Planning The Electrical Wiring In Your New Home

Congratulations on building a new home. The joy of building a new house is your ability to customize everything, including new construction electrical wiring and features. Your electrician will install the electrical wiring after the interior framing has been completed and passed inspection. In the meantime, consider some of the things you might want your electrician to customize.

Outlet Height

You may not be aware that you can raise the height of wall outlets. They are usually 8 - 12 inches above the floor. This is quite a bit of stooping, especially if you have an elderly or disabled person in the home. Raise the height another 12 inches and you can comfortably plug in the vacuum cleaner and other appliances.

Number of Outlets

Smaller rooms might only have one outlet on each wall. If you plan to hook up a computer, entertainment system, lamps, and a phone charger, put this into your wiring diagram. The electrician must make adjustments at the electrical box to provide for extra outlets.


Do you want ceiling fans in every room, recessed lighting, wall sconces at the front entrance, and exterior flood lights over the driveway? Do you plan to install a Jacuzzi or an outdoor kitchen for entertaining? Even if you are not going to do these things right away, it's much easier to have the electrical wiring done while your home is still under construction. You won't have a second expense to rewire the box and run additional line.

Radiant Heat

Radiant heat is becoming more common in northern homes. Coils are placed underneath your first-floor tiles to prevent them from being as cold as the frozen ground below. You can preset the temperature to whatever is comfortable for your family. This system must be installed before the tiles are laid.


Make sure your wiring diagram indicates the correct placement of dimmer switches. While it is common to have them in the dining room to create a romantic ambiance, you might find it convenient to have them in other places. For example, a wall sconce beside the kitchen table could double as a night light.


Appliances that change the temperature of air or water create the greatest demand on your home's electrical system. This includes the clothes dryer, oven, dishwasher, hot water heater, furnace, water heater, and bathroom heat lamps. Some smaller appliances can flip a circuit, such as your hair dryer. A central air conditioning unit must have its own outside breaker in addition to the one inside the house. Add these items to your wiring diagram so the electrician will know which electrical box is best for your needs..


Once you have completed the wiring diagram and had it approved by your local building inspector, it's time to contact an electrician. He will install everything according to code and arrange for the final inspection.