We are planning to build a home in 2 years when my wife retires. I would
like the home as modern as possible, hopefully including somethings I could
put in myself to save money. I was thinking that I should have a second a.c.
line into the rooms that could be run off a generator. I am also interested
in any suggestions for other wiring (d.c. line?) such as communication
wiring, media wiring, latest innovations in hot water systems --
The bottom line is that I was to have a home that doesn't cost an arm and a
leg but has many of the newest innovations -- things that I have to plan for
before the walls are finished.
simplest thing is to put conduit of some kind to each room as opposed to
spending $$ on wiring the conduit will allow you to run as needed. make
sure you have adequate return air ducts as this is something that tends to
get shorted in most new homes. Depending on where you live make sure the
house faces the best direction for your weather. If you are going to have a
laundry room other than in the basement I would pit in a floor drain in case
of leaks. Also put in the water line for the fridge
My neighbor is a satellite dish installer and he gave us some good
advice about media cabling during our remodel. We paid him extra to run
TWO separate coax lines to each room that might conceivably have a TV
system. This will let us expand the systems as new components are
developed, record tivo while watching another program, etc. All the
cabling enters the house through a "media service box" in the utility
room, can be switched on or off or rerouted at that point, a lot like
an electric service panel but for media.
You also want to install CAT-5 wiring for all your phones with at least
one outlet on each wall, and put electrical outlets every six feet
along all your walls. This makes rearranging the furniture a lot easier
years from now.
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