Section I - General Information
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One-and-a-half story: master on first floor, secondary bedrooms up
Two-story: master and secondary bedrooms up
Reverse story-and-a-half: master on first floor, secondary bedrooms in basement, no 2nd floor
Ranch: master and secondary bedrooms on first floor
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Second Floor Square Feet:.
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Finished Basement Square Feet:
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A basic basement finish would include trim, carpet, tile, painting, etc. consistent with secondary areas within your home (like non-master bedroom and bathrooms).
A higher level of basement finish would be characterized by trim, carpet, tile, etc. consistent with the primary main-level living spaces (like your kitchen, main living room, and master bedroom & bathroom) of your home.
Section II – Exterior Finish and Window & Door Preferences
An elastomeric finish on stucco integrates a polymer with the finish coat of stucco to span the hairline cracks that are inevitable when the stucco expands and contracts.
Windows & Exterior Door Mfg'er:
Section III – Mechanicals and Fixture Preferences
Standard heating & cooling equipment includes 92%-efficient furnaces, 13-seer air conditioners, humidifiers, and upgraded filters.
Upgraded efficiency would include going to 95%-efficient furnaces, heat pumps, and energy recovery ventilators.
Specialty equipment would include ground source heat pump (geo-thermal).
Plumbing Fixture Quality:
Includes sink & tub faucets, showerheads, toilets, sinks, and tubs. Standard grade fixtures would be Delta or Moen, for example. High grade would be Kohler or Grohe, for example.
Lighting Fixture Quality:
Section IV – Appliance, Cabinet and Counter Top Preferences
A basic appliance package would include brands such as GE Profile or GE Monogram, Jenn-Air, etc.
A professional appliance package would include brands such as Thermador, Viking, Wolf, Sub-zero, etc.
Standard cabinets are custom-made cabinets assembled with quality joinery, 5/4 doors, euro hinges, utilize standard door/drawer styles & profiles, and include ball-bearing drawer glides. The kitchen cabinets would be made out of a stainable birch or similar-quality wood species. The quality of the kitchen cabinets is a notch above that of cabinets throughout the remainder of the house.
High-end cabinets add soft-closing drawers and doors, dovetail drawer construction, undermount drawer glides, custom door/drawer styles & custom profiles and the quality is generally higher across all of the cabinets in the house, not just the kitchen. As well, upgraded wood species (cherry, alder, walnut, etc.) are used for the kitchen and other key locations.
A standard counter top package would include (non-exotic) granite in the kitchen, master bathroom, and formal powder room. Elsewhere, a solid surface product would be used.
A high-end counter top package would include higher-category granite in the kitchen, master bathroom, and formal powder room. Elsewhere, a standard-category (non-exotic) granite or quartz product would be used.
Section V – Low Voltage Preferences
Telephone, Cable & Network:
Standard security includes use of motion sensors, door sensors, and glass break detectors for whole-house intrusion coverage.
Advanced security adds security cameras, integrated fire & carbon monoxide detectors, etc.
Standard A/V includes wiring of key locations for audio. It includes no additional video features beyond cable at appropriate locations throughout the house.
Moderate A/V includes standard features, plus the addition of pre-wiring the house to "future proof" it for adding functionality later. It also includes activation of distributed audio and distributed video to key locations.
Advanced A/V includes fully functioning, distributed audio and video throughout the house.
Standard home theater pre-wiring only.
Moderate home theater quality includes designating a dedicated area as your home theater and utilizing standard components.
Advanced home theater quality includes designating a dedicated area as your home theater and utilizing high-end components.
Adding a controlled lighting solution to your home allows you to replace traditional light switches with "smart" switches or "lighting scene control" switches. A lighting control solution, in addition to giving you functionality to set lighting scenes throughout your house, allows you to eliminate confusing (and unsightly) banks of numerous individual switches.
Standard controlled lighting functionality includes utilizing the technology for key areas of your home.
Advanced controlled lighting functionality includes utilizing the technology throughout your home.
Each of the above technologies function independently of each other, and they each have their own points of control. A home automation solution ties all of them together so you can control all of these technologies from a common, single location.
Standard home automation provides for basic automation of tasks. For instance, with the push of a "bed time scene" button, the security system is armed and outdoor lights are turned on.
Advanced home automation ties all of these technologies together for a full-functioning automation. For instance, with the push of a "bed time scene" button, the system would be programmed to activate your security system, close your garage door, reduce your thermostat, turn on outdoor lighting, turn off all interior lighting except for bedrooms, and turn off any active iPods, televisions, stereos, etc. It would also provide access and control to your home's systems from a remote location via your cell phone or via the internet.
