Must haves on a new house?

ras9999July 30, 2010

Doing electrical on my house next week.

Need all your opinions and advice on electrical/wiring I should do on this 2 story 3900 sqr foot house (san jose, Ca).

I have 4 recessed lights on a switch for all bedrooms with a 2nd switch for center light/fan.

Electrician recommended 5" recessed lights everywhere. Said the 4" is too focused and need a lot more.

House is 10' ceilings on 1st floor, and 9' on 2nd (all bedrooms on 2nd floor).

Any special things like plugs, locations, etc.. I should consider?

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tim45z10

Put in plenty of outlets. Numerous around where a TV is going to be located. Think about 3-way light switches beside the bed.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 1:31AM
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petey_racer

Listen to him on the recessed. He is absolutely correct.

Have him run a 3-wire to the fans, just in case you get one with a light.

This sounds like yet another typical McMansion. Best advice is to listen to your guy. He probably has the same advice we can give.
How many people living in this tiny house? 3?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 7:32AM
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inox

Ask the electrician about getting a whole house surge suppressor.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 7:25PM
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petey_racer

And a 24kW standby generator.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 8:53PM
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inox

Yes, the kind of generator that can be used to supply voltage to your main panel, rather than your back yard.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 9:18PM
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mikie_gw

put solar panels on roof

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 3:10PM
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mike_kaiser_gw

An extra or dedicated circuit for any room designated as "home office" with double duplex receptacles so you have plenty of places to plug stuff in without using power strips.

COAX and Cat5 to every room your likely to put a computer or TV in.

Maybe some provisions for exterior lighting beyond the typical entry lights. Even if you don't install them, rough-in for spots for the backyard or wherever the kids are likely to play. Lot easier to do now that later.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 3:59PM
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petey_racer

"An extra or dedicated circuit for any room designated as "home office" with double duplex receptacles so you have plenty of places to plug stuff in without using power strips."

HA! In my home office I would need a quad every three feet.
I literally have five power strips and two UPS's in mine, and it's only a 10x10 room.
I personally feel wiring to avoid power strips is pointless. A couple of good quality power strips are NOT a bad thing.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 5:12PM
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mike_kaiser_gw

Petey, the problem is that most people opt for the $2.99 power strip at Wally World...

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 5:59PM
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petey_racer

I would hope anyone who has an actual "home office" would be smarter than that. I hope for a lot of things. :(

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 7:06PM
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inox

If you want 13 outlets and the chance to watch the voltage crash every day at breakfast and dinner, try this:

Here is a link that might be useful: Furman Elite - 15 DMi

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 1:14AM
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tropicalsheri

Just a thought, if you're building new construction residential in the bay area, you've already spent a fortune on a building permit based on an extremely detailed set of plans and the building inspector has to check off everything you do. You should go with what your licenced electrician interprets from the plans, so you don't get red tagged and have to go through plan review again. On the other hand, if your plans are just to code, they may not have all the great ideas built in that these guys are recommending and you should take the time now to make sure you'll be happy with what you're paying for.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2010 at 6:05PM
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petey_racer

If you make changes along the way in a new house from the plans you get tagged and have to go through a plan review?????

Well, add that to the LONG list of reasons NOT to live in Kalifornia.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2010 at 6:08PM
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cinnamonsworld

Things I like:

- Regular wall switches that dim
- How about a heated bathroom floor
- Heat lamp in the bathroom
- Small ceiling spots or floods for certain rooms (bathroom included)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 12:52AM
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smithy123

iso-grounds in office and 20a circuts. also spec grade recs/switches

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 10:05PM
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