Convenient and Practical

Claudette Reichel  |  6/26/2008 1:24:23 AM

Functional Design

(See also Healthy/Universal Design section)

__  Abundant, adaptable storage space in every room

__  Sufficient, secure storage for outdoor items

__  Family entry nook for electronics, mail, gear, shoes, etc.

__  Attic designed for accessible storage space

__  Controlled visitor entrance, access and view

__  MBR on same level as second BR

__  Efficient workflows, traffic paths

__  Sound controls

Kitchen:

__  Service entry (from car) convenient to kitchen

__  Accommodates multiple cooks

__  Accommodates social interaction

__  Layout follows space guidelines (see Ref. Guide)

__  Work triangle perimeter within 15-26 ft.

Low Maintenance, Outside and Inside

__  Long-lasting materials and equipment

__  Materials that need infrequent or no refinishing

__  Mildew- and algae-resistant materials

__  Heat-, cold-, sun- and water-resistant materials

__  Scratch- and stain-resistant materials, finishes

__  Easy-to-clean surfaces, appliances, etc.

__  Min. dust collecting surfaces

__  Space at entry for shoes, outerwear

__  Easy access to HVAC and filters

Advanced Wiring and Automation

__  Structured wiring, central control

__  High capacity cabling

__  Easily upgradeable installation route

__  Integrated multihazard and security systems

__  Energy-management control system

__  Home office equipped for telecommuting

__  Automated lighting controls

__  Whole house wireless networking

__  Assistive technologies

Adaptable For Changing Needs

__  Open planning of social zones

__  Multipurpose, adaptable room

__  Usable attic space

__  Expandable floor plan (future additions)

__  Tandem rooms with movable partitions

__  Design for technology

Practical

See end of Reference Guide for comparisons of specific building systems.

__  Life-cycle cost-effective systems, products

__  Locally available or easily obtained products, installers, maintenance

__  Reduces labor cost or construction time (financing cost)

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