Toni's Custom Home Design Tips: Rough-In Stage

Toni’s Custom Home Design Tips: Rough-In Stage

B.L. Rieke's resident interior designer, Toni Rieke, has won many awards for her impeccable taste and sense of style.  Since 1991, she has designed countless homes in numerous styles from yesterday's traditional to today's modern rustic design.  Thanks to Toni, B.L. Rieke has evolved into Kansas City's trendsetter for unique and industry-leading home design.

Being an award-winning interior designer, Toni has a plethora of helpful advice for the new homeowner during each stage of the custom home building process.  For today's segment, she will offer home design tips for home projects in the foundation stage.  These tips can be applied to DIY homeowners and to homeowners who have hired an interior designer.

Toni's Rough-In Stage Home Design Tips

The "rough-in" (R/I) stage of the home construction process involves laying out the basic HVAC (heating and air conditioning), electrical, and plumbing lines without making the final connections, which leaves room for some (not all) last minute alterations.  Literally, it's all about what goes in the walls.  This stage is usually the lengthiest stage of the entire homebuilding process, and most of the design decisions that can be made during this time are preliminary selections for later on in the construction process.  However, some items will need to be reviewed and verified, especially before R/I is in full swing.  Some of these items are addressed in the tips below:

TIP #1: Verify that wall and door placement is compatible with desired furniture placement

- Say a wall is too short for the sectional couch you want to put against that wall: the pre- or early stage of R/I is the best time to re-position said wall before all of the wiring is being worked on.

- It's helpful to have a ballpark idea of what furniture and other large items (i.e. T.V. or pool table) you want where.  This will help save you time, money, and frustration later on in the process.

TIP #2: Verify the number of desired outlets and their proper placement

- Number of outlets is important because you want enough in each room to plug in your appliances, lights, and other electronic devices and decor.

- Proper outlet placement makes sure that outlets are easily accessible and not an eye-sore.  Knowing general furniture placement beforehand is helpful, but

TIP #3: Verify electronic system placement (TVs, sound systems, security systems, etc.)

If you plan on installing any electronic systems, such as anything from TV and media centers to home automation systems, you need to determine where they are going to go during the R/I stage. so that the electrician can install the proper amount of wiring in the proper places.

Make sure your electronic systems have appropriate access to outlets and work with wall, door, and furniture placement.

The R/I process is a lengthy one that doesn't require many home design decisions to be made during its progression.  However, with these design tips, you'll be better set for design decisions down the road, which will save you time, money, and stress.


Sources Used: Homerenovations.about.com

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