Building your dream home is a whirlwind. You’ve spent countless nights thinking up the perfect home for your family, everything down to the last detail. You’ve read tip books, become a regular at home decor stores and somehow ended up with a massive collection of paint chips. With all of the details racing through your mind, it’s easy to forget the little things, like outlets.
While outlets seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of designing the home, poorly placed electrical outlets can make living in the home frustrating at times. While you’re considering your building plans, be sure to keep these not-so-common places in mind.
Depending on when you’re building your home, the holiday season might not be on your mind. When it’s time to decorate the home for the holidays, you’re likely going to want a way to plug in lights or decorations without having a cord hanging off of the ledge or down your wall.
Of course there will be plenty of outlets in the kitchen for all of the countertop appliances but there are a few places to keep in mind for extra outlet placement. The island is one place that often gets overlooked. To get the most out of it, you need to be able to use it! If your island is especially large, consider a few outlets on the sides or top to plug in mixers, small appliances, or maybe even your phone to charge while prepping dinner.
Closets are typically for clothes and shoes, but they also store a lot of other household items. The closet is a good place to keep battery-powered devices like a dust buster. You also give yourself the option to plug in an iron, or steamer in the closet eliminating trips in and out of the laundry room. With an electrical outlet in the closet, take out those pesky wrinkles and simply hang them up when you’re done.
If you prefer to go cordless with your kitchen appliances, the pantry is the best place to charge them between uses. A lot of people like the freedom of using appliances without fighting with cords or switching them around an outlet. Store and charge them close to the kitchen without sacrificing precious cabinet space.
Bathroom Medicine Cabinet
Similarly to the kitchen, the bathroom has a lot of battery powered gadgets that require a charge now and then. Consider adding an outlet in the medicine cabinet to charge razors or toothbrushes discreetly and eliminate counter clutter at the same time!
Be sure to include outdoor electrical outlets to your list! While not commonly overlooked when planning a new build, many people wish they had put more in during the build. Think about your lifestyle and all of the things you might need around the outside of your home. Outdoor entertaining, landscaping, lighting, these all need power.
The garage is a great place for plenty of outlets. An outdoor refrigerator in the garage holds sodas and water, and a deep freeze for storing extra food frees up space in your kitchen freezer. Remember to add plenty around the workbench too!
This one might seem odd, but think of all the times you’ve gone to plug in a lamp and had to stretch the cord to reach the outlet behind the couch. Strategically placed outlets on the floor near corners of the room give you great flexibility. You can plug in lamps, decor, or devices that need charged while your spending time relaxing on the couch.
A little planning beforehand saves money in the long run because installing them later can be disruptive and costly. You’ll never wish you had less electrical outlets, but you miss them when they aren’t where you need them. Think about your home now and all of the places you wish you had access to an outlet and plan your brand new, custom dream home accordingly!