Before Renovating The Kitchen, Think About…

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  1. Your Outlets

It is better to install 20A outlets instead of 15A since kitchen appliances often use more electricity. GFCI outlets are placed close to a water source. USB outlets allow you to plug your phones and other devices directly in instead of using an adapter. The code for spacing outlets in the kitchen over the countertop is very specific.

2. Your Appliances

The placement of your major appliances such as your refrigerator, oven, and microwave should be one of the first things you do. Your major appliance choices are a good starting point to determine how many outlets, what kind of wiring, location per code, and whether you need to upgrade your electrical panel.

3. Your Lighting

Decide how many lighting fixtures, whether you want recessed or accent, and whether you have any other special lighting needs.

4. Your Electrical Panel

An electrician can look at your plans and your current panel and let you know if you’ll need to upgrade the panel to support your plan.

5. Your Safety

Your safety is always the most important consideration with any electrical work. Make sure to consult the National Electric Code (NEC) about the electrical requirements in your situation.

If all this talk about the National Electric Code, outlet installation, and panel upgrades sounds overwhelming, a good electrician can come to your house to explain what you’ll need for your renovation.

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