See how great Electric Home Design can take your home to the next level
When you’re renovating or building, terms like ‘architectural design’ and ‘interior design’ are familiar. But what about ‘Electric Home Design’?
In the same way that construction and styling help to create a beautiful space, Electric Home Design brings that space to life and tailors it to how you want to live.
Introducing Electric Home Design
The concept of Electric Home Design was pioneered by PDL as a way to create homes that make life easier and more enjoyable.
It’s about planning how you want your home to work for you and then considering all the ways to achieve that: from smart home technology and finding the perfect switches and power points to complement your style, through to lighting, EV charging, and the best ways to help keep you and your home electrically safe.
Your Electric Home Design could be as simple as adding motion sensor lights to dark areas like pantries or walk-in wardrobes, through to a home that turns on lights and closes blinds at a certain time each evening and gives you control from your smart device, anywhere in the world.
Plan for good design
Building from scratch or renovating is an opportunity to use Electric Home Design to make a home that streamlines daily life, and even adds a touch of something special.
It’s important to include Electric Home Design at the beginning of your project. That way you can allocate a budget to what you want to achieve and make sure your electrical plan is part of the overall build. This helps avoid having to retrofit electrical features, especially in kitchens and bathrooms where there are more expensive finishes like tiles, glass and stone.
The easiest way to start is to think about who will live in the home and what they might need from each room – now and into the future.
Tailoring your home’s electrical setup to your lifestyle
Would keen cooks need extra power points by the bench top, or additional task lighting? Would cabled internet be useful for a home office and in bedrooms where teenagers (or future teens!) are gaming or doing homework? What about for streaming content on the TV in the living room? Would you like music in the bathroom? Will the garage be used as a workshop with power tools? Or will the EV live in there and need a wall charger?
Think about how you move around your home, too. Two-way switching in hallways or stairwells is a must-have, and also consider motion sensor lights for pantries, walk-in wardrobes, laundries, hallways and bathrooms at night, or for lights on staircases.
Lighting design can also add style with spotlights to highlight artworks, or clever use of LED strip lights to cast colour down walls or for a touch of luxe in bathrooms and dressing rooms. Make the most of your outdoors too, with garden and pool feature lighting.
Make it smart
More people are choosing to include smart home elements as part of their Electric Home Design as today’s technology is affordable, easy to use and can be installed in new or existing homes without the need for rewiring.
In a ‘smart home’, electrical appliances and devices can be controlled via Bluetooth or remotely over the internet (usually through a single smart device app) and are often linked for added customisation.
Effortless installation and control with PDL Wiser
A smart home system like PDL Wiser is simple to install with no extra wiring required. It’s scalable too, so you can start small and add extra elements as your family grows or your needs change. You can see and control each linked element from anywhere in the world on your smart device using the Wiser by SE app.
With a single screen tap you could turn on the air conditioning before you get home, or turn off all the lights in the house after you’ve gone to bed. You can even link actions using ‘Wiser Moments’, so creating a ‘Movie Moment’ could close the blinds in the living room and dim the kitchen lights creating the perfect ambiance for movie time.
Choose your style
Electric Home Design is also about creating the look you want for your home. After all, light switches and power points are objects that we touch every day, often several times a day, so why not make that an enjoyable experience?
PDL has a wide range of switches and power points in a range of finishes to complement your interior design.
Choose from the modern, clean lines of original Iconic, the natural wooden trim of Iconic Essence, or the luxe brushed metallic finish of Iconic Styl. The elegant Saturn range includes push button switches with finishes in glass-look, textural metallics, or minimalist matt.
Draw up a wish list for how you’d like each room or area of your home to work, and then talk to your electrician about what’s possible.
They’ll be able to recommend products to create the results you’re after and you might be surprised at how much is achievable with a few clever electrical items working in tandem around the house.
The sky’s the limit! You’ll find some great inspiration in our Electric Home Design magazine, so start your Electric Home Design journey today and make your home a place you love to live.
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