Strong Building materials for STR

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I am wanting to do an Airbnb and have an opportunity to pretty much gut the house. It's an older 1960's (In Arizona thats an older home) home and I am thinking since I will be stripping it to the bones I would like to replace the plumbing. I know this is not a good ROI because it doesn't add value, but since I am really opening up the house I will have an easier time than ever to just take care of it and be worry free for 30 plus years. Are there any particular type of material that is better than others for plumbing for long term use?

When redoing this house the two themes I would like to stick with for this home are durability and ease of cleaning.   I am thinking of dong concrete flooring for this reason. That's really all I got right now. Does anyone have any other recommendations for how to really tenant proof a home?

As you can probably tell I am not handy or knowledgable about materials so I apologize in advance for my ignorance. 

Pex is very easy to work with and very simple.  However, you might have to sell a kidney or several pints of plasma to afford the Pex fittings.

PEX for the plubming lines and PVC for the sewer line.

Concrete floors will cost you, but the maintenance is much less of a hassle.

Semi-gloss walls are easier to clean, but a little more unforgiving when painting on walls. Make sure you have a painter that knows what he's doing.

@Brandon Miles My brother in law is in college. Don’t ask me how that happened (because I’m 40). I went to his apartment near campus one time. My first and ongoing thought was “whoever owns these units hates life” once inside I saw it was basically bulletproof. Concrete and sheet metal everything. Floors countertop etc. those kids still managed to make a mess of it though.

Originally posted by @Lucas Carl:

 once inside I saw it was basically bulletproof. Concrete and sheet metal everything. Floors countertop etc. those kids still managed to make a mess of it though. 

Sounds like every bar in the French Quarter.  Watch out for the oysters, I hear they can make you sick.