Planning where to put your electronic devices can be one of the most challenging things to deal with when moving into your new home. Luckily, our interior designer Marlene Card has drawn up a checklist to help you out.

 

When you’re selecting interior finishes for your new home, ask an interior design representative to show you where the standard electrical is located in your home.

Be prepared ahead of time so that you know what to look for.  Picture yourself walking through your new space and imagine where you‘d like to place your electronic devices and furniture.  Write down a list of all your existing electronic devices and their requirements.

Here’s a handy checklist of questions to help you map out your electrical needs for your new home:

Electrical

    • What is the seating arrangement going to be in the living space?
    • Where are you placing your entertainment unit / television screen?
    • Are you getting an electric fireplace?
    • Is the TV a flat screen mounted on the wall? (You may need reinforcements in the wall, an outlet and conduit for wire management).
    • Where is the cable outlet located?
    • How high would you want the outlet and conduit behind the TV?

  • Is there an electrical outlet where you need to plug in certain items?
  • Do you have a cable outlet in your bedroom (s)?
  • Have you thought about where you want your main computer?
  • Is it going to be hooked up to a wireless router so that you can carry it from space to space?
  • Where is the location of that main hook up?
  • Do you have enough outlets for your main computer components?
  • Is the phone outlet in a logical spot for you?
Lighting
  • Is the ceiling fixture for your dining table in the right location?
  • Is there an option to get under countertop lighting valance in the kitchen?

If you are moving into a condominium, the outer walls and ceiling in most cases are concrete so adding outlets may be difficult later on.  You may want to add potlights or a shower potlight.

Condominiums do not generally supply ceiling outlets for fixtures mounted in the centre of a bedroom so if you are used to having a light or ceiling fan above your bed, you will need to purchase them.

Hire a designer to help you with these decisions beforehand based on your floorplan.

When you go in and compare what the builder has as a standard, then you can decide what further requirements you need.

With my experience, the builder is usually well equipped to meet your electrical requirements.

Good luck with your electrical planning!

 

Marlene Card is a Registered Interior Designer with IDC (Interior Designers of Canada) working with fashion forward interiors since 1990, specializing in multi- family residential interiors in Toronto and surrounding areas for the past 12 years