Roughing in for central vacuum provides the piping for the system but stops there. No vacuum machine unit/canister or attachments are purchased.
Fully functioning central vacuum adds installation of the vacuum maching unit/canister and adds attachments (hoses, etc.)
Section VI – Fireplaces and Interior Decor
Trim package includes base board, window & door casing, crown moulding, interior doors, built-in shelving, etc.
A standard trim package includes solid-core doors, standard-profile base & casing, use of larger base & casing on the main level only, some crown moulding -- all of which is paint-grade.
A "standard plus" trim package would be characterized by use of non-standard trim profiles, more use of crown moulding, hardwood trim on the main level, built-ins and custom closet shelving configurations.
A high-end trim package would be characterized by use of built-up trim profiles, larger trim on all floors, and use of exotic hardwoods in certain areas.
A standard painting package would include priming and single-coating of paint, and an upcharge if you select more than 3 different interior paint colors.
A "standard plus" painting package would include an additional coat of paint and "hot patching" on trim for a perfectly smooth trim finish.
A high-end painting package would include numerous "faux" painting applications and specialty painting treatments like glazing or distressing.
A standard floor covering package would include hardwood on most of the main level; carpet in the master, 2nd floor, and basement; tile in the bathrooms and laundry room. From a quality perspective, the hardwood would be of standard-width and wood species, the carpet would, on average, be medium-grade, and the tile would be porcelain in basic lay patterns.
A "standard plus" floor covering package would include upgraded carpet quality, use of wide-plank hardwood flooring on the main level (still a standard wood species) and stone (travertine, marble, etc.) instead of tile in the master bathroom.
A high-end floor covering package would include stone (travertine, marble, etc.) in place of tile or wood in other locations (like the front entry, dining room, etc.). Hardwood would be an upgraded wood species (cherry, hickory, etc.) and wide, carpet would, on average, be high-grade, and tile and stone lay patterns would be more intricate.
A standard wall covering package would include paint for most wall surfaces. Tiled wall surfaces would include kitchen backsplash, master bath tub surround, master bath shower, and secondary bath tub/shower surrounds. The tile would be porcelain in basic lay patterns.
A high-end wall covering package would be characterized by use of stone (travertine, marble, etc.) in place of tile in primary locations, and use of wallpaper instead of paint. Tile and stone lay patterns would be more intricate.
Shower Doors and Mirrors:
A standard wall shower door & mirror package would include a framless, 3/8"-thick shower door in the master, framed, 1/4"-thick shower doors in secondary bathrooms, a framed mirror in the formal powder bathroom, and plate glass mirrors in all other bathrooms
A high-end shower door & mirror package would be characterized by adding a frameless, 3/8"-thick shower door to the guest bathroom and utilizing framed mirrors instead of plate glass mirrors more extensively in secondary bathrooms.
Section VII – Landscaping and Retainage
A standard landscape package would include basic plantings at key locations, bluegrass and fescue mix for your sod, basic sprinkler system, a couple of new trees, and low-voltage lighting of your main walkway to your front door.
A "standard plus" landscape package would include more extensive plantings, landscape beds and berms, specialized landscape bed watering zones in your sprinkler system, an all-fescue sodded lawn, and more trees.
A high-end landscape package would include numerous new trees, landscape lighting beyond just main walkway lighting, and definition of at least one "outdoor space" (via use of decorative retaining walls, stone- or brick-overlayed patio, an outdoor fire pit, etc.).
The need for retaining walls is typically driven by the geography of your lot.
A totally flat lot will require no retainage.
A lot that is a daylight or walk-out lot will require a moderate number of retaining walls.
A steep or heavily rolling lot will require extensive retainage.
Section VIII – Miscellaneous
How involved do you plan a professional decorator to be?
Do you plan to have an indoor sports court?
Do you plan to have dedicated wine cellar?
Do you plan to have an outdoor swimming pool?
Size of Outdoor Kitchen-Lanai:
If you plan to have an outdoor kitchen or lanai, select the dimensions that most closely match the planned size.
If you plan to have an outdoor deck (in addtion to, or independent of an outdoor kitchen or lanai), select the dimensions that most closely match the planned size.
If your lot is such that you plan for you house to sit well away from the street, answer "Yes" here. A typical driveway is under 75 feet long.
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