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Amped-Up Add-Ons for the Ultimate Patio Remodel


Backyard patios have come a long way from the old-school model of a table and chairs plus barbecue grill. Today, a patio is viewed as an extension of our living space, complete with things like an outdoor TV, a fireplace, sophisticated and strategic lighting and more.

Every year, more and more people are updating and “remodeling” their patio. They recognize its value as a series of outdoor rooms where families and friends gather throughout the spring, summer and fall — and even into the winter in parts of the country where winters don’t mean ice, snow and freezing temperatures.

If you’re one of those people who’s planning to update your patio this year, Fusion Electric would like to suggest some amped-up add-ons for the ultimate patio remodel:

Outdoor Entertainment

DIY Outdoor Movie TheaterEver had one of those days when you’re torn between watching the big game on TV or spending time outside on a gorgeous day? More and more folks are solving that dilemma once and for all by installing an outdoor TV on their covered patio or in their pool cabana. Try taking it a step further with these step-by-step directions to build your own outdoor theater.

It’s the best of both worlds — you get to watch the game or a movie you’ve been dying to see while lounging on the patio with a cold beer or a tall lemonade! (Outdoor TVs are built to withstand the elements — never use an indoor TV outdoors!) Of course, you’ll need a place to plug it in, which means you need an outdoor conduit with HDMI cable and an outdoor-rated (GFCI), covered outlet. (A tip from the electrical experts: Be sure to ask your electrician about including low voltage power to protect things like an outdoor TV or speakers.)

Related Read: The Electrical Necessities of a Home Theater

Keep Warm & Make Some S’mores

fusion-electric-kansas-city-outdoor-patio-firepit-entertainmentNothing ups your enjoyment of your patio on a starry summer evening (or a cool fall one) like an outdoor fireplace. Today’s outdoor fireplaces are a far cry from the stone stand-alone structures of yore. Now, we’re talking a gas or electric model with a remote control to control the flame size and eliminate clean up and tending. Because you’ll also need wiring for your outdoor fireplace, it’s best to have your electrician run wiring before your renovation gets underway.

A Wet Bar by the Pool

Amp up your outdoor space by making it a one-stop shop for outdoor entertaining. Even if you don’t have a full-on outdoor kitchen, a mini wet bar is great for eliminating the need to tramp in and out of the kitchen every time you want a cold drink.

Related Read: 5 Electrical Items You Didn’t Think of Installing in Your Patio Kitchen

Year-Round Entertainment

fusion-electric-kansas-city-outdoor-patio-heating-element-hayneedleThese days, people use their patios day and night, which makes good lighting for performing tasks like cooking essential. Great accent lighting isn’t mandatory, but it sure helps set the mood for a beautiful evening get-together with friends and family! Installing some basic lighting makes your outdoor space usable any time of day or night. Before you get started, read up on how you can avoid some of the most common outdoor lighting mistakes.

Along with this, if you don’t already have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, consider adding some simple heating elements. This will allow your friends and family to utilize your outdoor space year-round.

Related Read: Space Heater Safety Tips

Don’t Short Yourself on Electricity

fusion-electric-kansas-city-patio-with-outdoor-lightingAlong with amping up your outdoor space, comes the need for more outlets for your new lighting, heating element, or tv projector. Just as it’s true for the inside of your house, it’s always good to make sure you’ll have enough outlets for whatever comes, which is why it’s a good idea to have a few extra outdoor outlets installed when your electrician is running conduit for your remodel.

While you’re at it, think ahead and have your electrician run a spare conduit to cover the possibility of future add-ons for your patio or your yard. (Think pathway lighting, a sprinkler system, etc.) You’ll never regret it!

Related Read: How to Prep Outdoor Electrical Outlets for Patio Season

If you’re planning a remodel for your Kansas City area patio, contact us at Fusion Electric. We’re fully licensed and insured and ready to provide everything from expert repairs, to upgrades to installations! Give us a call today at 913-648-8487.


