Taylor Wimpey - talk to me about the standard vs upgrade options

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buttons33 Tue 21-Aug-12 12:05:51

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IrrationalFear Tue 21-Aug-12 15:04:49

Can't tell you about Taylor Wimpey but we have the same decision to make with a new Shanly home. Kinda just wish it was already done!

buttons33 Tue 21-Aug-12 15:11:00

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IrrationalFear Tue 21-Aug-12 15:16:46

Standard is a stone creamy coloured work top, white gloss units which are beautiful. But stupid decisions over splash backs or tiles, door handles and sink taps!

buttons33 Tue 21-Aug-12 15:18:50

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I have the white gloss from TW, it's very nice. We also went with the high gloss floor tiles for the kitchen which I love, and the ceramic hob (which is ok, but not as good as my old one).

We chose the mid range carpets instead of the included ones, and they are lovely, really thick and squishy.

The outside light is a pain in the neck - the option we picked was a switch only one, but they stopped doing it and put a sensor one in and it turns on all the blinking time (or it did, until I disconnected it). We didn't have the fridge/freezer/washing machine integrated but we did get the double oven and dishwasher and I'm happy with both.

If you haven't already, I'd go with getting the extra tv aerial/phone sockets put in - we didn't and I regret it a bit now as I have to get someone out to do it. You'll still have to get someone to put the actual aerial in, but it's less work if the sockets are all done. We also had the shower put in the main bathroom and the extra tiling done - I priced it up with my bil who is a tiler and it was close enough to his cost to make it worth having.

We didn't get the garden done - you get a paving stone path around the outside of the house anyway, so we are leaving the garden & patio for now and will do over the winter. The neighbours had turf laid and it has died already!

Anything specific you want to know, just give me a shout

buttons33 Tue 21-Aug-12 16:44:29

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Wasn't much for the standard, much preferred the white gloss (I also liked the red but DH didn't). We have the dark worktop with an upstand, so no tiling in kitchen apart from floor. I have put a picture of one side of it on my profile.

Fencing is ok - ours was all included though, as were the fitted wardrobes in the master bed, so it might be worth double checking with your sales office.

Extra tiling in WC - we didn't bother with this. The extra shower was worth it for us as DS likes showers and I didn't want any excuses for kids starting to use our bathroom!

As far as the turf goes, this is about the last thing that's done before you move in - when are you expecting the house to be ready? I'd really reconsider if you are looking at Dec/Jan time - the chances of frost are fairly high depending on where you are, which is not great for new grass.

What style house have you gone for, out of interest?

buttons33 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:30:56

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do you get to go and see example kitchens, or do you just have some samples in the sales office? That's what we had, along with the show house (which had the oak doors and granite work top, which looked very nice but I didn't fancy it).

v stingy of them to charge you for fences etc, imo. Ours had carpets/vinyl included, so we only had to pay the difference to upgrade - I know you said you were getting your carpets from elsewhere, but do they usually include them? If so, I'd ask for the fencing and wardrobes instead, maybe?

Most of the tiles were really nice, they were all Porcelanosa and we found three different ones we liked, so we had one lot in the cloakroom, my favourites in the en suite and the others in the bathroom. I had the vinyl floor in the en suite and bathroom too, and that's fine, it cleans up nicely.

buttons33 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:55:38

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IrrationalFear Tue 21-Aug-12 19:05:52

Shanly homes dont seem too bad actually. They are including carpets, laminate, the patio, fitted wardrobes, bathroom mirrors and burglar alarm. A bit jel you get your stamp duty paid, we'd love to save that extra £15k!

buttons33 Tue 21-Aug-12 19:29:09

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IrrationalFear Tue 21-Aug-12 20:43:50

That's much much more appealing. Unfortunately we're paying absurd London prices.

Mum2Fergus Wed 22-Aug-12 09:15:52

Hate to rain on parades but just for awareness...we've been in a TW new build since May 2010 and (along with 6 neighbours that Im aware of) have had nothing but issues. Plumbing is all to pot and have had 3 visits from emergency plumber, no drainage in garden, development not completed as per original plans, no winter salt provision ( Dec 10 we were all stranded for 7 days, eventually had to club together and hire a plough), all but roughly 40cms of guttering fell off. Final straw now is that apparently my and neighbours house were put up without planning permission! Local MP is now on the case alongside several lawyers. In short will never have any dealings with them again.

IrrationalFear Wed 22-Aug-12 13:48:48

Mum2, I haven't bought a TW property I have bought a Shanly new build and to be honest your post is the reason why. My uncle bought a TW property and the over head shower head fell on his baby when she was in the bath as it wasn't screwed in properly, they've also had sewage problems and their extractor fan wasn't vented. I feel for you sad

Mum2Fergus Wed 22-Aug-12 16:41:30

Apologies IF, Ive misread the thread...

MousyMouse Wed 22-Aug-12 20:51:26

wrt to the showe over bath. please check if the tub is suitable for that. we have lived in a newbuild were it wasn't, they had put a wobbly plastic tub in...

buttons33 Thu 23-Aug-12 00:51:48

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on the other hand buttons ours has been fine. Some window handles were a bit dodgy but they replaced them they day I pointed it out, and one extractor fan was wired up incorrectly, which took 5 mins for them to fix.

Yes, there are lots of cracks appearing in the walls etc but they are to be expected, as the house is settling, and yes, if you leave the windows open everything is coated in dust as they are still building, but those are minor issues, so not all new builds are terrible.

minibmw2010 Thu 23-Aug-12 16:16:41

We have a TW house, 7 yrs old at Xmas, kitchen still looks good. We have cream Matt units, is go for white gloss, gloss easier to clean than Matt. We also have a cream tiled floor, nightmare to keep clean with a 15 nth DS, so I'd go for a darker floor. smile

buttons33 Thu 23-Aug-12 16:17:00

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minibmw2010 Thu 23-Aug-12 16:17:35

Also, ours was the upgrade kitchen, TW put £6k of extras in as they wanted the sale to go through quickly smile

buttons33 Thu 23-Aug-12 16:45:42

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minibmw2010 Thu 23-Aug-12 18:02:59

No, the cream Matt is perfectly nice and still looks good nearly 7 years on, our next door neighbour had the white ones with grooves and that was nice too, I just think the white gloss would be very nice and a bit 'smarter'. What I would spend extra on is the appliances, we were given white ones and stainless steel looks better with the cream units.

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