Kitchen Electrics & Ventilation
When designing a new kitchen, there are many things to be considered, from the aesthetics to the practicality of the design. Amberth help people achieve a kitchen to suite family requirements and individual needs, with style in mind. In this post, we will highlight some of the key things you need to know before you begin your kitchen renovation, plus useful information for a successful build.
If you are planning a new kitchen refit with new units and fittings, a planning application would not be required, unless your kitchen is to be situated within an extension. In that case building regulations approval is likely to be required, to ensure that the room will have adequate ventilation and drainage, and meet requirements in respect of structural stability, electrical and fire safety. If your property is a listed building you should consult the Local Planning Authority before making changes.
To ensure your kitchen is ventilated correctly, we recommend a ducted hood for maximum performance. For most people, removing the smell of cooking is important, particularly if you have an open plan kitchen, diner. It is preferable to duct out (rather than using a cooker hood in re-circulation mode), removing condensation and steam from the kitchen and recirculating more air. Cooker hoods that accept ducting with a diameter of 150mm is highly recommended, and anything below can void manufacturing warranty. Lastly, it is advised to regularly change the filter to ensure it stays clean from a build-up of grease.
Electrical works apply to the addition of new sockets, lighting fixtures, cookers, extractor fans and any other electrical items you may want to install. All electrical work must be finished before you start assembling the kitchen. We advise you to have an electrician lined up well in advance to complete this. All electrical work must be completed by a qualified person and a certificate showing the work has been tested before proceeding with the rest of your kitchen should be presented.
It is a good idea to position sockets around your kitchen island where most entertaining takes place. For versatility and compatibility with charging appliances, a USB port is highly recommended where possible. A tip for maintaining a minimal look in your kitchen would be to use a grid isolator switch to ensure all switches for appliances can be in one place. We would position this switch inside the extractor fan bit, due to the extra space often left unused. Keep your electrics hidden away where possible, keeping the surfaces free and the design minimal. A pantry is a good place to hide bulky items such as kettles and toasters etc.
At Amberth we are flexible to your needs and offer a full design and installation of your kitchen including electrics, providing you with the best design to suit your requirements. As an alternative, we offer a dry fit, excluding electrical fittings. In this instant, we would ask you to ensure all electrics are fitted, ready for us to carry out the installation of your kitchen. For further information on kitchen regulations please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Click here to send us a message and someone will be in touch soon.