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Another Floating Wall - with a slight twist

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by loz, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. loz

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    Just about completed a floating wall project, inspired by the many threads here. Thanks to all the thread starters for your ideas.... :thumbsup:
     
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    Well, not quite before, as the redecorating process had already begun.

    Main aims were to get rid of the old brick surround fireplace which we really didn't like, and to make way for a 50" plasma which was going to look a bit odd stuck in the corner like the 42" one.

    And of course to bring the whole room up to date, decorative wise... so getting rid of the ceiling roses too.
     
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  3. loz

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    So, result is new floating wall, complete with built-in speakers, and obligatory rope light surround.

    The existing furniture was retained, we like it and it looks much better with the new decoration (and it was expensive). However, the av cabinet isn't ideal, but it does its job and matches the other stuff. Not a lot of room in it though, and finding the Sky HD box is getting a bit warm inside there (but not hot...)

    Also new downlighters to replace the ceiling roses.
     
  4. loz

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    Is that the floating wall surrounds the display, rather than being behind it.

    The display is fixed to the wall

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    and the wall was constructed on the floor, and then fixed around it

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    i like that alot:smashin:,not seen that before but i really like tha way it looks.
     
  6. loz

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    The fireplace has been knocked out, leaving a big hole in the carpet, as well as the wall...

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    Fortunately, we had some spare carpet, and a fitter did a very good job of fitting it in.

    The fireplace wasn't in the centre of the room, hence the wall mount fits slightly to the side

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    Now boarded over. The cables for Sky originally ran down the outside of the house. Fortunately, where the gas pipe was left a big clear gap behind the plasterboard, so it was easy for me to run all the cables down inside that. I also added a new mains spur.

    As well as Sky I also ran wires up for the rear speakers (mounted in the ceiling) and a couple of network cables.

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    Next, the whole room was plastered. Getting the old wallpaper off leaves a right mess, so easier just to skim the whole thing over. Contracted out to a plasterer who has been doing the whole house as we decorate room by room (£240 for this 23x13 room btw)

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  7. loz

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    Then sealed and painted by my wife. All painting and decorating down to her, including painting the ceiling and the floating wall.

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    and she was assisted by ou two cats, Missy and Sooty

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    Once the room was painted, it was time to fit the floating wall. The "legs" are temporary to give it some support whilst it was fixed. They will disappear once complete.

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    Thanks to careful planning and measuring, it fitted first time :smashin:

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  8. loz

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    By day

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    and by night

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  9. loz

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    The design is such that the whole wall can be removed by undoing 6 screws.

    This is necessary, as to lift the plasma off the wall, you would have to remove the floating wall first. It also means I have easy access to cables if needed.

    Touch wood I won't.... as it does inevitably flex a bit when you move it and hairline cracks appear in the joints between the pieces of MDF. So the final coat of paint was with the wall in situ (it had the other coats whilst it was still on the ground)

    The rope light it wired in to the old wall lights, and so on a dimmer (remote controlled). As the rope light is secured to the floating wall, there is an inline connector, so again it can be quickly disconnected for removal.
     
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    Wow, that's exactly how we used to build exhibition stands and conference sets, never thought to do it in a living room!!
     
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    I like that a lot and it's something similar that I am planning, I wanted the TV in the wall as you have done not on it as I think they protrude too much for my liking. also considered a false chimney breast but that would mean messing about with the coving and skirting.

    Love the wife's steel toecaps btw.
     
  12. loz

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    When we removed the fireplace, we were left with a gap in the skirting.

    Fortunately, though the house is 20 years old, my local DIY store had exactly the same skirting in stock (as I guess it is all fairly standard)
     
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    Speakers are Kef Ci130.2QR.

    I liked the sound of our Kef eggs we had, but the wife insisted on "no wires, no equipment, no ugly speakers".

    So I though why not the Kef wall/ceiling speakers as they have the same uniQ drivers.

    I still use the Kef Sub from the Kef 2005 setup.

