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I’m building a home in North Texas around 800k. The builder is stating all builders in the area aren’t doing real wood including themselves. They are all doing engineered or luxury laminate. This scares me, and I don’t know what to believe. I am seeing more engineered wood in 700-1mm homes. Is this a safe move or should I push back? Reason...

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Warranty issues with wood. The builders blame the manufacture and the manufacture blames the builder. They are not allowing the wood to acclimate apparently.

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Where in NTX? Im in Richardson and we are looking to build around dallas but can’t decide where.

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If you are trying to do a wider plank wood (over 4” wide) engineered wood will have less issues with gaps and warping - I’m in the mountains west and $10M luxury homes typically have 6-8” wide plank engineered hardwood

Interesting. Thanks for the perspective.

Went through something similar in Denver. With my builder we just had a hard conversation, this is my dream home, this is my money. I will listen to your considerations and ideas but the buck stops with me. If I want the closet off center on the wall even though you always center it that f’er better be off center. Same with hardwoods they “always used” some engineered hardwood. It looked great but we wanted real hardwood floors. I can’t believe how hard it was to convince them. Not sure about in TX but I found out in Denver a lot of ppl used cheap real hardwood from LL (young trees from China) and not kiln dried appropriately and not acclimated appropriately. Most builders do floors right before they are done, who wants to wait a week to acclimate the wood when they can see the finish line, they want to get paid and often need to get paid so they will install something where they don’t need to wait. Ppl also install wood wider than 5 inches and get upset when the wood gaps. My recommendation to you is find a local hardwood shop and talk to them. If they have old wood and Kiln dried appropriately and have high quality controls get them on the phone with your builder they should be able to close the gap.

It isn’t fully custom, so I think it changes things.

I built 2 years ago in DFW and upgraded from engineered hardwood to real wood with no issues. In fact it was always presented to us that that the series of finishes we chose can be upgraded for the difference. All it took was a phone call and about 30 min for them to determine the price difference based on the house size.

They are saying it’s changed this year...

I’m concerned they won’t give our deposit back if they refuse to do real wood

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