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Old 11-29-2018, 06:14 AM
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building my first house, wondering if y'all got any tips on things to consider?

it's a 1700sq ft 3bed / 2.5 bath 2 story w/ 2 car detached garage. interior / exterior finishes established, lot fit is established, electrical will be established after framing, there will be coax / cat6 "media outlets" in each room, stove exhaust vented to exterior wall, LVP throughout, granite on the kitchen & master bath counters, cultured marble in the guest bath, pedestal sink in the half bath

still have to determine electrical outlet locations, which we will do during a walkthrough after the home is framed out & dryed in so tips there would be great, ie outlet placement considerations, etc...

also going to build a fence for the dogs after closing, so any ideas there appreciated as well...the fence will be a little tricky since there's substantial slope, 2' or so downward slope from the driveway to the oak tree & from the home & garage to the woods...

here's the floorplan & basic lot fit, the red are windows added from the original design to increase natural lighting:

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Old 11-29-2018, 06:20 AM
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Something isn't right..that's a "zero lot line" design with no windows on the lot line, but the plan is backwards. Everything you ask SHOULD ALSO BE on the plans before they are submitted for permitting
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the fence is not an issue. any reputable fence builder can handle that!
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:28 AM
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Make certain every bedroom has a wall switch that activates the electrical outlet that will turn on lamps. You shouldn't have to walk across a dark room to flip on a light.

In the master bedroom place switches that allow you to control the important outdoor lights......front door, flood lights around perimeter, etc.

Make vcertain all of the closets have hvac supply registers.

Prewire all doors and windows for a hardwired alarm system.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Something isn't right..that's a "zero lot line" design with no windows on the lot line, but the plan is backwards. Everything you ask is also on the plans.
not understanding what you mean, never heard of a "zero lot line" design

i wanted to put the home on the left, garage on the right, but the city won't let us. the oak is a protected grand tree & the roof line would be within the bubble where you cannot build, there's some sort of distance requirement between the branches & the house that is preventing the city from permitting me to build the home on the left side by the oak, which is why we added the windows, i wanted the windows facing the woods, but if we reversed the floor plan, which is an option, then the side door to the garage is waaaaay further from the rear door to the home, which is not a good setup if it is pouring down rain

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Make certain every bedroom has a wall switch that activates the electrical outlet that will turn on lamps. You shouldn't have to walk across a dark room to flip on a light.

In the master bedroom place switches that allow you to control the important outdoor lights......front door, flood lights around perimeter, etc.

Make certain all of the closets have hvac supply registers.
noted, THANK YOU! exactly the types of ideas i'm looking for

there's a set # of outlets & basic placements, but i am allowed to pick where & how many before they run the romex. dimmers on everything, fans in every room, added can lights to the living area, already has can lights in the kitchen, going to add a quick connect gas connection for a grill out back, as well as some exterior outlets around the foundation and roof line for security, lighting, Christmas, etc.

the hardwired alarm is out, they wanted waaaay to much and there's so many wireless options these days...but i will be installing some hardwired exterior cameras

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Location and foundation type ?? Overhead duct work?
If you are in it for the long hall, 10 years or more, don't skimp on flooring, roofing, and windows. Big ticket items down the road.
I built 136 custom homes and that rule always applied. Neutral colors will always pass the test of time and not become so dated.
Take lots of pics while walls are open and of plumbing under whatever type of floor you do. My 2 cents.
Oh. If you are using any factory primed siding, make the painter prime over it if you can. I've seen this add 10 years to a sprayed paint job.
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If you're planning to wall mount any TV's, go ahead and put the power and media plugs up the wall where the TV would be. I did mine at 50" from the floor and it worked out pretty good.
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Think about furniture placement in living room. Consider installing a flush mounted, floor electrical outlet for lamps on tables.

If you have an attic, install a light switch for that space at the foot of the stairs or pull down ladder.

Thinking about attic space, light up that space with more than one crappy 60watt bulb.

