Spec PlanH: Electrical Wiring

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Spec Plan-H reviews your home electrical wiring needs. Make sure to have the home wired for future rooms and needs. Also review wiring requirement for home offices and entertainment.


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  1. about electrical wiring
  2. getting started
  3. building spec sheet
  4. spec budgeting worksheet
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Spec Plan H: Electrical Wiring

what you need to do —

Identify any special wiring needs by room:

— home sound system
— ceiling wiring for bedroom fans
— wiring the shed for electricity, etc.

  • Start the electrical wiring when the house has been "dried" — windows, doors, and roof installed.
  • Ceiling and wall lighting may be installed during this phase, or at least designed so that electrical switches and sockets can be installed prior to dry walling — see lighting design


For Electrical:

  • consider multiple switches for a single light (upstairs and downstairs)
  • install dual switches for light and fan
  • order photoelectric cell for the outside and pathways
  • install motion detection sensors around the garage and back
  • request special wiring for computers, entertainment rooms, alarm systems, ceiling fans, and the like — see our home wired discussion below
  • add additional outlets along the kitchen counters and bathroom


Visit our Home Building Gallery for complete information on electrical wiring and equipment:

view center: electrical wiring
view center: home lighting
view center: home entertainment / wired home
view center: home office setup
view center: entry protection


Check electrical codes:

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Getting Started

Step 1: develop the plan

  • take a completed draft of the spec sheet to your architect or planner, who will can customize a building plan or revise an existing plan that meets your specs.
  • use your spec sheet and floor plan to bid the construction project to contractors


Step 2: get required building permits


Step 3: find pre-screened contractors and other service providers

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Get Some Professional Help

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