Hi-tech electronic tools continue to transform our homes and lives, which makes careful planning for today’s – and tomorrow’s – technologies essential in kitchen and bath design.
“It’s so important to plan and design properly, to accommodate all the cool new gadgets,” explained Meghan Lewellyn, a designer with Markraft Cabinets. Homeowners should not only take into account devices built into homes today, she said, but also include the necessary infrastructure for amenities that might not have been invented yet.
That starts, she said, before the first cabinet is installed, by making sure to build in adequate electrical capacity. Likewise, data connections such as coaxial cable, for televisions, and Ethernet cable, for computers, should be considered in any design. The cost is minor to run these lines at a project’s start. Going back after the work is finished might be prohibitive.
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