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Old 11-30-2018, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
I just finished building my second home...and I mean that I built it. I personally did the plumbing, electrical, wooden partitions, sheetrock, ceiling, lights, windows, doors, bathroom showers, tile, kitchen cabinets, etc...
So maybe I can help but I don't know what you are asking specifically.

Generally speaking, most people who hire a contractor to build a new home make electrical mistakes.
One mistake is not installing enough light fixtures, overhead ceiling fan boxes/lights in every bedroom and outlets. I can't tell you how many new homes are built without overhead light fixtures in the bedrooms and main living areas. The electrical contractor makes a killing charging extra for each fixture so the owners pass and later regret it.
Also...three way switches to control lighting are nice to have...even in small rooms. It's also nice to have your bottom outlets controlled with a wall switch. This is nice for Christmas decorations, entertainment center lights, etc...
Also, make sure they install 12 gauge wire to all outlets so you can put in a 20 amp outlet wherever you choose in the future. The electrician will bitch but believe me...you want to win this argument.
Also....now is the time to install a Central Vac system. They are very nice and are easy for new construction.
Hmmm....let me think.....make sure the sheetrock guys don't rip out insulation that gets in their way. I have seen this done.
Make sure you plumb your garage with water and drains. You will thank me later.
Speaking of garage...make sure to run a sub panel out there so you can install workshop outlets. Again..all outlets should be 20A with one 220V outlet
I'm sure I can think of more later....
Oh yeah....did I mention to install ample lighting outlets!
14 gauge and 15 amp breakers will pop with anything decent sized, like a carpet cleaner
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Old 11-30-2018, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
Make sure the footers are poured correctly
This^^^^^
Never skimp on the foundation, concrete nor rebar. Continuous pour or core fill where potentially necessary.
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Squid Chum View Post
This^^^^^
Never skimp on the foundation, concrete nor rebar. Continuous pour or core fill where potentially necessary.
throw some 20mil Stego wrap in there while you’re at it
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:11 PM
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Make sure drywallers mud top of walls around ceiling by hand with premud before taping with wet mud. I've seen so many homes with tape coming loose around ceiling. No auto tapers or premud tapers. Pain in the ass to fix but if you do I got the trick. Make sure they glue drywall to studs. Glue floor plywood. Insulation between bedrooms or rooms where you may not want noise transfer. Like your bedroom and the kids lol. Kitchen/bathroom counter walls need to have near perfect framing. Wiring for flat tvs.
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Liveactionfishing View Post


throw some 20mil Stego wrap in there while you’re at it
On Point!
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Knight View Post
mud top of walls around ceiling by hand with premud before taping with wet mud.

glue drywall to studs.

Glue floor plywood.

Insulation between bedrooms or rooms where you may not want noise transfer.
10-4, not as concerned about top of walls, i deleted all the crown moulding costs from the build, & will be doing crown throughout on my own after closing

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20mil Stego wrap
i'll ask about a foundation vapor barrier, thanks!

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14 gauge and 15 amp breakers will pop with anything decent sized, like a carpet cleaner
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I don't like a contractor tell me they cannot build but a 20' x 20' garage--with no changes. That's not the kind of guy I want to work with.
agree 100%, it's not the builder, it's the city & the HOA's ARB along with my specific lot. it's adjacent to wetlands, and has protected trees. i don't even know if the ARB would allow an atypically larger garage, nor if it would fit to get city permitting. i have asked though for the builder to add 5' to depth & 3' to length, so waiting to hear back about feasibility & cost on that

edit: well, the enlarged garage is out

$410 for the grill outlet
$840 for a 10' x 14' concrete patio
$1,040 for a subpanel in the garage
$250 additional conduit pipe to attic
$455 hose bib on garage

still to be determined:
20A / 12ga / double-gang all outlets
generator transfer switch with exterior generator plug

everything else was either a no-go or out of budget

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Old 05-09-2019, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by chevyrulz View Post
10-4, not as concerned about top of walls, i deleted all the crown moulding costs from the build, & will be doing crown throughout on my own after closing

i'll ask about a foundation vapor barrier, thanks!

10-4 thanks!

agree 100%, it's not the builder, it's the city & the HOA's ARB along with my specific lot. it's adjacent to wetlands, and has protected trees. i don't even know if the ARB would allow an atypically larger garage, nor if it would fit to get city permitting. i have asked though for the builder to add 5' to depth & 3' to length, so waiting to hear back about feasibility & cost on that

edit: well, the enlarged garage is out

$410 for the grill outlet
$840 for a 10' x 14' concrete patio
$1,040 for a subpanel in the garage
$250 additional conduit pipe to attic
$455 hose bib on garage

still to be determined:
20A / 12ga / double-gang all outlets
generator transfer switch with exterior generator plug

everything else was either a no-go or out of budget
Hi, Building custom home now. Upgrade to quad outlets was quoted at $30 per outlet. Seems kinda high to me. Running C-6 cable to 5 TV locations - $195. Many upgrades seem high to me. Ours is a 3200 heated, 2 x 6 with 5,000 total. Upgraded oversize garage (4' extra deep with golf cart garage added - $12,500). Total cost quoted $562k, not including lot.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:49 AM
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Try the florida keys...costs $400psf and above..for high end..yes...for better builder..yes..
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