As well as remedying electrical problems for existing customers and tending to electrical additions for many, I have also been busy with rewires. Three in particular have kept me busy this year and each have been different.
Sauze Vaussais - Dept 79
I was particularly delighted to work on a rewire on my door step. The clients had purchased a property which needed a complete renovation. They had purposefully purchased something that they could put their own personal stamp on and incorporate some cool gadgetry for their minimalist but functional home.
After completely gutting the property builders set to work in reconfiguring the home exactly to the clients wishes. With me doing my bit to include lighting of stairwell, zonal lighting in the lounge, dining and kitchen areas. All controlled by a panel in the main lounge/diner. Even the external lighting is controlled by a separate remote system either by a hand held fob or wall panel. Continuing on, high ceilings meant the installation of velux window blind which are controlled by hand held remote. I love it when clients want to explore creative lighting options in their home fused with advanced control.
Here's what the client had to say about my work:
“Nothing is too much trouble for Paul! Having installed the complete wiring from scratch for our renovation he was happy to come back and do the smaller jobs like garden lighting and even making the trip to add a single socket in one room. Paul clearly knows exactly what he is doing and ensures that everything conforms to the French regulations and standards. He worked well with the other builders on site and fitted into their schedules as much as he possibly could. We are delighted with the results.”
June was dedicated to a 4 week rewire at Champagne Mouton. A lovely town house with great history and a real depth of character. I had been recommended by Andrew Johnson/Karen Jones in Ruffec for some electrical works to the kitchen. Having visited the property so that I could prepare my devis, it was clear that the main fuseboard and earthing was a little unsuitable. As safe electrics is paramount I brought it to their attention immediately. They were aware that the system was old and as they were planning to do a number of aesthetic works themselves to the property, they invited me to present a devis for a rewire. Once accepted, a new fuseboard replaced the old with clear identification of the various zones, with surface mounted trunking and surface mounted sockets and switches.
Here's what clients had to say about my work:
Thank you Paul, for the great job you have done rewiring our house.
We were impressed by how hard you work, your pleasant attitude and friendly disposition.
We would highly recommend you to other people who need electrical work done.
After the 4 week rewire in Champagne Mouton my next job was a 3 week rewire in Fontenille. Client was keen for a rewire of an old non compliant installation before commencing with internal decoration. We had several meet ups before deciding on final works. Trust was of paramount importance for this client, living solo. It is a huge undertaking for many people when they live in their homes, fixtures and fittings are in their place, everything is how they want it to be. Invite a few tradesmen and suddenly dust sheets, moving of furniture can be pretty disruptive to their day to day lives. The house was originally 2 separate houses and electrical works included 2 fuseboards to provide adequate supply and circuits for a bigger property, with an additional fuseboard in the garage to feed circuits in the garage and provide overall protection. Circuits were rewired and all 2 pin sockets replaced to comply.
Here's what client had to say about my work:
I had Paul Wilkins do a complete rewire on my house, it was a complicated job & he advised me accordingly.He was extremely tolerant of my need to understand the process & my changing my mind. (A woman’s prerogative). He was always very punctual (I could set my watch by him) and he always had cheerful smile (despite my constant questions). I am thrilled with the results & have no reservation to recommend him to anyone.