November 2, 2005 12:17 PM Subscribe
What sort of "neat" things and convenience features would you design into your dream home?
posted by bondcliff to home & garden (122 answers total) 138 users marked this as a favorite
We're in the early stages of designing a new house. At this point we're putting together a wish list to give the architect a starting point.
As well as making the house aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient, I also want it to work for us. I want there to be a "flow" to it that ultimately makes life easier.
I'm looking for tips, for ideas. Not so much "I hear Ikea cabinets are nice" or "use high R-values for insulation" but things like "put the laundry on the same floor as the bedrooms so you don't have to lug all your clothes up and down stairs" or "put a mail sorting station by the door with a paper recycling bin nearby, racks for your keys, and chargers for cell phones and PDAs."
I want to build a "better" house. If I were designing a car I would be looking for cup holders and cell phone outlets, not fuzzy dice and leather seats.
An additional related question, is there anything really useful that I can do with home automation? Most applications I've seen (turning up the heat via the web, turning off the garage lights from the toilet) seem more like the classic "because I CAN do it" reason that we nerds love so much. Nothing wrong with that, but I'm not sure it justifies the expense.