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Adding To Your New Construction Wish List!
  • May 03, 2016
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10 Home Design Improvement ideas you should consider when you are having a new home built.  These simple gems will return huge dividends and may increase your home's value!

 

There is SO much to consider when building a home and in working with your builder.  Whether it be your primary residence or a vacation home, these tips may help.   

Home Features To Consider…….

 1.) Electrical outlets

-  In the mantel:  A must-have to plug in holiday decorations.  

 - On the kitchen island: Put the outlet right in the middle of the island.  It can rotate up when needed and lays down flat when not in use.  

- Under each window:  Similar to the mantel outlet, how are you going to plug in those holiday window candles?

- Bathroom or laundry closet:  For plugging in shavers, dust busters, etc.

- Bedroom:  Extra non-switched outlet(s) at bedside for phones, iPod, laptops, etc.

- Under the vanity in the bathroom:  If you have a vanity in your bath that is designed to have a chair- having an outlet lets you plug in items like hairdryers and makeup mirrors, then store them under the vanity rather than on top.  No more crowding the vanity top and no more unplugging and storing these items every time you use them.

- In the roof soffits:  Here we go again with the Holiday lights...but how about even plugging in things like those winter roof and gutter ice-melt cables. 

- In the garden:  Yes- to add low voltage lighting, lights for our outdoor Christmas tree, even water pumps for the water features,…not just on the house, but out in the yard. 

 

2) Heated garage:  Certainly not for everyone, but I'm a believer in having a garage that is 50 degrees, even when the outside temp is below 10. The family dog(s) also appreciate having a warmer place to sleep when not in the house.  Remember, if you decide to heat, you'll want to also insulate the garage.

 

 3) Hot water faucet in the garage:  A lot of folks have a cold water spigot in the garage, but adding a hot water line is easy stuff during construction.  No worries about frozen water pipes if you also heat the garage.

 

4) Drain in the garage floor:  Goes along with #2 and #3 and is also great when cleanup time comes for dogs, cars, kids, etc.  Not all areas will allow a garage drain, but if your does, think about adding one!   

 

5.) Mud Room:  A small area that can accommodate wet, muddy, snowy shoes near a side or back entrance is a must-have for an active family.  Depending on where you live in the nation, these rooms may be a standard in your floor plan.  A bonus in this area; coat hooks, bench and even a cleanup sink or 1/2 bath,especially with children!

 

 6.) Standby Backup Generator:  Whether you actually buy the generator when you move in, or you wait till another time, having your home pre-wired to accept a stand-by generator is a great thing to do.....and much easier to take care of during initial electrical setup. Just having the wiring in place improves your home's value.  While you're at it, pour a concrete slab to put the generator on.  Better early than waiting till the lawn is in.

 

 7.) Wiring for extras: Like speakers (indoor and outdoor), security systems, etc.   Again, whether you add these things on move-in or prep for later, running wire before sheetrock/drywall is way better than after.  Most folks think of speaker wire, but not everyone thinks to run the wires to their 3-season porch or deck.  Put a volume control in each location to...you'll be glad you did.

 

8.) Outdoor ceiling fans - Fans in 3-season porches or on covered patios and balconies is another over-looked great idea.  It is amazing how much a nice fan breeze can improve your ability to sit outside.  It also helps shoo the bugs away so you can eat outside.

 

9.) Empty PVC pipe under the driveway:   You never know what you are going to want to fish under your driveway one day.  Invisible dog fence wire?  Electrical?  Who knows.??? Just put in a path from one side to the other and you may avoid cutting through your driveway one day.  Inexpensive and easy to do, before the driveway goes in.

 

10.) Extra hose bibs:  Why be strapped with only two hose bibs (which is standard) and 100 foot hoses to get water to every side of the home?  It is a minimal cost and saves you a lot of time and hassle to have 4 hose bibs.

Take these into consideration and talk to your new construction builder prior to the completion of your brand new home!

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