10 Convenience Built-Ins That will Save Your Busy Household Hundreds of Hours Every year

Planning to remodel, repair or build a new home? Looking for some fantastic features to add which can save you tons of time in shortcuts, efficiencies and saved steps? We can aid! We began accumulating over 1,000 uncommon, affordable convenience built-ins in 1998, when we first started writing books and consulting to assist people have really extraordinary – yet affordable – homes. Here are some of our favorite ideas that will change your life via the time they save you. Add any of these to your next project, and you will be on your way toward making a home that is really beyond the ordinary!

• A shallow closet or weatherproof cabinet at each and every outdoor hose faucet, for storing a hose at an easy-to-reach height where it will stay relatively clean, out of sight and out of the way. No more risk of tripping over a hose left in a heap on the ground! (As well as recoiling and flat hoses can be awkward and dirty to move from faucet to faucet, particularly if they’re stored outdoors.) This makes gardening a snap, and also hosing down the deck, patio or outdoor furniture, or washing windows. You will also want flooring inside which prevents the inevitable drips from inviting mold.

• A non-porous, nonskid, self-leveling garage floor coating, so that soil and oil can easily be hosed away. (If you have a drain in the floor and flooring that slopes toward it, use a similar coating that is not self-leveling.)

• A sewing machine permanently plugged in and set up on a desk or inside a well-lit closet or alcove. Be sure there is space behind the machine for the fabric from large projects to accumulate.

• Remote-controlled window shades, particularly on hard-to-reach windows or skylights. Choose amongst remote controls which can be operated manually; by way of a timer or photocell; or via any on-site or off-site computer, personal digital assistant or mobile phone. Besides being safer than trying to reach out-of-the-way shades manually, easy-to-maneuver shades help control light and heat in a room, decrease fading of a room’s or closet’s contents, and the automatic or off-site controls can make an empty house look occupied.

• Dedicated space for wrapping presents that is near where you store your wrapping supplies and tools. No more transporting stuff around!

• A doorbell intercom outside the door that can be answered from every phone in the house (also via your cell phone while you are out). No more dropping everything to run to answer the door!

• Shallow shelves with only one row deep of canned or dry goods, medicines, supplies, tools or equipment, for instant identification of and access to whatever’s stored. These can often be tucked into a space that is otherwise unused.

• At least one full bathroom on every level of the house.
• A laundry chute from closets, cabinets or bathrooms to a laundry room on a lower level. No more carrying soiled laundry down stairs when gravity will do the job! And no more dropping items on the way to the laundry room which you may trip over!

• A pot-filler faucet attached to a wall near your cooking burners, which swivels into various positions as well as out of the way. No more moving large pots of water from the sink to the stove!

Like this article? Then you will love our books  chock-full of uncommon, affordable convenience built-ins which increase your quality of life and your home’s resale value! We also offer a free e-book at www.extraordinaryhomes.com:  The 34 ExtraOrdinary Home Principles: Over 70 Fabulous, Affordable, Innovative Ideas That’ll Improve Your Life and WOW You!

© Copyright 2005 by Carol Abrahamson/ExtraOrdinary Homes. All rights reserved.

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