Small Details That Make A Big Difference When Remodeling Your Home
Gut & Remodel 70s Condo In Hawaii
Here is a casual list of design elements you might want to consider including in your home remodel and addition or your new home.
KITCHEN Cabinets dedicated to refuse containers Under cabinet lighting Large sinks that accept large pots Separate small sinks for preparation purposes Base cabinets with drawers rather than doors Two dishwashers Electrical outlets tucked inside drawers, cabinets or pantries Drain boards Instant hot or boiling water dispensers Ice machine Soft close cabinets and drawers Baking counter Pot filler at the cook-top with drain at backsplash Garbage disposal button rather than switch Built-in drawer organizers Bread drawers Bread boards Spice drawers or pull outs Soda water dispenser Pet food stations Tray storage Kick-plate vacuum catchers Plate racks Pull out towel cabinet Built-in refrigerators Custom paper towel holders Pantry closet/walk-in Foot pedal operated water taps Elevated appliances Trash compactor Wine Refrigerators Sponge caddy at face of cabinet in front of sink Fiber optic garbage disposal button Various height counter tops according to your own needs Consider use of toe-kick space for a temporary step, secret drawer or tray storage
LAUNDRY Laundry room Exhaust Fans Entry or mud room with kids lockers Locate near bedrooms and bathrooms Locate dryer to an outside wall if possible for easier venting Pet bathing area Cleaning supply caddy built-in to cabinet system Second Floor Laundry Chutes For Main Level or Basement Level laundry areas
BATH ADA compliant toilets etc. Hand held shower sprays Safety bars Electrical outlets at toilets for hygiene systems Shower seats built-in or folding on a side wall Outdoor showers Silent exhaust fans Dual Flush toilets
CLOSETS Automatic lights at closets and pantries Walk-in closets need to be seven feet wide minimum and at least five feet deep (NOTE: do not build closet rods to cross each other in the corners of walk in closets, it is usually better to line the closet on two opposing sides than on three sides) Place one outlet in closet just in case you want to plug in something there
THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE Solatube type skylights Remote control blinds Remote control skylights Charging stations or garages Wire exterior electrical sockets to an interior switch (good for xmas lights) Smartphone control devices Smart thermostats wireless Water softener Central vacuum systems Radiant floor heating Garage door keypad Humidity control systems Whole house fans Gas fireplace over wood burning Automatic drip systems and landscape irrigation Motion sensor exterior lights Dimmer switches Recirculating hot water Instant hot water heaters Built-in fireproof safe Easily accessible shut off valves for gas and water for when you leave town Consider cross ventilation for window placement Consider sound insulation in places where there could be transmission of undesired noise At exterior take into account "dark sky" light fixtures to reduce light pollution Rain water collection to use for you landscape and gray water
GARAGE Sink in Garage for utility cleanup Insulate garage walls and door in extreme climates Consider adding hot and cold water hose bibs for pet and car washing Attic access with pull down stair
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