Renovating your kitchen can be a daunting experence. If poorly planned the budget can blow out and you better hope you live close to a Maccas or the ‘Local’ has $10 specials because it may not be getting finished on time!
When a kitchen renovation is rushed, planned poorly or simply thrown together, kitchen renovations never end well!
When a kitchen renovation is being project managed by the homeowner communication is key throughout with the trades.
It is advised to create a group email or whatsapp/viber group so everybody knows whats going on.
Process of trades:
1 – Plumber & Electrician disconnect / Demo
2 – Plumber/Electrician – Rough in
3 – Cabinet maker
4 – Splash back/tiler & bench Top
5 – Plumber/Electrician – Fit off
6 – Painter
Electrical Tip 1: Planning
Planning your electrical layout can save you time and money. If you get a kitchen drawing made with exact positions and heights everyone is on the same page, so to speak! When it comes to issuing a quotation the contractor knows exactly what to allow for and the client knows what they are getting – no grey areas!
Items to plan:
Under Cabinet Lighting
Why not spend a little extra and upgrade your power points to something more modern to set your kitchen off like clipsal Iconic or Clipsal Saturn?
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General kitchen lighting
Electrical Tip 2: Cook Top/Stove
Cook Top – It isn’t always as easy as take out the old gas or ceramic cook top and plug in an ‘induction’ cook top. Generally the consumer mains supply to a single phase home is 63 Amps and some old apartments have a 32 Amps-40 Amps. An induction cook top can use in excess of 32 Amps, thus if you already have air conditioning units, electrical oven, kitchen appliances etc you may require a consumer mains and switchboard upgrade to cope with the additional power being used.
If you do have enough power at your switchboard, a new 32A circuit will have to be run to the kitchen along with placing a safety isolation switch in a readily accessible position as per AS3000 wiring rules.
Tip 3: Budgeting $
Always plan ahead, from getting an electrical quote to shopping around for your appliances, do it at the beginning not half way through. Variations can be expensive but avoided when planned correctly.
If you are thinking about a kitchen renovation or in the process of doing a kitchen renovation please do not hesitate to contact Westcork Electrical for a Free Consultation or advice by calling Alan direct on 0468 366 182 or by clicking HERE
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