You're building a new house, so you're probably not ready to think about putting in additions just yet. While it can be tempting to believe that you'll get everything right in one shot, many homeowners find their needs changing as the years tick on. If you're building your forever home, then it's worth keeping these three tips in mind so that you can expand or upgrade your home's plumbing in the future.
1. Choose a Central Plumbing Location
When you're building a new home, you have options. It's easy to focus on the big picture stuff, but there are smaller questions to answer, as well. For example, where will you install your water heater? Your furnace? Homeowners typically choose the basement for these appliances, but space considerations may force you to select another location.
Wherever you decide to place your utility equipment, you should attempt to keep it as centralized as possible. By locating equipment such as your furnace, water pump (if your home uses a well), water heater, and so on in one location, you'll make future maintenance tasks much more straightforward. Additionally, a centralized location makes it easy to upgrade or replace equipment in the future.
2. Plan for the Future
Is there a home upgrade that you're dreaming about, but that isn't in your construction budget right now? While you might not be able to afford it during initial construction, you can take steps to lessen the financial impact for the future. For example, you can plan now if you intend to finish your attic or basement in the future.
You can avoid disruptions when you finally bring in contractors to conduct this work by running plumbing or drainage for future additions. Pay special attention to any expansion plumbing that you need to run under floors, in ceilings, or behind walls. Taking care of these items while building your home will make it easier for contractors to work on your home in the future.
3. Consider Plumbing Upgrades
Two common upgrades for many homeowners are whole-home water softeners and water purifiers. You may choose to forego the expense of installing these items during construction, but that doesn't mean that you won't want them in the future. Both of these items require physical space for installation, so it's essential to leave room in your utility area to simplify future installations.
Ultimately, a few small steps can help you to future-proof your home's plumbing and reduce the cost of home expansions or renovations. Talking with your plumber during construction is a cost-effective way to ensure that your home will be ready for upgrades.
For more tips on new plumbing construction, reach out to a plumber in your area.Share