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Old 09-30-2021, 02:54 PM   #1
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I know there are some old threads that I have searched but I’m not seeing answers to everything I’m looking for now that we are getting ready to build our “forever home” so I decided to start another thread. If I have time I may go through some of those better old threads and consolidate the list of folks must haves to make it easier to go back and reference.

We’re working on the electrical portion of our plans right now so I’m wondering what is everyone doing for TV/internet these days? We currently just use WIFI and streaming for TV services, I don’t see us going back to cable but I want to have everything setup in case we do. Do I just have them run coax to all of the rooms? Should I run cat5 or something else to hardwire for streaming instead of WIFI?

What about alarm systems. Is it worth it to hardwire or just stick with a wireless system?

Speakers for the back porch. Hardwired or Bluetooth?
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Old 09-30-2021, 03:06 PM   #2
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Do you have cable internet and tv options in your area? Personally I would want my main rooms wired for cable and internet; its always better to use the ethernet instead of wifi for your main devices. If anyone in the house is a gamer the hardwire connection is good as well. Additionally if you have a pool, man cave, outdoor area I would look to run an ethernet connection to that location or to the portion of the house nearest to the area. That way you could hookup a wifi extender and get wifi/streaming tv at the locations that otherwise would be more expensive to run a hardline to.
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Old 09-30-2021, 03:41 PM   #3
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I would have then install off your panel a ready to go transfer switch for generator? If your in the country and going to run propane I would put multiple stub out connections.

If I were to do it again there wouldn’t be a single hose bib on the exterior of my house. They look ugly and are always the weak spot during a freeze. I would have plumber come out from under foundation into the yard a couple feet off exterior wall in a landscape box. Kind of like you see at the golf course. That way easy to insulate and if it does freeze and pop it will be in the yard and not your wall.

Security lights all over the exterior of house where if need be you can light up the world. Is great for parties and such but also great for keeping the criminal element away.
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Old 09-30-2021, 03:51 PM   #4
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I've found a roof, walls, floor, AC, and beer fridge, nearly impossible to live without.
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Old 09-30-2021, 03:56 PM   #5
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I would have then install off your panel a ready to go transfer switch for generator? If your in the country and going to run propane I would put multiple stub out connections.

If I were to do it again there wouldn’t be a single hose bib on the exterior of my house. They look ugly and are always the weak spot during a freeze. I would have plumber come out from under foundation into the yard a couple feet off exterior wall in a landscape box. Kind of like you see at the golf course. That way easy to insulate and if it does freeze and pop it will be in the yard and not your wall.

Security lights all over the exterior of house where if need be you can light up the world. Is great for parties and such but also great for keeping the criminal element away.
Great point! Never thought about that.
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:01 PM   #6
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I would think almost everything can be done wirelessly. TV, internet, security, CCTV? Just to be safe I would consider putting conduit (only in insulated walls or tight corners etc) and pullstrings for all things and not spend the money on cabling. That's just if you need it.

I would definitely have a generator installed. But then again, I live in Houston and we are more prone to have storm issues.

We used spray foam insulation and it has served us well. Really saves on electricity but quiets the house substantially as well.

I have a walk in gun room and in hindsight, I wish I would have made it 2x bigger.

Outdoor patio, grill, tv, HVLS fan and fireplace. I will spend from now through May out there in the evenings.
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:05 PM   #7
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Just my opinion, but running wire is cheap during construction when everything is exposed. Same goes for plumbing and gas lines.

I'd go ahead run for cable, internet, alarm, speakers/audio, doorbell, etc. I know technology is continually evolving, but wireless in many cases is just not as good as hard wired.

We have a wireless security system. It works fine, but we do have to replace the batteries in the sensors from time to time. Same goes for recharging the Ring doorbell. If I were building new, I'd be running wires for both.
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:07 PM   #8
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We’re working on the electrical portion of our plans right now so I’m wondering what is everyone doing for TV/internet these days? We currently just use WIFI and streaming for TV services, I don’t see us going back to cable but I want to have everything setup in case we do. Do I just have them run coax to all of the rooms? Should I run cat5 or something else to hardwire for streaming instead of WIFI?
I'm in a rural area, but ran cat5 to every room in the house to where a TV is. Everything goes back to the cat5 switch/splitter and router in the "media closet". Streaming the TV across the house through the ethernet is no issue, whereas you may get some buffering through Wifi across the house on a tablet. Looking into wifi boosters, but not really a huge concern either.

