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Wiring a Finished Basement for the Future

by Nicole Stevens

basement electrical wiringBuilding a new home with a basement, or redoing an existing basement typically will require lots of new wiring down in said basement. Wiring a finished basement is a quite simple procedure, but it should be taken into though to wire for the future. What is the purpose of the basement? Will it be more for storage or used more like a den, or entertainment room? This decision will better help you prepare for the future of your basement’s wiring plans.

Using a basement as the main storage area really wouldn’t require any far ahead planning with wiring. A basic wire set up with multiple outlets would be sufficient enough.  This allows the use of any pluggable appliances to be used and moved at will. If you wanted to go a bit more involved, a wired setup for a washer and dryer is an easy fix, as well as adding an addition refrigerator or deep freezer (most just require a simple plug-in).

If you wanted to  take a bit more interesting route with the finished basement, say an entertainment room, wiring for that is a bit different. Technology is always changing, and along with the change of consumer tech products, the wiring may change as well. A home theatre is one of the more popular  choices for a finished basement, but it provides you with that in the movies feel, a large open room, cool air, and hopefully no sticky floors. Now I know what you’re probably thinking since we want to focus on the future of the wiring, why not go wireless with all the new technology? Well of course, but it’s not always 100% reliable. With sturdy wiring, you know you’ll always have it working correctly, instead of cursing the slow wifi and general bad connection down in your basement. The type of wiring involved for a home theatre/entertainment room include;

  • Coax cabling – For your cable and HDTV antenna
  • Ethernet cables – For internet access and also very important. CAT6 is a better version to use.
  • Electrical circuit – Having plugs that don’t share the same electrical line will prevent power surges or drops in voltage.
  • Speaker wires – Much better than a stereo system sitting on the floor with unsightly wires in plain view.

This type of wiring will keep your finished basement up to date and ready and wired for the future!

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