Saturday, April 14, 2012

Changes & Upgrades

I thought some of you may be curious about changes and upgrades we made to the home.  With Wayne Homes, it seems like the possibilities are endless.  They were willing to do whatever we wanted, but the budget frequently knocked us back into reality.

Again, we chose the Litchfield Tradition Elevation.

  • Tradition Elevation
  • Stone instead of Brick
  • Stone wrap on sides of home
  • 1/2" OSB on roof
  • Extra layer of ice guard on roof
  • OSB exterior wall sheating (instead of DOW)
  • No shutters on front windows - The far left one will be a 3.5" white trim and the one next to it will have a stone border
  • 18'x8' garage door instead of standard 16'x7'
  • Paint the front door and sidelights a dark gray
  • Full basement (no crawl spaces) - This was part of our incentive package
  • 9' ceilings
  • Alternate office layout - move door opening to other wall and add a closet, making it technically a 4th bedroom
  • Floor drain in garage
  • Maple vanity cabinets
  • Greenboard walls
  • Level 4 vinyl floors
  • Quartz countertops with undermount porcelain sinks
  • Double vanity in master bath
  • Add pocket door separating master closets from master bathroom
  • 48" shower in master bath instead of 36"
  • Change all fixtures & accessories to brushed nickel
  • Credit for mirrors - I will get framed mirrors instead.
  • Maple cabinets
  • Quartz countertops with undermount sink
  • Electric range instead of gas
  • Garbage disposal
  • Wire for microwave range hood
  • Remove eating ledge on great room side - will cap off with piece of quartz
Laundry Room
  • 3 upper cabinets - white
  • Sink with cabinet
  • Level 4 vinyl
  • Changed linen closet to coat closet
Great Room
  • Gas fireplace with granite front - This was part of our incentive package
  • 8 lb. Stainmaster carpet padding
  • Wire for ceiling fan
  • 8 lb. Stainmaster carpet padding
  • Privacy locks on all bedrooms
  • Wire for ceiling fans
  • Add cable outlets
Other Changes
  • Smooth Ceilings
  • All exterior and interior door handles changed to brushed nickel levers (instead of normal round knobs)
  • White outlets and switches
  • Whole house surge protector
  • Add deadbolts to front door and garage service door
  • Sewer back-flow preventer valve
  • Level 3 Tile in Foyer
  • Rough in 3/4 bath in basement
  • Plumb for water softner

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  1. Tara, thanks for the blog and posts. I don't expect you to post any financials here, but I am curious how much you spent in upgrades over the base price. If you don't mind sharing but don't want to post it, you can shoot me an email.

    Keep the posts coming!

  2. We are also looking into the Litchfield model and a lot of the upgrades you did. I am also interested in how much more you had to pay.

    1. Can you shoot me an email at The blogger friend connect won't let me private message you.

  3. i am very very interested in your price per say of

    we are looking to build in the Akron area as well