My first house! I am very excited, and am going with new construction. Since this is my first, and I do not have any experience contracting, I'm hoping some of you who do can help me out with things that need to be included in the slab pouring or framing stage that would be major PITAs later. Here's a few things I've thought of or gleaned from the web: 1) Fan prewires and bracing in every room 2) extra hose bibs, one on each side and the back 3) Microwave that vents to the atmosphere instead of those ones that blow the exhaust right back in the kitchen 4) Plumbing to later install a bar sink on the kitchn island 5) Plumbing to later install a utility sink in the garage 6) 220 line in the garage, on its own circuit 7) Lots of outlets in the garage, on a few circuits in the breaker 8) Back yard irrigation (house only comes with front and sides standard) 9) High intensity flourescent lights in garage, on one or two switches (the default garage light is a singe light bulb in the middle, lol) 10) radiant barrier behind the brickwork 11) Soffit lights and/or landscaping lights 12) outlets outside the house 13) intercom system or in ceiling speakers (for music) Anything else I am forgetting? They are giving me tons of credit towards "upgrades", which I am hoping I can get them to write off the price of the house instead (for most of it at least). I'd rather pay better contractors less, for better quality materials and install. Right now I am just worrying about stuff that should be done in pour and framing. I'm especially interested to hear about things to do for better energy efficiency. Thanks!