New House Update: Smart Bathroom Choices
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Hi everyone! This is the second in a series of making smart money choices when building a house. Be sure to read the first post from last week, all about making smart choices in the kitchen.
This week at the design center, we focused on bathrooms. Luckily, bathroom choices are not quite as dizzying as kitchens, but there were still a number of options to go through and some of them were crazily priced.
Okay, so we’re going to focus on the 5 upgrades the design center offers that you’re better off doing yourself.
#1) Cupboard over the toilet. See that cupboard over the toilet? That’s not standard. To add that is $260 per bathroom. The bathrooms already come with so many cupboards and Pinterest is full of ideas for decorating over the toilet. I don’t want to pay interest for 30 years on an extra cabinet above the toilet.
#2) Cabinets under the sink. The second bath in our new house has an extended countertop, which is nice. However, that countertop doesn’t include cabinets the whole way across. It has an opening. The builder calls it “knee space”. I call it “cheap-o fake vanity”. But, there are options: trash cans, laundry hampers, small seat, curtains, shelves, etc. You can definitely find something to do with the space. By not having the second cabinet, you’re saving at least $400.
#3) Upgraded towelbars & toilet paper holders. Yes, every builder since 1965 uses the same ugly, boxy, chrome towelbars. There is no option to not have a towelbar installed, sadly. The upgrade isn’t cheap either. $80 per bathroom. Seriously. And the upgrade offered is the same towelbar we purchased for our old house last year for around $20.
#4) Tile surrounds. Some people like tile. Personally, I hate it. I will admit that some of the more decorative tile surrounds look nice, especially around the master bathroom tub, but that tile will run you over $1,000 instead of just getting the marble, which has no extra charge.
#5) Upgraded faucets and showerheads. Let’s be honest, the builder grade faucets and shower heads are about as ugly as they come. But the price to upgrade each and every one is a lot and to be honest, the choices are kind of limited. I know that what I want in the kid’s shower isn’t available from the builder. Instead, we’re getting the crumby builder-grade faucets and replacing them ourselves as they go on sale. It’s not a whole lot of work in exchange for the savings.
I hope this guide helps you when building your dream home. If you have any tips and tricks for not going overboard when building a house, I’d love to read them in the comments below.
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