It's in the Details
We’ve all seen the jobs where wires are strewn everywhere. It’s a royal mess. Keeping the wires in an orderly configuration helps identify them and shows that the job is more organized in general.
It’s all about how much pride the electrician takes in their work. If he or she is truly invested, then it will even show at the panel where the wires come into the breakers. Someone who cares will make a nice, 90-degree bend into each breaker. That way, it doesn’t look like a bowl of spaghetti when you take the panel cover off. And everything is labeled. The electrical contractors that we use have that as standard procedure.
If you had to pick the greatest advancements for remodeling over the past 30 years, LVL beams would be up there in the top five. The original framing of this house had inadequate roof bracing across the two front bedrooms. That wasn’t going to work, especially with the weight of the new roof. So we added bracing and LVL beams for support.
The material is especially important today with the trend toward open spaces. There’s a demand for bigger and bigger spans, and LVLs allow us support these new floorplans with strong ceiling and roof systems. You don’t always see blocking between ceiling joists, but in this case, when you look at the angle, it’s really a good idea. This ceiling won’t go anywhere. It’s an extra step that will prevent the joists from twisting.
This is a relatively complex roof that was reinforced very well. It’s not going anywhere.