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Old 2009-09-23, 12:19 AM
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I have one ... We did tons of changes... got rid of the dining room, and now have a huge kitchen and bigger room 2, very open, lots of light as we face the golf course.
It sounds interesting, do you mind to give more detail about it? Are you moving the bathroom to the "old" dinner area? I don't really get it.

Man, I have my appointment tomorrow, and I hope it is not too late to hear other options.
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Old 2009-09-23, 08:16 PM
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Here is a picture I took when we were moving in... I will take some more later on when I get home from my Trip... I am standing at the back of the house and to the left is all open. Straight ahead past the wall with the fridge is a hallway to the washroom, and Room2 is about 2ft longer.

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Old 2009-09-23, 11:33 PM
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It looks very cool! Looking for your update.
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Old 2009-09-24, 11:06 PM
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Cool, which model do you purchase?
I bought the spruce model. Now going through structural upgrade decisions
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Old 2009-09-25, 11:09 AM
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I bought the spruce model. Now going through structural upgrade decisions
Personally, I like Spruce more than Mahogany, Spruce is more alike a "normal" home and more useable space. Mahogany model is like living in a big box.
Oh well, I can not stop my wife to buy her "dream house".

BTW, I just had my structural upgrade and will be sign it off sometime this/next week.

I am surprise to see they already working on our LOT now, it is so quick! I am also surprise to see the price of our model up almost $7500 for the new phase, man, I just sign my offer a month ago. And all 50' LOT are sold out!!

After I read thru the upgrade list, I think I will put extra 15% of my house price for upgrade. I am not doing any crazy upgrade, this is just BASIC upgrade, upgrade to the level same as other builder standard spec. I donít think you want to live in a half million house with vinyl flooring.
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I am surprise to see they already working on our LOT now, it is so quick! I am also surprise to see the price of our model up almost $7500 for the new phase, man, I just sign my offer a month ago. And all 50' LOT are sold out!!
Depending on when you signed and when your house will be ready some of the $7500 could be due to the new HST.
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Personally, I like Spruce more than Mahogany, Spruce is more alike a "normal" home and more useable space. Mahogany model is like living in a big box.
Oh well, I can not stop my wife to buy her "dream house".

BTW, I just had my structural upgrade and will be sign it off sometime this/next week.

I am surprise to see they already working on our LOT now, it is so quick! I am also surprise to see the price of our model up almost $7500 for the new phase, man, I just sign my offer a month ago. And all 50' LOT are sold out!!

After I read thru the upgrade list, I think I will put extra 15% of my house price for upgrade. I am not doing any crazy upgrade, this is just BASIC upgrade, upgrade to the level same as other builder standard spec. I donít think you want to live in a half million house with vinyl flooring.
What structural upgrade did you guys choose? For mine here is my wish list;

1. Harwood Stairs
2. Wanted stones instead of brick but monarch quoted me $20k. So, I am not doing it
3. Basement Rough-In
4. Basement Window Enlargment
5. Ceramic Ensuite Shower + framless Glass Doors
6. Library Pocket Doors
7. Some minor reconfiguration of Laundry and washroom
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What structural upgrade did you guys choose? For mine here is my wish list;

1. Harwood Stairs
2. Wanted stones instead of brick but monarch quoted me $20k. So, I am not doing it
3. Basement Rough-In
4. Basement Window Enlargment
5. Ceramic Ensuite Shower + framless Glass Doors
6. Library Pocket Doors
7. Some minor reconfiguration of Laundry and washroom
For our Mahogany here are the structural changes (I think these are all structural) that we have come up with so far (we need to finalize this in the next week or so).

