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Upgrades You Don't Want to Forget About When Remodeling

Updated: Aug 14

I recently created a new workbook for my "Design Brief" Mini Course and as a bonus I added a list of upgrades that we have learned to add to our remodels. Here is a sneak peak of what is in the workbook!

Electrical, Audio Visual, and Security Items

  • Add an outlet or two in the eaves of your house for holiday lights, and consider connecting

  • this outlet to a switch or timer switch inside.

  • Add wiring for video doorbell at front door, and consider adding additional hardwired

  • chime indoor for doorbell.

  • Place wiring for landscape lighting outdoors.

  • Consider a WIFI controlled garage door opener with security camera. Also, a garage door

  • opener that is wall mounted and has nylon wheels can reduce noise/increase headroom.

  • Add whole house surge protection at the electrical panel.

  • Add wiring for exterior security cameras.

  • Add a 220V outlet for electric car charging.

  • Add basic lighting in attic and crawl space.

  • Think ahead about modem location and WIFI coverage.

  • Think ahead about charging locations for devices.

  • Consider extra blocking (wood framing) in garage ceiling for hanging storage.

  • Add power at interior and exterior speaker locations.

  • Consider adding infrastructure for future solar panels.

  • Add power for tv and projector locations. Think ahead about installing conduit if an

  • entertainment component or gaming system will be stored elsewhere.

  • Add motion-activated switches in closets and/or garage

  • Infrastructure for a generator.

  • Power to electric window shades, skylight shades, or smart film on glass.

  • Include power for in-floor heating in bathrooms or damp basements.

  • Add electrical provisions for hot tub.

  • Add electrical provisions for future shed or small accessory dwelling.

  • Bonus Material 32

Plumbing and HVAC Items

  • Add hose bib locations near where you water plants or wash the car. Consider hot water

  • hose bib locations for washing cars, or dogs (or kids).

  • Choose a furnace that is compatible with a WIFI-controlled thermostat.

  • When running a water line to your refrigerator consider putting a shut-off valve in an

  • easy-to-reach location in case of a leak.

  • When using a stacked washer/dryer consider placing the hookups on the side or providing

  • access through the opposite side of the wall.

  • Consider putting your stackable washer/dryer on a platform with wheels in case you need

  • to move it in the future.

  • Place your main water shut off to the house in an easy-to-access location in case of leaks

  • Consider plumbing natural gas to the location where your BBQ will sit.

  • Consider plumbing natural gas for an outdoor fireplace.

  • Consider placing power and gas for outdoor heaters.


  • Make sure your contractor places blocking (extra wood framing) in the wall where handrails,

  • towel bars, shelves, and grab bars might go.

  • Plan a dedicated secure compartment or area for package deliveries.

  • Plan your attic access location and access panel to avoid an eyesore.


  • Plan your appliances early so exact electrical, water, ventilation, and gas requirements and

  • locations can be installed correctly and cabinets can be planned accordingly.

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