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If you’re planning any form of Property Development, whether it is a new bathroom, an extension, a renovation project or a new build, you will be aware that you will need an electrician. A good electrician will think ahead and plan where the cable runs need to go and what is required in term of complying with the regulations.

From the word go, it is important to consider what you will want to include in the project in terms of the electrical installation. A plan can be drawn up of where exactly the power supply to sockets and electrical equipment etc can be positioned. Sometimes the simplest of things can get forgotten about. For example; Matt has previously worked for people who hadn’t even thought about whether they will needed TV and data cable and for them, it became a bit of an afterthought. So Matt has found that it is best to bring this subject up first and ask where they will go. As the project progresses, he will regularly check in with you to ensure that everything so far is as you require and if there are any add-ins that you might like.

If you are planning something smaller, such as a new bathroom and need a new circuit for the shower, for example, Matt will always consider which cable route is best. It is very rare that you will find the consumer unit directly the other side of the wall from where the shower is, so there will be a run. Some people are happy with trunking but more often than not, they do not want to see any sort of evidence that a new circuit has been put in. Matt will always consider which the best route is for you and we will discuss your options before he starts.

As Matt has mentioned on the ‘About Us’ page, he has already gained a good amount of experience in renovation projects. Planning is the key to success and he knows that he must stay one step ahead of the builders by getting the first fix in where the builders need it and before the time that the builders need it done by. Matt continues to keep in touch with the builders as well as the client for whom they are working to ensure that he is aware of the timings and to be aware of any changed that are made to the plans.

Matt is eager to keep on working on projects such as new builds, property renovations, extensions, and general property improvements so please get in touch.  Please call Matt on 01392 462014 or you may email him at devon.sparks@hotmail.com.

Top 5 Rewiring Tips

1. Approach the work with care

Rewiring needs a careful approach and, like all electrical installation work, is subject to regulation and legislation. Part P of the Buildings Regulations deals with electrical safety in domestic dwellings, and covers significant alterations and new additions (such as new kitchens and extensions) in UK homes.


2. Understand when rewiring is needed

Homes which have not been touched or rewired for over 20 to 30 years usually require attention. This is not only because the wiring is potentially dangerous but also because older wiring systems can’t cope with the demands of modern living.

Old round switches, rubber or fabric cabling last installed in the 1960s, or sockets fixed to the skirting boards are all signs that that a house needs rewiring. A modern consumer unit will have circuit breakers and residual circuit devices (RCDs). An old fusebox has fuses with replaceable wires. If you have a fusebox with a wooden back and a mixed selection of fuses, maybe even cast iron, then consider having it replaced.


3. Plan carefully before work starts

Rewiring a property is messy, disruptive work. It happens in two stages:

  • first fix, when cables and wiring are installed
  • second fix when everything is joined up or made ‘live’, when the front faces of sockets, switches and lights are fitted.

Those runs of wires go everywhere: under floors, through walls and across ceilings, so first fix is best done without carpets or furniture, so floorboards can be lifted and ceilings cut into. To position new sockets and switches at legally correct heights, plaster generally needs to be chased into, too. This is why it’s important to plan what’s going where in each room before starting the first fix stage, so you know where you need lights, plug points and any other electrically driven items.

Full rewires usually happen when homes are empty, but for hardened homeowners it is possible to live in one room while having works happen around you. If you can’t move out, dust-cover furniture and expensive items, preferably moving electrical equipment into a separate room, as this is not your electrician’s responsibility. Get your electrician to install the new consumer unit and prep your habitable room with a temporary supply of sockets.


4. Avoid additions mid-way through

They are costly and time consuming. One way to avoid them is by drawing a plan of your home with each room on graph paper and marking up the position of beds, sofas, kitchen units and so on. You can then consider the lighting and switches required. Little things like under-cabinet and bedside lighting are easy to do when planned from the start, but costly to undertake later.

As well as thinking about task, mood and feature lighting, remember smoke and heat alarms, garden RCD safety sockets and external security lights.


5. Think about futureproofing

Today we are a super-consuming society hooked on ‘tech’. In terms of electrics, this means mood lighting, surround sound, high-speed Wi-Fi, kitchen gadgets and TVs in the bathroom. Electrical circuits must be up to the job — and you need to plan ahead.

Do you want ethernet cable to every room to ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi (or perhaps just living spaces and bedrooms)?

Will you want speakers in each room or a security system?


An example of a new build where Devon Sparks did the electrics >>>

This was situated near Rackenford, working on behalf of County Building Solutions.