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How much did you spedn over the brochure price when you purchased new home in Irvine recently?

less than $10,000
5 (11.4%)
$10,000 ~ $20,000
4 (9.1%)
$20,000 ~ $30,000
3 (6.8%)
$30,000 ~ $50,000
5 (11.4%)
more than $50,000
27 (61.4%)

Total Members Voted: 44

Voting closed: November 22, 2014, 12:17:45 PM

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Offline viobruin

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Re: Additional Cost and Options for New Home Purchase
« Reply #195 on: April 25, 2015, 12:57:30 PM »
Has anyone opted for the rain shower option through Irvine Pacific? I've always wanted one and am thinking about doing it through the builder since I believe they'd have to reroute the plumbing through the ceiling. If you have a rain shower through Irvine Pacific, I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments.

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Re: Additional Cost and Options for New Home Purchase
« Reply #196 on: April 25, 2015, 02:07:44 PM »
Questions for TI members who have wood floor for upstairs , do you use interior insulation to reduce the sound of footsteps? Or the noise is ok without insulation between floors?

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Re: Additional Cost and Options for New Home Purchase
« Reply #197 on: April 25, 2015, 05:44:20 PM »
Questions for TI members who have wood floor for upstairs , do you use interior insulation to reduce the sound of footsteps? Or the noise is ok without insulation between floors?

For 2nd floor hardwood flooring, you'll need cork sheet, cork underlayment for sound insulation and noise reduction.

Hardwood flooring on 2nd floor is very unforgiving and it is banned in some condos due to noise issue.  Interior insulation will help a little but cork sheet will make the biggest improvement for sound insulation and vibration reduction. 

The cork sheet are not very expensive and come with different thickness.  Here's an example 1/4" thick one from HD.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-200-sq-ft-1-4-in-Cork-Underlayment-Roll-72000Q/100645274

They are other types of underlayment available for sound insulation such as shredded rubber mat.  It has even higher sound reduction property but also more expensive.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005TUI5CG/?tag=nhte-20
« Last Edit: April 25, 2015, 06:21:25 PM by lnc »

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Offline Calisun

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Re: Additional Cost and Options for New Home Purchase
« Reply #198 on: April 25, 2015, 08:00:10 PM »
Questions for TI members who have wood floor for upstairs , do you use interior insulation to reduce the sound of footsteps? Or the noise is ok without insulation between floors?

For 2nd floor hardwood flooring, you'll need cork sheet, cork underlayment for sound insulation and noise reduction.

Hardwood flooring on 2nd floor is very unforgiving and it is banned in some condos due to noise issue.  Interior insulation will help a little but cork sheet will make the biggest improvement for sound insulation and vibration reduction. 

The cork sheet are not very expensive and come with different thickness.  Here's an example 1/4" thick one from HD.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-200-sq-ft-1-4-in-Cork-Underlayment-Roll-72000Q/100645274

They are other types of underlayment available for sound insulation such as shredded rubber mat.  It has even higher sound reduction property but also more expensive.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005TUI5CG/?tag=nhte-20

If having builder to do hardwood flooring on 2nd floor, will they put similar underlayment?

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Re: Additional Cost and Options for New Home Purchase
« Reply #199 on: April 26, 2015, 05:15:25 PM »
If having builder to do hardwood flooring on 2nd floor, will they put similar underlayment?

I've no idea.

One thing I know for sure is that builder definitely install some darn good underlayment in their model homes.  Hardwood flooring at 2nd floor will never be as quite as the carpet but all the hardwood flooring in the upstairs of the model home are very close.  Next time you visit a model home with hardwood flooring at 2nd floor, stay at first floor and see if you can hear any noise, vibration, and footstep etc coming from above.

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