One of the recent variations of the tiny home movement is the growing interest in converting portable sheds to housing. Unlike tiny homes, which are usually built on a trailer-type frame so that they remain portable, shed homes are most usually intended to remain in one location for the duration of their usable lifespan.
While many portable shed manufacturers are now offering to finish or partially finish the interior of the sheds they sell, many purchasers are opting to finish the interiors themselves as a DIY project. While doing so can be a good way to save money and make sure that you get the results you want, some aspects of the project, such as installing electrical power, is likely to require answers to a few important questions.
How can the electrical load be kept small?
Successfully living in a very small home requires the willingness to make very efficient choices in regards to the systems, appliances, and furnishings you choose. In regards to the electrical power installation, many of those who convert portable sheds into comfortable homes must make deliberate choices to keep their electrical load small.
This can mean limiting electrical usage in the home to basic needs, such as lighting, electronics, and refrigeration needs. By opting to use propane or natural gas-powered appliances for the remainder of their needs, such as a tankless water heater, gas kitchen range, gas heat, clothes dryer, the homeowner can eliminate the need to install heavy duty 220-amp service. Instead, they can choose a less expensive 110-amp electrical panel and wiring.
What are some layout tips for clustering electrical power?
In addition to keeping the electrical needs of the home at a basic level, another way to create a highly efficient electrical system in a home with a small footprint is to make sure that electrical usage is clustered together inside the home. This simply means locating the main electrical needs of the home within a small area instead of spreading them throughout the home.
One good plan for doing this is to choose one wall of the home for all electrical outlets and power needs and adding single overhead circuits for one or two ceiling-mounted light fixtures and fans. Since most of these shed-to-home conversions measure only 12- to 16-feet in width, a single wall installation does not usually inconvenience the occupants who will live there.
For more assistance in installing electrical power during a portable shed to home conversion, contact a reputable, licensed electrical contractor in your area. In addition to providing valuable insight into the process of installing electricity in a small space, these professionals have the experience necessary to ensure safe installation practices.
For more information, contact your local electrical contractors.