I’m going to make this easy and help you avoid the following mistake (and my trigger point): receptacle outlets that interfere with decorative tile in a back splash.
Sure there’s a fix, but it isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” scenario.
Yes, I know about mounting the outlets in a strip under the wall cabinets; I’ve designed it in several kitchens where the tile (or mirror or glass) is the focal point and an outlet in the middle of the space simply isn’t a good fit. I also know that some of you won’t be fond of a) the extra cost b) ducking your head under the cabinet to find the outlet or c) seeing electrical cords dangling from under the cabinet to the coffee pot or toaster.
Here’s the very simple tip
Know the tile and pattern you’re planning to install, and calculate the height of the outlet higher or lower. Sounds easy, right?
Now remember I mentioned how important it is to get everything ordered in time so that this planning can take place? What happens if you say, “Oh, I’ll pick the tile later. We’ll figure it out.” Then your electrician installs the outlets at a “standard” height. You’re rushing around because you’re busy at work and the kids need braces and it just seems like one thing too many. Finally, the tile setter is tapping his trowel and the contractor is giving you the clenched jaw smile and you say, “FINE.”
This is what might happen when the tile is selected and can’t be cut:
If you can’t see it, then this post doesn’t apply to you.
If you spotted it right off, then add this to your list of items to calculate before the job starts…or at the very least, please make your choices in a timely manner when your designer/contractor/sub-contractor/architect asks you. *
*It doesn’t bother the homeowner at all. However, his designer feels like somebody is clawing their long, pointy fingernails down a chalkboard—repeatedly and with great gusto.