Pay now...save later...think of it as the old adage, measure twice cut once :) When you are planning a renovation, there are many exciting things to think about, such as new paint colors, rearranging the existing pieces in the space, buying new accent pieces, maybe even buying new furniture! These are costly investments that really do pay off by helping to create your perfect space. While you're busy thinking about all of these exciting purchases and changes though, it's easy to lose sight of the more...I hate to say it...boring aspects of the job, such as the electrical devices. Yes, parts of our job can certainly be mundane. That being said, they are extremely important and your space couldn't really function without them! (Have you ever had a dinner party in the dark eating raw food? Likely not :) )
So we've established that some of the electrical elements in your space can be boring, read receptacles and switches, and in most cases these are also standard - standard location, standard height and standard color. When you're planning a brand new custom space though, you may need so much more than standard! If you have a custom countertop with an unusually high backsplash or an usual room layout for example, you may need switches and receptacles in non-standard locations and in non-standard finishes. For example, if the entire wall in your bathroom behind the sink is mirror, you may want a receptacle on one side. Not only will this be an usual placing, but you will most definitely want a mirrored plate for that receptacle. If you do not inform your electrician about these specific custom items in your space, devices will be placed in standard spots, at a standard height, in a standard finish. Can you picture a white nylon plate cover over a standard receptacle surrounded by a mirror? *shudder Although it is possible to relocate devices once they are roughed-in and then installed, it is a costly process. This cost can easily be avoided by scheduling a consultation with your electrical contractor beforehand. Use this consultation to review the specifics for your custom space so the electrical work can be custom to accommodate. This consultation will cost much less than re-working everything after the fact, and it will save everyone time and money and you can get down to the business of enjoying your space as soon as possible.
Our team is always more than happy to discuss your custom touches with you so we can help create your perfect space. Of course there are many electrical codes that need to be followed when determining placement and height of devices, but we will work with you to ensure that the required codes are met and your custom space looks perfect.
Until next time - happy consulting :D