this is one of those things that’s super important but i 100% can visualize. looking at a blueprint and thinking of how the lighting will look hurts my brain. they are going to put together a 3d rendering which should be helpful here.Another thing and may have just been our builder. He really did not have a lot of lights in large rooms around the house. We literally doubled the lights in the basement trophy room that he had planned. It works great now but would have been a hard correction after the fact. Pay close attention to where your lights are and if you have enough.
What are you guys choosing for flooring in these new homes. True hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, ect. The in-laws just installed luxury vinyl and I have to say, I'm impressed with the look and feel. My last home I had acacia flooring installed. It looked amazing, but seasonal swings caused substantial expansion/contraction. In winter there were some pretty sizable (1/16") gaps between some boards. Does all hardwood have this much activity.
That gun room people are talking about is amazing. For me, a must have in new construction would be stairs from the garage directly to the basement. Straight shot for taking items downstairs, without walking through the house.
I second the high garage ceiling. We bought a new construction 4 years ago and it has almost 11 foot ceilings in the garage. Having vertical space really makes the layout appear larger than it is.Things I like in my current house :
+9' (or taller) 1st floor ceiling
+Laundry/mud room between garage and house (strip down if need be) with easily cleaned floor
+Recessed lighting in kitchen and LR.
+Storm door on front
+High garage ceiling (10')
Things that'll be in my 'next home'
*Backup power & transfer switch
*flood lights on back roof eaves
*Heated Bathroom floors
*Gas line to the back of home (patio/porch/backyard kitchen or whatever)
*Master bedroom downstairs
*Wide door/hallways (helpful in injured, indigent, greeting older)
*A real kitchen range hood with exterior vent
The beauty of an Isokern is that you can stub and plumb a gas burner, electronic igniter with remote, and do them gas burning as well. They just hold heat so much better than a traditional "metal box" style, and they look so much better.we were leaning towards gas so my wife would be comfortable getting a fire going. i will definitely look into it. very good suggestion
One thing I really want to put in a house/shop if I ever get to build my own is a walk in cooler.