Kitchen & Bath Remodeling: Electrical Considerations
When it comes to home renovations, kitchens and bathrooms are the most common rooms in a house to get remodeled. Because of the time spent by inhabitants and guests in these rooms, homeowners often have a desire to make them look cleaner and more modern. However, there’s a lot more that goes into a kitchen or bathroom remodel than just exterior aesthetics and new appliances. The behind the scenes electrical wiring is just as important in a safe and successful remodel for any room, and can make the space even more accessible and convenient to use if done right.
Here is a list of a few important electrical considerations that must be accounted for during a kitchen or bath remodel that will make your room safer and more functional.
The Service Panel
Upgrading electronic appliances in a room will leave you with a decision to make about the electrical service panel. There is a chance that your existing service panel will not be able to accommodate the additional circuits of newly placed appliances, in which case you would need to install a new or additional panel. Be sure to account for all the electrical inputs of any new appliances so you don’t run into the budgetary surprise of needing to spend unexpected money on an entirely new service panel.
When installing new appliances in your kitchen or bathroom, be sure to hire a professional licensed electrician to help in the proper installation and setup of the appliances. In the event that a new or additional service panel is required, have the electrician label each switch or breaker control with a clear label corresponding to the function of the switch. Not only will this save you from confusion, but any third parties that are using or working on the service panel in the future will know the exact function of every switch with little confusion.
Technology has advanced to the point that many modern appliances can be controlled wirelessly, even sometimes through your smartphone. Find out through your contractor or through your own research how to take advantage of different appliances on the market today that have smart capabilities that can make your life much easier.
Bells and Whistles
Once you’ve established the basic elements of a remodel, consider adding extra features within the constraints of your budget. LED lights, Bluetooth speakers, and USB ports for charging phones can be convenient or entertaining features in a new kitchen or bath remodel that really cater towards the modern consumer.
Do’s and Don’ts
Only upgrade to new wiring for your appliances if it’s completely necessary. If you have adequate wiring that your contractor believes will continue to serve its purpose in a safe manner, there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken.
Be extra careful when it comes to closing open splices; an open splice, or connection between wires, is one of the most common and dangerous mistakes to leave behind after a remodel. Open splices can lead to electrical fires, so be sure to hire a professional licensed electrician to eliminate the possibility of amateur mistakes that could lead to devastating outcomes.
Considering a kitchen or bath remodel but don’t know where to start? Morgan Contractors has decades of experience designing, constructing, and remodeling a variety of rooms and houses. Contact us to see how we can help you achieve your dream home.