Plumbing Trends | What Is Hot (And Cold) In New Home Construction

When building a new home, plumbing may seem like one of those cut and dry decisions areas, but it's not. There are so many more decisions to be made during the rough plumbing stage of home construction than most people realize. Your general contractor needs to know early on, before the walls are covered in drywall, if you want to make changes to standard plumbing options, or want to try any of the trends below.

1. Kitchen: While not exactly new, a foot-operated kitchen faucet similar to those used in a commercial kitchen is a great addition to your new home. Not only is it hygienic --no bacteria on the faucet handles-- it is also pretty cool. 

2. Mudroom: Many mudrooms have a standard issue, plastic utility sink. While this can be used to soak laundry or clean up after projects in the garage, there are ways to improve on the design. A new trend is to install a janitor's sink instead of a utility sink. Typically, a janitor's sink is low to the ground to allow a bucket to be filled without having to lift it in and out of a sink. It is also great for washing dogs and letting muddy boots dry. 

3. Bathroom: A luxurious twist on drawing a bath is to use a ceiling-mounted tub filler. The plumbing lines need to be run up through the ceiling very early in the construction phase, but the end result is very dramatic. If you like to be first, you can pretty much bet that no one else on your block has this nifty feature in their master bath.

4. Laundry: While not a new trend, placing the laundry room on the second floor is an option in most new homes now. Before jumping on the bandwagon, think about how you like to fold laundry. If you prefer using your bed, then pick the 2nd floor laundry. If you prefer the kitchen table, opt for the main floor laundry. 

5. Garage: Your home's hot water tank is usually in the garage of the basement. You do not get to decide on the location, but you can opt for a new tankless hot water heater, instead of the standard variation. Tankless hot water heaters heat water as you need it, whereas older versions heat up to 80 gallons of water and keep it hot, sometimes for days, until you need it. 

Whether you want a luxurious bath or a green hot water heater, there are many plumbing trends for you to mull over as you build your new home. (for more information on new home construction, contact MVM Custom Homes Inc)