When building a new house with the help of companies like Lien Transportation Co, there are many decisions to be made, from flooring to counter tops, and everything in between. Some selections can wait, but others need to be made very early on in the process. While not one of the more glamorous parts of building a new house, plumbing decisions need to be made quickly, before the walls are framed and the rough plumbing lines are stubbed out.
1. Laundry Location: The laundry room is moving up in the world, from the basement, to the main floor, and now to the second floor. Think about how you actually do laundry before you opt for the second floor location. If you have small children and are frequently in the kitchen, it may be more practical for you to have a first floor laundry room to avoid the inevitable repeat trips up and down the stairs that would be required with a second floor location.
2. Ceiling Tub Filler: If you have always dreamed of that fabulous spa bathtub for your master bathroom, you need to speak up now, or forever hold your peace. A ceiling tub filler is not an expensive rough plumbing option, if you inform your builder early in the process. If you don't, the change order can make your dreams cost prohibitive as both walls and ceilings would have to be altered to add your ceiling tub filler later in the construction process.
3. Basement Bathroom: Even if you don't plan to finish your basement any time soon, having your basement stubbed out for an additional bath is a good idea. Doing so now costs less than $1,000, but trying to run plumbing lines five years from now is extremely expensive. Plus, simply having the option of that bathroom adds value to your home.
4. Pedal-Operated Kitchen Faucet: According to Prevention Magazine, your kitchen faucet is a "germ magnet". It is constantly damp and can easily harbor bacteria. Having a foot-operated system allows you to avoid touching the faucet when you have raw meat on your hands, reducing the spread of bacteria. It is relatively easy for a builder to make the switch to a pedal-operated system, if you tell them in advance.
5. Pot Filler Faucet: Carrying a heavy, five-quart stockpot from the sink all the way over to the stove, especially if you have to dodge pets or small children, is no easy feat. The pot filler faucet is a swing out model designed to eliminate this process and to allow you to fill the empty pot right on the burner. Again, while not an expensive option, it does require plenty of advance notice to run plumbing lines over to an area that does not normally house them.
6. Extra Hose Spigot: Most builders include two hose spigots, one in the front and one in the rear of the house. You can, of course, request as many as you would like. If you are planning a dog run on the side of your home, an additional spigot in that area would make quick work of filling your pet's water bowl and for giving baths. Likewise, if you garden, not having to drag a hose all the way around the house is appealing.
7. Garage Sink: Most homes have a utility sink near the garage, but some people prefer to have one located directly in the garage. It is great for mechanics as well as parents of small children who do not want them running in and out of the house all day long.
Making plumbing decisions early in the process can help you build the home of your dreams. Simply talk to your builder about your choices as soon as possible.