1. Looked at hardwood stairs but they only offered oak, and I really don't like oak so we will pass and look at options later (if there are any).
2. Removed the posts and plant shelf in the dining room.
3. Removed the wall between the kitchen and family room and will have a large island instead.
4. Looking at upgrading the insulation package (not sure what this includes or the price - they should provide that to us soon)
5. Upgrading the furnace
6. Extra pot lights outside and inside - not sure if this is structural
7. Upgrading shower in ensuite to ceramic with frameless doors
8. Enlarge basement windows
9. 3 piece rough-in in basement
10. Installing a few conduits from basement to first and second floors for future wiring
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For our Mahogany here are the structural changes (I think these are all structural) that we have come up with so far (we need to finalize this in the next week or so).

1. Looked at hardwood stairs but they only offered oak, and I really don't like oak so we will pass and look at options later (if there are any).
2. Removed the posts and plant shelf in the dining room.
3. Removed the wall between the kitchen and family room and will have a large island instead.
4. Looking at upgrading the insulation package (not sure what this includes or the price - they should provide that to us soon)
5. Upgrading the furnace
6. Extra pot lights outside and inside - not sure if this is structural
7. Upgrading shower in ensuite to ceramic with frameless doors
8. Enlarge basement windows
9. 3 piece rough-in in basement
10. Installing a few conduits from basement to first and second floors for future wiring
Are you getting Mahogany A, B or C?
Don't forget to upgrade the french door at vestibule to 9', it is worth every penny ($416). Also get the Ceiling fan rough-in, it will save you engery in both summer and winter. Should consider HRV on your list too (maybe you want to do it after closing) Here is the list of upgrade I plan to do:


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relocate bedroom 3 door and drywall
do not install cabinet handle
do not install mirror in bathroom
change the bath light bar to normal light bulb fixture
Delete toilet paper holder and towel bars
8' or 9' french door at vestibule
Fireplace upgrade
Kitchen upgrade
decorative column in dinning room
hardwood stair from main to upper basement (oak or maple)
hardwood transition strips at hardwood location
install quartz uder-counter valance lighing
Standard ceramic tile in bathroom 2
Standard ceramic tile in laundry room
Standard ceramic tile in bathroom 3
Standard ceramic tile in kitchen/breakfast
Ceramic Tile upgarde (Group C) - kitchen/breakfast
Ceramic Tile upgarde (Group C) - master bath
Ceramic Tile upgarde (Group C) - vestibule
Ceramic Tile upgarde (Group C) - bathroom 2
Ceramic Tile upgarde (Group C) - bathroom 3
custom grout colour
Pot light 3 3/4" MR16 Non-Ic low voltage -white
Conduit from 1st floor to basement
Conduit from 2st floor to basement
install 14 guage, 2 conductor speaker wire rough-in
Ceiling fan rough-in
Cable rough-in
HRV installation
3/4" gas line rough in
5" baseboard and 3" casing throughout
additional standard paint
3x5 standard ceramic shower wall with fibreglass base
Kleara Glass door for shower
shower ceramic upgarde
raise the shower head
enlarge one basement window to 55x30
basement 3pc rough-in
hardwood stair from main to 2nd floor (oak or maple)
Railing and spindles with custom stain
Add new light fixture location
Add extra interior power outlet
Oak - family room
Oak - dining room
Oak - main hall
Oak - bedroom 2
Oak - den
Carpet Group B - master bedroom
Carpet Group B - basement stair ?
Carpet Group B - walk in closet ?
Underpad - master bedroom
Underpad - basement stair ?
Underpad - walk in closet ?
modify of drywall - kitchen
Upgrade drywall insulation should cost $28xx.
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Old 2009-09-25, 04:53 PM
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Are you getting Mahogany A, B or C?
Don't forget to upgrade the french door at vestibule to 9', it is worth every penny ($416). Also get the Ceiling fan rough-in, it will save you engery in both summer and winter. Should consider HRV on your list too (maybe you want to do it after closing) Here is the list of upgrade I plan to do:
We are getting elevation A. The stuff I mentioned were what I believe to be the structural changes. We also have a list of other things we are looking at also, including the french doors in the vestibule, a ceiling fan rough in in the vaulted ceiling, and many others. The prices add up though, don't they? I have alsked for a price on an ERV but if we decide to go with the HRV instead then I will get that done after.
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