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If you’re remodeling or adding on to your home, you’ll need a licensed electrician. As you’re designing and planning, think about the functionality of the room. You want plenty of outlets, strategically placed, to provide power where you want it. In kitchens especially, there are a lot of code requirements that have to be met. Large appliances such as your cooktop and refrigerator require dedicated circuits. Think about the smaller appliances you’ll be using; blenders, toasters, mixers. Will you store them inside cabinets and bring them out as needed, or will some of them stay on the countertop? You should have outlets in close proximity; remember the cords tend to be short! Where do you tend to stand when you’re working in the kitchen? Outlets should be within easy reach. Switches should be convenient and easy to access, close to entry and use points. Lighting is also a very important consideration. You’ll need overhead lighting as well as task lighting. And don’t forget an outlet under the sink for the garbage disposal! The wiring can be complex, and remember it’s better to have it done right and up to code by a professional, licensed Albuquerque electrician.
Other rooms have special needs too. If you’re remodeling a bathroom, you’ll need plenty of lighting, as well as outlets. Hair dryers are notorious power hogs! Curling irons, electric toothbrushes and other grooming items need to be plugged in. Think about any other electrical needs you may have for the room. It can be tough to anticipate future needs, but a little foresight can save you a lot of time, money and mess.
If you’re adding on a master suite or family room, consider the placement of televisions, electric fireplaces, artwork that you may want to highlight with accent lighting. Give yourself plenty of options for furniture placement. You’ll need outlets for nightstands that can accommodate lamps, radios and alarm clocks, even chargers for phones and tablets. In a family room, you’ll need plenty of outlets for gaming systems and DVD players, as well as outlets around the perimeter of the room for lamps and accessories. Don’t forget ceiling fans and overhead lighting! A common complaint is not enough lighting options in a room.
Outdoor projects can also have electrical needs. If you’re adding a deck or patio, an outdoor electric source can add to your enjoyment of the space. Hot tubs and swim spas are great additions to any home, but have specific requirements to operate safely. A workshop is a dream come true for many homeowners. Make it as functional and efficient as possible with proper lighting and outlets designed to be used for power tools. Extension cords and piggy-backed outlets are dangerous!
A remodeling project is a great time to consider rewiring your whole home, especially if it’s older. If you haven’t upgraded your electrical panel, that’s something to consider too. As more technology is developed to automate functions in a home, you will want to be sure you have plenty of power, as well as safe, modern wiring to make use of all the systems available. Rewiring during a remodel is much easier, since some of the walls are already opened up. We are licensed, bonded and insured, and offer a full range of residential electric services in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho metro areas.