*photos courtesy of houzz*

Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Spring and summer are the peak remodeling months of the year. If you fall into this group of homeowners who are taking on a new project, make sure not to forget updates to the electrical work in your home. One of the most popular and best investments in remodeling projects is the kitchen. Here are three of the biggest electrical trends we are seeing included in many kitchen remodels this year.

Add More Electrical OutletsPop-Out Outlets

Besides lack of  counter space, one of the biggest complaints we hear from homeowners is the lack of electrical outlets they have. It’s a pain to have to unplug all of your devices and find another place for them when you need to use a different appliance. A great addition to any kitchen that easily solves this problem is pop-out outlets. These look like a single outlet from the wall, but when pulled out, there are three to four more outlet spaces. This almost triples the amount of outlets you would normally have in one space. Add several of these throughout your kitchen and you’ll never be lacking for outlet space again.

USB OutletsCharge Smart Phone With USB Outlet

With so many smart devices and other technologies that have become an integral part of our everyday lives, it’s important to have USB charging capabilities throughout your home, especially the kitchen where you usually use your phone or tablet to look up recipes or play music while you cook and entertain. While most devices come with a plug-in that converts a USB cord into a charger for an electrical outlet, those little blocks can be easily misplaced or lost. How many USB cords can you usually find around the house without the corresponding block? You’ll never have to worry about finding those pesky little blocks again if you install USB outlets in your kitchen. These outlets are great because they don’t take the place of a regular outlet, but just add another permanent component to them. It’s like a two in one.

Ribbon Tape LED Cabinet LightingRibbon Tape LED Lights

Lighting is another thing many people are making updates to in their kitchens. Having a bright kitchen is ideal for cooking and entertaining. No one wants to feel cooped up in a dark kitchen. Besides adding more overhead lighting with chandeliers and other lighting fixtures, another way to add a little more brightness to your kitchen is with ribbon tape LED lights. This is often used just below or above cabinetry throughout the kitchen. It’s easy to install, and doesn’t require any more fixtures or space in your kitchen. The added light also comes in handy shining directly over the countertops when you need to get a close look at what you’re doing.

For help installing electrical updates to your kitchen remodel, call the most trusted Kansas City electricians at Fusion Electric at 913-563-7975.

Don’t Forget to Add These 3 Electrical Needs When You Remodel Your Basement

Remodling BasementThinking of finishing or remodeling your Kansas City area basement? Before you start tearing down drywall and laying cement, make sure you lay out a solid execution plan that includes these three electrical needs. Whether it’s to stay up to date with city codes, or just to make sure your family is safe, don’t forget to add these very important electrical additions.

Hardwired Smoke Detectors

When it comes to smoke detectors, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We always suggest installing hardwired smoke detectors in basements instead of single, battery operated ones. Why? Because they keep your family safer in the instance of a fire in your basement. Hardwired smoke detectors can be hooked up to a system where all the smoke alarms in your house can “talk” to each other. So, if a fire happened to start in your basement floor, the alarms on your ground and upper floors would simultaneously alert when the alarms in your basement go off. Without hardwired alarms, your alarms on the upper floors of your home wouldn’t alert until the smoke reached those floors, which would mean much more damage would already have been done.

Related Read: Add These 3 Electrical Needs BEFORE You Remodel

Tamper Resistant Outlets

Another electrical need to consider is the need for tamper resistant outlets like Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) and Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI). GFCI outlets protect from electrocutions when there is an imbalance of energy and trips the circuit, and AFCI outlets keep electrical fires at bay by doing the same thing. These not only keep your family safer, but they can also keep things like your sump pump and garage doors from failing in the event of a flood or power outage.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Lastly, don’t overlook the need to install carbon monoxide detectors in your newly renovated basement. Carbon monoxide, or the silent killer, as it’s otherwise known, can often strike basements where hot-water heaters, and furnaces or boilers are commonly stored. Like smoke detectors, having them only on the ground level and upper floors of your home is not enough to help prevent a disaster. The gas would already be at dangerous levels inside your home if you relied on CO detectors on upper levels of your home.

Talk with your trusted Kansas City electrician to help you plan out the electrical aspect of your basement remodel before you start. Call Fusion Electric at 913-563-7975 today to get started.