Kitchens and bathrooms are the main candidates for remodeling when it comes to home renovations. The desire to make these two rooms, where a lot of time is spent in a day, look better is a dream shared by many homeowners. That being said, it is easy to be overwhelmed when you decide to embark on a home remodeling project. There are many considerations and decisions to be made. A bathroom or kitchen renovation is not just about what’s happening on the exterior where aesthetics matter, but also about what’s happening behind the scenes, such as the electrical wiring.
There are some important decisions you need to make when it comes to the electrical bit of your renovation, and knowing how each of these decisions affects your renovation will enable you to make the right one.
The Service Panel
You’ve decided to upgrade your kitchen. This probably comes with new and upgraded appliances which come with additional circuits. The question you need to ask is whether your existing service panel will be able to handle the additional circuits, or whether you’ll have to install a new or additional panel. The implication is that you might have to spend more on your remodeling project since an additional or new panel comes at an extra cost than you had originally planned.
Label The Panel
You’ve hired a licensed electrician to be part of the team undertaking your remodeling project, but have you labeled the electrical panel in your home? Every homeowner needs to be aware of switch/breaker controls in their panel and what each of them does, and label this accordingly. This will eliminate confusion once third parties e.g. your electrician comes into the house.
Technology has advanced so much so that appliances that required endless wiring can nowadays be controlled wirelessly, even via your smartphone. Ask your contractor how you can take advantage of all the “smart” capabilities available in the market today.
Bathroom Renovation Must-Haves
Usually, once the basics are out of the way, a room can have as many or as few features as you please. For instance, if you like to sing in the shower, you can get LED lights and Bluetooth speakers installed in your shower. For kitchens, USB ports are one of the features your upgraded kitchen needs to have, to allow charging of phones, laptops, and other devices. The rest of the details are entirely up to the owner’s discretion.
Upgrade vs. Overhaul
When it comes to renovation, you are required to upgrade or overhaul the wiring only if it is outdated. Once you open up the walls to expose the wiring, you might find one or two things that need fixing. If this is the case, an upgrade is necessary. However, if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it.
The Major Don’ts
For the DIY enthusiasts, an open splice is one of the most common issues left behind after a remodel. A splice is a connection between two or more wires. When left open, it can easily ignite leading to an electrical fire. Always hire a professional electrician to ensure such amateur mistakes are not made in the course of your remodeling project.