When Architects Need a Licensed Electrician

December 3, 2013 by Valerie Griffiths

As a licensed architect, you specialize in building design and engineering, and enhancing visual appeal; critical factors in remodeling projects. You produce detailed and thoughtful designs to meet client needs.

And you’re in demand! As a rule of thumb, “Any time you’re changing the exterior of the building, making significant alterations to the floor plan inside, or spending more than 5% of the value of the house, you want an architect,” says Construction Manager William Harke of Stamford, Conn. And as New Englanders, it’s wise to hire an architect to preserve unique, historic design details of 17th and 18th century homes that are typical of the area.

You’re responsible for awesome design. And you’re also responsible for hiring the right professionals to see your vision come to life. That being true, you should always consult with a local, licensed electrician at the early stages of a project to appropriately plan for electrical needs.

Often, older homes can’t support major improvements – they weren’t designed to accommodate all of today’s gadgets and appliances. “Electrical capacity is probably the number one oversight of most homeowners aiming to remodel,” Realtor.com reports. The project may require the addition of circuits and outlets, or an electrical service upgrade.

It takes a trained eye to assess the electrical needs of a significant project, and to point out any potential pitfalls or dangers. Teaming up with a licensed electrician will ensure that electrical wiring is safe and up to code. Your electrician will also make sure the remodeled area has enough power to safely fuel the appliances that will be used.

Choose a licensed electrician who is local, and familiar with the codes and standards, as well as the homes in the area. Work with a professional whose expertise will bring peace of mind. Teaming up with a licensed electrician will keep your project on track, and your clients impressed and satisfied!