Thinking of re-doing your kitchen? Let Speck Family Electric help make it the best it can be! Here are a few kitchen remodeling tips to keep in mind.

Plan Outlets

We get it, planning outlet placements is not the most fun thing when it comes to a kitchen redesign. But when your kitchen is complete, you’ll be thanking your past self for doing so!

Planning your outlets will help you decide where appliances, big and small, will fit in your kitchen. You can also decide where to place outlets for your convenience. If you know where you’d like to place your coffee machine on a counter, you can make sure an outlet is close by. If you are adding an island, code requires an outlet to be placed on it somewhere. Ask your electrician how you can hide these so they don’t stand out.

Make it Smart

A kitchen remodel is the perfect time to introduce smart home technology. If you’ve been on the fence about incorporating it into your home, the kitchen is a great starting point. It’s the room where these items will get the most use, and you can decide which systems you want to expand into other areas of the home.

If you’re unsure what smart home options are right for you, a good option is smart lighting. Automatic lighting can help personalize the atmosphere of your room. Not to mention some options will help you save money on your utility bill. Another good place to start is by adding a virtual assistant, like a Google Home or Alexa. They can help you set timers, find new recipes, create a grocery shopping list, and play background music. Best of all: you can set one up yourself!

Create a Lighting Plan

An essential aspect of any kitchen remodeling job is a lighting plan. It’s not just about making sure your kitchen is properly lit. It’s also about enhancing your home’s beauty with the right lighting design.

Overhead lighting is a given, but make sure to add task lights above your sink and food preparation areas. Under-cabinet lighting can also help you while you’re cooking and cleaning and be a nice accent light for entertaining. And don’t forget switch placement! Think about where you want to turn on your overhead light from. Likewise, do you want your under-cabinet lights to turn on at the same time or be individualized?

Check your Panel

Oftentimes during a kitchen remodel, you’re adding things like lights, outlets, and appliances. The more things you add, the more electricity will be required. Check to make sure your panel can handle the extra load. If the current panel is maxed out, your electrician can add a subpanel so your new kitchen can continue as planned. It’s always good to discuss this with your electrician in advance so there’s no surprise expense later on.

Ready to Remodel your Kitchen?

We hope these kitchen remodeling tips inspire you for your own remodel! If you’re looking to fix up your kitchen and need electrical help, then look no further than Speck Family Electric. We have licensed and insured electricians that can ensure the smooth and professional electrical remodel of your kitchen. We’re always here to help our beloved Tennessee homeowners. We service those in Sparta, Chattanooga, Cookeville, Crossville, Gallatin, Lebanon, McMinnville, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, and Smithville.