Baseboards and construction sequence
I have a question about baseboards. We are buildig a 2600sf house with 5 1/2 base throughout. 3BR's are carpet; greatroom and foyer will be wood; kitchen, laundry and bathrooms to be tiled.
We are to the point where the builder wants to put the base down throughout the house, then paint all the trim & walls and then flooring.
I think the walls/crown/etc. should be painted then put the floor and save the base for last. I just haven't seen a good end product where the base went down and then flooring. Too many gaps around & under base filled with grout, etc. Just doesn't look right to me.
Builder says that if we put flooring down first we will not be able to get a spray finish on the base because painters will have to do base by hand AND it will be more expensive.
He also said the floor guys actually do better when they have to go up to a finished edge like the base as opposed to just going to to the wall +/- 1/2 inch. That makes no sense to me. He's adamant it won't be as good as finished product. I get the impression he just doesn't want to upset the flow, etc.
So, what is the best practice here? flooring first (maybe except for the carpet) THEN install, caulk, paint base as the final step? Should that be more expensive?
Thank you much!