Two aspects of design and construction that often generate questions involve electrical and plumbing. Questions like, ‘where do they go?’ are common queries we receive. Many often believe that the installation of these two features becomes complicated with a wood home, but in actuality, the installation isn’t much different from that of a conventional home. Today we asked Project Manager, Derek Best, to tell us about how these two necessities are added to a wood home.
When does the planning for electrical and plumbing begin?
Derek: Planning for both electrical and plumbing will begin in the design phase. As far as the electrical goes, within the construction drawings the architect provides, there will be a set of basic electrical plans that they have designed in accordance to the area’s codes and regulations. While the design set will not include plumbing drawings, the architect will always take the location of pipes into consideration as they design the layout.
Where will my electrical and plumbing go?
Derek: Log homes have been designed with electricity and plumbing for decades. Depending on the design of a home, there really are very few differences between where these fixtures will go in comparison to a conventional home. With electrical planning, if a project will include full exterior log walls, the electrical contractor will need to know as soon as possible so they can plan to have their electrical chases drilled into the log. Many homes include interior log walls as well as exterior. By consulting your architect, you can determine where and how your electrical chases will need to go before installation. On the other hand, plumbing is something that will generally not be affected by your wall’s composition as pipes are not built inside your exterior walls. Even with spaces like the kitchen that can often times include log walls; the plumbing will typically be contained within a cabinet or cupboard. The pipes will run down into your septic system like they normally do in conventional housing.
What other electrical and plumbing considerations should I make?
Derek: By having electrical plans drawn based on your home’s layout and considering where plumbing will go during the design process, your general contractor should be prepared to move forward with construction. However, don’t forget to consider the less obvious places where electrical chases may be needed. For instance, we have many clients who will ask to have a fan installed in a ceiling truss, or can lights along the kitchen ceiling. There are all kinds of lighting schemes that can be coordinated. By speaking with your architect, interior designer, and contractor, you can be sure that your design is accurate and your project is ready for a seamless transition into the construction phase.
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