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Old 09-08-2013, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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We are in process of having house built in LWR, moving down from NYC. What would be some of your MUST haves for a new home, besides a/c and a pool ... Also some of your All hype, dont bother !! Any suggestions/advice is welcome and appreciated, going for the design phase end of September and just trying to see what things that we possibly didnt think of that we may need, Tile floors/wood floors ?? etc....
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Steve
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Walls
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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double sink in master bath, Jacuzzi tub in master, tile floors throughout, tile backsplash in kitchen, overhead light fixtures with fans, covered area in pool cage for shade, concrete borders in garden, energy saving windows with hurricane shutters if possible, 2 car garage, palm trees and nice landscaping, laundry room, solid surface counters in kitchen - not necessarily granite and I really hate cheap granite - would rather have laminate than cheap granite
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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Ooooh I'll play.

Things to consider: Central vac, small desk in kitchen for laptop, USB outlets in bathrooms, cage over pool, gas range (over electric), large tiles throughout, prewire for wall hung tvs, wireless audio system through all rooms, gas fireplace (yeah you'll need it a few times and it's good for resale).

Don't bother - pest control tubes in the walls.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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To build on beninfl's suggestion, I would add a roof as well.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Being that about four months of the year here the weather is perfect, I would add an outdoor fireplace.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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How exciting for you. Best of luck!

Energy efficient features. Tankless hot water heater. LED lighting.
Some of the trends I am seeing: no formal dining room and living room, a large great room and large eat in kitchen area instead. An outdoor living space with built in grill. Bigger closets rather than large bathrooms. Walk in pantry. Lots of electrical outlets. Surround sound. Laundry room with a sink. Wine cooler or beverage refrigerator in the kitchen. Reverse osmosis system. Pre-wire any outdoor lighting you may want.

I have seen many wood floors and wood laminate floors that are warping in homes. Even though some people prefer it, many of the floor companies do not recommend it. I have engineered hardwood floors in my home and they have dog nail scratches on them and they are starting to warp on the sides and separate. We can have them refinished, but we may just replace it with tile instead. If taken well care of, tile will last much longer here in Florida.

No skylights.

I am sure I will think of others later.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I second the central vac suggestion. Life is so much easier with it. I would caution on the tankless hot water systems, google "hot water sandwich tankless" for an explanation. They ARE nice, just dont turn it on and expect hot water 100% at first, it takes a tiny bit of time depending on the lines and the system. 20amp outlets instead of 15's are also real nice and not a big upgrade cost wise.

and the roof is also a great idea.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Parrish, FL
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An outdoor kitchen. Even if you don't think you want one now, have the builder do the electric and water rough-in; we are glad we did as, after living in our new home one year, we are now having the kitchen done.

If you go with a central vac, have the toe-kick vac pans installed in the kitchen and bathrooms (at least the master bath). I had them in my house in Ohio and wouldn't live without them now. So easy to sweep crumbs/debris into them. Greatest dust pan ever.

Impact windows so you don't need to use (and store) hurricane shutters.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:58 PM
 
Location: sarasota
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to go along with the 20 amp breakers, at least a 200 amp service with at least 6 blank breakers available for upgrade.
wired outlets on the garage walls are nice if you do any kind of tinkering at all
super insulated attics, and possibly turbine vents in the attic with thermostats to eliminate heat up there
water spigots on every side of the house
high grade(not contractor grade) bathroom fans
termite tubes
prewired alarm system with pads at every entrance and in the master bedroom
hardened entrance door locks with extra long bolts
cable/internet outlets in at least two walls of every bedroom /living room and den to maximize furniture placement flexibility
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