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When building your new home, don’t forget these things!

Categories: Home Builder | Posted: September 16, 2015





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When building your new home, don’t forget these things!

Closet & Organization

 

Bath

 
  • Put outlets in several closets.

  • Make sure your closets have enough space for both double hung rods, and singles to accommodate long clothes.

  • Include a full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items away from sight.

  • Add more closet/linen space than you think you’ll need.

  • Include cubbies in mudroom with an outlet in each one.

  • Add a motion sensor to pantry and closet lights.

 
  • Add outlet in master toilet closet for night light.

  • Outlets inside vanity cabinets (upper and lower) in bathroom for dryer etc.

  • Include heated towels racks.

  • Don’t caulk the bottom of your toilet to the tile which could hide leaks.

  • Make use of the pony wall in a bathroom by turning it into storage.

 

Outdoor

 

Kitchen

 
  • Run conduit under the driveway for future wiring or plumbing needs.

  • Prewire speakers both indoor and outdoor.

  • Ensure you have hose outlets and power on all 4 sides of your house, and on top of any raised areas.

  • Hot/cold outdoor water is good for washing pets.

  • Motion sensor pre-wire for selected exterior lights.

  • Keypad entry on garage door (Keypad entry on front door is great as well).

  • Gas line to grill.

     

 
 
  • Outlets in kitchen pantry for charging, or for items that may end up living there.

  • With wide islands, put cabinets on the both sides. While they are not easy to get to, they are good for storing seldomly used items.

  • Include a built-in paper towel holder.

  • Custom storage organization in kitchen drawers.

  • Warming drawer in dining room.

  • Pantry entrance near both kitchen and garage.

  • Custom shelves and a place to plug in appliances in pantry.

  • Outlets above cabinets for Christmas lighting.

  • Set up for both gas and electric appliances.

  • Pantry door on swivel.

  • Pantry light on motion sensor.

  • Copper tubing for your ice maker from the freezer and until it’s out of the kitchen wall.

  • Drawer or below counter microwave.

  • Knife drawer.

  • Pull-out garbage/recycling/laundry (for dirty dish towels/napkins/bibs!).

  • Paper towel holder in drawer slot.

  • Drawers for all lower cabinets (more efficient use of space).

  • Two soap pumps at sink (one for hand soap, one for dish soap).

  • Easy-access place to store frequently used appliances.

  • Place to hang hand towels & aprons.

Pets

 
  • Central Vac with vac pans.

  • Plan where furnace vents will go instead of letting the builder decide.

  • HEPA filtration for allergy sufferers.

  • Receptacles for fire extinguishers.

  • Where possible, pocket doors.

  • Add soundproofing where needed.

  • A phone by the door leading into the garage for calls when you are getting in or out of the car.

  • An inside button to open and close your garage door.

  • Additional support during framing on the top side of windows for curtains.

  • Ensure builders don’t “box” off spaces, where storage or shelving could go.

  • Plan an elevator shaft in case you want to install one later, in the meantime it will serve as storage closets. (Aging in Place)

 

Electrical & Plumbing

 

Lighting

 
  • Prewire security system & cameras.

  • Run wire and prepare roof for future solar.

  • Separate 20z circuit with outlets at waist height in garage to
    plug in tools.

  • Separate 20z circuit for TV and A/V equipment.

  • Pre-wiring for music and speakers, inside and outside.

  • iPad controllers in the walls to control whole house music systems.

  • Pre-wire for generator to essential areas.

  • Carbon monoxide unit on the wall near bedrooms.

  • Include a 220V to garage (tools, future electric car, etc.)

  • Measure the location of anything under the slab, and various utilities out in the yard.

  • Include a drain in the garage to get rid of excess water from vehicles after rain and snow.

 
  • Light switch to the attic in the hallway (and remember lights in attic in general).

  • Solar tubes in areas that don’t get natural sunlight.

  • In cabinet lights and outside lights on timers.

  • Check all remotes for ceiling fans prior to construction completion.

  • 3 way switches are helpful.

  • Master switch from master bedroom that controls all exterior lights.

 

Master Bedroom

 

Holiday Preparedness

 
  • 4 plug outlets near the bed in the master.

  • A light switch at the head of your bed so you can turn out the light once you are in bed.

 
  • Outlets under eaves for holiday lights, with a switch inside to turn on and off.

  • Enough storage for holiday decorations.

  • Seasonal closet with hangers for wreaths, and space for storage boxes.

  • Outlets for holiday lights: over cabinets, in stairway, in porch ceiling, and under eaves.

 

Heating, Cooling, and Vacuums

 

Overall

 
  • Central Vac with vac pans.

  • Plan where furnace vents will go instead of letting the builder decide.

  • HEPA filtration for allergy sufferers.

 
  • Receptacles for fire extinguishers.

  • Where possible, pocket doors.

  • Add soundproofing where needed.

  • A phone by the door leading into the garage for calls when you are getting in or out of the car.

  • An inside button to open and close your garage door.

  • Additional support during framing on the top side of windows for curtains.

  • Ensure builders don’t “box” off spaces, where storage or shelving could go.

  • Plan an elevator shaft in case you want to install one later, in the meantime it will serve as storage closets. (Aging in Place)