Kitchen Upgrades

Well, the latest development in our Upgrades saga is over our Kitchen. K and I had decided that we wanted under valance lighting, as well as a fridge build out/Gable. I had been emailing back and forth with our Interior Decorator at Terra View to get pricing for things (I have a crazy spreadsheet that tabulates all of our costs, tells us the 5% deposit cost, mortgage cost and even the CMHC fees we’d need to pay), and casually mentioned that we wanted these two items.

We were almost too late to get the valance lighting because our electrical rough ins start on Monday. I quickly got a change order signed for that and then asked about the gable. Apparently we were already too late for that because framing had been done on the bulk heads.

This was now almost the third time we’ve been told that we were too late to get things/didn’t know what was standard vs. optional (Shower, Hardwood Stairs, Pot Lights) so I was starting to get angry. I sent a “strongly worded” email that basically said I wasn’t impressed with how things were going because we had been finding out about things by luck. The interior decorator was awesome, and spoke to the site supervisor for us so that we could have our useful cupboards above the fridge. Needless to say, i was very excited for the rest of the day.

If you’re in the market to buy a new build home, make sure you ask for someone to walk you through the model homes and tell you what is standard, what is optional and WHEN you need to decide on these things. It’s probably much easier with a house that isn’t under construction yet! Don’t be afraid to ask questions either! For the longest time K would make me email the Sales Agent every day and I was getting upset because I didn’t want to annoy her. We’re giving these people a crap ton of money, so they should be able to put up with a few months of me being a pain in the ass.

On Saturday I’m going to head over to the model home and try and pick out all the things I want come colour selection time!

2 thoughts on “Kitchen Upgrades”

  1. Hey, I was just wondering how the rest of the process went?? Were you able to get most things sorted out? How was it when all was said and done, and the pre-delivery inspection…? Was there a lot of things that you had to request to be finalized/finished before you got to move in? How was the first little bit living there? We’ve just recently made a new home purchase as well and are in the pre-construction phase, picking out all the features/upgrades…. I found your blog helpful and was hoping you’d post some updates about it… :)
    -Jessica

    1. Hey Jessica,

      The rest of the process was pretty good, there were a few hiccups. They installed the wrong wine rack, and we ended up getting a corner cupboard on one of our top kitchen cabinets instead of whatever comes standard. These were both upgrades that they accidentally put in, so we got to keep them for free (which is kind of nice!). Our pre-delivery inspection was super quick, I just noted a few paint touch ups that needed to be made and a lightbulb that was too orange in one of my fixtures. Everything else was perfect! I think it helped that I peeked in the windows quite often, and they let me come in and see the place as often as I wanted too. Ask your builder if you can make an appointment to see progress!

      Also, make sure you spend A LOT of time in the model homes looking at things you like/don’t like. I swear I almost lived in the model home looking at every little detail and all the different selections. Also think about things that you will want to do to the house eventually, and decide if it’s worth it to just do it now instead. I knew I didn’t want to live in construction mayhem, so we opted to pay for things now rather than wait a couple years and do it ourselves.

      Hope that helps! I probably should have continued with this whole blog series, but who knew buying a house and moving would take up so much of your free time haha! Congrats on your new home purchase!!

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