This post first appeared on the Green Building Advisor website.
I’m one of those nerds that politely tour a new home looking at all the fine trim work and fancy finishes, but secretly can’t wait to get the mechanical room. (Sometimes I even have to ask to see it.) If that room is well laid out and neat, I feel I’m in a quality home. It’s been a few years since I’ve worked full-time as an electrician, but I still remember the frustrations of being on a new build or working in an older home where there just wasn’t enough space in the mechanical room for all the equipment. The trades working together (more often fighting) for that last piece of wall space to fasten their equipment is something I experienced many times.