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Small things that get forgotten

posted by: Laura12 on 04.11.2012 at 06:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

I keep hearing that most people find that there are small things that they didn�t think about until after they finished construction that they wish they would have added into their build, and I was curious if all of you would like to help me to compile a list for all of us to consider during planning!

So far I have
- Plugs in kitchen pantry for charging, or for items that may end up living there
- Full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items away from sight.
- Solar tubes in areas that don�t get natural sunlight
- Prewire security system
- Run wire and prepare roof for future solar
- Central Vac with vac pans

Any others to add?


clipped on: 10.25.2013 at 02:29 pm    last updated on: 10.25.2013 at 02:29 pm

Central Vac w/ hide-a-hose - disadvantages?

posted by: chaylabird on 09.02.2010 at 09:26 pm in Building a Home Forum

The company that gave me a bid for installing a central vac is strongly discouraging us from using a hide-a-hose. I've heard great things about it and I don't think I'd actually use a central vac w/out one but here is the critique:

*Since each valve requires its own hose, Hide-a-Hose requires special fittings and piping, and requires increased labor and planning time your installation price (labor and materials) goes from $125 per valve standard CV install to $700 per valve on a Hide-a-Hose.

*The hose is stored inside the pipe that carries the dirt. Every time you pull that hose out it brings dirt and dust back out with it. The hose gets very dirty and dingy in a very short period of time. Plus the dirty hose rubs up against the customers walls and furniture getting them dirty.

*You cannot use an electric power nozzle with the Hide-a-Hose only air driven carpet brushes and suction only tools. If your customer is going to have any carpet at all she will lose 50% power by using an air driven brush instead of an electric motor driven brush.

I would appreciate any insights as to how valid these criticisms are... Thanks so much!


clipped on: 05.17.2011 at 02:04 am    last updated on: 05.17.2011 at 02:04 am

best energy saving building techniques

posted by: ynottony on 06.10.2008 at 05:37 pm in Building a Home Forum

We are almost ready to build and I have some questions about the latest building materials that are being used. Mostly full sun on our lot, want to know if the sealed crawlspaces and the spider/ cellulose insulation is a definite money saver? there are few builders using these methods in our area. Is the radiant barrier roof sheathing and good bet. I am trying to absorb all of the info on this site as I know energy prices are going to climb soon, and I do not mind the expense knowing I will be paid back in the long run


clipped on: 06.11.2008 at 01:25 pm    last updated on: 06.11.2008 at 01:25 pm