Custom Home Electrical: We don't cut any corners.

Additional board bolsters this switchbox. This isn’t the typical adjustment done by many electrical contractors. We do it because it’s quality and it helps it to stand up to wear-and-tear, during drywall and after.

Additional board bolsters this switchbox. This isn’t the typical adjustment done by many electrical contractors. We do it because it’s quality and it helps it to stand up to wear-and-tear, during drywall and after.

For a custom-home wiring project the difference between good and great is in the details.

We start our projects by carefully reviewing your plans step-by-step. We want to understand where you want plug switches, and provide consultation on lighting choices and strategy.

On some of the recent custom-home projects we have worked on, the designs are moving towards the open wall concept. The open wall concept is beautiful, but it presents a real challenge for electricians as there are less walls to put switches on - and using floor plugs will only work in some areas.

On top of this, many of newer custom homes are smart homes. It all has to pass building and electrical codes. The kitchen, in particular, has a lot of code requirements such as GFI protection for certain plugs.

Communication with the general contractor and client is paramount, a simple things, such as installing an appliance can be more complicated than anticipated if it is not planned for in advance. For instance if you are getting an induction style oven installed, it needs to run at 60 amps instead of the typical 40 amp requirement.

The finer details

When we drill the inside of walls to run our wire, we make sure to laser level. We do this exactly to the mid-point height (usually 4 feet) that will divide the top and bottom layers of insulation. Yes, it takes us a bit longer, but it allows the insulators to do their job cleanly. We always keep in mind the next trade - which are insulator then dry-wall. Another detail we take care of is on finishings. We make sure our plugs and boxes are given that additional bit of clearance so that they don’t interfere with framing. Often, we’ll reinforce our switches with additional board to make sure they are kept solidly in position and don’t get accidentally misaligned during drywall installation. These details add up, and the results are more polished.

If you were to walk in after we’ve run our cable, you might be surprised at just how neat-and-tidy it is laid out. Our wiring is often 90-degrees straight, and isn’t just taking the shortest route to save money on cabling. An inspector will see that we don’t cut corners and that we pay attention to the finer details. Inspectors have come to know our work and we get passed because of our attention to code, detail and holding a higher standard.

Shannon Routley