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 sides 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
-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 microwave
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
Update-dog fence installers can just as easily use a concrete saw and caulk at a joint. But if I ever run a water line....the pipe is there for me.
-Mount a TV on the wall in a room? Screw in some chunks of 2x6 between some studs pre-drywall. Makes screwing brackets in a breeze not having to find a stud.
-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.
NOTE: I don't know if this will help or not, but it can't hurt can it?
-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
-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
-HUGE TIP....Work a deal with the concrete guys to push the width of the driveway to the edges of the garage (approx. and additional 2' on each side). We paid $300 on the side to the concrete guys to do this. I cannot explain how great that additional 2' on each side is.
more ideas added from comments in the past.
- On the kitchen island, depending on your model, you may be able to
move the island over and extend the countertop to give your family
additional seating in the kitchen. Costs a little extra, but definitely
something I wanted.
- 6" higher master closet shelf run to help make space for a 2nd lower course of shelving
If you have more, add them in comments.
Good luck and remember two things:
1. It never hurts to ask
2. Persistence wears down resistance.