I am starting a new weekly post where I will share some tips that might come in handy if you are building a home or planning a renovation.
This one is simple, but it could end up being so very important in years to come--pictures. If possible take pictures of every process, but most importantly the framing - basically the day before your sheetrock goes up. This allows you to see everything--all the electrical, the gas lines, the plumbing and the HVAC.
At this stage you are allowed a 'behind the scenes' look at your house. You can also document where your headers are, and the distance and exact location of your studs.
Why is this important? If years down the road, you ever have a problem with your rock fireplace, then you could pull out your photos to show the repairman the exact location of the flue so that the least amount of damage could be done to the rock work in order to access it.
If you had problems with your gas stove, it would be extremely helpful to the repairman to know where your gas lines are. And it's always great to know where your bathroom plumbing and drains are connected. Bottom line, the less investigative work the repairman has to spend, the quicker the repair and the less green you have to spend.
Some day, if you sell the house, pass on the pictures to the new homeowners. I'm sure they would be thrilled! If they ever decide to remove/move a wall, it would be such a benefit to have all of the framing photos to know exactly what's behind the wall and the best way to proceed.