I'm in a preconstruction phase for a condo to be finished late next
year. Within a week or so I'll be called in to select my options.
For flooring I do know I will have basic hardwood flooring options +
bamboo, though I am not privy to the cost until the selection meeting.
Having seen it installed in other condos I really like the bamboo
look. Now I'm just wondering if I should go thru the builder or have
it installed after the fact. The place will be in downtown San Diego,
so the labor cost should be sky high. Also the HOA rules dictate a
STC rating of 50 between flooring, not sure if this is a great feat to
accomplish. Looking online I see bamboo flooring is roughly $4/sqft,
guestimating maybe $10/sqft total with install? This is to cover
approx. 600 sqft = $6000. Does this seem in the ballpark?
Also any idea what the extra incurred cost would be to have the
carpets ripped out... which I may very well do if the builder gouges?
Would this be a difficult and/or time consuming DIY project?
I suspect you are going to end up paying for two floors if you don't
have the builder do it. Most local regulations require finished floors in
place before you close on your home. I doubt if you will save money by not
letting the builder do the work.
I'm aware of that, that's what I wrote "Also any idea what the extra
incurred cost would be to have the carpets ripped out... which I may
very well do if the builder gouges?"
You might be surprised. The builder makes a profit on upgrades. The
upcharge for basic appliances can be 30-50% from what I've seen. Also
consider on basic finishings they save money on bulk materials/labor
In any case, with a couple hours more research I think I've found my
Thx for the response.
That's not far off for local work, but seeing as I'm 2,300 miles from
your area it may have no bearing at all. And it's nowhere near as
accurate as calling your local installers and asking for a quote.
Bamboo flooring wouldn't be difficult or time consuming for me. I
have no idea what your skill set is or what tools you own or are
familiar with, so I can't give you an answer that fits you.
Not a difficult job at all. Be sure to check the cost first as the builder
is buying in bulk, has experienced labor already on site, and has easier
methods of getting the stuff to the room other than lugging it yourself. He
also carries some burden for a faulty installation that you'd have to bear
If you do decide to do it yourself, a cheap miter saw and a few hand tools
is all you need.
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