The building inspector made the client 2 X 4 stud frame every exterior wall inside the home to allow the required trades to do there installations as well as exterior inside ceiling and insulate and dry wall finish all framing.
Consulting client's on current National Electric Code NEC requirements to pass a Home Owners Permit inspection with client preforming there own Labor using either onsite or online consulting options makes every project a mission in itself to say the least.
This Amish log cabin now 2 X 4 framed makes NMB cable the inside wiring harness pigged tailed true serious circurit connected the obvious choice for the exterior inside walls and flat metal Wire Mold true serious circurit connected products for log cabin interior walls.
My personal preference is to not mix lighting with outlets on the same circurit breakers for the obvious reason if you trip a outlet than you are not knocking your lighting out also. Along with it makes great use of dedicated lighting grid circurit breakers to switch to alternative electrical energy. Also it is very easy to lower wattage by using LED lighting the old days are over that it takes 60 watts for a standard light bulb to operate when LED can do the same task at only 9 watts that is a 51 watt saving for each LED bulb installed. This than makes battery banking and inverter energy operate an home lighting system free using solar and wind combined for charging along with other small 120 volts house hold loads like TV sets, computers, ect very easy and reliable.
This Client wants to go total electric with zero gas appliances. The following home wiring harness, electric 240 volt water heater X 1 (on-demand style) heat is base board electric 240 volt X 4 with wall X 4 thermostat, window ac 120 volt X 3, X 1 sewer lift station & grinder 240 volt, electric range 240 volt, X 1 240 volt Water well pump And room for further circurit breaker space for the following X 1 240 volt Automatic Transfer Switch ATS to propane generator, X 1 240 volt ATS to Pure Sinewave Inverter, X 1 ATS to grid Main Breaker. Along with dedicated circurit breakers for following appliance loads microwave oven, refrigerator, upright freezer, dish washer, window ac units.
Needless to say the jigsaw puzzle here is to add load numbers to operate with the required wattage to make it safe, efficient and reliable In short it's all in the numbers added together than taking those daily operating numbers to make it happen fool proof. You can never go below NEC standards but you can always go above NEC standards with quality craftsmanship and quality materials. It never has been as easy than as it is today with microprocessor control devices to make electrical energy and than to switch that electrical energy also.This makes grid connections and off grid connections play nicely together in harmony.
The old days are a bygone error of waiting 10 seconds for a auto-start generator to start after a grid loss and is over for those that know how to get it done. Today's off the shelf grid quality DC to AC pure sinewave inverters that are microprocessor controlled are so fast on switching from grid or various sources of alternative energy that clock or computer resets are not needed. . Using today's inverters is like adding brains to electrical energy it chooses where it wants to get the electrical power that it needs to operate the required wattage loads. This makes mixing all these different forms of electrical energy together and is done easily with Microgrid methods making each source a switching point.
Understanding the 2 major types of solar panels and there uses.
(1) DC that charge a battery or battery bank the best choice because it offers 24 hour storage but more costly due to multiple battery's linked together
(2) PV micro inverter that tie directly to single or 3 phase AC circurit breakers the draw back is it only generates electrical energy when the sun is shining. It is possible to battery bank this type of electrical energy also.
Understanding 3 basic wind system types
(1) many small wind turbines generate AC voltage to a rectifier that is used to covert the AC voltage to DC voltage that than is usually hooked to a charge controller
(2) DC that tie directly to to a charge controller
(3) large wind turbines that make primary high voltage that has to have transformers to step the voltage down for onsite usage.
From simple to complex D B Electric has each Clients electrical needs taken care of.