What Are The Best Flooring Options For Your New Custom Home?
Typically, homeowners will be given a lump sum budget for floor covering work. It will be up to the homeowner on how they allocate that money. Many customers will purchase upgraded items in the high traffic areas, while using lessor quality products in the low traffic areas.
Beware Of Custom Home Floor Covering Budgets...
Competition in home building is fierce. There are many different home builders in each town/city that want your business. Deciding on what builder to hire can be a difficult task. Many different factors will help you make that decision.
One of those factors is the cost of the home. Let's face it: if you take the same floor plan in to three different builders, and one of them is significantly cheaper than the other two, that might get your attention.
However, why is that one builder so much less expensive? Could it have to do with product allowances? A common trick that builders use to get customers is on material allowances. In the floor covering world, it usually works this way:
A customer is building an expensive custom home. Homes should have flooring that matches the price of that home. The homeowner was given a lump sum flooring budget from the builder. As the homeowner starts to shop, they soon realize the budget for flooring is way too low, and they either have to settle for lessor grade materials, or they end up spending money above their budget for the flooring they want to get.
It is almost impossible for a homeowner to know they have been given an inferior floor covering budget, based on a lump sum number. Home buyers really need to take the time to analyze each budget number, by breaking it down in to square foot pricing.
As a new home buyer, it is always a good idea to take your floor plan in to a store, and have a professional sales person work up some budget numbers for you. This way, you can at least get a good idea on what a good budget number should be for your custom home.
How To Start The Custom Home Shopping Process...
Custom builders usually have floor covering stores they work with. In many cases, the builder will direct a customer to a particular store. However, keep in mind that it is your money. It is your house. You can go wherever you want to go. Just because a builder recommends store ABC, does not mean you are stuck with that store. It could be, the only reason they recommend a certain store, is because they have a financial arrangement with that store, and will get a commission for sending that store customers.
As you start the shopping process, bring the blue prints of the home with you. It makes no sense looking around at product displays, if you have no idea what sort of materials you can afford.
One of the best ways to start, is to call a store (ask to speak with a commercial sales person), and set-up a meeting. Bring in the house blue print. Sit down with the sales person, give them your overall budget, and walk them through what type of material you want in each room of the house. Ask the sales representative to scale out the prints and to put together a budget number.
Once the overall budget number has been established, you can begin the shopping process. In most cases, customers will upgrade in high traffic rooms, and then pick lessor quality materials for those rooms that are going to be used less frequently.
Start the process, room by room, going through the store samples and creating a "maybe pile." Make sure the store sales person is only showing you products that are within your budget. Take samples home with you, use them to match up kitchen cabinets, furniture, paint colors, etc...If you find a winner...great! Move on to the next room. If your maybe pile does not work, start the process all over again.
Keep in mind, picking out floor covering products for an entire home can be exhausting and frustrating work. There have been many family disagreements in the middle of a floor covering store over colors and products.
Don't plan on this process being quick and fast. Selecting materials could take you several trips to the store.
Popular Types Of Custom Home Flooring...
Hardwood Flooring: Many custom homes continue to use hardwood flooring in the main floor area of their home. This would include: hallways, living rooms, kitchens and great rooms. Hardwood flooring comes in both a 3/4" solid form, or in an engineered format. Both types of products are very beautiful and durable. Picking out what type of product you want, comes down to a personal choice. There are no right or wrong products. Each manufacturer has good, better and best products. Simply find a product that you like and that fits your budget.
Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank: Taking the flooring world by storm, luxury vinyl tile & plank is one of the fastest growing products in the market. These products are waterproof, very easy to clean and very durable. They have wonderful looks, colors and styles, and they are suitable for every type of home. Many customers are putting vinyl tile and plank in bathrooms, mudrooms and in living spaces.
Ceramic: Over-sized tiles seem to be the popular trend. Ceramic is used in mudrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. One of the more popular trends for ceramic is in the master bedroom shower. Ceramic walk-in showers are extremely popular and add quite a bit to the value of a home. With all of the options available in ceramic, picking out materials for a shower can either be quite fun, or very exhausting, or both.
Carpet: Carpet continues to be the product king when it comes to bedrooms. While hard surface flooring is growing in popularity, carpet remains the most popular choice for most bedrooms and basements.
Don't forget about these areas of the home:
Kitchen Backsplash: Picking out a color and style of the ceramic to go on your kitchen wall can be a little overwhelming. There are a ton of options, styles and colors. While the area itself is not a lot of square footage, it is an important area of your kitchen.
Fireplace: Many customers forget about their fireplace. In many cases, you will need to put ceramic tile on the wall and on the floor. To save money, some customers use leftover tile from other rooms for this area. Stacked stone is also a popular choice for the walls around fireplaces.
When To Order Custom Home Flooring Materials...
Just when you thought you have everything picked out, and your problems are over, in many cases, it does not work out that way. Products going out of stock, products being back-ordered, products arriving damaged, it can all happen.
Imagine spending 2 weeks picking out a ceramic color for yo