new home going up -- what

Hi Terry!
TV> We are planning to build a home in 2 years when my wife retires. I would TV> like the home as modern as possible, hopefully including somethings I could TV> put in myself to save money. I was thinking that I should have a second a.cTV> line into the rooms that could be run off a generator. I am also interested TV> in any suggestions for other wiring (d.c. line?) such as communication TV> wiring, media wiring, latest innovations in hot water systems -- TV> TV> The bottom line is that I was to have a home that doesn't cost an arm and a TV> leg but has many of the newest innovations -- things that I have to plan foTV> before the walls are finished.
I would say run extra CAT6 cables (labeled as to where they terminate), six conductor telephone cable (and an extra one of those too), possibly another cable for alarms (including doorbells). It's easier to run cables before the drywall is installed.
You might also want to run PVC pipe for later: loop a nylon string inside so easier to run future upgrades (small pullies at either end, or loop through large eyehooks). Possibly run the pipe to inside closets for relatively easy access.
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