Posted on: 25 January 2021
When you are building or remodeling your home, you will be tempted to focus on the fun things, like flooring, cabinets, and paint colors. Take the time to talk to your plumber—they can help you with many of the extras that you will want for your space.
1. Tankless hot water heater
Tankless hot water heaters use less energy, take up less space, and are better for the environment. There really isn't a reason to not have one installed by your plumbing contractor in your new home.
2. Janitor's sink
It may seem odd to suggest installing a commercial janitor's sink into a residential space, but it is very on-trend. The janitor's sink, sometimes referred to as a floor-mount sink, came into being because janitors needed to roll their mop bucket right up to an interior spigot instead of lifting the heavy bucket up and into a sink. While some homeowners may use it for mopping, most are taking advantage of the low basin as a pet washing station. It is also a great place to allow wet or muddy boots to dry.
3. Pre-plumbed basement bath
You may not ever have plans of finishing your basement or even needing a bathroom down there, but pre-plumb for one anyway. The cost to have a plumbing contractor pre-plumb for a basement bath when your house is being built is minimal, but having one installed later is expensive. It requires cutting into walls and breaking up concrete floors. If nothing else, it can be mentioned as a positive when you sell your home later.
4. Pot filler faucet
If you have ever struggled to carry a stockpot full of water from the sink to the stove, you know how heavy that pot can be. Luckily, adding a pot filler faucet directly above your stove makes that struggle a thing of the past. Pot fillers are also designed to take less time to fill a pot than standard kitchen faucets. In fact, they can fill a pot at the rate of four gallons per minute, compared to only 1.5 gallons per minute for traditional kitchen faucets.
5. Vessel sink
At first glance, you may think that you can decide between an under-mount sink and a vessel sink later in the design process. Quite the contrary, your plumbing contractor needs to know very early in the build that you are installing a vessel sink. While some vessel sinks have counter-mount faucets, most have wall-mount faucets. The plumbing lines need to be adjusted accordingly for wall mount faucets.
6. Bidet or urinal
When building or remodeling a house, there is no rule that you can only have a standard American toilet in the bathroom. You can request a bidet in the master bath if you prefer to use them. You can even install a urinal in the bathroom or a 'man cave' where it will serve a utilitarian, albeit humorous, purpose.
7. A second washing machine
Anyone with kids knows that the dirty laundry can multiply overnight. To fight the never-ending pile of dirty clothes in your new house, why not install a second washer and dryer? You just need to have your plumbing contractor install a second water line when they rough plumb the first washing machine. It is a very simple and inexpensive addition.
8. Ceiling-mount tub filler
One of the ultimate luxuries available in a master bath is a soaking tub with a ceiling-mount tub filler. While the handle of the faucet is located near the tub, the water actually pours from the ceiling and down into the tub, making for a spa-like experience. Talk to your builder and plumbing contractor about making this luxury a reality in your new home.
Your plumber can help you add any or all of the above features to your home. Talk to them early in the design process for the best results.Share