We have been "home" for about 3 months now. We are still disgustingly happy with our home. There have been bumps along the way, but with some patience and time it comes together.
I really enjoy keeping up with the folks who are starting, looking to start, or in the middle of building. I think we can all work to make the blogs about more then just the "look at my drywall" pics. We have been posting ideas, thoughts, disappointments, misunderstandings, etc... This is great. When I first started this process, all I could mostly find was the "look at the cabinet" blogs. We all have great ideas, some we acted on, some we didn't. I think it's great if we can keep these alive for the next family to act on.
I want to re-visit a some of these as you would have to dig way back in my blog history to find these. I will also add in some I have heard from others.
-Getting an island? Add an outlet to both sided of it. We got the standard one outlet and found a second one on the opposite side would be great for laptop charging cable, phone chargers, etc...
-Add a tube running from the attic to the basement. I ran a 3/4" flexible smurf tube. This allowed me to run an attic antenna to the basement. My neighbors have a satellite dish on the roof with the coax strapped to the siding all the way down. The tube would have saved them this.
-Running rear speakers? I put in a low voltage electrical box in the family room on the TV wall with some smurf tube punching into the basement. I put another on the opposite wall. When I moved in, I just ran my speaker wire down to the basement, strapped it across and back up into the family room. Perfect!
-TV over the fireplace? Don't pay for Guardians pre-wire (it was quoted $500 for us). Just run a PVC pipe from the side to where you want it above the fireplace. When you install it, run a string and tape it off. That way, after move in, you just tie the string off to the cables and pull. Don't forget to get Ryan to put in an outlet.
-Hate stacking pots and pans? check out the pull out shelves from Rev-a-Shelf. We bought one from Lowes. Easily the best damn thing in my kitchen. I actually show it off to visitors.
-Under cabinet lighting? Don't pay Ryan's obscene cost. Just buy the puck kit for $30-ish and install yourself. They come with a toggle switch you can opt to install. Mount it behind the front edge of a cabinet and run them in line. Then run the power cord up between two cabinets, drill a hole in the top of the one over the micro. Cut the end off and hook up a 90degree plug. Then just plug it in to the micro outlet and you're good to go.
Note-if you pay for a switched outlet to be put in a cabinet, you can have a wall switch and skip the toggle.
-Have a dog or plan to get one? Put a 1" PVC pipe down below the driveway when they pour concrete. I have one so that I can run a underground dog fence through it and not deal with a concrete saw. Consider the size of pipe. Running a sprinkler line through would work too. Depending on your layout, running one under the walkway would be smart too.
-Mount a TV on the wall in a room? Screw in some chunks of 2x6 between some studs.
-Second floor laundry? Get the dryer exhaust vent put high enough to hook up AFTER you have pushed the dryer in place. Trust me on this one.
-Second floor laundry part II, screw some chucks of 2x6 or 2x8 between the joists under the washer. We have dealt with the "high speed shakes"and finally minimized it by removing the pedestal, adding anti-vibe feet and pushing pieces of those foam pool tubes between the washer and wall/dryer
-CONSIDER LIGHT SWITCH PLACEMENT. I like the idea of the garage coach lights operated from front door. Many have chosen to get the garage interior light switched INSIDE house. Some even prefer the basement light switch at the top of the stairs.
-Hose bibs. You get two at the plumbers discretion. I advise you hammer your PM for specific locations desired. I would also consider getting a third or fourth as well. You have four sides of your house with grass all around. Seems getting four hose bibs would have been brilliant.
-plan to put a laundry tub in the garage. But one could have considered paying for the plumbing outlets and drain roughed in.
-I have heard of some getting a drain in the garage. Seems like a good idea
I am drawing a blank. I am sure I have more. What do you have? What have I missed?