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Old 08-24-2021, 05:35 PM
 
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With the new ATSC 3.0 coming out, I think outdoor TV antennas will make a big comeback. So maybe consider a way to install an outdoor TV antenna with a way to run the cabling into a few rooms with a powered splitter and a proper lightning safety ground that complies with NEC.
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Old 08-30-2021, 12:53 PM
 
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1) Outlets! additional outlets in closets. Review plans, figure out furniture locations and check proposed outlets locations - move some to meet your needs. Add more inside the garage too! One on each side of the entrance door (for future Christmas decorations by the door!)
2) recessed lights! add these even though you think you don't need that many. This is the biggest regret I have for last house we built, we didn't add enough...
3) add insulation between drywalls between rooms unless you want to hear every time someone touches the wall in next door room.
4) get sink in laundry
5) pre-plumbing for water softener system
6) pre-wired gas for outside grill is gas is avail in your area
7) take a look at the floor plans and see which closets could be extended. I did it with few at the last house we constructed. One was under the stairs. Standard flood plan called for pretty small closet and we got twice larger one with slight plans modification. Same with few other storage closets around the house.
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Old 08-30-2021, 07:04 PM
 
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When you put a washing machine leak/drip pan under the washer, you need a pipe drain for water to runoff in case of a leak/flood from the washer. Problem is, many houses don't have this. So you need a drain pipe in the floor that the pan hooks into. Same thing with the water heater.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:45 PM
 
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Hybrid water heater placed in the garage, supposedly uses less electric than a 100W light bulb per year and added bonus it will cool and dehumidify the garage.
That’s in my wishlist

A couple of other things on my wishlist:

Bigger driveway that can comfortably fit a minimum of 4 vehicles without blocking the sidewalk

High-efficiency HVAC unit, UV lighting in the indoor Air-Handler, smart thermostat.

Rain-gutters

Metal-roof, reflective paint
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Old 08-31-2021, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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a basement
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Champagne Luxury on a Beer Budget

Do not buy an upscale monster refrigerator ($$$$$$).
Buy a separate "all refrigerator" (no freezer) & separate upright freezer (pick a matching size if you like).
In short, you’ll have the functionality of an upscale [34 cu ft equiv] for less than $1000 (or $1500).
Drawback : An “All refrigerator” has no ice maker, and the upright freezer won’t have that inboard ice maker... unless you count old fashioned ice trays.
That is not grounds for despair. In fact, it is a great excuse to get a CLEAR ICE maker. CLEAR ice makers use a flowing source of water to make ice with cooling elements at the bottom, allowing the bubbles to be washed away from the top as the cube grows.
The money you save on the "separates" can go toward your ice maker. Plus, those ice makers can crank out a lot of ice.

48 INCH RANGE
If you’ve coveted a “Pro” sized 48" range, but blanched at the price, I hear you. They can run from $6000 - $10000 and more. Ironically, some of the best “name brands” have abysmal service - and not so stellar performance.

Why not just buy two inexpensive 24" wide ranges?
(Okay - some ranges cannot be placed next to another range, so put in a 12"-18" spacer cabinet)
With two small ranges and small ovens, you'll probably get more use out of them. And if you do put in a spacer cabinet, that just makes it even easier, since there's room for long handles, etc. Plenty of room for two cooks, too.

[] Central Vacuum (quiet, powerful, healthier, beneficial, hook up to wood shop dust collector system)
[] Bidets, separate or combo unit (sanitary, save on t.p.)
[] Pot filler faucet at stove top (no need to lug heavy pot)
[] Dumbwaiter (for kitchen / laundry chores in a multistory house)
[] Fire suppression sprinkler (life and property saver)
[] Elevator (universal access, if multistory)
[] Indirect cove lighting in place of center of ceiling fixture
[] Quad AC outlets in corners, instead of duplex outlets mid wall (wire 2 outlets to wall switches for convenient remote power up/down)
[] Fireproof exterior (Metal roof, masonry walls, SCIP, etc.)
[] Transom / vent above door (need higher ceilings to fit)
[] Ceiling fan (for hot / humid climates)
[] Wired for ethernet LAN CAT6 or better (RJ45), Coax (TV, radio), fiber optics, 12 V DC (RV appliances, solar, remote controls), RJ11 (land line and wireless handsets), intercoms (audio or AV)
[] Floor drains in kitchen, laundry, baths (spill protection)
[] Foot pedal operated kitchen sink water valve (hands free)
[] Airlock foyer / mud room / coat rack / UV-C disinfection entries
[] Port cochere / covered entryway for vehicles
[] Tankless Hot Water System (interface with solar hot water heater)
[] Superinsulated, air tight, with energy recovery ventilation system
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Old 09-01-2021, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Florida
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a basement
Basements in Florida are as common as unicorns... ok slightly less.
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Old 09-01-2021, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Basements in Florida are as common as unicorns... ok slightly less.
Just elevate the "Living floor"....
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Old 09-01-2021, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Just elevate the "Living floor"....
That is very common and REQUIRED in some locations.
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Old 09-02-2021, 07:03 PM
 
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Wire your home for cable and Cat 5 (or whatever the standard is today) for full home automation. Integrate with home security system and cameras throughout. Live in a natural gas community so you can directly hook up a whole home generator, like a Generac. Also have a natural gas line run to the back porch for a gas grill.
Correct. Very important.
Don't rely on an electrician to do the low voltage wiring. Get a specialist.
Need a dedcated easy to get to - for the modem and router.
Every room should be hard wired with Cat5e, or Cat6, and/or Cat8.
Hard wire every room with RG6 for TV.

Get the largest garage possible.
Make sure the garage door wiring is done BEFORE the sheet rock. Otherwise you will be looking at stapled wires inside your garage. Most electricians forget this or don't even do this.

Multiple outlets outside. At least one per outside wall.
Exterior water hose outside where needed.

200 AMP electrical service. Wire for (future) electric cars. And if a 2 car or more family - add enough outlets in/near driveway.

As mentioned above. Eave outlets for lights and security cameras. Wherever a camera is going to be placed.

Wire for home theater/surround sound.

If no dedicated room for television. Place the television where people actually will view it. Too many think ot the TV after the fireplace and built in bookcases are already put in. If hanging TV on wall - make sure all outlets/RG6/Cat5e/6 is behind TV. Otherwise you will be constantly looking at hanging wires.

Modern electric outlets have USB chargers built in.

If there is ever going to be an elderly person living there - get 36" interior doors. If ever going to be an elderly person - make one bathroom with handicap accessories.

Always put a double sink in master bathroom.
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