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An ExtraOrdinary Home Is Easy

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Damion Poeling

Here are ideas that cost virtually nothing to increase a project that's already likely to require open walls, ceilings and/or floors.

Add a small number of these, and you will be on the way toward developing a home that's truly beyond the normal!

  • A bedside light switch. Control all of the bedroom and nearby hall lights from bed, and look at a dimmer that goes from bright light to soft light with merely the flick of one's wrist once you get up at night. Overnight guests who aren't acquainted with their room's setup will see this especially handy if they move around during the night. (Make sure to know wherever your headboard will undoubtedly be, which means this switch doesn't get hidden behind it.)
  • Lots of lights on dimmer switches. Among their benefits is how dramatically they decrease the have to replace burned-out lightbulbs. This gives you light-level options you can't get with low-wattage bulbs controlled by traditional on/off switches. Plus you obtain those varied levels all from the single switch.
  • Indoor switches that control all of your outdoor holiday decorations outlets. Forget about needing to go outside in nasty weather or late during the night to show the lights on or off!
  • Optimal heights of every electrical outlet, both indoors and outside.
  • Outlets at waist height are simpler to access from the standing position than those nearer to the floor, particularly if bending down is difficult.

  • Countertops which are the proper heights for the home's inhabitants. For instance, tall adults -- and seniors who find it hard to bend over may want their bathroom countertops and sinks to be greater than usual. Others might prefer them lower.
  • A dishwasher that's one foot above the ground, to reduce bending to load and unload it.
  • Hose-mounted, hand-held faucets for easy sink, bathtub or shower use. In addition they help if you are cleaning those areas. And they also can fill pots on nearby cooking burners or buckets on to the floor, rinse kids or pets in the bathtub, and invite showering while seated.
  • Cedar tiles on closet and cabinet ceilings or walls wherever you store wool items. Forget about moths or other bugs feasting on your own sweaters or blankets!
  • A pantry that you convert an unused broom closet into by installing pullout or stationary shelves, bins and/or racks.
  • A detachable garbage bin mounted in the pullout or tiltout cabinet door or storage bench, or in the closet door. Forget about tripping over freestanding garbage cans!