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Old 04-24-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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new house plans must have

what are some things if you were designing a house floor plan you would make sure to include. i am finalizing a floor plan now and just looking for some input on what you have put into your homes that you can't do without or wish you had done, or that you have seen and want to do in the future.

we've put the laundry room upstairs and it has a utility sink. some people like having it downstairs, but i want it close to bedrooms. all bedrooms are upstairs.

it's a two story on basement roughly 1200-1400 per floor. 4 br and 2.5 bath. 2 car garage, possibly 3 car. would you add an extra garage bay?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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Obviously I could sit here and list my dream house. But in terms of must haves... practical must haves, whether it buying new or remodeling an existing home would be the following:

Kitchen: large and open with a center island. Gas range stove top and dual electric ovens.
Master Bedroom: large walk-in(s) closet with organizational/optimized shelving
Master Bathroom: dual sink vanity and a large shower
In-general: large windows and skylights with lots of natural light coming into the house
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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Obviously I could sit here and list my dream house. But in terms of must haves... practical must haves, whether it buying new or remodeling an existing home would be the following:

Kitchen: large and open with a center island. Gas range stove top and dual electric ovens.
Master Bedroom: large walk-in(s) closet with organizational/optimized shelving
Master Bathroom: dual sink vanity and a large shower
In-general: large windows and skylights with lots of natural light coming into the house
I agree with all of those and most of that is covered, mostly from the fiance's must haves lol.

May I ask why gas cooking? Working in indoor air quality and energy people always say they must have gas cooking, but I can't find a valid reason why. The new electric and induction boil just as fast as gas, have better temperature control than gas, easier to clean than gas, don't pollute the air like gas. Sorry for the rant, just curious
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May I ask why gas cooking? Working in indoor air quality and energy people always say they must have gas cooking, but I can't find a valid reason why. The new electric and induction boil just as fast as gas, have better temperature control than gas, easier to clean than gas, don't pollute the air like gas. Sorry for the rant, just curious
I think gas is superior to a traditional coil or ribbon element stove top. And induction only provides a few more benefits than a ribbon element. I do find that the ceramic surfaces tend to scratch over time. The surface is more difficult to keep clean and you're limited to what you can use to clean the surface. And I say that in the context of daily cleanliness. It shows dirt, dust and water sports more easily. And even with induction, I find the level of control/adjustment to be more restricted than gas. Plus you are limited with the cookware you can use with induction vs. a ribbon element or gas burner. Additionally, I can roast a pepper directly on a flame where I wouldn't be able to do that on an electric.

I know some people swear by electric and I recognize that needs vary from person to person. But as someone who enjoys cooking and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, gas is my preferred choice.


Oven should be electric IMO. I think they're more accurate with regards to keeping a consistent temperature. They provide better or more efficient features, whether it's convection heating or broiling. Plus they clean better when in cleaning mode.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
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Heated towel rack in master bedroom

2.5 car garage with 2 doors instead of 1 wide door.

Screened in porch in the back of the house

Solar tube lights in kitchen, garage
http://www.solatube.com/residential/...er-gallery.php

Ufer grounding loop......it is a grounding technique for the home that dramatically increases the home's safety without significant cost........all you do is run copper wire around the rebar in the foundation and run the end of the copper wire to the grounding rod.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Ufer_Ground.........http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...grounding+loop.............

Basement if the conditions permit one........they add 10 percent to the cost of the home but double the square footage.

Nice windows, Pella or Andersen as opposed to generic metal ones with skinny frames.

Depending on the style of home, (I like classically designed colonial homes) I would incorporate brass or wrought iron hinges on doors and attractive door handles rather than the standard round knobs.

If I was building from scratch I would build with 2x6 walls instead of 2x4's and in the MBR closet I would build a hidden cubby hole above the closet door with a hinged door and it would allow me to hide valuables (spare money, gold and silver coins and a gun ). I'd put 2,3,4 of them in the house.

Foam insulation instead of fiberglass. Or, to save money; I would blow in foam insulation for the first inch or two to block off any air penetration and seal off the edges, then use 4 inch fiberglass insulation for the rest of the wall.

Electrical outlets (2) along the stairs and they would have a LED night light to illuminate the stairs at night.
Lutron makes them.


Surgex, it is a whole house electrical conditioner and circuit breaker....
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SurgeX-SX20-...item20ce552f4e

http://surgex.com/retail/pdfs/SurgeX...t-Brochure.pdf

Decorative gutters and downspouts....for just a few dollars more you can add a new personality
http://www.guttersupply.com/p-gutter-medallions.gstml

Attractive roofing shingles....something other than the standard 3 tab black shingle
http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residenti...les/Timberline

http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...=roof+shingles
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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^ thanks, some good considerations.

it will be ICF foundation and either 8" or 10" SIP construction. most likely a metal roof and will have a solar pv system to take the home to net zero. probably have a 2000 gal cistern to provide rain water for the toilets and perhaps the shower and laundry as well.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #7
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^ thanks, some good considerations.

it will be ICF foundation and either 8" or 10" SIP construction. most likely a metal roof and will have a solar pv system to take the home to net zero. probably have a 2000 gal cistern to provide rain water for the toilets and perhaps the shower and laundry as well.
That sounds progressive and green !

