October 4th, 2012
Are you remodeling or having a home built from scratch? Even if you’re not, take note of some of these ideas for when you will. When we have lived in a place long enough, we often say “Boy I wish this had….” or “If only that had been placed over there…” When you remodel or have custom built, you get to have your say.
The number one wish these days are for more outlets in more places. We want to have our tablet devices charging in the kitchen while we use it when cooking. We have more appliances that we use. Our visitors want to plug in their phones to charge while hanging out. And we want to avoid having to use dangerous extension cords that people can trip over. In addition, we don’t want to overburden the wall socket with ten plugs which could be a fire hazard.
You may need to upgrade all of your electrical wiring when remodeling to ensure that the fuses can handle the extra current. Like updating to copper pipe, this will increase the value of your home.
The number two is to have more places to store things, whether you use them all the time or they’re seasonal. Look to put shelves or cabinets in out of the weay places like underneath the stairs, under the kitchen island, or under a window. Build in special places to store your keys, cell phone, and other items that you’re always misplacing.
A creative idea is to have perforated tubing put into your walls that allow the exterminator to spray more effectively. If you really don’t like spiders, this is the best way to keep them from taking over. It’s safer as you’re not exposing your pets and family to the chemicals directly, and it’s more effective targeting the pest at the source.
If you’ve ever stayed in a luxurious hotel that has heated tile in the bathroom in the dead of winter, you know why you would love this feature. Even if you don’t want to have the hot water pipes put under the tile, you can purchase mats from your local home improvement store that do the trick for a fraction of the cost.
So before you remodel, look at your wish list for things you would want changed. And if you haven’t started, buy a little notebook where you and your family can jot down the things that you wish you could change.
What do you wish you could change right now where you’re living?