Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Renovation Tips - Part Two


Wire Management and Wardrobes

We wanted to get away from the normal white switches for Reiki Sanctuary.  Legrand was our first choice.  We just love the silvery plate.  However, we had problem to match the silver face plate with its white base.  All base came in white colour.  Matching them together, silver and white, looked not right to us.

Though we managed to get the color code from Legrand for its silver colour and gotten the electrician to spray paint the base, we didn't want to employ too many of it in the house.  With the base, the switches looked awkwardly bulky [just as picture below].


We had more than fifty switches and sockets, all around the house including for the down lights, and wanted a subtle presence of them [as in picture below] on the walls.  At the same time, we didn't want to have too many wire trunks exposed all around the house.
How to achieve minimum exposure of wire trunking
With your floor plan, go through each room and locate the number of socket points/SCV/Telephone line.  Advice the electrician about cornices and/or false ceilings, if you are intending to do them.  Make sure the routing of wires/cables is done before the installation of cornice/false ceiling.

How we hide wires/cables for electrical sockets and rear speaker in living room
To minimise trunkings exposed in living room, the electrician fished the wires and cables from an accessible space through another wall, which in our case from the guest room.


The wires/cables were routed to far end [near window] pulled from electrical distribution box/amplifier from the living room inside and through wall.


Through the wall, wire out to Living Room for the socket near side table:


Through the wall, cable out to Living Room for the rear speaker:



How we hide wires/cables with wardrobes

You need to tell your carpenter that the sides of the wardrobes/cabinets are to act as a wall for switches/sockets.  He will have to construct additional layer of wood to box-in the wires.

Our switches and sockets at different part of the house:

Dining Cabinet


Interior - Box for Wires

An additional wood panel was built to hide the wires



Shoe Cabinet


Master Bed Room

A boxed panel to act as wall and to hide the wires:


Ceiling Fan in Study Area



This ceiling fan is fixed directly to the ceiling.  A hole had to be made at the false ceiling.

The Switch and Regulator:






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