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Subject:  Re: Open question: What to put into a new house? Date:  2/25/2004  3:19 PM
Author:  vuelta Number:  46678 of 137812

A few ideas. Not really upgrades but little details that are best taken care of when building the house:

1) A hot water circulation pump and return line. This will save you from having to wait for hot water at a faucet or shower. You can put it on a timer o it only runs at certain times. At the same time, make sure that all water lines are insulated.

2) A laundry room that is large enough to do the sorting, ironing, folding, etc.. Both gas and electricity at the dryer location, and a dryer vent pipe that is easy to connect and clean out. Maybe floor drain in the laundry room too. Put a big utility sink in there too, or out in the garage.

3) Both gas and electricity at the kitchen range location.

4) A water mainfold inside the house (probably near the water heater, cause you want to manifold both hot and cold water) that has both a main shut off valve for the entire house, and individual shut off valves for each area. If you have to shut of water to make a repair in a restroom, you can shut off the water to just that restroom and leave water available to the rest of the house. Use ball valves.

5) A water line and wire conduit in both the front and back yard, so you can install a sprinkler system and have the timers in the garage. Put hose bibs where you need them.

6) If you have pets, locate the utility entrances (or at least the meters) outside of the areas the pets will be. This way meter readers won't have to hassle with your dogs, and they won't leave a gate open.

7) Two switched leads to ceiling fan locations, so the light and the fan can be operated independently.

8) If you are going to use a satellite dish and/or an antennea, figure out where they will be located and how you will run the leads into the house.

9) Drain line clean outs. Make sure you have them where you need them.

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