WHERE TO PUT THOSE POWER POINTS

Designing the electrical setup for your home is one of the most difficult in the design process. This will determine the functionality of the space that can make or break the quality of a room.

You should never have to search around for electrical points that you need to manage your major appliances or lighting. Nor should you have to explain to others why you have the electrical setup you do. Everything should have a comfortable and convenient flow so you always have access to the tools you need.

PLAN YOUR ELECTRICAL POINTS RIGHT

Whenever you are determining the electrical setup for your home you will need to consider three essential points.

All positioning for outlets should be logical. You should not place outlets behind large pieces of furniture or right next to your bathtub, for example. You should check with your inspector to ensure that any points you plan to install will not violate essential safety regulations.

Any new points should be placed in a convenient manner. You should not have to walk across a room every time you need a switch or outlet. They should be placed near the area where you are likely to sit or work, such as above a counter.

You should consider the appearance. A wall of outlets may seem convenient but it is going to look quite strange when you go to implement this design. You should also consider how the cords going into these points will look. You do not want long cords dragging across your room because this is unsightly and cause people to trip.

A high quality electrician will consider all of these points when they are creating their final design plan. If you are unsure why they have created a particular layout, ask them to explain their work. They will often provide insight that you would not have thought of which can increase your appreciation for the functionality of the space.

PRACTICALITY & FUNCTIONALITY FOR APPLIANCES

When outlining where electrical points will be placed there are other elements you must ensure are in place so they will be usable.

Know where you plan to place your television so you can provide adequate hookups for the cable and other items such as your video player or gaming councils.

Your desk may require points for your computer, printer and telephone. Your phone might also require a landline hookup so it will be functional.

Kitchen appliances may also require water hookups which can limit where they can be placed. Other points will need to be addressed accordingly so you will be able to reach them around other large items in the space.

If you are planning for items like a refrigerator or dishwater that will require a water hookup you may need to place covers over nearby outlets to avoid an electrical emergency. Your electrician can outline these types of safety points.

Also ensure that your inspector will not require any emergency shutoff switches for different items in your design so you are not caught off guard when your inspection comes.