While shiny new kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, there are other details in a home that hint at its relative care and modernization--light switches. Yes, those ubiquitous devices on the wall you only think about when turning on a light or plugging something in. Every home has dozens of them, yet when did you last have a conversation over cocktails about the type of outlets and switches you chose for your home?
If you're doing a minor remodel, why not take some time and relatively little expense to bring those switches into the 21st century?
With all the wood paneling found in homes on Cape Cod, an outlet like this would be a stunner.
Yet another option appears so old-fashioned, it looks totally new. It is the line of switches and outlets by Forbes and Lomax of London, UK. They look as much at home at 1920's-era Downton Abbey as a new Polhemus, Savery and DaSilva masterpiece on Cape Cod. Rather than disappear, Forbes and Lomax elevates switches to jewelry for walls. Finishes include unlaquered brass, stainless steel and nickel.
The most important consideration in replacing electrical switches in the home is that they have GFI, or ground-fault circuit interrupters in all water areas to prevent against electrical shock.
Homes with young children may wish to install tamper-resistant outlets.
Lastly, the more high-end you go, the more you'll want to keep the look consistent throughout the entire home. If you install a toggle switch in one room, the other rooms will appear forgotten with common, generic switches. And while the cost of a single switch can be between $100 and $200 uninstalled, the purchase of dozens of these high-end devices for an entire home adds up.