    (eggs soon to make an appearance on the classified, or ebay)

    Fitting into the ceiling turned out to be easier than I had expected.
    As I had already fed the wires up to the bedroom above, I simply drilled a small hole in the bedroom floor and using a flexible stick taped to the wire pushed it through, and then passed it from downlight to downlight till it reached the other side and the speaker.

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    The power sockets and light switches are all from the www.homeeasy.eu range, providing remote control.

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    that looks the dogs, nice one!
     
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    Looks really good Loz, very clean.

    Plasterer sounds a bargain. I have a room that's only slightly bigger than yours and my quote was £800!!! Mind you, I have a fair bit of brick showing in mine and my plasterer knows it will be worse once I've got cracking in there. Theres also going to be a fair chance that quite a bit of the ceiling will be ripped out too and the coving will need to be replaced as well as a full skim. Did your price inlcude materials? Details of my project are in this thread.

    Electrics look intriguing, is the remote IR or radio? Will check out the link and have a look see for myself.

    Cheers

    BArry
     
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    looks brilliant, ingenious way of doing it!
     
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    Looks great.:smashin: My current floating wall project is also unique, in the fact that the floating wall isn't actually attached to the main wall at all.:cool: My project on on this forum somewhere.:D
     
  18. loz

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    It uses radio, so even the sockets behind the floating wall are controllable.

    Good thing is that you can buy it all off the shelf at any B&Q, and whilst not cheap compared to normal sockets, it certainly doesn't break the bank compared to many remote control systems. (£29.95 for a double plug or dimmer switch, £39 for the remote/timer)
     
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    Well ours was for just the 'skim' over existing plasterboard, and we had to have everything ready for him to go. It took him from 7:30 -2:30 to do the whole room.

    He has been very good though, and charges around £200 for a room (regardless of size - its the angles and odd shaped things that take the time). He charged £400 to do the whole hall and galleried landing. I though that was excellent VFM. Pretty soon he will have done the whole house.

    My wife does all the prep and the decorating afterwards. What more could you ask for?:thumbsup:
     
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    Looks great mate. That is a nice big bright room you've got. Isn't it great that cats always seem to be checking your work? I've just had the same thing with my three while laying a laminate floor. ;)
     

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    Yep, ours seem to love watching us work

    Thank's for the caption, it made us smile :)
     
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    Hi Loz,

    I am also interested i the ceiling speakers but had some concerns over the noise from above, as these would be below my daughters room, is there much 'overspill' to the room above?
     
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    Wow man, that looks REALLY cool... I'd definitely consider doing this myself in the future.. Good work! :thumbsup:
     
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    Nice one mate, i did something similar...:thumbsup:
     
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    Hi Loz

    That looks good, something else to inspire...

    Plasterer - good prices, I see you're in Thames Valley - are you/is he local to Reading?
     
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    Yes. PM me if you want his number.
     
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    Sorry, I only got round to wiring up the sub this weekend, so haven't really wound the sound up.

    I can't see any problem with leakage. When I go upstairs into the rooms directly above, the main sound from the front speakers is still much louder than anything coming from the ceiling speakers.

    That may depend on how the speakers are installed.
    The KEF Ci series come mounted inside an "acoustic steel back can", that is also filled with acoustic wool. http://www2.kef.com/GB/Custom/Ceiling/Ci130

    Presumably this and the rubber mounting of the speaker in the fitting help to minimise spillage and reduce any vibration.

    It might be a different thing if the front and centre speaker were in the ceiling as well, as these tend to have much louder volume than the rears.
     
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    excellent, thanks for the reply.
     
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    I've got a plasterer coming in to do my work. Charging me around £350 per room to skim ceilings and walls. Is yours by any chance from the London Borough of Poland? Great job. Very impressed with your project. Novel idea with the wall speakers. Any idea as to the depth of the wall speakers and price? Looking to get speakers to put into my wall. Looking for white ones too. Considering your kef eggs but not sure yet. How much did the wall speakers set you back if you dont mind my asking. Would also appreciate your view or anyones on putting these into a solid brick wall... advisable?
     

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