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An anonymous reader writes "What would you do to 'go geek' if you had a major remodel on your hands? My wife and I are re-modeling my in-law's 3000 sq foot single-level house, and we're both very wired, tech-savvy individuals. We will both have offices, as well as TVs in the bedroom and dining room. My question to the community is: What would you do if you had 10-20,000 to spend for this kind of remodel project? What kind of hardware/firmware would you install? I'd love to have a digital 'command center' to run an LCD wall-calendar for the family, and be able to play my PS3 from anywhere in the house (ie, if everyone wants to watch Netflix while I'm in the middle of some Borderlands). What else have geeks done/planned to do? This is a test run for a much, much nicer house down the road, so don't be overly afraid of cost concerns for really great ideas. We will be taking most of the house down to studs, so don't factor demolition into costs. For culinary-minded geeks, I'd love any ideas you have to surprise my wife with cool kitchen gadgets or designs."
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  • Some stuff I've been thinking about for my own place, if you do all of them you will blow your budget.

    In the kitchen:

    Inductive stove - works better than gas, runs on electricity not much more expensive than a regular electric range. Only works with ferrous pots like cast-iron, but cast-iron is one of the best kinds of cooking metal there is so not much of a burden.

    Two dishwashers - this may not be popular with the woman, but for a geek it's great. You will hadly ever have to put clean dishes on the shelv

    • Some stuff I've been thinking about for my own place, if you do all of them you will blow your budget.

      In the kitchen:

      Inductive stove - works better than gas, runs on electricity not much more expensive than a regular electric range. Only works with ferrous pots like cast-iron, but cast-iron is one of the best kinds of cooking metal there is so not much of a burden.

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      Good list, one quip is that induction is cool (pun intended) and does
      require induction ready pots and pans. However cast iron is
      not a requirement or the only option. It cooks a lot like a gas flame.
      If the kitchen has good vents bulk propane or natural gas
      is often a better choice. Induction ready cookware should be
      on all of our shopping list. Fire/Building codes have all but
      outlawed BBQs in dense living yet a grill pan outside on a portable
      high power induction burner will cook a burger or steak to p

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