New home builder upgrades + bonus question
I've enjoyed reading some of the previous RFD threads that have come up whilst googling, but was hoping to get some recent experience and insight into some builder upgrades we're contemplating for a place in Oakville, Ontario.
We've purchased a few pre-construction homes before, but every builder has a different set of feature inclusions, and we haven't come across needing to pay for these items before. I am aware most builder upgrade pricing are huge ripoffs, but in some cases, you're paying for convenience and/or builder warranty. We've opted for a few of these painful options already. Is it worthwhile to let the builder do these, or can this be done neatly post-closing for less?
* Capped ceiling electrical boxes with separate switches, scattered throughout the home @ $440 each
* Separate electrical circuit (not tapping an existing outlet) for a microwave shelf @ $522
* Home comes standard with 40" kitchen cabinetry with a 3ft gap from the top of the cabinet to the ceiling. They are suggesting a coffered ceiling (~125sqft) @ $2800, 48" cabinets @ $4000, and moulding to attach it all to the coffered ceiling for $2100: Total of ~$8880. Was thinking of just ponying up for the 48" cabinets and maybe doing the rest later.
* Standard baseboard trim is some hideous 2.5-3" left over from the 90's. One step up to a nicer/modern baseboard trim is $2300 (whole house), but it's $3800 if we want the slightly nicer baseboards and non 90's window trim.
* Natural gas connection for stove/oven @ $1900. Thinking about opting for just the 220v and getting this done after, but am not sure if this can be done, or done cheaper post-closing.
* 8" vent for hood range @ $700. Painful considering the little incremental cost to the builder to do this, but all of our previous homes came with 8", this one comes standard with 6". Wife cooks a lot, so I always change the hood range out to a higher-cfm unit than the builder-grade stuff.
Oh, bonus question: Anyone here own/owned a Fernbrook SevenOaks home are willing to share some experiences?