Living Room Refurb & False Chimney Breast Build

mrrodge

Active Member
Hi all,

Long time no post. Post lockdown last year I did a living room refurb and think it came out pretty well.

I haven't had time to fully document on here like I originally wanted but I took plenty of photos. If anyone has any questions I'll do my best to answer. The lounge went from this (unfortunately no images from prior to starting work without people on):

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to this:

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Basic specs of AV gear:
  • Arcam SR250 with Focal 926
  • Full RGBWW lighting controlled via MQTT & Home Assistant server
  • Automated blinds, also controlled via Home Assistant server
  • Sony A8 65
The bricks are entirely fake; the company I work for does it, it goes on in two days and is cheaper than brick slips.

Other than the skimming, carpet fitting and the brick effect, all work was done by me (I have a desk job, never done anything like it before). Work included:
  • Rip off coving, make good ceiling with plasterboard
  • New skirtings, architraves and door casings (still to do the french doors to close off the dining room and the living room door)
  • Construction of false chimney breast for TV
  • Running of all cables and wiring for spots
  • Decoration including stripping of wallpaper etc.
  • Replacement radiators and adding of an extra one
  • Blocking up of dining room door ready for next project
All in all, pretty happy with the finish. Whole thing took me about six months, working just weekends (usually 1 day, the other day spent with the little ones) and the odd hours on week nights.
 
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mrrodge

Active Member
Some AV gear hiding work in progress:

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mrrodge

Active Member
Chimney breast construction:

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mrrodge

Active Member
Brick effect:

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mrrodge

Active Member
Other general building works:

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Dobbyisfree

Well-known Member
Amazing, well done and great pictures. (Like the Dyson advert!).

Why do many HDMIs at the TV end? :)
 

mrrodge

Active Member
Amazing, well done and great pictures. (Like the Dyson advert!).

Why do many HDMIs at the TV end? :)

Thanks. The Dyson is lousy funnily enough, can't wait to get rid of it!

Just ran them as pulling through is tricky/tight and wanted to keep options open, plus allow for a failure. We're also pretty big on Rocksmith so needed direct feed to tv and separate feed to receiver to minimize latency/lag from consoles/laptops. Works great and the USB behind the TV allows us to hook peripherals directly to them.

One regret is forgetting to run something back from the TV for audio to the Arcam. I tried to rely on ARC but it doesn't work very well. Gets confused over volume controls and is temperamental at best. Lucky for me the TV sounds decent enough as it is and the speakers were primarily bought for music.
 

Dobbyisfree

Well-known Member
We've just done this:


I already had too much hate for CEC to use ARC or eARC, we have a cheapo REALLY THIN and flexible optical from Amazon (10 metre) - sure you couldn't get that in there?

And, same, we did Dyson for about 8 years, good for filters and spares (it was on it's 3rd brush motor). But got a Shark earlier this year and it is sooooo much better. So quiet!

Obviously, got a mains plug in.

We have baby Dyson battery we use for stairs and nooks and crannies.
 

mrrodge

Active Member
We've just done this:


I already had too much hate for CEC to use ARC or eARC, we have a cheapo REALLY THIN and flexible optical from Amazon (10 metre) - sure you couldn't get that in there?

And, same, we did Dyson for about 8 years, good for filters and spares (it was on it's 3rd brush motor). But got a Shark earlier this year and it is sooooo much better. So quiet!

Obviously, got a mains plug in.

We have baby Dyson battery we use for stairs and nooks and crannies.

It did occur to me to run an optical back but I was worried about breaking the core doing the tugging and frankly I don't miss it enough to warrant doing it - the TV does sound great for movies on its own. I do miss it when youtubing music, but don't do that often.

That mount is amazing, never seen one of those!

The mount on ours is something we cheaped out on - it was £17 from Amazon. Sounds ridiculous with a £2k TV but we wanted the slimmest possible. It's really sturdy and fit the bill, but it does make getting to the back of it a nightmare hence over-egging all the cables and my reluctance to run the optical.
 

Dobbyisfree

Well-known Member
That mount is amazing, never seen one of those!
Haha, they were suggestions by members concerned about TV height.

The mount on ours is something we cheaped out on - it was £17 from Amazon.
Same here.

we wanted the slimmest possible
Same here!

The TV height would be a problem is we were, say, 3m away but at our distance and with the sofas being high (as in thread) it's great.

It seems a real shame to me that you have such a great looking setup but no 5.1 sound but I guess we all have different ears. And a different bias of importance. I had my first surround setup when I still had a 14" TV - people thought I was mad!
 

mrrodge

Active Member
It seems a real shame to me that you have such a great looking setup but no 5.1 sound but I guess we all have different ears. And a different bias of importance. I had my first surround setup when I still had a 14" TV - people thought I was mad!

I did toy with the idea of surround - I too have had loads of different setups over the years. In fact when I was still living with my parents they moved into a caravan whilst they built their new house and I even had surround in my 6x6' bedroom running off my HTPC!

I found that it began to annoy me though - I wasn't sat in the middle of the room, so the rears weren't actually behind me. I think this limited the effect somewhat and on reflection I think I just liked clear, loud sound for my movies.

We're all more music listeners than movie viewers these days too, so combine that with the WAF and extra wiring, it's not something I miss.

Haha, they were suggestions by members concerned about TV height

Projects like this are definitely all about the planning.

We deliberated over TV position for weeks - the image below was our planning for size & position (there were about ten other iterations, some with chalk!). Sofa size & position was also something that took ages to agree on (we used an inflatable and marked out sofa sizes with masking tape on the carpet), but I'm sure we're so happy now because of the excess planning.

We looked at 55-75" sets, different heights, chimney breast widths, positions along the wall, fires underneath, seating positions, aesthetics when switched off, the lot (I even calculated the dimensions of the log store opening so that the brick effect could be properly set out with no slithers). When we're movie watching the bean bags come out for the kids (and often me) and the foot stool comes out to the left side of the sofa. Perfect!

If anything, the TV is a bit high for casual viewing. We had to weigh up the risk to the TV at a lower level with the kids and had the added dilemma of something to put above it to make it look right. If visitors come they often don't like the height as they're in a sitting up position. Sprawl out, it's great!

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Kingchin

Active Member
Lovely contemporary living room, I actually thought the bricks were real 🧱😆 tv height is a bit high but you sprawl out watching stuff so it works for you.
 

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