One thing I would recommend,...if you are having a home office, be sure to have cat5 ran in the slab in the floor with your floor plugs where your desk is. Just one thing that we overlooked in hindsight, which is no big deal but would have been nice.
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:07 PM   #9
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:11 PM   #10
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I know there are some old threads that I have searched but I’m not seeing answers to everything I’m looking for now that we are getting ready to build our “forever home” so I decided to start another thread. If I have time I may go through some of those better old threads and consolidate the list of folks must haves to make it easier to go back and reference.

We’re working on the electrical portion of our plans right now so I’m wondering what is everyone doing for TV/internet these days? We currently just use WIFI and streaming for TV services, I don’t see us going back to cable but I want to have everything setup in case we do. Do I just have them run coax to all of the rooms? Should I run cat5 or something else to hardwire for streaming instead of WIFI?

What about alarm systems. Is it worth it to hardwire or just stick with a wireless system?

Speakers for the back porch. Hardwired or Bluetooth?
One cat5 port, centrally located and inconspicuous, where the modem/wifi would be located. Make the TV(s) wifi only. Ideally a closet. And cut the cable.

Alarm system. Honestly, I've never had one, and would not consider one unless I lived in downtown Houston. If someone is breaking in, I am the only one stopping them, the police will not respond fast enough. If you want cameras and whatnot outside, then for sure wire those in because otherwise the system can easily be jammed if WIFI. ALSO, while you are mounting cameras/wiring in your eaves, put in a handful of outlets for Christmas lights.

Porch speakers. Wireless, unless you need top of the line sound quality.
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Old 09-30-2021, 05:47 PM   #11
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You will be broke with all the must haves listed in past threads on here!!
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Old 09-30-2021, 06:05 PM   #12
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Water softener and the right set up for tankless water heaters
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Old 09-30-2021, 06:28 PM   #13
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I've found a roof, walls, floor, AC, and beer fridge, nearly impossible to live without.
Building right now and that pretty much covers it. I have own 5 homes, but never built. Am sure I will get some things wrong...but I tried to ask as many about their what ifs: My brain dump as follows

1) Stretch yourself to build bigger. MAKE sure you bedrooms will hold size of beds and furniture you dream of. Measure other bedrooms sizes you desire to mirror
2) I am adding outlets higher up on wall to accomodate TV locations inside and outside where I want
3) Adding outlets on porch poles to address christmas lights
4) Strategic on plumbing clean outs through out (I had to stay on them to add the clean outs I wanted after gaining guidance from my dad and others)
5) Make your porches big enough to shield doors from rain (10 ft minimum)
6) Consider garage or carports be big enough to where you can open both vehicle doors and still walk between them
7) Form a good open relationship with your builder and their contractors. It can go a long way in working through issues or dealing with changes.

I live in the country and going wireless streaming or dish for TV. I am going to continue with my Ring alarm solution and bluetooth for music unless.
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Old 09-30-2021, 06:39 PM   #14
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I wouldn’t run coax cable again- Coax cables change and if you want it done correctly all of the old coax has to be removed and new / updated ran throughout ! Been there done that !
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Old 09-30-2021, 07:42 PM   #15
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You will be broke with all the must haves listed in past threads on here!!
I’m gonna be broke anyways!
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Old 09-30-2021, 07:59 PM   #16
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Put all IT cabling in a conduit so you can change it out. Built my house 33 yrs ago ask me how i know.
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Old 09-30-2021, 08:03 PM   #17
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We are in the build process. As far as electrical I went a little overboard with plugs and lights. We didn’t run any coax cables, but did run cat6 to every room.
Something I considered doing the conduit runs down to the TVs, but figured if anything we are getting more wireless than anything.
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Old 09-30-2021, 08:09 PM   #18
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Electrical outlets any where that you would like to have outdoor speakers. Also plenty for Christmas lights

Run a gas line to your outdoor living area In case you want a gas grill or a gas burning fireplace or a gas starter for your fireplace

I would have my garage floors painted or stained.
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:01 PM   #19
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I would put lights up all around the outside of the house mounted under the eves. Those wired landscape lights are nice while they work but are a pain to maintain

I used smart board instead of Sheetrock in my garage.
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:04 PM   #20
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I would definitely install a vault door for a “safe room” did this on my house and it was the best thing we did.
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:55 PM   #21
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We did a lot of research as you did.

We have been in our home 18 months.

The items I like that we splurged on:

- oversized garage for two diesel 3/4 trucks and a UTV.

- we made absolutely everything “smart” oven, TVs, all lighting, garage doors, thermostat, security cams, a couple door locks. We can control majority of electronic with our phones.

