(Closed) Building new – what are some details you couldn't live without

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Organized closet, drawer, and cabinet space.  Spend the money to optimize the storage spaces in your house.

Post # 4
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We put a switch inside our entry coset for the Christmas lights. It only gets used for a month of ever year, but it saves going outside in the snow. We also did double hook-ups (elecrtic and gas hook-up for stove and dryer, in case we changed our minds/upgraded later) and an outlet and cable jack above the fireplace for when we someday get a wall-mount TV. A lot of our little extras were hook-ups for future things.

Built-in bookshelves, if that’s your thing. We also did a walk-in pantry in the kitchen. It’s really nice to be able to store everything neatly and hide it at the same time. And pot-lights in the living room. Most in our area don’t have a center light, so people use lamps, but pot lights give the same warm light and aren’t cluttering up our space.

Post # 5
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Kitchen pantry and drawers instead of regular cabinets on the bottom!

Custom closet shelving, if you can afford it.

Home network that goes to all rooms of the house.


Post # 6
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Heated bathroom tiles, rain shower head, and separate jacuzzi tub.  We also have a TV in the bathroom to watch from the tub.  It’s pretty much the best room in the house!

Post # 7
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

lazy susan cabinets. i hate having to dig deep into the corner of the cabinet to find stuff. with a lazy susan, you just spin and everything is there 🙂

Post # 8
62 posts
Worker bee

Lots of storage space and no-tank water heater for me!

Post # 9
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I looove our walk through pantry… It’s large enough for a deep freeze and you can walk through from the garage and put away all the frozen stuff and pantry items and not have to drag it all into the kitchen. It’s super handy.

Post # 11
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Love the thread, looking to get some more great ideas here. We’re building this summer.

I love big windows if that’s an option for you.

And I second the pantry.

It’s nice to have lights on dimmers as well.

If you’re putting a cold material on the bathroom floor I’d suggest going for infloor heating if you can.

Good luck and have fun with it!

Post # 13
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i love a walk in pantry.  it’s a great way to utilize the corner of the kitchen.  also, pots and pans drawers.  instead of having all lower cupboards, opt for banks of large drawers instead.  they are ideal for pots and pans, bakeware, tupperware-like containers and lids, etc.  it’s so much easier and more organized. 

dimmer switches and potlights are a must.  more outlets in the kitchen than you think you need.

the posibilities are endless.  it’s basically up to you.

Post # 14
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

we just built our house not too long ago. In our kitchen island we put roll our drawers for easy access to casserole dishes etc, rather than just a shelf. We also have extra deep drawers beside the sotve for pot/pan storage. It’s awesome.

one thing we dont’ have that I wish we did is a small broom closet. We have no where in our house to put the brooms/swiffers away. I also turned one of the front entrance closets into a nook for me to put a bench/shelving in there, rather than a coat closet with a door.

This might go a little beyond what you’re looking for, but we added an extra window to our living room to allow more natural light and open the space up a bit. best decision ever.

Post # 15
25 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

Seperate tub and shower in the master bath – 100% worth it. Even if it’s not a jacuzzi tub (mine isn’t), it is so wonderful to have! I made sure our tub is decently deep (some are super shallow – defeats the point). I’m sorry your house flooded, but I hope you have fun with the re-model! 

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