(Closed) We're building… What to include?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 17
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve thought about this alot….

-central vacuum pan in kitchen at bathrooms where you get ready (so helpful for hair)

-cell phone charging station at kitchen

-floor plugs for laptop in family room

-bookshelf for cookbooks in kitchen

-flip shelf (like how old sewing machines used to flip under table) for kitchenaid mixer

-dedicated baking counter in kitchen

-two dishwashers (for guests and kids)

-pantry with shallow shelves so you don’t lost things deep in the back

-pull out drawer shelves under counters in kitchen

-separate fridge for beverages (built in wine fridge) for when guests come

-room for folding/ironing/hanging in laundry

-window in every room

-transom window (above door) for light into closets

-built in humidifier (we live in a very dry climate)

-wide shallow drawers for prints/sketching paper (for my art)

-island with a second level raised bar for eating on – ours is all one slab so the prep space goes into the eating space and there isn’t enough room when people sit there

-mudroom with hooks/bench for each person


Post # 18
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO – mrskopp2be:  Great list.  I enjoyed your Pinterst Inspirations very much.  Thanks for sharing.


Post # 19
10635 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Gas line for the BBQ.

I love the benches where you can stash some stuff that many bonus rooms here have.

Sliding doors (into the wall) where it makes sense like the toilet within the MB, if the laundry room is connected to the MB or bedroom.

Proper grading and drainage if your laundry room isn’t in the basement

A large enough linen closet

Drawers and outlets for the kitchen island, too many are just wasted space by not doing this.

Post # 21
5427 posts
Bee Keeper

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@anotherbee:  Keep me coming!

My mind is not usually in the gutter….but this made me laugh so hard….

Post # 22
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  • Make sure all closets (including pantry) have lights.  I cheaped out on this and regret it.
  • Double sinks in the master
  • Linen closet in master bathroom, as well as one outside or in all other full baths
  • At least 2 full bathrooms
  • If you have hard water – built in water filtration where the water enters the house

Post # 23
2022 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Lots of storage space…

My first house had an abnormal amount of closet space… and I LOVED it!!!

Post # 24
4943 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@anotherbee:  Have electrical outlets put up on the top of your eaves. This way, you can easily put Christmas lights up along your roof line without dreaded extension cords!

Post # 25
11 posts

Forget pinterest for the home, check out houzz.com it is simply amazing for everything house related.

Post # 26
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If you have a finished basement… a wood burning stove down there.. (it gets so cold in basements!!!)

Sunlights (or skylights whatever you call them)… I love them and they’ve gotten better over the years

cieling fans!!!

and a lot of the stuff PP’s said… with the exception that I’d rather have laundry on the second floor with all the bedrooms (unless you have a ground floor master)

Post # 27
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree — houzz.com is a great web site!

I agree with most of the ideas everyone has listed.  I would also include:

* soft close drawers in your kitchen (no more slamming drawers and cabinets!).

* if you’re having tile floors in your master bathroom, have a heating system installed underneath the tiles (we didn’t build, but I so wish we had these!)

* a front hall closet for guests’ coats (and your own coats!)  It was amazing at how many houses we had looked at that did not have a closet off the front door!

* an extra long or extra wide garage (I think that’s been said but I cannot emphasize it enough)

* if you can and budget allows, have a dedicated home office

* first floor laundry room, or if you choose to have it on the second floor, make sure that the floors are re-inforced

* area in the garage for an extra refrigerator (seriously, I am so glad we did this!)

* ceiling fans in the bedrooms

* extra ventillation in bathrooms that have tubs/showers, or else make sure you have a really good fan and not just the builder-grade one

* ceiling height cabinets in the kitchen

* dimmer switches on the lights

* extra large shower in master bathroom

* I personally wouldn’t spend money on a jet or whirlpool tub, as we’ve had a ton of problems with ours.  Instead I would get a nice soaking tub.

That’s all I can think of for now!

Post # 28
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I am really surprised no one mentioned energy saving features, only lots of outlets and energy using appliances.

For me, if/when we build we will look to make an energy efficient house including heating zones, doors to seperate living spaces, no vaulted celings and good insulation. The apartment I live in now is really well insulated and has double windows (because there is a train station nearby) and most of the time my apartment is cooler than outside in the summer and warmer in the winter, my heating bill last winter was so low, I loved it. This is also something that is important to my DH so I know it will be a must if we build. You really should look into any government incentives for adding efficient design elements as it could result in a savings in the building as well as use over time. 

Are you familiar with Ana White’s Momplex? They are thinking of the practicality and function of a home they are building for their moms and writing about it http://ana-white.com/momplex I imagine you will get some great ideas from her blog posts and comments.

Post # 29
2108 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I wouldn’t do the recessed outlets either. 

However, in my parent’s house, in the bathroom, my mom has an outlet in the back of her drawer. She plugs in her blowdryer back there, then just puts it back in the drawer, still plugged in, when she’s done. Makes for less cluttered counters!

In the pantry, it’s SO nice if you have the kind of lights that turn on automatically when you open the door and turn off when you shut it.

Another thing my parents have is in their bedroom (it is not close to the kitchen) and upstairs, they have mini fridges that have the door look like the rest of the cabinets. They keep water in there so they don’t have to walk across the house/downstairs if they want water in the middle of the night or when busy/focused/sick. It’s lazy, but one of my favorite little features they have!

Also, I second a PP on the central vac with hoses in the wall. It’s amazing!

You can never have too much storage space, nor can you ever have a big enough closet. If it’s something that would interest you, my parents have a small cedar room built into their closet.

Ooh, also a safe set in the wall. It doesn’t have to be big, but it’s so nice to have that security of it being set in the wall.

They also make half dishwashers. My parents have one full one and two half ones. I’m not sure why they have two half ones, but one is really nice because they can run a small load, or put all of one type of item (cups/pots/pans) in a half one if there are a ton of them (after a party or something) and then the family’s dishes in the main one.

I also LOVE having an extra fridge/freezer- garage or laundry room are the best locations.

Filtered water for the entire house is really nice as well. It’s pretty expnsive up front but you can drink any water from any sink/shower/whatever in the house and it’s completely pure and tastes amazing.

Outside, it’s nice to have a little outdoor kitchen. Next to their grill, they have lots of granite counter space, a sink, a mini fridge, and an icemaker. Keeps wet/dirty guests/kids from running inside to get a drink..

Also, if you like the brick look, my bedroom has one bricked wall my bed goes against. Automatically makes the room look so decorated and pulled together. I don’t have the cool features my parents have, but the brick in my bedroom is my absolute FAVORITE thing ever- and it was really inexpensive to install! Here’s my room:

Post # 30
10846 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@GFerg:  Good idea! My sister’s house has a light switch in a closet that connects to her Christmas lights, so she can just turn them on/off from inside rather than having to set up a timer or having to plug/unplug them every day.

Post # 31
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

in the mudroom i would definately do a ‘dog sink’ even to clean boots etc and a shoe organizer/storage area that is EASY to clean

laundry shute for sure

lots and lots and lots of storage all over the place

if you get a french door to back yard the phantom screen is amazing

a shed for tools, garden stuff

get that coating stuff on garage floor

whirlpool tub in master bath! i would also do like a window in the wall in mater bed/bath where i’d put a tv so i could rotate it and watch it wherever

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