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Top 4 Best "Plan Ahead" Ideas When Building a New Home

By Selina Hoit
 Hey Friends!
This month is the 4 year anniversary of moving into our new home and our 18th anniversary of our marriage.  Yay :-)
We've had 6 homes in those years, 2 of them we got to build completely from scratch and 1 partially from scratch.

I've learned quite a few things about building a home.  Of course if I put everything I learned on one post it would become a novel, so today, I thought I would just cover a few little items that we did that I have REALLY ENJOYED. (-:

My hope is that you can save this post as reference if you ever have a chance to build your own home. :-)
First Fun Plan Ahead Item:
We added electrical sockets to the eaves of our roof rafters.  This was quite simple to do, we just had to plan ahead.  It makes Christmas lights a lot cleaner and simpler.
We also added a socket right next to the pergola for string lights.  This has been AWESOME!!!!!! It looks so clean. Adding string lights to my backyard has been one of my favorite features of the house.  Perfect for entertaining guests on a warm summer night.
There is the electrical socket - right at the top of the pergola!
We also made sure to tie in a power switch INSIDE so that we could turn the Christmas lights and the hanging string lights off with the flick of a button.
Second Fun Plan Ahead Item:
This might seem a little silly but I LOVE that I purchased a nice looking doorbell chime! The standard one installed is just an ugly plastic box.  For just a few dollars more, they installed one that actually looked pretty in our home.  I also think spending a bit more on a decorative doorbell ringer is worth the money too.
Third Fun Plan Ahead Item:
I'm not sure if I would call this one as much "fun" as I would just "smart" :-)  My husband and I have issues with air conditioning :-)  I like it HOT and he likes it FREEZING. (We also had the hot/cold issue with our bed, you can check out that post here.) In our old home, we had just one unit/zone for the house.  His office was upstairs so he would BLAST the air conditioning to keep his office cool while the rest of the house was cold enough to produce snow had there been moisture.  Ha! So with this house we did a MULTI zone air conditioner.  We actually did four zones; the downstairs, main level, our master bedroom and the upstairs. Each one of those areas has its own air control system.  It wasn't that much of an upgrade and FINALLY, I don't have to wear my down jacket in the peak of summer. :-)
Fourth Plan Ahead Item:
We saved money by building bedrooms into the roof rafters.  Not only is it a GREAT use of space, I love the look of a room with cool nooks and crannies!
This may be a part 1 of 2 series but for now, I think that's a good start.  :-)  It can be overwhelming building a new home. Thankfully the internet/blogs can help some with some of the planning.

I hope I helped a bit!  If you have any other fun "plan ahead" items to add, let us know in the comments!!!!

Have a great weekend!

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