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    while I have the chance

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Size:  80.0 KBWould love some suggestions about electrical plugs and lighting while I have the chance to make changes in my new quilting studio before the sheetrock and insulation goes in. I will have one receptacle in the floor where I plan to put a longarm machine and several plugs half way up on a couple of walls for easy plug ins like irons and such. There will be track lighting in along the center beam and recessed LEDs in the ceiling. Would love to have some feedback. Name:  DSC_0030.jpg
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    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    Lucky you! I have no feedback for you. Your plans sound perfect to me, very well thought out. I just wanted to comment on your great new space. Good luck, I hope you'll be able to spend many hours in your new "Happy Place".

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    PS, be sure to post pictures of your room when it's completed. I'll be looking forward to seeing them.

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    Plan out your work spaces and go from there like a kitchen. Your cutting area, a sink or clean up area, place to sit and have a cup or glass of whatever to take a break or handwork or just to take in the view which from the bottom photo looks pretty good to me. Anxious to see when it's finished.

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    I think tessagin's suggestion is great. When I have a space to plan out I sit in a chair in the middle of that space and try to visualize what would work. Many times this brings up things you need to add to your to-do list for the space. Looks great, don't forget to post pictures when it is done.
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    While it is open, have it wired for a internet connection or WiFi so you can check the web. I would want a work station for my sewing machine and a design wall. Congratulations on your new space!


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    I ditto Tartan....wifi would be a nice option if you need to look up a video or something to show you a "how to do it" type thing.
    Can't wait to see it finished. Me and the hubbs are still working on mine downstairs. I think he's tired. LOL

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    I would think about the 4 ft long lights over your longarm and maybe your sewing machine. Three lights will cover the full lenght of the longarm. I have that and one over my sewing machine and one over the cutting area and it works great. I don't know how they compare to recessed led lights. With the lights directly overhead, there isn't any shadows. Just a thought. The electric outlets up higher on the wall worked great.

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    Lots of outlets. Several on each wall and in the floor. My sewing room has several but I wish there were more. Good overhead lighting. As I get older, I'm needing more light and have had to keep buying lights for different spots in my sewing room.
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    I agree with the concept of figuring out your workspaces and then going from there. My other suggestions...when we were doing our addition (kitchen/dr/br) I had a bit of an outlet fetish in the kitchen. I believe code was for every 4-5 ft. at the time. I had each outlet installed as a quad outlet - 4 plugs per outlet. I think it may have required one extra circuit for that room beyond the other separate circuits. There is not a day I've regretted this decision. There's not a spot in my kitchen that I can't plug in an appliance without having to unplug something else.

    I would suggest, in addition to the counter-height and floor outlets that you already have planned, do a couple of traditional lower level outlets as well. Perhaps to keep some of the cord mess/visibility down to a dull roar for appropriate devices.

    One other thought....if you use an I phone/I pad and use the USB type charger - have a couple of those outlets installed at counter height as well.

    Another thought...if your house/area is subject to lots of power outages/surges...consider a 'whole house' surge protector?? Frankly, I didn't even know these things existed! We personally do not generally have an issue with damage from these events. Friends, however - just a few miles down the road - do have these issues. Recently they had what seemed to be a short-term power surge. In the process, one of their power strips actually got hot enough to burn their carpet; the electrical circuit in one room totally tripped. They've had this issue previously. There had actually also been a couple of 'room & contents' fires in their home prior to them purchasing. As well as one of their neighbors had the same issue during this most recent event requiring fire company response/intervention.

    I'm assuming you're having professionals do your electrical (vs a very handy DH) work, so it may be worth a conversation. Particularly if you're adding a new or upgrading your existing electrical panel. Just some thoughts.

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