Newbie ques: 'Future use' sort of situation?
I don't know how to look up what I want to ask about because I know that I'm completely ignorant of what the right term for this sort of thing is. I'm hoping you all on GW will take pity on me, tell me if I'm crazy, and straighten me out so I don't sound like an idiot (please!) to others.
Actually, I think I'll sound like an idiot when I ask this, but I don't know how else to ask it. Is there something in the electrical wiring world that's similar to how one puts plumbing pipes in walls for "future use"? If so, what is it?
We're planning our kitchen remodel -- and the walls and ceilings will be open. With the walls and ceilings open, we'd like to put in the wiring that would support having a ceiling fan down the road, if it turns out we'll miss having one. But I don't want to put the ceiling fan in now, because I like the kitchen design without one.
So, what I was imagining was having some sort of "box" in the ceiling in a known location, that down the road, either we or the next owner could put one in easily by punching a hole in the ceiling at that time and hooking up to that existing box.
Is there a standard thing like that? If so, what's it called? Does it require having a plate or something visible in the ceiling 'in front' of it?
If not, is it because it's a wacky thing that no one ever plans on having?
Note: an actual licensed electrician will do all this work. I just want to be able to sound reasonably intelligent and not have him laugh at me too much when I say it's something I'm thinking I'd like to have.
Thanks in advance!