Sunday, May 22, 2011

Things to remember

Below is a list of things that I feel are essential to consider during a build. They are things one can easily forget to add in the tender and can be very difficult / costly to do during / after a build. Some of these things you may be able to do during construction depending on the leniency of you site supervisor

·         Check dimensions of fridge space. Increase to 1000mm or more if possible.
·         Plumbing near fridge for those with ice/chilled water dispensers. Preferably in a cupboard above or next to it.
·         Check dimensions of microwave space.
·         Consider upgrading from laminate to granite
·         Two bowl sink with filtered water tap
·         Consider provisioning for outdoor / second kitchen. You will need a gas point, water, and power point
·         Extra cupboards, especially overhead with bulkheads
·         For wooden flooring and some tiles height of kitchen appliances need to be adjusted as well as first step of stairs
·         Ask skirtings to be only tacked in so they can be easily removed for floor covering installation
·         Frosted windows
·         Medicine cabinet
·         Heater/fan/light
·         Granite basin
·         Floor to ceiling tiles
·         Mirrored sliding robes
·         Double glaze windows for sound and heat insulation
·         Consider dimensions especially if you own a 4wd
·         Consider Widening for extra storage space
·         Drive through roller door can be very useful
·         Auto garage doors or at least power point provisions for future installation
·         Power points for tools. Will you need 3 phase power?
·         Power points for second fridge or dryer and ducted vacuum motor
·         Telephone points, TV points and double power points,
·         Power points for vacuuming
·         Cordless phones also need power points
·         Power point / light provision for garden shed
·         Provisioning for garden lighting
·         Ducted vacuuming
·         Doorbell  / video intercom and or alarm system
·         Height of power points e.g.: wall mounted TV or projector
·         Sensor lights around house
·         Check positions of power points and light switches
·         Data points. Consider Foxtel, IPTV, Internet connection in other rooms, printers, and also for streaming data.  
·         Outdoor power point or in alfresco.  Also consider outdoor gas point.
·         Low voltage floor lights / niche lights or along stairs look great
·         Consider Dimmer switches for some rooms
·         Solar power
·         Consider positions and number of fresh water / recycled taps
·         Insulation
·         Consider backyard drainage and any pipes you may have to lay
·         Recessed electrical meter box
·         Zoned ducted air conditioning with control pad for upstairs and downstairs
·         At framing stage, take photos of walls in all rooms before gyprock goes on so you know location of all studs and wooden frames


  1. Like your blog! We are building a Manhattan in the Hills.

  2. Thanks! Hows it going? Ours is pretty much complete now

  3. Every part of the house must be planned and organized. I like the list you have, and I even realized that you made a good point on some of your list. However, I’m somewhat intrigued where your ducted vacuum is placed. It is centralized? I’d like to hear from you. Cheers!