Checklist for Convenient and Practical Choices

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, shoes, etc
  • Consider 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


  • 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

  • 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 & Automation

  • Structured wiring, central control
  • High capacity cabling
  • Easily upgradeable installation route
  • Integrated multi-hazard and security systems
  • Energy-management control system
  • Home office equipped for telecommuting
  • Automated lighting controls
  • Whole house wireless networking
  • Assistive technologies
  • Design for technology

Adaptable for Changing Needs

  • Open planning of social zones
  • Multi-purpose, adaptable room
  • Usable attic space
  • Expandable floor plan (future additions)
  • Tandem rooms with movable partition


  • Life-cycle cost-effective building systems, products
  • Locally available or easily obtained products, installers, maintenance
  • Reduces labor cost or construction time
  • Enhances or protects market value
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