The Dean’s List of Important Stuff You Really Need To Know


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  • Your project has a warranty whether the builder offered one or not.
  • The Lutron Caséta system changes the game on wiring for additional switches.
  • Laying out recessed lighting in a neat grid really doesn’t matter.
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  • Garbage disposals aren’t that great of an idea.
  • Floor surfaces can and should be laid flush.
  • Not all pocket doors suck. Just yours.
  • Your tankless water heater needs more gas.
  • Most bedroom windows should be doors.
  • Your builders aren’t designers.
  • Your builders aren’t engineers.
  • Insulation is more important than pretty much everything. Insulation is pretty much the underlying theme of architecture.
  • Construction is collaboration - generalists, specialists, artists, engineers, etc.
  • Your baseboards are too short.
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