I'm planning a kitchen remodel, and I always like to have a complete
plan before I get started on projects (self or hired contractors). I
also have a tendency to overengineer my projects, but now I'm in a
situation where I need to know where I can pull back a little, because I
have a limited number of unused circuits in my electrical box and I'm
trying to avoid the large additional cost of upgrading my panel.
My house was built in the 1870s, and the current kitchen has limited
electricity. I haven't fully traced the existing wires yet, but I
believe that I have the following:
* Main house circuit (knob and tube) supporting other rooms plus one
kitchen light and two kitchen non-grounded outlets.
Fridge (may or may not be on it's own circuit
* Stove (I think this is on a separate circuit)
My intent during the remodel is to move the fridge and put in more
outlets and lights, plus a microwave, dishwasher and disposal. In the
perfect world, I'd do the following, but since I don't have enough
circuits I'm wondering if there is anywhere I'm overengineering my plan,
where I could consolidate and save a circuit.
Run new wires and use the existing circuit breakers:
* 1 circuit to the stove/oven. May also support one BP by the stove for
handheld blender use on the stove
* 1 circuit to the fridge (stays on separate circuit to avoid food
NEW circuits needed:
* NEW circuit to a new built-in microwave oven to be installed above the
stove with a vent fan
NEW circuit for the countertop BPs (for countertop appliances like
mixers, blenders, wafflemakers, etc.). This circuit might share the new
kitchen lighting, which would include undercabinet LED or halogen, 3
pendant lights from the ceiling (60W each).
* NEW circuit with just the dishwasher and disposal.
Of particular interest are the last two- is it appropriate/necessary to
run the dishwasher and disposal on a separate circuit, or is it possible
to put them on the same (GFCI) circuit as the BPs and lights?
Thanks for any advice,