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Old 2009-11-12, 09:36 AM
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$4600 for a mosaic tile backsplash upgrade (backsplash included in our house as standard) for tile that I can have installed after-market at full retail markup for less than $1500.
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Old 2009-11-12, 09:40 AM
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Depending on how large the house is, not that outrageous. It's a lot but, it's one the upgrades that you obviously can't do later, and when it comes to resale it is something that you receive value back for.
Not outrageous? It's not like they'll spend a fortune on concrete, and they simply use higher forms.. reasonable builders are ~3k for that upgrade
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Old 2009-11-12, 11:22 AM
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what I have a hard time with, is builders charging you for removing something....like a niche...well cripes you don't have to put it now, so why are you charging for it? lol
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Old 2009-11-12, 12:38 PM
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There were so many but here are a few of the highlights....

Finishing microwave interior $221
paint - (no upgrade of paint just the builders grade with a colour of our choice) $2090
2 exterior pot lights, one over each garage door $1350

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what I have a hard time with, is builders charging you for removing something....like a niche...well cripes you don't have to put it now, so why are you charging for it? lol
This is exactly what happened to us. We removed a weird wall in our main bathroom. It was useless to us, it separated the bathroom in two. On one side there was a sink and then the other part was the sink, toilet and shower/tub. I'm probably not describing it properly, but it was definitely an extra wall and doorway that they had to build. To remove the wall was approx $600

PLUS, our ensuite bathroom didn't have a door, just an archway. To add a door was $1200 with the architect's fee included. We did it...grudgingly.
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Old 2009-11-12, 01:53 PM
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I asked for an extra 12" in the basement. 7.5 to 8.5 feet.

$12.5K
Not really outrageous.
Considering all the extra material that is required to increase a ceiling height:

1. longer wood studs
2. longer drywall sheets
3. extra concrete
4. more paint
5. longer stairwell (1 or two extra risers)
6. extra 12" of ducting from the furnace to the ceiling
7. extra 12" of wiring for any outlets
8. extra labour involved in digging the hole and installing the extra material
9. cost to change building permit
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Old 2009-11-12, 01:59 PM
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Not really outrageous.
Considering all the extra material that is required to increase a ceiling height:

1. longer wood studs
2. longer drywall sheets
3. extra concrete
4. more paint
5. longer stairwell (1 or two extra risers)
6. extra 12" of ducting from the furnace to the ceiling
7. extra 12" of wiring for any outlets
8. extra labour involved in digging the hole and installing the extra material
9. cost to change building permit
it was the basement not a main floor our 1st floor was only ~$8k. it would have been 120ish cubic feet of concrete and a couple extra feet.
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Old 2009-11-12, 03:53 PM
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it was the basement not a main floor our 1st floor was only ~$8k. it would have been 120ish cubic feet of concrete and a couple extra feet.
Same thing. Most items on my list are still valid.
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Old 2009-11-12, 04:14 PM
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Not really outrageous.
Considering all the extra material that is required to increase a ceiling height:

1. longer wood studs
2. longer drywall sheets
3. extra concrete
4. more paint
5. longer stairwell (1 or two extra risers)
6. extra 12" of ducting from the furnace to the ceiling
7. extra 12" of wiring for any outlets
8. extra labour involved in digging the hole and installing the extra material
9. cost to change building permit
Then they have to fill it with that extra foot of air $$$
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Old 2009-11-12, 04:24 PM
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Not really outrageous.
Considering all the extra material that is required to increase a ceiling height:

1. longer wood studs
2. longer drywall sheets
3. extra concrete
4. more paint
5. longer stairwell (1 or two extra risers)
6. extra 12" of ducting from the furnace to the ceiling
7. extra 12" of wiring for any outlets
8. extra labour involved in digging the hole and installing the extra material
9. cost to change building permit
Don't forget the nails! And the added 1ft of vapour barrier!

Anyway my builder charged $3600 for added ft in basement. I sure hope they didn't cut my wires a ft short, or leave me with two fewer risers... i'd be very upset if i had to hop those last two steps.
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Old 2009-11-12, 08:28 PM
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20 posts to this thread and I'm really surprised no one has mentioned appliances which are often twice the price of retail if not more. I suppose the other side of that is you can't finance Corbeil or the Brick for 25 years either.


Btw... Howdy. Due to the fact I've worked for several builders and continue to do so, my name here is be3169 but I will also mention I specialize in high rise condos rather than residential sites. With a little luck I may be able to pass along inside industry info but the vast majourity of what I know about is the big towers and the apartment dwellers contained within.
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