It seems that at the anniversary of every completed project, clients have found themselves in love with some unexpected piece of their home. Sure, they love the mudroom just like they knew they would. And there was never any doubt that bringing the laundry out of the basement onto the main level would mean laundry actually getting done on time with plenty of avenues for multitasking. But there always seems to slide into view an underdog. Some part of the remodel or a detail the owner wasn’t so sure they’d like, and now can’t live without. So here’s a list of the top five things that homeowners would do all over again, but that almost didn’t happen in the first place.

1) Smart Kitchen Charging Stations.
Let’s face it, even the latest i-phone with that 28 hour battery life doesn’t guarantee you won’t run out of juice right when you need to pull out the recipe while hovering over the stove. It’s the simplest of all ideas and it works best because it is so uncomplicated and cost-effective. Turning one of those many drawers in the kitchen into your charging station is both easy and efficient. Most hand-held gadgets will easily fit into this space without running the risk of wild cable tangles or spills on your screen!

2) Log Lighter & Gas line for Grill
Unless you’re married to an eagle scout, good luck starting a fire. Heck, I basically am married to an eagle scout, and it’s still tough to start a fire. And my poor daughter’s art projects get used as tinder. So if you’re going to pay to have your chimney liner replaced or whatever it is that’ll make your fireplace operable, tack on a few extra bucks to get a gas line hardwired in. Then the extent of your fire-making skills can consist of rotating a metal key in the ground while you flick a lighter. I’ve never heard anyone say they regret it. Save the infuriating – and usually embarrassing – attempt to start a fire from scratch for when you’re out camping. And even then, buy some lighter fuel. The same goes for hardwiring a gas line to your built-in grill! Gone are the days when you need to leave five minutes into your 4th of July barbeque and haul a propane tank back from Hen House because you unexpectedly ran out of fuel. Here’s to never running out of propane again!

3) Shower with the details
Much as we would like to cling on to our youth and agility, and scoff at the mention of a seat in the shower, no one can foresee that work-out injury that lands you a spot…you guessed it…sitting in your shower. While you’re at it, throw a grab bar into your bathroom remodel, and a ​​shaving niche on the lower part of your shower wall that provides a space to easily prop up your leg when shaving.

4) Pet Needs corner
Remodeling your home with your pet in mind is a commonly overlooked concern. If you have a furry four legged friend that cannot resist a muddy puddle (shocker) consider incorporating a pet shower, preferably with a removable showerhead, in your mudroom. If you want to get bold, a raised feeding station, with the possibility of adding a water line and a handy little faucet near the water bowl is another fun upgrade. Perhaps even some easy access shelves and drawers to store supplies. And if you’re opting for a pet access to your back-door, be sure to cover the security concerns it presents! Most of these solutions need prior layout planning and are worth considering getting into from the get-go of your remodeling process.

5) Jamb Switch in Pantry
Light switches are great because you get to choose when to flip them. And sometimes you want to walk from the car to the nursery with a sleeping baby in your arms and you’d rather not have overhead lights on along the way. And sometimes in the middle of the night you’d rather not shock your eyes with a bathroom light. We’ve all been there. But when, might I ask, is there ever a scenario when you wouldn’t want the light on in your pantry? Or your broom closet? Enter the jamb switch. The minute the door opens, the light goes on. The door shuts closed and the light shuts off. No switch. No hassle. Just smart.