Extension and electrical upgrades to house.
A substantial and high specification electrical project comprising:
- Electrics for high specification kitchen and dining extension.
- Electric under-floor heating project for the extension.
- New lighting schemes for ground floor including LED lounge scheme.
- Remote controlled garden lighting scheme.
- Re-organise circuits in to 17th edition consumer unit(s)
Electrics for kitchen extension
The client had a bespoke kitchen installed comprising various units, high specification appliances and granite work tops, and so the electrical installation needed to match in terms of quality.
I used Hamilton decorative switches and sockets, a lighting scheme comprising 20 recessed down-lights, low energy under cupboard lights and low energy over cupboard up lights, all separately switched to the customers requirements.
Under floor heating for kitchen extension
As part of the kitchen extension the customer requested that an electric underfloor heating system be installed as the primary heating device for the room. The system was approximately 30m2 and comprised 3 zones controlled by a programmable room thermostat and contactor.
These types of electric underfloor heating are excellent provided they are installed correctly. Photo below shows stage 1, insulation of the floor prior to laying the heat matt:
the next photo shows the laying of the matt – be careful other workers do not damage the delicate cables at this stage!
Then a generous covering of leveling compound and tiling and you are ready to turn on and enjoy it!
As part of the project I re-wired the ground floor lighting to included recessed down-lights in most rooms. In the lounge though the client decided on an unusual architectural lighting design using LED strip lights hidden behind plasterwork to create a unique glowing effect. The photos don’t really do it justice, it really has created a fantastic effect…
The light is continuous, flicker free, super low energy and has a really long lamp life. Downside is the inital cost which is relatively high.
Garden Lighting Scheme
The client also wanted a garden lighting scheme to complement their landscaped garden. This comprised 24 post lights and 4 pond lights that were remote controlled and zoned.
I used over 70m of armoured cable during the installation.
The lights are switched in 4 zones and remote controlled by a great little product called the ‘wisedim box’ which acts as a receiver for a remote controlled key fob to turn the lights on and off.
Re-organise the Consumer Units
The original electrical installation had been altered and added too over the years and it was time to re-organise the circuits to bring the installation up to the 17th edition standard.
Original fuse boxes…
New fuse boxed with full 30mA RCD protection
And inside they look like this:
If any of the ideas from this job inspire you or you have a similar project that I can help with, please contact me for a quotation.
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