If you want to create your own workshop, set up a game room, or need it to be more convenient to store your belongings, adding electricity to a shed or other outbuilding on your property can transform the space into a more functional area. Check out this guide for a few details you need to review, when adding electricity to a shed or outbuilding with the help of an electrical contractor.
1. Inquire If You Will Need to Bury Any Cables
When adding electricity to your shed, the project may require you to bury cables that are necessary to complete the task. If your project necessitates additional cables, make sure that you have your yard properly marked by a state agency prior to beginning the project. Your contractor will need to know where any additional electrical cords, water lines, and energy lines are located in your yard.
2. Determine What Kind of Items You Want to Power
Though you don't need to have your plans for the shed completely mapped out before adding electricity, it's a good idea to have a general idea of how you want to use the space. Some activities, like running power tools or multiple high voltage pieces of equipment, will require a higher electrical load than for simply turning lights on when you access the building. The higher the shed's electrical load, the higher the cost for adding electricity to the space.
When your electrical contractor runs electricity to your shed, they'll run your home's existing power to the building. You want to make sure that your home is capable of powering an additional structure and meeting the structure's unique needs. In situations where the shed is forecast to require a high electrical load, you might need to upgrade your home's existing electrical capacity before adding electricity to your shed.
3. Decide How Many Electrical Outlets You Want
How many electrical outlets you add to the shed varies based on a few factors, like your plans for the space, how many people will be using the space, and the type of power cords that you want to use. In general, the more electrical outlets you add, the higher your cost for the project. For example, it will cost more to add an outlet to each wall of your shed than to add lights and a single outlet to the space.
Should you want to use the shed as an extension of your living or entertainment space, you may prefer outlets that permit you to plug a USB charging cord directly into the outlet, to make the room as functional as possible.