ensuite - $2,634
add outlets - $95/each
Change to 200 amp panel - $3,000
extra cable ports - $95/each
Change hallway window to operational window(s) - $300
Hardwood stairs - $5,247 in oak and $6,644 in maple( if you do maple you would have to upgrade the main floor hardwood also.)
Hardwood throughout upstairs - depending on the wood anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000
We went with Urbandale in the end. Re: The pricing they gave you, some are reasonable, some are out of whack.

Hardwood stairs - we paid like $4,000 to upgrade ours to Oak.
Hardwood upstairs - we were quoted $16,000 for the upstairs, and that was the most expensive flooring they had - still decided just to do carpet for now.
Outlets - $95 each is exactly what we were charged
Linear fireplace - we were charged about $1800
Powder room door to pocket - that's kind of a structural change, so that kind of makes sense...
9' basement at $13,122 makes sense too, because they'd have to make foundational changes to accomodate that.
Change to 200 amp panel - we were quoted at $2,000 - decided against it because unless you have a Level 3 plug in electric, you'll never really need it (plus, I called five different electricians, they said $1500 - $2000 to do it after the fact)
Extra cable ports - you should just be able to re-purpose your ethernet/telephone ports for a low cost... $95 makes sense though, compared to the $95 for electrical ports (same process).

Can't really comment on the rest. Some of the others seem high, but they do need to make money off of these.
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Old 2019-03-26, 09:47 AM
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Have you moved in yet?

Are you concerned about the whole window thing? I've driven around and it seems like almost every urbandale has windows with broken seals.
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Have you moved in yet?

Are you concerned about the whole window thing? I've driven around and it seems like almost every urbandale has windows with broken seals.
Eh - everyone has issues somewhere. I'd rather it be windows than foundation, though.

I'm not actually sure if our house is being built with Mason windows or not. We move in shortly.
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