Run a cat6 line to the master bath. Sitting in the tub and watching a ball game is very relaxing.
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If you're planning to wall mount any TV's, go ahead and put the power and media plugs up the wall where the TV would be. I did mine at 50" from the floor and it worked out pretty good.
add some backing too so the brackets are solid.
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Document everything along the way, take pictures of everything as well for both present and future use. Pre-wire for any audio/video you want, easy to do yourself. Hot water blender in garage is nice to have. If your builder doesn't do it, add blocking behind all towel bars and toilet paper holders, same goes for any TV mounts you're planning. Stair lighting is also nice to have.
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I just finished building my second home...and I mean that I built it. I personally did the plumbing, electrical, wooden partitions, sheetrock, ceiling, lights, windows, doors, bathroom showers, tile, kitchen cabinets, etc...
So maybe I can help but I don't know what you are asking specifically.

Generally speaking, most people who hire a contractor to build a new home make electrical mistakes.
One mistake is not installing enough light fixtures, overhead ceiling fan boxes/lights in every bedroom and outlets. I can't tell you how many new homes are built without overhead light fixtures in the bedrooms and main living areas. The electrical contractor makes a killing charging extra for each fixture so the owners pass and later regret it.
Also...three way switches to control lighting are nice to have...even in small rooms. It's also nice to have your bottom outlets controlled with a wall switch. This is nice for Christmas decorations, entertainment center lights, etc...
Also, make sure they install 12 gauge wire to all outlets so you can put in a 20 amp outlet wherever you choose in the future. The electrician will bitch but believe me...you want to win this argument.
Also....now is the time to install a Central Vac system. They are very nice and are easy for new construction.
Hmmm....let me think.....make sure the sheetrock guys don't rip out insulation that gets in their way. I have seen this done.
Make sure you plumb your garage with water and drains. You will thank me later.
Speaking of garage...make sure to run a sub panel out there so you can install workshop outlets. Again..all outlets should be 20A with one 220V outlet
I'm sure I can think of more later....
Oh yeah....did I mention to install ample lighting outlets!
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:58 AM
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Add generator switch to panel. I would do do exterior outlets on every wall. In garage, do some dedicated circuits for exterior outlets and interior for appliances. You don’t want a exterior outlet causing the GFI to trip and spoiling your fridge and freezer. Plan for the future and put outlets in garage every 4 ft and run 30 and 50 amps for lift and welder.

Also add hose bibs in more then one spot. It’s pretty cool to have hot water hose bib.
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Old 11-29-2018, 07:01 AM
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If you can't move the house then at least flip the floor plan from right to left (both floors)....create as much separation from your personal living space and your neighbor. Besides I'd much rather look out my windows and see my shit than the neighbors house and shit.
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If the oak Is a issue with the town. I would try to make it look like it was struck by lighting during the next storm.
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I also like the garage door to not face the street for security purposes.
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I would wall off the Mud Room and put a washer and dryer on the second floor. Depending of the climate your in you might want to consider Not have plumbing lines against or in outside wall's
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Just a couple of stream-of-consciousness thoughts here... Do not cheap out on Windows and doors! Put in the best you can afford even if you have to wait on an interior furnishing in order to do it.

someone mentioned wall-mounted TVs, during the framing process is the right time to put in the additional blocking necessary to mount a new 80 inch TV exactly where you want it

extra blocking in the bathrooms is also handy for future use in case you have to put in grab rail or something like that.

I don't have access to them right now but there are several good articles out on the web about future-proofing your house, maybe worth a read just to see if you can glean an idea or two

Add in some extra flooring in the Attic because somehow over the years you always wind up putting more junk up there then you thought you would. While up there also add outlets and lights

Make sure you have plenty of exterior wall hose bibs.

I don't know if this is your forever house or merely your next house, but if your forever house then I would consider accommodating at the time of construction some very simple mods such as wider bedroom doors, wider bathroom doors, just in the off chance that in the future you will need them. If done right they don't look any different from standard size
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I wouldn't want to deal with that oak tree crap. Can't mess with your own trees? I would get a new lot... just sayin.
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Get a copy of the electrical plan, just went thru this and spent two days changing it up. Be sure to get 200 amp service.
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Use 2 ac units. Dont do a zone system. Thank me in a few years
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