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An ExtraOrdinary Home Is Easily Within Reach Of Virtually Every Homeowner
Planning to remodel, repair or build a new home? Looking for some terrific features to include that won�t be budget busters? We can help! We started collecting over 1,000 uncommon, affordable convenience built-ins in 1998, when we first began writing books and consulting to help people have truly extraordinary � but affordable � homes. Here are some of our favorite ideas that cost virtually nothing to add to a project that�s already going to require open walls, ceilings and/or floors. Add a handful of these, and you�ll be on your way toward creating a home that�s truly beyond the ordinary!
� A bedside light switch. Control all the bedroom and nearby hall lights from bed, and consider a dimmer that goes from bright light to soft light with merely the flick of your wrist when you get up after dark. Overnight guests who aren�t familiar with their room�s setup will find this especially handy when they move around at night. (Be sure you know exactly where your headboard will be, so this switch doesn�t get hidden behind it.)
� Lots of lights on dimmer switches. One of their benefits is how dramatically they reduce the need to replace burned-out lightbulbs. This offers you light-level options you can�t get with low-wattage bulbs controlled by traditional on/off switches. Plus you get those varied levels all from a single switch.
� Indoor switches that control all your outdoor holiday decorations� outlets. No more having to go outside in nasty weather or late at night to turn the lights on or off!
� Optimal heights of each electrical outlet, both indoors and outside. Outlets at waist height are easier to access from a standing position than those closer to the floor, especially if bending down is difficult.
� Countertops that are the right heights for your home�s inhabitants. For example, tall adults � and seniors who find it difficult to bend over � might want their bathroom countertops and sinks to be higher than usual. Others might prefer them lower.
� A dishwasher that�s one foot above the floor, to minimize bending to load and unload it.
� Hose-mounted, hand-held faucets for easy sink, bathtub or shower use. They also help when you�re cleaning those areas. Plus they can fill pots on nearby cooking burners or buckets on the floor, rinse kids or pets in the bathtub, and allow showering while seated.
� Cedar tiles on closet and cabinet ceilings or walls wherever you store wool items. No more moths or other bugs feasting on your 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 inside a pullout or tiltout cabinet door or storage bench, or inside a closet door. No more tripping over freestanding garbage cans!
Like this article? Then you�ll love our books with dozens of innovative, affordable ideas just like these! We also offer a free e-book at www.extraordinaryhomes.com, The 34 ExtraOrdinary Home Principles: Plus Over 70 Fabulous, Affordable, Innovative Ideas That�ll Improve Your Life and WOW You!
© Copyright 2005 - 2006 by Carol Abrahamson/ExtraOrdinary Homes. All rights reserved.
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