The kitchen is the heart of every home. It is the place where families come to reconnect after a long day; preparing meals and sharing stories. Consequently, kitchen renovations are one of the most valuable and popular types of home upgrades to improve both liveability and potential resale value.
Kitchens tend to demand a lot of electricity, so if you’re considering a kitchen upgrade then it’s important to pre-plan the electrical renovation work required to maximise functionality while ensuring safety. By nailing down these details the first time around, you’ll avoid making mistakes that require additional costs to remedy later on.
Hiring a licensed electrician to implement your electrical renovation is a legal requirement and means that everything will be set up correctly, guaranteeing a safe electrical environment for your family.
If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Stafford, Paddington, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.
If you are looking to upgrade your kitchen’s functionality, here are some of the electrical works that you will want to consider when renovating:
Upgrade Your Kitchen Lighting
Lighting defines the atmosphere of any household room and the kitchen is no exception. A well-lit dining table creates a warm and hospitable atmosphere for your family or guests to relax in. By incorporating a variety of diffused light sources including feature, pendant or chandelier lights, you can ensure that anyone eating in your dining room feels at home.
You can also switch to LED downlights. Essentially spotlights that are recessed into a ceiling, these downlights offer a bright directional light that is much more unobtrusive than traditional spotlights.
Including accent lighting in kitchen spaces such as above the kitchen island and stove or inside cabinets can also improve the functionality of commonly used spaces. Installing well-thought-out lighting fixtures as part of an electrical renovation can highlight the best features of your kitchen by illuminating corners and bouncing off walls, and tends to increase the value of the kitchen for potential future buyers.
Due to the large number of kitchen appliances required to blend, boil and bake a delicious meal, you should ensure that your upgraded kitchen has all of the power outlets required to let you unleash your inner chef.
Kitchens also typically use more power than most other household rooms, having to power large energy-consumption appliances such as refrigerators and ovens. Consequently, it is important to consult a licensed electrician about your unique requirements and what you require to power your various kitchen appliances and have them perform an inspection and subsequently complete the installation.
With more electronic devices joining our households every day, it’s important to ensure that your kitchen has sufficient adaptors to keep everyone’s phones, laptops and tablets charged up and ready to go. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing the ‘battery low’ warning when you’re midway through a cooking tutorial and hands-deep in pizza dough, so talk with your electrician about installing the necessary outlets to let you podcast, Netflix and Google your way through dinner prep.
This is particularly important if your kitchen island doubles as a workspace, or somewhere where you tend to read your Kindle over coffee in the morning.
Electrical Works In The Kitchen
Since the kitchen is a moist environment, there should be some distance between the electrical sockets and the kitchen sink.
The distance varies depending on the capacity of the sink. If the sink holds less than 45 litres, don’t install the fittings within 0.4 m from the top of the sink or within 0.15 m from the sides of the sink.
If the sink holds more than 45 litres, install the fitting either 1 meter away from the top of the sink or 0.5 meters away from the side edges of the sink.
Call a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane
Whether you want to install wires for an electric cooktop, add circuits, or change the kitchen layout, talk to us today.
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sources: evergreenelectrical.com.au, obrien.com.au