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Planning Outlet Placement in a New Home


Homeowners who choose to build or heavily renovate get the unique privilege of customizing even the most minute of details. One of the most rewarding and practical of these is outlet placement. Right up there with inadequate closet space, not having enough outlets where you need them is a common homeowner complaint. Taking some time during the design process to choose where you want your outlets is a great opportunity you should take advantage of!

Electrical Codes

Before you begin mapping out where each outlet will go, you need to make sure you have a solid understanding of building codes in regards to electrical wiring. Working with a licensed electrical contractor will be your greatest asset. Find out how much your electrical system can handle and then you can begin the fun part: planning where to put your outlets.


Your kitchen is home to several large appliances. Your refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher will all need outlets to hook up to. Furthermore you’ll want to consider any other devices you use in your kitchen. Will you be hooking up a television in the corner? Do you use a plug-in stand mixer or juicer? Kitchens are regulated in regards to electrical set up, but it’s nice to envision your kitchen organized in a manner that’s specific to your needs.

Common Areas

Your living room, family room, rec room, or really anywhere that your family gathers will likely require several outlets. Outlets for electronics, charging cords, and seasonal decorations all need to be considered in these areas. Make a mental map of how you plan to organize your furniture, television, and other components of the room to get an idea of where you want more outlets.


When it comes to your bathroom, you will be required to use GFCI outlets. This is because they are more likely to come into contact with water. Take a look at your bathroom and imagine your morning routine. Make sure the location of the electrical outlet makes sense, for example if you’re using a hairdryer or charging an electric shaver. Remember you don’t want to be stretching cords across a sink.

Regardless of which room you are planning for, take the time to go through and make informed decisions about where your outlets will go. Intentional outlet placement reduces your need to use extension cords or organize your rooms to make up for electrical shortcomings. This way, your electrical resources are tailored to your needs and not the other way around. Looking for an electrical contractor in Calgary for your dream home? Contact 4-Star Electric Ltd. for our expertise. We look forward to working with you!

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