If you're building a large two-storey home, plan on installing a pool or have a large rural shed, your home may need 3 phase power. Having 3 phase power installed will usually require additional permits that will increase site costs; however it's much cheaper and more convenient to upgrade to 3 phase power during your build rather than in the future.
3 Phase Power
Additional Bedroom Power Outlets
Having a single power outlet in your bedrooms may limit the functionally of this space. Consider having at least one power outlet close to bedside tables for bedside lamps and charging phones and a power point at the opposite side of the room for powering TVs or vacuums.
Additional External Floodlights
It's always useful to add additional external floodlights in positions where you may need extra outdoor lighting at night. External lighting is also a helpful security measure.
Cupboard Power Outlets
Having power points installed inside cupboards gives you an out of sight location to charge vacuum cleaners and digital devices.
Electrical Surge Protection (Appliance Protection)
Whole-house surge protection will protect your electrical appliances from power surges and can be hardwired into your home. The cost of installing whole-house surge protection is cheaper than buying multiple individual point protectors to use throughout your home.
Hallway Power Outlets
Often overlooked, hallway power points can be convenient for vacuuming long hallways and used for sensor nightlights to help children navigate your home at night.
Island Bench Power Outlets
If your kitchen has an island bench, we recommended that you have a power outlet installed during construction so the builder can provision it within the slab foundation. Power outlets on the island bench will give you flexibility, allowing you to use small appliances like kettles, toasters and sandwich presses on your island bench.
Upgrading standard batten lighting (fixtures with a globe hanging from the ceiling) to recessed LED downlights will improve the overall look of most rooms. The number of downlights required for a room will depend on the purpose of that room and the lumen output needed. If the home you're building has an equivalent display home, use this a base to calculate how many recessed LED downlights you may need.
Multiway switches make it possible to control lighting from multiple locations around your home. Common uses for multiway switches are in long hallways, stairways and other rooms with multiple access points. Multiway switches can be set up in two, three or four-way configurations are usually an inexpensive upgrade.
Outdoor Power Outlets
Think about any external power outlets that may be required around the exterior of your home, such as in your alfresco area or by a water tank pump. External power outlets can be an expensive addition with some builders; consider having the outlet provision with an electrical junction so an electrician can easily install a power point after handover.
Provision Wall Mounted TV's
If you're planning to wall-mount a TV, ensure the necessary connections (power point, data or aerial) are available at your chosen location. We recommend that these provisions are installed inside a recessed wall box as this will allow for a closer install against the wall. Ensure that the wall noggin and wall box locations are detailed on the electrical plans so that they are installed at the correct height.
Provisions for Downstairs Fans and Pendants
If you're building a two-storey home and plan on adding pendant lighting or ceiling fans on the ground floor after handover, it's important that the correct roof noggins are installed during construction.
Most builders will include coaxial points in your home - but not the supply and installation of the roof antenna. Ask your new home consultant for a quote; you may find it's less expensive to have your antenna installed by an external contractor after handover.