Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Carlsbad Homes - New Construction Flooring Decisions

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Carlsbad Homes - New Construction Flooring Decisions

 Buyers in the Carlsbad real estate market have a variety of options regarding their housing. They can choose to buy either one of the hundreds of resales or new construction. And within the resale category particularly, one can choose between attached and detached homes, condos or single family residences, and single level or multistory. And there are some larger mid-rise building around that offers condo as well.

Buying new construction in this area seems to be popular, and some do this every few years (perhaps that may sift a bit with the correcting market). Home builders here offer a broad range of style and options, as well as a selection of upgrades in new homes.

Flooring is one of the most expensive options that buyers need to consider, unless they decide to let the builder just include the standard. Most don't do that. The options for flooring here in California range from hard wood in dozens of styles, colors, finishes, and types of wood (as is popular in many other parts of the country, such as New England where it was the most common type of flooring), carpets (in practically limitless styles, colors, piles, materials - sisal, silk, wool, synthetic - and patterns) to marble, travertine, limestone, man-made stone, brick, ceramic or porcelain tile, cork, terra cotta, and dramatic combinations of these, sometimes incorporating wood.

 Popular woods include bamboo (although some say this is losing popularity because it can scratch easily and may warp), Brazilian cherry or oak, pecan, oak, rosewood, maple, hickory, alder and teak. You really are only limited by your budget and what the builder is willing to do for the cost. And then you must decide on the widths of the planks, the manner in which it is laid, the pattern and the finish. Perhaps you want it distressed as well?

It is common in many of the new homes being built for buyers to select flooring that adds $30,000 to $75,000 to the cost of the home, or more in the true custom homes.

Stone (such as marble, limestone, slate and travertine) also comes in a dazzling array of colors, sizes, and finishes, and with costs ranging from a few dollars a square foot to over $100 for rare woods and antique stones. Combing different types and patterns or laying stone in diagonal or other complex lines can add considerably to the finishing costs.

When choosing a floor type it is also important to consider the care and maintenance costs and effort. Some wear better than others, or require less care. Some surfaces needs to be sealed, especially in kitchens and baths. And some surfaces are better used in certain rooms than others - one would not, for example, carpet a kitchen.

It seems that more and more is offered in the way of flooring to meet with buyers' increasing demands for uniqueness and a desire for making a design statement. And upgraded flooring is so often an important part of resale value and in the marketing of those homes due to buyer desires.

Of course, it you purchase a resale Carlsbad home you have the option of making changes to the flooring, as many do, especially when the homes are older and have dated carpet, tile, and linoleum.

So do your research in advance. Think about the kinds of flooring you would like to have and visit at least one store that can give you a broad brush view of your options and pricing. Regal Flooring in Carlsbad (their website is new with little information - your best bet is to visit in person) is one such store. That way you will have a good idea of the types of floors you like and the potential range of costs.  It would be unwise to start making selections with builder without having a good idea of the costs, especially if you elect to do upgrades that you will have to pay for.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsJeff Dowler CRS • October 07 2007 05:14PM


Hi Jeff - I really liked the first one with the slate/wood edges. Very nice!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 8 years ago

Thanks, Linda. Some of the flooring possiblities I have seen are truly amazing...and expensive. Buyers have almost unlimited choices. Back in the Boston area, most people just were interested in hardwood and carpet (or tile in the baths) except in high-end properties.


Posted by Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago
Jeff, here in the Fort Worth area the going thing in high end homes is something called "scraped hardwoods". I've not figured out yet why people pay (a lot) for the distressed look. I say just put a couple little kids with roller skates on the floor for a few hours and it's done!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 8 years ago
Great. Now I want new flooring... Thanks a Jeff!
Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 8 years ago

Linda - haha. Yeah, I could distress some wood pretty quickly in a variety of ways. It's been interesting to watch how flooring options (and others) have changed in the last couple of years in the design industry.


Posted by Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Lisa - LOL. So go get it. You have nothing but option decisions and $ standing in your way.


Posted by Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Jeff when I visit Open Houses the flooring is the first thing that catches my eye and that immediately impacts my opinion of the house.  This is major for me because it sets the tone as to how I am going to view the rest of the house.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) almost 8 years ago

Interesting that you should mention that, George. It is one thing that always hits me right away too. Some people foucs on the paint colors on the walls, but it seems that flooring really hits home (bad pun) with a lot of folks. I hear comments about the flooring, both good and bad, from buyers all the time.


Posted by Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Jeff - Excellent topic and post.  Floors choices are so important. Floors can really "date" a home.  It's a shame that the style wears out before the floors do!  It's a big expense, so choosing wisely is a big step. 

I had to chuckle when I saw the first photo in your slideshow of wood and slate.  I took a buyer to a home that had that same flooring in the living room.  Huge expense, bad effect.  It shrank and darkened the room terribly.  The floor was so busy, we couldn't wait to get out of that room.  The home had not been staged, so the floor just jumped up and hit us in the face.  We both commented that it was such a shame they'd spent so much money on "that" floor.  I do think that in the right place, it would have been beautiful, it just didn't work in that particular room.  Good lessson to choose carefully--you'll be living with it for a long time.

Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Marlene - such a good point. I think some flooring options I have seen, or floors that have been selected really do not compliment the home and create more issues than they solve, as you mention. Plus you have the issue of resale - not everyone is going to like that custom floor (like some of those in the show). And they are not an easy or inexpensive thing to alter like paint.


Posted by Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago