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GoRapids.com Home Design & Trends: How About a Spec Home?

November 25, 2009

Thinking about building a spec home in Wisconsin Rapids for 2010.

Maybe I’ve gone completely crazy!  Some days it seems to make complete sense and other days seems like a gamble that’s too risky.  It started with an idea to make it be a smaller ranch style home between 1300-1600 sq ft with details to showcase Furniture Studio and the difference having a designer involved can make.  The original goal was to have a home that would price out under $249,000.  That still seems to be the price that is selling ($150-220,000)… probably because of the first time home buyer credit, but I’m finding that it’s very difficult to build a house for that price.

Everything that looks good, cost more (Gasp!).

If it happens at all, we are considering adding some green elements like a reclaimed wood floor throughout the main living areas and “No Added Urea Formaldehyde” cabinets in the kitchen.  The reclaimed floor is a white oak that came from the roof of a building in New London, WI.  The No added Urea Formaldehyde is potentially less harmful for people with allergies.

Because the economy plays a huge part in the stress level of everyone’s lives, things that bother us (like cramped closet space or dysfunctional kitchen cabinets) sometimes have to wait until there is job security or A job!

Not sure what the end result will be… so at this point it’s just a dream!

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