I recently read a question from someone who is going to build and wanted to know what constitutes the perfect house? We're talking the average 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home here. Thanks for the great question Jools!
The responses were wide and varied. Some folk concentrated on security, others aesthetics and so we asked amongst the people we know - what for them would constitute the perfect house?
If you can think of any additional things to add to this list, please let us know.
Things to consider are:
Gas water heaters
Office - so many folk work from home nowadays
Generator and 'house' for the generator
Security indoors, outdoors, perimeter
Grey water system
Air vents in the roof
Local water heaters - particularly for the kitchen sink
Pay particular attention to lighting - indoor and outdoor, sensor lights, overhead lights, wall lights, track lights. Light switches that you can switch on one end and switch off the other end
Pay attention to where you are going to put your plug points - you cannot have too many and make them easily accessible
Make sure you have conduit running to just above every single door and window - there will be some time in the future where you will need/want wiring and you don't want to have to run it along the ceiling, skirting, down the wall.
Wiring - you want to avoid wires all over the place particularly in the office
Network points - as many as possible
Flow to outdoor areas
Hardwood floors look brilliant but can scratch easily
Outside brick paving - can get hot if in direct sunlight and if in damp areas grow moss
Storage for gardening stuff
Direct access from garage - super-important for security and trailing in those packets of groceries
Access panels and distribution boards - they need to be accessible - when the lights go out
Kitchen planning - stove not next to fridge, the kitchen "triangle".
You might want to think about installing ducted air-conditioning.
Garden taps - make sure you have enough
After building keep those spares tiles - like roof tiles, kitchen tiles in case you need just that one in that specific colour!
Pantry - absolute necessity
Laundry area - essential
Wet-rooms are great as opposed to shower cubicles, or showers with screens or curtains