Are you thinking of remodeling your home, building a home from scratch, or investing in the tiny home trend? Big projects like this are a lot of fun and can be a great way to exercise your creativity and future proof your home. However, these projects are also an exercise in organizational skills and project management. With millions of little details to consider, it can be easy for things to slip through the cracks.
The last thing you want to slip through the cracks of a remodel or home construction is your plumbing. We’ve put together a list of key plumbing considerations to keep in mind as you are building your dream home.
1. Fixtures Are More Than Details
It might seem like we are starting small, but fixtures can play a surprisingly large role when it comes to your comfort. Little things like the length of your sink compared to the faucet, or the height of your showerhead, can affect the way your home functions. More than the style of your fixtures, where your fixtures are placed will also play a role in function. If you are not thinking about where major fixtures like sinks or toilets are placed, you might be opening yourself up to drainage issues down the line.
2. Take a Peek Underground
A coat of paint will never be able to cover-up poor pipes. If you are tearing down an existing home or renovating your current space, you need to have a clear picture of the age and condition of your pipes. Also, make sure you know the material your pipes are made of, as this can inform fixture installation choices your plumber will make later on.
Efficient and eco-friendly plumbing choices will be beneficial to both the environment and your wallet. If you are a small household, consider purchasing a tankless water heater. Or, if you are hoping to have landscaping in your front or backyard, think about researching greywater systems that can act as lawn irrigation. These choices take some planning and can require updates to specific plumbing arrangements, so when thinking efficiency, think ahead.
4.Recognize Your Limits
We are all for the do-it-yourself attitude. It allows you to more intimately understand your home and adds new skills to your repertoire. However, it’s important to know when to ask for help—this is especially true when dealing with your future home’s plumbing. Call a local plumber with experience in new construction to problem-solve with you.
5.Know Your Flow
When thinking about highly functional rooms like a kitchen or bathroom, your routine is often a great way to start the design process. Things like how you bring in groceries or your night-time shower routine can inform fixture and large appliance placement.
This crucial step can often be overlooked during small builds, and while it can slow your progress, it is a necessary part of the process. These permits are especially important in ensuring that your home meets fire safety requirements and code guidelines. There have even been cases of inspectors requiring you to rip out non-conforming work—putting you back at square one. So, do yourself a favor and try to obtain these permits early on in the process.
When evaluating your new home, it is important to keep in mind not only what will serve you best now, but also what could potentially translate to a larger resale value down the road. Consider installing newer or more efficient systems as an investment.
8.Water Heater Placement
Whenever possible, it is best to store your water heater in the basement. However, if a basement isn’t in your plans, never fear, your water heater can be installed on the main floor of your home. The reasoning is that these heaters store water and, sometimes, a lot of it. If something were to break, you want the water damage to be as limited as possible. On the subject of placement, if you can keep your sewer connection, sewage ejector pit, water softener, and sump pump in the same place as your water heater and furnace, your plumber will be able to resolve issues quickly.
9.Wet Wall Sharing
As you can probably tell from the rest of this list, accessibility and efficiency in a home matter. This is no more evident than in the concept of a wet wall. This structural wall is designed to house the piping needed for multiple appliances. Designing your home with a wet wall in mind is a great way to cut down on your building costs, as well as make it easier for repairs and maintenance.
10.Install a Water Softener
A water softener or home filtration system is an asset for your home in two ways. Not only will it help you soften Las Vegas’s notoriously hard water, but it is also a great selling point when you’re ready to put your house on the market.
To learn how Lange Plumbing & Fire Protection can help during construction of your dream home, give us a call at (702) 500-0936 or contact us online.