Kitchen Remodel Projects
When it comes to home remodeling projects, one of the first places that many homeowners want to tackle is the kitchen. After all, kitchens are at the heart of our homes. They are a place where everyone tends to gather, and spend a lot of time. A well-planned kitchen remodel also has the to potential to increase the value of your home. Having an up-to-code electrical system is just as important as the aesthetic look and feel of your newly designed kitchen.
Since the majority of kitchen remodel projects are in older homes, it is absolutely critical to evaluate the electrical system of your kitchen. Many kitchens that were built only decades ago were simply not designed to accommodate the demand for today’s kitchen devices and appliances.
A common desire in many kitchen remodels is to have additional electrical outlets so that we can plug in all of our devices. In today’s typical family kitchen, there are usually many time-saving and convenient kitchen devices that we use on a daily basis.
Wiring A Kitchen Yourself
Let’s talk about electrical rewiring for kitchen renovations. Your electrical wiring is one of the most critical aspects of your home remodeling. This is the one area where you cannot afford to make a mistake. If you unsure about home wiring in any way, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional electrical contractor like Eastlake Electric for your project.
If you are planning on doing some of the work yourself and are going the DIY route, at the minimum you should call an electrician to check your work. Hiring a licensed electrician is really money well spent in terms of safety and reliability of your electrical system. Make sure that you are using materials that are up to code. Every area has its own electrical codes. It is your responsibility to know what the codes are, and to make sure that the materials you are using are right for the job.
At the very minimum you would want to use a 12 gauge romex wiring wherever you can. Any place in your kitchen that you are installing an outlet near a sink or water source, you will want use a ground fault enabled protection outlet of GFCI. If in the event any moisture gets inside the outlet circuitry, it will automatically cut off, and there is a “reset” button on the front of the outlet. Use of GFCI outlets is required code nowadays anywhere there is a moisture or water source.
Whenever you are doing a rewiring project make sure that the load you are putting on the electrical circuits, you have the amperage at your breakers to carry that load. For example, you do not want to have the microwave, stove, and refrigerator all on the same circuit. When circuits get over loaded like this, you’re going to be blowing breakers all the time and driving yourself crazy as well. Do your homework, and find out what kind of load each of your appliances has, and make sure that you have a breaker that can at least handle load that is coming in.