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Appliances

general information:
  • Appliance selections are required before construction starts.
  • Appliance selections affect vent locations in the slab and roof, electrical wire sizes, cabinet sizes and counter top cutouts.
  • Green specifications have additional requirements.
  • Ordering may take several weeks
  • Delivery is scheduled in advance of specific work starting on the project.
Please review information and tips below. The diversity of selections is tremendous and takes some Buyers much more time than expected. We suggest limiting your selections to a few suppliers. Comparisons can be very time consuming and may not result in large cost savings. We have literature available at the office or you can contact one of our authorized vendors.
 

 
Every Selection and Decision involves common procedures. Many items listed are based on our "Standard" features package. Please check your specifications for features unique to your home.
  • Review your Specifications for Product Information and Allowances.
  • Review the NAHB Performance Guidelines.
  • Review the Use and Care Guidelines.
  • A Worksheet may be provided for your use.
After making your selection, sign the Order Authorization or corresponding Allowance Invoice and forward it to us for execution. No orders will be placed without authorization and payment. If orders are not placed by their deadlines, construction may be delayed.

important information:
Extra delivery charges may apply if more than one delivery to the home site is needed
This is usually the case when a refrigerator or washer and dryer are included. We take delivery of all of the “hard-wired” appliances during the electrical trim-out phase, but don’t want the “plug” appliances delivered until shortly before completion of the home.

Extra installation and hookup charges
Some appliances, typically high end, require additional charges for installation that may not be included. Examples of this include telescoping down-draft ventilators, roof mounted hood ventilators and icemakers that require an additional drain. The fee for installation will be charged separately. Even a simple plug-n Wine Cooler can cost extra to install its "anti-tip" device.

Gas piping may not be included
Depending on the location of your home you may have to choose between natural or propane (bottled) gas. The different gas companies often have special incentive programs based on the number of gas appliances that you have in your home. Some don’t offer any incentive and even require that a separate contractor install the gas piping in the home. For these reasons, we have excluded gas piping from our scope of work, although we will work closely with you and whichever gas company you choose. 

Natural Gas or Propane?
If gas appliances are selected, they need to be specifically ordered for either natural gas or propane. There will be extra costs for converting appliances in the field if they are ordered incorrectly.

Model numbers may change before delivery
Since appliances are ordered so early in the construction process, by the time they are needed, new models may no longer be available. Typically, the changes aren't extreme and do not affect all of the arrangements that we have made for their installation. You may want to review your appliance selections again prior to delivery to make sure you are aware of any changes. 

Price increases are common before delivery
This is typically the case when appliances are ordered late in the year but not delivered until the following model year. The suppliers usually won’t honor their original quote unless delivery is taken. Since we don’t have anywhere to store the appliances or means to deliver them ourselves, these costs are unfortunately passed onto you.

Electrical, Plumbing, Gas and Mechanical Specifications
Appliance selection affects the electrical wiring requirements for your home and may have an impact to the overall power needs. Many appliances have specific plumbing location requirements and may even alter the location of pipes under the concrete slab - for instance: some icemakers require drains to be located in very specific locations and some clothes washers require drain P-traps be located under the slab. Another example of a critical requirements is related to kitchen islands. Electrical, Plumbing, Gas and Ventilation requirements all have to be pre-determined before construction of your home can begin.

Dimensions and Cutouts
Cabinets can't be ordered until all appliance dimensions are provided.

Range Hood or Down-draft Ventilation System
The variety of ways you can choose to ventilate the cooking surfaces of your kitchen is tremendous. Costs can range from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the application.

Downdraft Ventilation System
Whenever there is a cook top ventilation system that ventilates downward, a large pipe has to be installed under the concrete slab before it is poured. The vent pipe has to be located as accurately as possible, making it necessary for us to have the cabinet layout and appliance specifications.

Extra Charges for Hooking Up some Ventilation Systems
Please review your plans and specifications for information about the type of kitchen ventilation system that is included in the construction agreement. Many types of ventilation systems can be complex to install. Unique installations in some homes have required us to fabricate custom sheet metal transition plenums; rearrange wood framing in the walls; make custom cabinet modifications; and hire specialized installers.
favorite vendors:
Aggressive Appliances
617 Mercy Dr.
Orlando FL 32805
(407) 295-4489

101 Palm Springs Dr
Altamonte Springs FL 32701
(407) 869-8558

Please make an appointment to meet with our vendors. This will ensure that you will have their full attention upon your visit.

products:
 Manufacturers Bosch GE Appliances  Online Stores Specialty

hints and tips:
Green and Energy Efficiency
Please ask about Green and Energy Efficient options available with these products and systems.

Water Supply to Refrigerator
When practical, we like to run the water supply for the refrigerator under the kitchen sink. If you like, this enables us to install a water filter under the sink that supplies the ice and water at the refrigerator as well as water at the kitchen sink. Many new refrigerators offer a built-in filter.

Roof Power Ventilator
Some "Restaurant Style" appliance packages may feature a ventilation system where the motor is located up on the roof of the house. These are typically quieter and move a lot more air. Of course they are also more expensive to install.

Ice Maker
Systems that are free-standing (not part of the refrigerator) are popular with owners that entertain or have thirsty teenagers. Please note that some require floor drains that have to be installed before the concrete slab is poured. All of them require a source of water.

Water Purification Equipment - There are a few different types
Whole-House Systems connect to the water supply before it comes into the house. We need to make special arrangements that will cost extra if you don't want the system sitting outside where the water service enters the house.
Point-Of-Use Systems are installed where they are needed. If you decide to use these and need several, remember that changing the filters routinely can be a chore.

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