Our home was not pre-wired for a doorbell, so I'm looking to install a transformer to power a new wired video doorbell at our front door.
The breaker is not easily accessible from this location, so I'm hoping to use a nearby power outlet to feed a transformer and provide power to the doorbell. I'd also prefer if we could hide this transformer in the cleanest way possible, hopefully in the wall behind a blank plate or access panel (no ugly chime boxes on the wall).
Below the doorbell is an external outlet that I'm hoping to use. The simplest idea would be to plug a transformer into this outlet and wire up the doorbell, although the plug-in transformers I've been looking at aren't rated for outdoor use (and even if they were, we wouldn't want the camera's power supply accessible externally).
I'm thinking that the cleanest solution would be to add the transformer on the interior side of this wall using the line voltage that powers the exterior outlet. I see a few options:
Add an interior outlet on the same circuit as the exterior GFCI. I'd then use a simple plug-in transformer wiring back into the drywall to feed the doorbell. This outlet would otherwise not be used. A little uglier than I would like but a possibility.
Add a junction box on the interior wall opposite of the external outlet to include the transformer. This would be covered with a blank wall plate/access panel so the transformer remains accessible and vented but hidden. I'd much more prefer this for the cleanest look if the transformer can be recessed in the wall.
Add a proper doorbell chime & transformer near the door. A bit more functional I suppose, but a chime isn't necessary for us, and it'd require additional drywall cuts/wiring.
Any other ideas?