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How are these for base inclusions? What would you upgrade?

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We are building with a builder that comes with a set of base inclusions, but we have the option to upgrade most of them. We aren't sure what inclusions are enough and what is necessary. This is for a ~2700 square foot home in southwestern PA. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.


  • French Drain: 4" drain piping installed beside footer with gravel and fabric paper
  • Foundation walls: 9' Basement + First Floor, 8' Second Floor
  • Waterproofing: Tuff-n-Dri membrane is sprayed on exterior concrete walls


  • Treated 2x6 installed on top of concrete wall
  • Floor Joist: 2x10 on 1st and 2nd floor
  • Subfloor: 3/4 T&G OSB attached with construction adhesive and coated nails
  • Walls 2x4 - 16" on center interior and exterior
  • Exterior Walls: 1" foam and taped joints


  • Alside Odyssey Plus Vinyl siding
  • 5" Dutch Lap


  • Sheathing: 7/16" OSB Exterior Grade
  • Underlayment: 30lb felt w/ 1 row of ice & water shield
  • Flashing: Aluminum
  • Shingles: IKO Cambridge 30-year architectural shingles

Gutters & Downspouts

  • Gutters: Seamless Aluminum
  • Downspouts: Aluminum connected to Drywell or Sump Pit

Exterior Soffit & Facia

  • Soffit: Vinyl or Aluminum
  • Facia: Aluminum


  • Make: Silverline V1 Single-Hung Vinyl Windows with Low-E glass- White w/ Grills between glass
  • Screens: 1/2" Nylon

Exterior Doors

  • Front: 36" x 6'8" Thermo-True, Fiberglass
  • 6' Vinyl Siding Door in Eat-In/Kitchen Area


  • Water Heater: 65 Gallon Water Heater, Hybrid Heat Pump
  • 5'8" Pex Main line and 1/2" Pex branches for water
  • Hose bibs in Front, Rear, Garage


  • Furnace: 96% Rheem Forced Air, 2-stage, size by heating contractor
  • AC: SEER 16 Rheem, 2-stage, size by heating contractor
  • 2 Zones (Basement + First Floor, Second Floor)
  • Exhaust: All baths vented to exterior


  • 200 Amp, 40 unit service/panel
  • Standard Outlets to code
  • 220 Outlets to kitchen, dryer, garage
  • Exterior outlets at each door.
  • Cat6 & Coax to all bedrooms, basement, and family room


  • Exterior Walls: R-15 Fiberglass Batts of conditioned space + R-5 Foam board.
  • Ceiling: R-38 Blown Fiberglass of conditioned space
  • Basement/Foundation Walls: R-11 Blanket Fbberglass of conditioned space
  • Garage Ceiling: R-30

Interior Trim

  • Door: 30" Solid Core Interior Doors
  • Baseboard: 3" MDF on 1st & Second floors
  • Windows: Drywall returns on inside with Sill & Apron only


  • Ceramic tile: All full baths floors and laundry room
  • LVP: All first floor
  • Carpet: Stairs, Basement, Second Floor


  • 22'6" wide x 23'6" deep
  • Type: 16' x 7' Wayne Dalton Model, raised panel, steel, insulated

Walks & Driveways

  • 12' wide Asphalt to garage doors, minimum
  • 36" width, 4" concrete from front door/porch to driveway

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