After selecting a dream house you wish to have built from a model, you may be excited about having your local contractors build a home for you. However, during the planning period, you want to make sure that everything in the house is exactly how you wish it to be. While discussing any changes to the model, consider examining the following minor details that may need to be changed in the blueprints.
Location and Number of Electrical Outlets
One detail you may want to work out before your home is constructed is the number and location of your electrical outlets. First, think about the purpose of each room and what types of electronics you will have in them.
For example, if you have a large entertainment system that several electronic components and even several gaming systems, you will probably want a couple of outlets close on the wall in the living room in which they will be used. Or, if you plan on having a home office, you will need outlets that accommodate your work equipment.
As long as the outlets follow the regulations, there is no reason why you cannot have as many in each room that you want. Write down what you will need for each room, then speak with the builder to see what locations are ideal for your use as well as up to code.
Height of Showerhead
Another seemingly minor detail to think about is one that you probably will not notice until someone tall tries to use the shower. If the shower head is too low, they will have to bend over to use it, putting them at risk of losing their balance and falling.
Either revisit the model home or look at the blueprints to see if the showerhead is installed high enough. If not, ask the builder to extend the height so that any household members or visitors who are tall can shower comfortably without putting themselves in danger of falling.
Reinforced Flooring for Heavy Furniture or Appliances
While making the building plans for your new house, think about any furniture or appliances that you own that are extremely heavy. These items may include a hot tub, pool table, or chest freezer.
If you have any items such as these, the floors underneath them may need to be reinforced so that the structures can support the weight. If the floors are not reinforced under such heavy items, they will bow over time and could cave in after years of bearing the weight.
When discussing the reinforcement of the floors with your builder, let them know where you plan on placing them. For example, the hot tub may go in a corner of your master bedroom, while the pool table would go in the den. If you have or are planning on getting a pool table, think about if you would rather place it in the den or family room.
Once you know the rooms, you both can then discuss where you wish to place the items. However, if you are unsure as to whether or not you will move them in the future, you may want to discuss the possibility of having the floors of the entire rooms reinforced.
Working out even the minor details before having your house built can help save you headaches and frustration in the future from having to change what you do not like. Before the contractor breaks ground on your new house, discuss any changes you would like to the original model plans so they can build you a home will enjoy for years to come.Share