There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned log cabin to make you feel at home in the woods. However, you don’t have to sacrifice modern conveniences like lights and dishwashers just to get that rustic charm. Here are a few tips for wiring your cabin and bringing it in line with the 21st century.
This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people jump the gun and break out the power saw before they actually have a plan. Don’t let your eagerness interfere with your preparedness. Draw up blueprints for your cabin, and pay particular attention to where you’ll be putting wires, outlets and light switches. Do you need to split your door bucks to make room for cables in the middle? Should you carve out places in your walls for your compact routers?
Heating a hot tub will require more power than using a blender. Running an electric fireplace will require more power than turning on the DVD player. Before you wire your cabin, try to figure out how much energy will be needed to keep the lights on and the refrigerator humming. You don’t want to deck out your cabin with all kinds of fancy amenities that will overextend your budget or overwhelm your fuse box.
This is especially important if you’ve never wired a cabin before. Even if you have experience with traditional electrical work, you might be confronted with new and unexpected challenges in the form of, say, hiding wires between timber logs. Don’t be afraid to contact a professional electrician if you need help. You can still DIY the cabin, but a pro can offer valuable advice as you do.
Installing light switches is only the first step. You’ll also need to juice them up, and this might mean some careful consideration about the how and where of your power source. For example, if you’re building on an existing power grid, you’ll need to make sure that you have the appropriate resources and permissions to tap into it. If you’ll be running on solar power, you’ll need to take care with the size, quantity and placement of your photovoltaic panels.
These are just a few things to keep in mind as you equip your cabin with modern-day wiring. Whether you’re renovating an old vacation spot or building a brand-new one, these tips can help you make smart decisions about power.