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Hello,We are taking a big leap of faith and buying a home that will need a lot of repairs and renovation before we will be able to move in and call it home.One of the main reasons we are buying it because it is on a beautiful 1.9 acre lot in a neighborhood that we love. Our last home purchase was 4.5 years ago when we sought out the worst home in the best neighborhood. It was one of the best investments we will ever make. We are basically repeating the process with a property that has even more potential.AC has a bunch of smart, thoughtful, creative, and handy people so I figured it would be wise to ask what new technology would you incorporate if you were in my shoes.To be clear this is a brick ranch home built in 1953 with a walkout basement. The entire home is in really rough condition. Most of our budget will be needed just to make the home livable for our family (wife, 6 yr old son, 3.5 yr old son).I am just wondering if you have incorporated any newer technology that has made your life easier, improved convenience, improved efficiency, basically any technology that you feel provides benefits that exceed the cost. Or anything you find really fun and exciting! I anticipate the kitchen and what will become the main living area will be taken down to the studs during the renovation process. This will allow some options to install some technology while I have access before new walls are put in.Would love to hear any and all ideas large and small that you would recommend considering for our home project.Thanks for your help.-Nick
If you need heat and intend to stay for a long time, geothermal heating is an interesting options.
What fuel is used to heat the house?
There are a lot of home control system out there w heavy marketing activity. For ex... the displays you see in the big box home retailers.My advice is to stick w "old school" companies like Honeywell, Johnson Controls and the like. Real world experience and great engineers beat the bells and whistles of the Silicon Valley Crowd.
IE My brother had an electrician run speaker wire in his walls during construction. Fortunately he checked before they were closed up or he would have had one wire (not 2) to each speaker location. The electrician didn't understand the problem.
2. Electrical. Upgrade to current standards. Add outlets, more than you think you need. Were it me, I'd run Ethernet cabling in every room and at least drop into crawlspace or someplace accessible in the future. Coax probably less of a thing now. Plan on a robust enterprise-grade wireless network like Ubiquiti, 'cuz that's where things are headed. When wiring, you may want to consider some kind of home-run system which facilitates future control with the likes of Insteon and such. Wire for things in the future as much as possible. Heat pumps, bigger AC, solar, etc.
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