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Creating An Electrical Plan (And a giveaway!)

by - Monday, February 26, 2018

Are you thinking about spring home projects? I sure am! We've got #ProjectCraftsDept well on it's way and the dining room has just begun but I'm already thinking ahead to what's next... Chloe's bedroom, our bedroom, and our main floor powder room are all projects I want to tackle before the summer! Optimistic, I know.

Right now, I'm still in the planning phase for all these upcoming projects. It's that exciting time when I get to fill up my Pinterest boards, mock up designs, and think about how I want the rooms to feel. However, design is just one part of the equation and in order to have a room that functions as well as it looks, you need to think about the electrical plan.

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The craft room electrical plan
In our experience, the electrical plan is one of the first and most important parts of the renovation process. You'll want to plan for your lighting and power needs up front. Electrical is literally buried in your walls so you want to ensure it's planned and installed properly before any cabinetry, wallpaper, or paint is applied. For our craft room, once we had the room layout finalized, we determined where we wanted additional lights, plugs, and switches to be. In creating an electrical plan, consider questions such as:
  • How will you be using the room? Do you have things that need to be plugged in? How many electrical outlets do you need?
  • Are there existing electrical outlets that need to be moved?
  • Are there any requirements of the Electrical Safety Code that you need to be aware of? What permits are needed for your project? 
  • What kind of light sources will you have? Do you need task, ambient, or accent lighting?
  • Do you want your lighting on different switches? Will some of the lighting be dimmable?
  • Where should outlets, lights, and switches be located relative to the furniture in the room?
I'm happy to plan and identify our electrical wants and needs, but when it comes to performing the actual electrical work, we bring in the pros and hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor. Safety is a top priority with any home project and Licensed Electrical Contractors (LEC's) are the only businesses legally authorized to perform electrical work in someone's home or business in Ontario. You can find one in your area on the Electrical Safety Authority's website. Engaging an LEC early in your planning process can also help to identify electrical requirements you might not have even thought of.

Our former dining room
I like to be onsite when the qualified electrician brought in by the LEC is doing his work because inevitably, we'll run into some design challenges. In our former dining room, figuring out the placement of the recessed pot lights shown above took over two hours because every time we picked a spot, there would be a joist in the way! And since figuring out spacing, layout, and design is my joy, it was great to work together to figure out a solution that was functional, safe, and visually pleasing.

Ambient, task, and accent lighting in the dining room
A Licensed Electrical Contractor is required to handle all the details when it comes to the electrical work, permits and inspections. But figuring out what electrical work you want done plus the design can still be a daunting process for any homeowner. The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) would love to help and on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the National Home Show at 1 p.m. you can get your questions answered at the Power Your Reno panel, featuring design expert Kimberley Seldon and ESA’s Steve Smith, and moderated by Cityline’s Tracy Moore.

Whether you’re designing your dream home or updating one room, what’s behind the walls is just as important as what you put on them. The panel will be sharing tips to achieve a home reno that is on-trend and powered to perform.

*GIVEAWAY*

I've got two pairs of tickets to the National Home Show to give away. The Show runs March 9-18th and is co-located with Canada Blooms so I always make it a point to visit to talk to the pros and get home and garden inspiration for the year ahead! 

If you'd like a chance to win, leave a comment here or on my other social channels (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) letting me know what home reno project you've got in the works for spring. Contest closes midnight Monday, March 5th. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted on Tuesday, March 6th. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Electrical Safety Authority. All words and opinions are my own

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