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Old 11-29-2018, 09:42 AM
Blondesare Blondesare is offline
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Having previously worked for the design center here would be my suggestions. Take your time. They will try to rush you to be done in one day. Carefully decide what changes are important to you and see if you can see those changes in a finished home. It really depends on your budget. This is the only time you can make structural changes and additions. So yes an additional 3 feet here and there is nice, but will it keep you in budget. I would do any major changes now and just do the basics on all of the other selections. Once you have lived in the home you can see what you may like to change. I would gladly answer any questions or be of any help if I can.
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Old 11-29-2018, 10:43 AM
baustgen baustgen is offline
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We have a Begonia and love it. We did not have design options when we bought. Things I would suggest are golf cart garage, tile in the public areas, expanded lanai and expanded garage. The standard carpet is ok for the guest bedrooms but would suggest upgrading the master. We have the double sliding doors to the lanai.

Things we added after moving in are, stained glass entry roof with side lights, pull down stairs to attic, you will need the storage space. He careful if gets very hot up there. Crown moulding, additional landscaping, automatic attic vent fan. Painted all walls. Standard white is blah. Plantation shutters, shades in the lanai, blinds across the double sliders. Painted garage floor.

To the standard Begonia, the total cost for all the upgrades was about $15K. Take your time. We were in a hurry and probably could have saved some money. Be careful with the door knockers trying to sell all sorts of stuff.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:11 PM
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So, is the general rule of thumb that it is much cheaper to have work done by outside contractors rather than the Developer? e.g., painting, adding crown molding, adding birdcage, adding pull down stairs, etc?

I guess I'd pay a LITTLE bit more for the convenience of having the work done by the Developer, but I wouldn't want to pay a LOT more.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:44 PM
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So, is the general rule of thumb that it is much cheaper to have work done by outside contractors rather than the Developer? e.g., painting, adding crown molding, adding birdcage, adding pull down stairs, etc?

I guess I'd pay a LITTLE bit more for the convenience of having the work done by the Developer, but I wouldn't want to pay a LOT more.
General rule of thumb - yes. In a perfect scenario, you'd be better off getting the basics of everything from the builder and then replace it all with higher grade upgrades after construction. But it's rarely a perfect scenario. Maybe it's not worth it to you to move into a home and then be put through having someone coming in to rip out and replace things like cabinets, counter tops, flooring, etc. Then again, if you can take possession of the home and not move in for a while, maybe there is an opportunity to have those things done and save some money. As others suggested, I would focus more on the structural things that are either difficult or impossible to change after the fact, such as stretches and bigger garage space, and then decide if the things that are a bit easier to change after the fact are worth it to have them done how you want them to start or you prefer to go back and change them later. The truly extra things like backsplashes, moldings, lighting and fans, etc., should be much easier to just not include in the initial design but add/change them later on. Things like attic stairs are a no-brainer. Plenty of companies that will come pop those in for you in no time and at a reasonable price. (That is probably the one thing that makes no sense to me that they don't include already, given the effort and cost, especially in an already upgraded spec home.)
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