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THE ROLE OF ELECTRICAL UPGRADES IN A HOME EXTENSION PROJECT

When people have a growing family, they may need to consider moving into a bigger home at some point of time. But that isn’t always a feasible or necessary option in every situation; and sometimes, getting extensions or additions done works better for most families. Not only does this give you the extra square footage you need, but also ensures you don’t need to move out of a neighbourhood you are comfortable in.

But it is crucial to keep in view that this type of additional space needs to blend in with the existing space in every aspect. There are a number of points to keep in view with home additions/extensions; and it’s very important that the planning and installations of all the features be handled well to help avoid any rework or remodelling. Read on to learn more about the role of electrical upgrades in a home extension project.


WHICH ELECTRICAL UPGRADES WOULD YOU NEED TO GET DONE?

Whether you are considering getting a new bedroom, study, home office, bathroom or kitchen built, there are a number of things to keep in view before the drywall installation is done. This new space will need new wiring, lighting fixtures, outlets, temperature controls and switches.

Based on the size of the available space, you would need a variety of electrical fittings and simply extending the existing circuits won’t help. That will only load the system and cause problems in the long term. Using electrical circuits that don’t have the capacity to bear the electrical load of the additional fixtures and appliances in the new space can lead to power fluctuations, electrical outages and in some cases electrical fires as well.

Based on the dimensions of the new space and the type of electrical appliances, devices or equipment that is to be used there, you may need an entirely new electrical circuit to properly handle the added electrical load. This means an addition will have to be made to the existing electrical panel. And it isn’t a job that can be handled by a novice; this is because additions to the main electrical panel can be extremely complex and since this panel also distributes electricity to the rest of the areas in your home, you want it to be in the best possible shape.