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Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #29, Finishing Work Pt. 3

Wiring presents unique challenges to log homes, which requires serious forethought in terms of outlet location. Here's how our bloggers did it.
by George and Marlyn Curnow
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Finishing Work — Part 3

Log Home Diary Entry #29
Credit: George and Marlyn Curnow image | Open Space
Well, now we’ve gone and done it! In the last entry, we finished by talking about the insulation process as part of the finishing work, but we totally forgot to mention the plumbing and electrical work that obviously was done before the insulation. We talked about the HVAC installation; but we simply forgot two major steps. So let’s get the horse back in front of the cart.

Electrical Installation: We knew from our early inspections of model log homes that the electrical plan should be well thought out. This is particularly true of exterior walls, as adding wiring in log walls after construction is considerably more complicated than during construction. So we took our time going over each floor of our house plans.

We suggest doing this prior to doing a walk through with the electrical contractor. If you haven’t thought things through carefully first, the walk-through can be confusing. Most important, we thought about how we live and made certain to have adequate outlets.

The first course of log in our log home was milled to accommodate exterior wall outlets. We added a few more of these outlets than the plan called for on each floor after giving some consideration to the placement of furniture pieces against walls and the way we decorate. For example, we added outlets on either side of the fireplace and added lighting high in the great room for ambient lighting and to highlight Marlyn’s award-winning quilts. We also considered possible configurations of furniture in the great room and strategically planned for flat floor outlets to avoid future extension cords.

Next, we’ll continue by talking about plumbing.

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