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Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 1

Electrical design and installation for a kitchen remodel or upgrade can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also raise your home’s resale value. Kitchen remodeling is a major project as far as the expense and the inconvenience your family will experience during the process. Kitchens are somewhat like airport terminals. If a terminal were unexpectedly closed for even a brief period, many flights and passengers will be affected. Not having access to your kitchen during its remodeling process will have a significant impact on your family.

Objectives & Budget

Prior to starting a kitchen remodel project, it is crucial to fully comprehend your objectives and budget. Put them down on paper and revise them until the features you want matches how much you can afford. It would be wise to consult with an experienced electrical services company regarding your plans for electrical design and installation and review your desired features and their form and function. You should also have a discussion regarding your new kitchen’s electrical requirements and complying with federal and local codes.

Work Triangle

For determining efficient kitchen layouts, the kitchen work triangle is an important concept. The main kitchen tasks are performed between the refrigerator, stove top, and sink. Imaginary lines between these three points comprise the work triangle. Is the person doing most of the cooking left or right handed? What will be the locations of small appliances like the toaster or microwave? Will their locations optimize your work triangle?

Older Homes

For those owning older homes, the complexity of the planned upgrade must be compared to the home’s electrical panel to ensure that the increased electrical loads from new appliances can be handled. If unanticipated, an electrical service upgrade will significantly increase the project’s budget. An experienced professional electrician will be able to help you gain a better understanding of your electrical requirements for the project you envision and the budget you can afford.

Part 2 will discuss Kitchen Lighting, Electrical Circuits, and Contractors.

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