We are known everywhere for our flexibility and custom capability. Our ability to provide options to the materials and methods described in our standard specification levels is almost too broad to describe.
One way to categorize options is to consider what we call “published options” in contrast to “custom options.” We have pre-engineered and pre-priced many common options. As one example, suppose that over-all you have decided that a level 3 specification works well for you, but you have your heart set on the level 4 vanity faucet. That’s probably something we have already priced, a “published option.” By contrast, suppose that instead of the standard linoleum for the master bathroom in level 3, you would like a unique imported ceramic tile. Assuming we can find a source for this tile, we would develop a special price for this option for consideration by you and your builder, a “custom option.”
Another way to categorize options is to consider the nature of the change from the standard design or specification. It could be an addition to the standard design such as an additional window or door. It could be an addition of a material or feature not included in the standard specification such as a grab bar in a bathroom or a pair of shutters on the rear of a home. It could be an omission of a standard material such as when we offer a credit for not installing standard siding on the home because your builder is going to install brick at the home site. Finally, it could be a substitution of one material for another such as when we install wood plank flooring in a dining room instead of carpet. When we describe a substitution option we usually use the abbreviation “IPO,” meaning “in place of.”
Many materials we use can be found at building supply stores in your area. We want to caution you that it is often difficult to compare the price you see at the store with the price that we will quote through your builder. Most important, we will typically quote an installed price which includes not only the item itself (which we can usually obtain at a wholesale price) but also the cost to order, receive and unpack it, dispose of the packaging, and install it; the cost to provide supports for attaching it, the cost to run piping or wiring if applicable, the cost of any fasteners and sealants not included and some allowance to deal with possible damage. If the item also requires some work or adjustment after delivery, the builder will also add some cost to our estimate.