Having a home built provides you with the ability to play a key role in deciding how the residence will look when it's finished. Instead of moving into a previously built home and having to make a long list of desired changes, your new home will already have the flooring, wall colors, and countertop material that you desire. You'll find that there are a number of small details that are easier to address when the home is under construction instead of focus on completing them afterward. Here are some things that you should definitely speak to your builder about during your new home construction.
Running Speaker Wire
If you're the type of person who enjoys movies or music, you'll often want a surround-sound system in your living room or basement. This type of system relies on front and rear speakers; the front speakers are easy to connect to the receiver placed near your TV, but the rear speakers — unless they're wireless — will need to be connected with long lengths of speaker wire. This can involve removing your baseboards and running the wire behind them — or having the builder run the wire through the walls before the drywall is put on, which is much easier. The builder doesn't need to connect your speakers for you; you just need a length of wire hanging out of the wall in the right places.
Installing Floor Heating
Don't get moved into your home and, during the first winter, decide that a heated floor would be nice. You'll need to tear up the existing floor, which will be pricey and time consuming. Instead, if you anticipate enjoying this feature, have your builder install radiant floor heating in the desired areas, such as your bedroom and bathroom. The heating cables can be placed on the subfloor before the flooring is laid, meaning that this cozy system will be ready to use as soon as you need it.
Putting In Dimmer Switches
The ability to dim the lights in several rooms throughout your home can be appealing, whether it's using just a bit of light in the bathroom first thing in the morning or lowering the lights in your dining room for a romantic dinner. Instead of changing the light switches yourself after moving in, ask your builder to use dimmer switches in a number of specific rooms. The builder will pass this information along to the electrician, who will get the job done to your specifications.