Typically homes built in the ‘40s-‘50s-‘60s need more outlets and more lighting for things like dishwashers, microwaves, computers and entertainment centers. In fact, one home office desk could feature 8 or more pieces of electrical equipment that needs plugging in: computer, monitor, printer, keyboard, desk lamp, calculator, telephone fax and scanner. That’s already 9 plug-ins. There’s the laptop, pencil sharpener, radio, TV…that’s a lot of power and that’s only one workstation setup.
Security is one of the big concerns of homeowners today and for that Top Line Electric installs perimeter lighting, fire and burglar alarm systems, and motion-controlled lighting. The northern Michigan electricians at Top Line Electric install CCTV and card access systems, used both in high end residences and businesses and multi-family residential developments.
Some of the electrical features that residential homeowners are including in their remodeling projects—features that Top Line Electric routinely installs—are:
- Electrical service upgrades
- Breaker panel upgrades and repairs
- Lighting installation and repairs
- Outdoor security lighting
- Kitchen and bath remodels
- Basement finish wiring
- Home theater wiring
- Appliance circuits
- Hot tubs/spas
- 220 range and dryer outlets – sometimes two or three in a home
- Ceiling and attic fans
- Wine cellar chilling systems
- Computer/phone/cable TV wiring
- Generator installation
Under-cabinet kitchen lighting, mini-pendants, in-floor lighting, chandeliers in rooms like the bathroom vs. the dining room, built-in coffee pots and blenders, warming ovens and billiards lighting are commonplace anymore. Our job at Top Line Electric in Traverse City, MI is to bring homes into the 21st Century so that owners can access as much power as they require without draping extension cords through the house and into the yard.
If you’re weighing what room in your home to remodel to get the most bang out of your investment buck, start with the kitchen, the most used room in a home. At the foundation of kitchen operations is safe electrical service with ample outlets to handle multiple functions at once.
Replacing outdated lighting, especially the recessed fluorescent fixtures so popular in the 70s and 80s goes a long way to putting a new face on an older kitchen. Flip through a home design magazine and you’ll notice the new kitchens are outfitted with recessed lighting on the ceiling, optimally controlled with dimmer switches, plus pendant lighting, mini pendants and island lighting that can convert your interest in wanting to dine out to staying in. Under-cabinet lighting highlights the counter surface and makes it easier to work effectively. Commercial grade ventilation fans can put a stop to your smoke detector going off every time you get the urge to cook. Not to mention that smoke detectors save lives and didn’t used to be a requirement, but are now. Whether your remodeling project is limited to changing out a light fixture, adding smoke detectors or gutting the room to start from scratch, the professional electricians at Top Line Electric in Traverse City, MI can make sure that your investment is safe and passes code.
On a par with kitchen remodels, bath remodels weigh in as an investment that will pay off when it comes time to sell.
Today’s families use significantly more electrical appliances on a regular basis than older bathrooms can accommodate. Electric rollers, hair dryers and flat irons, electric toothbrushes and Waterpiks, razors and radios, even TVs can be found in a modern bathroom. Good lighting is essential to meticulous grooming – in front of the mirror or in the bathtub. Lighting dimmers can write the mood for a relaxing soak in your jetted tub.
Gone are the days of the single bathroom home and the bathroom lit with a single ceiling bulb. Let Top Line Electric recommend ways that you can use light smarter in your bathroom remodeling project.