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Prepare Your Home for Christmas
A Paragon Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 • Posted December 27, 2013 11:17 AM

It might be a little late this year to do some of these things to prepare your home for Christmas, but you might want to make a list for next year. If you are one that likes to really decorate for Christmas or any holiday, you might want to consider some things if you are in the design stages of building that dream home. Even if you already have a home and want to make some changes, you might want to consider these ideas. Start making a list of all the Christmas things you were not able to do this year or a list of Christmas things you want to do in the future with a new home or your existing home.

Starting on the outside of your home, let’s review some options you might want to include. So you are one that likes lots of lights this is a must for you. On the home design you will want to add electrical outlets all around the outside. If you have porches, have several outlets all down it. Be sure they have covers to close when not in use. These plugs are usually located toward the bottom of the home. If you like to hang lights on the roof top, then include outlets on the eaves of your home. Here again, it is suggested that you have the outlets all around the house. These outlets will save on those dangerous extension chords. Plus, it is so much easier to run the lights and connect them all.

Don’t forget the yard when planning either. You can have the electrician run protected connections with outlets to your trees. It’s very easy to plug in those lights with these connections or those animated objects. These connections can then be used for electric blowers or regular lights any time.

So what do you do to have these included? During you design stages, have your builder include them on the plans. Then when the electrician comes to do their part, they will see the additional outlets on the porches, eaves and in your yard around those trees. Easy…Easy…Easy, and you will be so happy when setting up those decorations. The electrician will also know how to gage the electrical panel to accommodate all your lights or animated objects for Christmas or whatever occasion you are planning during this stage.

Moving indoors, yes, there is some planning that might help here too. Around that fireplace, you might want a lighted wreath above the mantel; include an electrical outlet in that area too. You might want to have a mantel large enough to hold grandma’s little church collection with lights. Check the depth and add those outlets when designing the mantel. If you like to have a lot of animated items around, again, you might want a few more outlets. And your electrician can adjust the load for the electrical panel.

If you like to hold parties for the holidays, you might want to design your home with a party type flow. Open concepts are great for this; i.e. kitchens and living/family areas are combined, normally with island style kitchens separating them. The other popular designs would be a kitchen with 2 doors to access it from the dining room, family room, or living room. This concept is like a circle for people to flow. These are just a few things to keep in mind when you are designing that home for the holidays and parties.

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