Check out this article I saw last week. I don't know if you have settled on a solar panel manufacturer, but previously the industry leader was 16.5 percent and Sun power recently introduced a new panel at 21 percent. That is incredible considering that 10-15 years ago we were only getting efficiency rates of 5 percent.

http://us.sunpowercorp.com/homes/pro...nels/x-series/
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There will never be a better time or cheaper time to have the 3rd garage stall added, if you can swing it, I would do it- I like 1 large door and one small.

I agree with most of what has been posted above, but not sure anyone suggested heated basement floors (at least have them run the pex and you can do the rest later), an extra course of block (for higher basement ceilings) and a walk out if it is possible on the lot you are building on.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #9
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Ethernet in every room (minus closets and maybe bathrooms). By ethernet I would suggest dual Cat 6. JMO.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:18 PM   #10
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I regret buying an electric cook top, for me it is just person preference, but here are my reasons:

1. Difficult to keep clean (I am constantly polishing it because I am nuts, but it looks dirty if I don't). If you ever over spill on the top when it is hot, it is a real pain to remove it.

2. Not a fan of the heat control, although it was supposed to be better. My main gripe is once something is boiling, even at the lowest setting it still seems too hot. I have never has this problem with gas, and I have used some pretty shitty stoves.

3. I am in constant fear of the top breaking.

4. I have never seen a professional chef use one, but perhaps I have not looked hard enough



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I agree with all of those and most of that is covered, mostly from the fiance's must haves lol.

May I ask why gas cooking? Working in indoor air quality and energy people always say they must have gas cooking, but I can't find a valid reason why. The new electric and induction boil just as fast as gas, have better temperature control than gas, easier to clean than gas, don't pollute the air like gas. Sorry for the rant, just curious
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:37 PM   #11
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-As many garage bays as you can afford + oversized for tools, toys, and other things
-Walk in gun safe / "safe" room
-Walk in shower in master bath
-A bigger walk in closet than you think you need
-Have the lot graded in the rear in accordance with future patio / backyard plans
-Hidden storage areas

That is about the minimum I'd require for a non-dream home if I were to build today.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #12
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- Heated floors if you're doing tile.
- Definitely agree on the garage, build it as big as you can afford and fit in your lot. Higher ceilings in the garage are always nice to have too.
- Rough in extra gas line runs to areas you think you might want them later on. Example: future fireplace, outdoor fire pit, built in grill, garage heater, etc.
- Run all the wiring for home theater now. If you want whole home audio or even think you might want it in the future, run all the wire now. Run any extra wiring for things you think you might add in the future (projector, more speakers, bar area, CCTV cameras, etc...)
- Rough in drain and water plumbing for future additions like basement bathrooms, wet bars, etc.
- Make sure you get solid core doors and not hollow core.
- Get a hose spigot installed inside the garage.
- Have the laundry washer drain straight into the drain pipe and not into the utility sink.
- Install additional sound insulation around laundry room, especially in the floor.

I'll add more later. We just bought a house and these are the things I've learned so far...
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:21 PM   #13
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Must haves for me:

Hardwood throughout
Crown molding
5" baseboards
9+ ft ceilings
Poured concrete basement
Large open kitchen
Formal dinning
Gas range (not freestanding)
Large garage
Large master
Step in tile shower
Huge closet
Irrigation system (they're not expensive)
Water hose hookups on al sides of house
Electrics hook ups all sides





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I would like to add 2 electrical outlets to the roof or eaves of my house so when I hang xmas lights I won't have to have the electrical wire running down the side of the house keeping me worried about rain getting in where the wires connect.

I'd like to have it placed high on the wall about a foot under the gutter so the eaves will protect it against rain and it will be less likely to be seen from the street.
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I would like to add 2 electrical outlets to the roof or eaves of my house so when I hang xmas lights I won't have to have the electrical wire running down the side of the house keeping me worried about rain getting in where the wires connect.

I'd like to have it placed high on the wall about a foot under the gutter so the eaves will protect it against rain and it will be less likely to be seen from the street.
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One more thing......if I had a house with an elevated back porch, I would build a 'cubby hole' under the back porch next to the house and the water spigot so I could store the hose under there and possibly use it as a dog house for the family dog.
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Oh man this makes me want to build my own house.

I couldn't even image how that works. All I know is buying something already built or through a company that basically has a bunch of similar choices.
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I was researching cat 5 wire installation and found this.
Thought you might find it useful.
There is a lot of good information in this forum.
They are all professionals.

http://www.contractortalk.com/f116/c...w-home-128061/

http://www.contractortalk.com/f89/li...all-art-18016/

http://www.contractortalk.com/f5/pre...panels-133870/
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Oh man this makes me want to build my own house.

I couldn't even image how that works. All I know is buying something already built or through a company that basically has a bunch of similar choices.
Draw up your plans or work with a company that will draw your plans for you.




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