The Wish I Wouldas List

After speaking with several friends that have built homes I have compiled a list of the recommendations they made. Some are no-brainers and some are more like wish list items. Right now I am simply in the “gathering data” stage. We have decided on a house plan which we found online. My friend Brett Henke who is a Civil Engineer was kind enough to help us tweak the plans to our liking using his CAD skills.

– 2X6 Exterior walls
– 10′ Ceilings on main floor
– 8′ Interior Doors on main floor
– Plumb for gas and electric appliances
– RV hookups by the shop (Sewer dump & 220v)
– Double Fridge/Freezer in kitchen
– 6 Burner cooktop with Griddle
– Drinking Fountain for the kids (Garage? Outside?)
– Patio Speakers for music
– Outdoor shower by mudroom (hose down area)
– 2nd Laundry room in Master or Upstairs
– Snack Bar in Theater Room
– Outdoor hot/cold sink in BBQ area
– Crown Molding in select areas
– Can lights and Dimmer switches
– Photocell automatic stair lights
– Central Vacuum with Wet/dry system
– Multi head shower in master bath (2nd valve)
– Track lighting in entry and gallery areas
– R50 Insulation in Attic Spaces
– Stub electric for future outbuildings/landscape lighting
– Wire sprinkler timer into Garage area
– Floor outlets in office, library and theater
– Surround Sound wiring in theater/playroom
– Plumb for full bath in upstairs shop/future apartment?
– Closet organizers with drawers to eliminate dressers
– 10′ minimum garage door width, 8′ height
– Metal Roofs on all buildings
– Fish Aquarium in wall (Plumbing & Vent Fan)
– Pre-wire for security system
Surveilance Cameras to keep an eye on the kids
Intercom System, 13 stations (1 wired to shop)
Cat5, Cable and Fiber to every room
Solar powered backup pump for well water
Wood Stove for emergency heating
– Dry Goods storage room in basement for year supply
Backup Generator for power outages with fuel storage
– Seperate outlets for Solar/generator power – emergency lighting
– RO filter and water softener roughed in
– Utility Room in basement for furnace, water heaters, etc.
– 2X4 Blocking for towel racks and TP holders

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