- all lighting LED majority is recessed cans.

- ran cat 5/Ethernet and HDMI to all tv areas.

- Lots and lots of outlets inside and outside.

- generator transfer switch and plug for my 13,000 watt generator (I can run one HVAC and most lights and electronics)

- hidden gun room that has a false shelf door.

- our kids playroom has a hidden Murphy queen bed. It’s awesome to have a room that contains their clutter and if needed it can be a guest room and it has a full bathroom.

- utility room sink is nice to have.

- gas starters in the two fire places

- smart sprinkler system in landscaping and yard.


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Old 09-30-2021, 10:30 PM   #22
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Thanks for asking this question OP. Many great ideas on here already, even some I might be able to afford if I can swing a few things that work out for me in the future.
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Old 10-07-2021, 11:25 AM   #23
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Lots of good ideas so far, keep em coming!

What is everyone using for long driveways? I have about 500ft to do so concrete and asphalt are out of the question at this time. About half of it already has an iron-ore base but needs to be topped with something. Looking at either stabilized limestone or maybe milled asphalt.
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Old 10-07-2021, 11:52 AM   #24
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We build awhile back (2019) and there are a couple things I wished I did (or could have convinced the ol lady)

Put plugs everywhere! BUT do not forget the hallways. (I did)

If you have an island or bar, put plugs underneath it. you will thank me when you have a party.

Recessed led lights are awesome!

Fire place gas ignitor is awesome as well! Would not trade that for anything.

We ran cable to all rooms including our carport (its our party pad). Also ran string incase I need to pull anything else.

A huge covered carport is awesome. Ours is 20x40. We play washers, cornhole, have parties etc under there when its rainining and there is plenty of room for 2 cars and golfcarts. One thing I love that we did in our carport is rock the road side at 3-4 foot so people on the road cannot see into the carport. (we live on a busy road during the week with kinder morgan)

Only thing I have running in the slab is sewage, everything else is attic so I can get to it.

Our attic is huge and I believe it keeps our house climate controlled pretty well. Our bill is typically 100-150 less than my inlaws next door
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Lots of good ideas so far, keep em coming!

What is everyone using for long driveways? I have about 500ft to do so concrete and asphalt are out of the question at this time. About half of it already has an iron-ore base but needs to be topped with something. Looking at either stabilized limestone or maybe milled asphalt.
Im not sure what we did (it was recommended by my brother in law) but it sucks! I am about to haul more in to patch the holes.

We are eventually going to crack and concrete the whole thing. (150ish foot) Will help with the kids and for me shade tree mechanicing

Our kids go to my inlaws to ride their bikes/scooters etc on their asphalt drive way.
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Agree with lots of electrical outlets, even under eaves.
Radiant barrier in attic with lots of air flow. Is amazing the difference in temp of attic with radiant barrier compared to without.
Not sure of correct term for this but my nephew has a water distribution type panel in the garage. Can shutoff water to different areas of house via panel. Is pretty cool.
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I would have then install off your panel a ready to go transfer switch for generator? If your in the country and going to run propane I would put multiple stub out connections.

If I were to do it again there wouldn’t be a single hose bib on the exterior of my house. They look ugly and are always the weak spot during a freeze. I would have plumber come out from under foundation into the yard a couple feet off exterior wall in a landscape box. Kind of like you see at the golf course. That way easy to insulate and if it does freeze and pop it will be in the yard and not your wall.

Security lights all over the exterior of house where if need be you can light up the world. Is great for parties and such but also great for keeping the criminal element away.
I always put all the hose bibs on their own with a main shutoff valve so you dont have to worry about it during winter. If your on a water softener you want to do this anyway.
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https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...=686662&page=4

Here is my build. I just read it through again.
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1500sq.ft house, 5000sq.ft garage

Mudroom at back entrance with a chower/chiter. Make your kitchen as big as your living room. Quadruple the size of your " thats good " closets, pantry / storage. Hot/cold water connections on every side of the house

The rest is just window dressings.
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Old 10-07-2021, 02:22 PM   #30
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A good builder is a must have.
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Old 10-12-2021, 03:56 PM   #32
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Bump!

His/hers own closets
Shower handle near the entrance of a walk in shower & tall shower heads
Place to hide the trash can in the kitchen
Wine fridge
Ice maker
Cordless blinds
Tankless water heater
Sprayed insulation
Yard irrigation/drainage system set up before establishing grass
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Spray in foam insulation. Makes a big difference.
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