Attention to detail when space planning a new house, or when renovating an existing house or room, can ensure its success and your enjoyment of your new space.
Space Planning is becoming more important as our entertainment media has grown more sophisticated. Anticipating the locations of home theater equipment, computers. communication cable, phone lines, , etc. will help you provide sufficient circuits, minimize visible wiring, and position electrical outlets and phone jacks. It is also important to plan for kitchen appliances and electrical outlets throughout the house.
When building, it is also a great idea to make sure that you and/or your builder work on where the Heating and Air installer installs outdoor units, as well as indoor vents and intakes, so that they are aesthetically correct, as well as functional. They can be extemely distracting if not installed correctly. Luckily both my husband and I were at our new house with the builder when our HVAC installer came in on the project. His ideas were very different from ours. We wanted functionality and aesthetics. He wanted functionality and ease of installation. He wanted 3 units spread around our courtyard. We all worked together to have them installed in a hidden garden area behind the house. He also would have installed in-takes and vents in places that would have been distracting. Since we already had a space plan for our furniture, we were able to work together quickly and simply to correct his ideas.
A good interior designer, preferably with an ASID designation, can plan every outlet and control switch in your house prior to building. They can also design the room sizes to accomodate your existing furnture and coordinate with builders to make sure that you have no regrets when your house is completed.