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Remodeling 101: DIY Flush Electrical Outlets, Courtesy of a Budget-Minded Young NYC Architect

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Remodeling 101: DIY Flush Electrical Outlets, Courtesy of a Budget-Minded Young NYC Architect

October 26, 2023

Thirty-two-year-old NYC architect Kory Worl refers to intrusive electrical outlets as “wall acne.” Do you share his pain? Worl has a remedy in mind for you.

The entrepreneurial architect began his career at Leroy Street Studio working on luxe residential projects, which is when he zeroed in on the appeal of flush power outlets that disappear into the wall. We, too, are longtime fans—see Remodeling 101: The Surprising Appeal of Flush Electrical Outlets. “During my work at LSS, I often recommended luxury outlets for their minimal, unobtrusive design, but was taken aback by the expense to purchase and install them,” says Worl.

Wanting these details for his own home and personal clients’ places, he saw an opportunity. Worl devised Flushtek, a system that uses hardware store parts and basic tools in tandem with his template to create flush outlets that won’t break the budget.

Flushtek outlets are admittedly not as elegant as Bocci’s plate-free, circular little insets. But they’re a lot easier to install—builders and DIYers, take note—and more affordable. Come see.

Photographs courtesy of Flushtek.

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Above: “The National Electric Code requires one (or more) outlets on every wall,” writes Worl. “For the design-minded homeowner, this is a serious aesthetic problem.” The Flushtek solution makes use of Lutron Claro 1-gang screwless Wallplates, which are available in a range of colors and in bronze or stainless steel. Instead of protruding from the wall, these plates, installed using Flushtek, sit flat, “quietly fading into the background,” as Worl puts it.

“By using an off-the-shelf outlet and streamlining the installation process, I saw an opportunity to create savings on both materials and labor while still achieving baseboard outlets with a flush and modern look,” explains Worl. “I designed Flushtek to be fast and foolproof, with a traceable template that elevates outlets available at the local hardware store.”

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Above: The Flushtek system is most commonly used on baseboards to conceal outlets and data jacks: “users clamp our template to a piece of material [such as the wood for a baseboard] and trace the outline with a router to create a cutout that perfectly fits an outlet.”
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Above: A creative builder used scrap plywood and the Flushtek system to integrate an outlet in an interior brick wall.  Flushtek currently only works on wood, composites, and plastics, but Worl is at work on a new line that allows flush installations in drywall, tile, and stone.
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Above: Flushtek electrical outlet components. A Flushtek System Pack is $189.99, and includes reusable templates that are manufactured in Vermont and a router bit made by Whiteside Machine in North Carolina. Go to Flushtek’s How It Works section for the full details.

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Frequently asked questions

What are FlushTek affordable flush electrical outlets?

FlushTek affordable flush electrical outlets are a type of electrical outlet that is designed to be installed flush with the wall surface, creating a seamless and streamlined appearance. They are a popular choice for modern and minimalist interiors, as they eliminate the protrusion of traditional outlets.

How do FlushTek outlets differ from standard electrical outlets?

FlushTek outlets differ from standard electrical outlets in their design and installation method. While traditional outlets have a protruding faceplate, FlushTek outlets are recessed into the wall, creating a flush and sleek look. They are designed to be installed during the construction or remodeling phase of a building and require professional installation.

What are the advantages of using FlushTek outlets?

Some advantages of using FlushTek outlets include:
Aesthetics: They provide a clean and unobtrusive appearance, enhancing the overall look of a space.
Space-saving: FlushTek outlets do not protrude from the wall, making them ideal for rooms with limited space or tight areas.
Safety: The recessed design reduces the risk of accidental contact with the outlet, especially for children or pets.
Customization: FlushTek outlets can be customized to match the wall color or decor, blending seamlessly with the surroundings.

Can FlushTek outlets be installed in existing buildings?

FlushTek outlets are primarily intended for new construction or remodeling projects. Retrofitting them into existing buildings can be more challenging and may require modifications to the wall. It is recommended to consult with a professional electrician to determine the feasibility of installation in your specific situation.

Are FlushTek outlets compatible with all electrical devices?

Yes, FlushTek outlets are compatible with standard electrical devices such as plugs, cords, and power adapters. They are designed to meet electrical safety standards and function like traditional outlets. However, it is essential to ensure that the devices you plan to use are compatible with the voltage and electrical requirements of your location.

Can FlushTek outlets be installed outdoors?

FlushTek outlets are typically not recommended for outdoor installations, as they may not provide adequate protection against moisture and weather conditions. It is important to use outlets specifically designed for outdoor use, which are built to withstand exposure to the elements.

How much do FlushTek outlets cost?

The cost of FlushTek outlets can vary depending on various factors, such as the brand, design, and the number of outlets needed. It is best to contact local electrical suppliers or consult with a professional electrician to get accurate pricing information for your specific project.

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