When you embark on the journey of building a home, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about architectural styles, neighborhoods, framing materials, and floor plans. It can be very easy to spend all your time on these choices and handle most other decisions as an afterthought.
While it's true that things like paint and floor coverings can be
reconsidered down the road, there are other things that you should really try
to take care of during the initial construction of your home. It's the
cheapest, simplest, and most effective time to handle them.
Set aside blueprints and color swatches for a little while to free up some
time for some other important factors.
Plan For Safety
During the excitement and enthusiasm of home construction, it's probably the
furthest thing from your mind to think about a burglary or fire. Yet that's the
very time that it's best to consider home safety.
Getting a representative from ADT to
discuss installation with you before construction begins will get you the best
possible system design and the most integrated installation. It will reduce the
number of wireless components required and will keep you from having to damage
walls and ceilings with a retrofit later on.
There are also options such as residential
sprinklers that you can consider. These systems work the same as in
commercial buildings. They can contain a fire until the fire department
arrives, reducing damage and protecting escape routes for your family. Because
these are essentially another plumbing component, it's essential that a
sprinkler system be installed during construction, so give careful
consideration to including one before construction advances too far to
Most homes can easily accommodate the current state of technology. The
builders and various subcontractors know what to do to ensure that water, gas,
sewage, and internet are properly routed throughout the home. There aren't a
lot of surprises in the process of including these services.
But just as a classic Depression-era home didn't include phone lines, our
homes today may one day be outdated as well. No one foresaw internet cable as a
need in homes built even as recently as the 1990's, but then it became
essential--before the advent of wifi made it irrelevant.
What might come along for retrofit in today's homes? We have no idea, of
course, but there could be adjustments to current utilities. If you presently
utilize a septic tank or other on-site wastewater system, you might think of
discussing with your plumber about making provisions for an eventual municipal
There are two general types of homeowners: Those who plan to sell, and those
who hope to stay put for decades. The more you are doing to customize your
home, the more likely it is that you fit into the latter group. As you plan
your home design, make sure that your mortgage isn't the only thing designed
for the long haul.
Our needs change as our lives change. If you're in your thirties and
building a two-story home with all the bedrooms upstairs, consider making
accommodations now for a first-floor bedroom and bathroom for your golden
years, when those steps won't be as appealing. If you have an unfinished basement,
have the water and wastewater lines installed for a future bathroom down there.
You might even consider running a 220-volt line for a basement kitchen.
You get the idea. Try to design with the flexibility to do other things down
the road so that you aren't trapped with current features when new ideas come
With so many decisions to make during construction, it can be very easy to
overlook certain provisions. But if you take the time to examine the
requirements of these specialized components of your home, you may find
yourself feeling really good about the decision in ten years or so.
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