We had a great meeting with clients yesterday. The day was spent finalizing the electrical/wiring plan for their new timber frame home. Difficult? No, it’s not. Important? Of course. The process works through not only where the outlets and switches will be located in the structural insulated panels and on any ceiling beams, but also all the wiring throughout the house, even in the stick-framed interior walls. Timber frame wiring is, if anything, easier than wiring a conventionally framed home. Planning the wiring in timber frame homes is one of the steps everyone dreads, but it’s really not difficult.
At Goshen Timber Frames we have a motto about wiring…”you can’t have too many outlets”. The panels we use to enclose our homes have junction boxes and conduit pre-installed, so we work with our clients to carefully locate their wiring. Of course, if you need one in another location later, it’s not rocket science to add one (we did).
Your designer should provide a standard, code specified wiring plan. Then you and your electrician/decorator/builder/all other interested parties can work on it. At the end of the day you should have a wiring plan that meets all specifications and works for you and the way you plan to live in your new home. Don’t discount this process and don’t let it slide. It’s one of those things that saves you money down the road and makes life easier.
Don’t forget that ceiling wiring for fans, track lighting, and any hanging fixtures will be wired during the raising. This makes it possible to hide the wiring in grooves in the beams prior to tongue and groove and panel installation. Nice, clean, hidden wiring. Again, your designer should work with you to locate beams so they compliment the lighting. This is time well spent and shouldn’t be discounted.
Designing and building a timber frame has so many steps and it’s easy to think some aren’t important, but each step has a purpose. Take the time to understand what you can do to make your home the best you can imagine and live comfortably for many years afterwards.
And, as you build, don’t forget to “build boldly”.