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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Spec Plan H: Electrical Wiring

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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 Improvement modules for complete information on electrical wiring and equipment:

plumbing and home wiring information
plumbing n' home wiring topics
plumbing n' wiring shop
view directory for more information
electrical wiring
home lighting
home entertainment / wired home
home office setup
entry protection


Check electrical codes:

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spec planning: electrical wiring

Getting Started

Step 1: develop the plan

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


Step 2: get required building permits


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

find electrical wiring contractors

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Helpful Tools

Some helpful forms for making remodeling decisions:

home improvement guide
home remodeling checklist
remodeling specification sheet
contractor evaluation form