From domestic properties to commercial businesses, we provide a wide range of high quality electrical solutions and installations. This includes smart home automation. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about home renovations and the important electrical considerations.
What are the most important electrical considerations for home renovations?
Whether you are installing a new kitchen, a full extension, or an attic conversion there are a number of electrical considerations that will need to be taken into account. These include:
Home renovations and upgrading the fuse board
Depending on the amount of home renovation you are carrying out, your fuse board or consumer unit may need to be upgraded. This is usually the case when you are adding new circuits and are undertaking renovation work that can be defined as ‘material alteration’ by the Building Regulations. It is important that your fuse board is up to code and meets the building regulations standards, so that your circuitry is safe and to prevent the risks of electrical fires and shocks.
In addition, during home renovation projects, you may opt to move or reposition the fuse board to a more convenient location. This is an option that is sometimes over looked by home owners and property developers, but it can be more practical for your household.
Home renovations and Part P of the Building Regulations
It is essential to consider Part P of the building regulations when installing new circuits in any room extension, or when making changes to the electrical circuits. This includes loft conversions, kitchen extensions and even garage extensions. In fact, it is not enough for only the new circuitry to meet the standards, the existing circuitry will also need to be improved to meet these regulations too. While this can seem like an unnecessary detail, it can actually make a lot of difference to your home overall. By improving the existing wiring you can ensure that the circuits can cope with the additional demand, have sufficient bonding and are properly earthed, for maximum safety and functionality.
Home renovations and electrical sockets
When installing any home extension you will need to consider sockets and wall outlets for providing power to appliances. Installing enough of these will be essential for the safety and practicality of the room, so make sure to plan out and even install a few more than you think you will need. This is because most homes in the UK report having too few sockets, and relying on three or more extension cables across the home. Not only can this lead to trip and fall hazards associated with the additional wires, it can also be very easy to overload a socket when using an extension cable too.
For more information or advice, or for professional electrical installation, repair or maintenance for your property, get in touch with the experts today, here at Powerhouse.