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I would have upper cabinet blocking installed between the wall studs above the toilets, washer/dryer area and upper & base cabinet blocking in the garage area for the placement of future cabinets. Also have supply/drain plumbing stub outs ran to the garage for the future installation of a laundry/shop sink.
I would also have blocking installed for future grab bar locations in all bathrooms and have lever style door hardware installed in case you decide to age in place.
I would also have at least two double floodlight fixtures installed at the rear corners of your house.
A dedicated GFCI outlet installed under the master tub deck would be a good idea for a possible future upgrade to a jetted/whirlpool tub.
Have gas lines ran to the rear exterior wall near the patio or deck for a natural gas fired grill, also ran to a specific location in a living/family room for a possible future upgrade to having a direct vent gas log fireplace installed.
If there's room in the utility room for an additional freezer or 2nd refrigerator, I would have a dedicated outlet installed and a water line for an icemaker.
I would also have an additional outlet installed at the rear area of the attic for a possible future installation of a attic power ventilator fan.
Also have the attached garage walls insulated and have a dedicated outlet installed for a possible future installation of a heater/air conditioner.
For security purposes I would have conduit installed from soffit/eaves to a desired location for a future installation of a security camera system.
Consider installing a safe.
Install a gun safe if you own guns, or a small safe for valuables, such as cash, jewelry, important papers etc.
It should also be able to withstand a house fire.
I sell doors and windows for a living.
If someone tells you its a 1000 dollars to install a basic ext door, RUN away.
esp if that doesn't even include trim. ROFL.
As a follow up, viewing the 2 photos displayed with this article, I see 6 problems with the HVAC system, and 3 with the outside wall faucet.
OK, the photos are just to get your attention, but it kind of tells you a lot about the writers understanding of construction quality.
RESIDENTIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS!!
The most IMPORTANT item in the construction of a new home. On January 01, 2010, the FEDERAL Government "MANDATED" that all new 1 & 2 family homes be equipped with fire sprinkler systems. However, some national builders group has/have convinced numerous States that the cost to do so would be prohibitive, and cause a slump in the new home building industry. THIS IS PURE "B*LLSH*T!! The lives and safety of occupants is way more important.
I have over 35 years as a licensed residential builder, and over 20 years as a licensed real estate broker. I had my custom built over 17 years ago, and YES, it included a "RESIDENTIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM". There were no local companies that were knowledgeable about the systems, so I read up on them and installed it myself. Building inspectors and code officials thought I was foolish to do so. WRONG!! Materials cost me less than a grand, and my labor took about twice as long as skilled fire sprinklers installers would take. Absolutely no regrets, especially after watching TV news programs that highlight property damage and deaths that could have been prevented in residential fires.
So do it right the first time!!
The number one issue is the distance from the water heaters to the faucet outlet. The way our plumber over came this was installing a gravity flow hot water system. It has worked great for 14 years and wait at any faucet is about 5 seconds, it 's real efficient compared to a pump style hot water system. He put the one large tank in a closet in the garage and used a natural flowing circulating system in our ceiling and every line was straight neat and insulated before the sheetrock was installed. I can see were a basement home would be the ideal design but the key was installing it in a new home as it is built. On cold nights we sleep quietly not worrying about freezing pipes like our neighbors,our plumber designed and install all the pipes so as to allow us for 14 years to not drip the water at any faucet.
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I don't agree with some of the things these guys try to tell you in these internet articles. My experience doesn't allow me to. I can tell that they don't design homes for a living, because of some of these ideas they come up with. Sounds like their own 'personal wish list / pet peeve stuff to me. .
When homes are designed on the computer, we can zoom to see every square inch of the structure. Four foot hallways are nice, but they are wasted square footage, unless you are designing to accommodate a wheelchair situation. As a first or even second time new home buyer, most folks can't afford the extra square footage that wide halls take up. The International Residential Code mandates minimum three feet wide, and that's adequate. You will most likely be buying a smaller home unless you are well to do. When you are designing a home, 99 percent of all builders want to put that square footage (that has not been added to a wider hallway) into habitable space, or into closets. For example, an additional 16 square feet of hallway costs about $2000 (if you are lucky, and depending upon where the house is being built). Again, hallway is not to be considered to be habitable area, it's really not usable space in most homes.
If you can at all swing it, buy land an build it yourself. I did my last two, one while I was working full time and one while I was retiring.
You will save a bundle and if you can pay as you go, you can avoid a mortgage altogether.
Like many things in life, it may seem daunting but when you take on ohe task at a time, it's rather simple.