New house, new build, new AV room

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  1. gav_sw20

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    Moved into my first place last weekend, it's a new build 1st floor appt / flat in Warwickshire. Looked at a x2 bed en-suite one first but preferred the x1 bed with the open plan kitchen / lounge...and it was £40k cheaper !

    I'll apologise for poor photos in advance.

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    It was fully carpeted with magnolia walls so the first job was to rip up the carpet, remove the skirting and the following cabling laid around the wall edge : -
    CAT-6 for a Switch that will feed = TV Smartaps, X-BOX, Raspberry Pi and Sky HD
    Shotgun co-ax for Sky HD
    Phone line for Sky HD
    2.5mm Front speaker cable
    2.5mm Centre speaker cable
    HDMI to wall mounted TV
    Co-ax for Sky magic eye

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    The following was run under the flooring and up the rear wall: -
    Flat speaker cable
    Note: - L/H side of the speaker cable took 3 (yes three) hours to feed up the wall and out the top. The flooring didn't take this long to lay !!!

    The walls were then painted brilliant white with a roller (luckily they matched the ceiling) and thankfully two coats were more than enough. I gave the TV wall three coats as the sun shines on it through the balcony.

    With the skirting removed we laid the Gloss White laminate flooring to match the walls, I'm not a fan of scotia and luckily the boards were only pinned to the walls so weren't that much hassle to remove: -

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    All the cables where then tidied up and brush plates added to feed them through the walls: -

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    AV units were then built (x5 IKEA Besta) and mounted on a wooden strip to give a floating effect, the far right cabinet (white) houses the following: -
    X-BOX 360
    Wii (never use so need to sell)
    B/R player
    Raspberry Pi
    Sky HD
    TEAC 7.1 AV receiver

    They were fitted with gloss black Besta Tofta doors and gloss black glass tops: -

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    The TV was then mounted (ultra flat mount) with the Centre fitted underneath.

    Note: - TV is a LG 42LH2000 LCD, this will be replaced in a few months with a Panny 50GT50 Plasma and the LG will go in the bedroom. I made a cutout of a Panny 55" 55ST50 and it just looks a bit too wide from the sofa.

    The following front speakers were then connected: -
    Fronts - Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 - 6ohm @ 100w
    Centre - KEF Q95 - 8ohm @ 100w
    Note: - The Centre will be replaced with a Wharfedale Diamond 10.CM so that it matches the 10.1's both asthetically and tonaly.
    Rears - Not purchased yet but likely to be Wharfedale DX-1 in White

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    I ran the speaker configuration software on my TEAC and it set the crossover =40 which sounds very low to me. Assume this is because of the mismatch in the centre vs fronts ?!?

    DWELL sofa finally turned up at the weekend so this was built (legs attacehd and two sections joined) and the lamp placed in the corner: -

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    Couple of pictures then hung on wall: -

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    I've also added an LED strip under the AV units but I need to sort the "LED spots reflecting on the gloss white floor" issue first :(

    To do: -
    Purchase rear speakers (end of month)
    Replace centre speaker (end of month)
    Order calf-hide rug (end of month)
    Order cow-hide pillows (end of month)
    Put remaining pictures up on rear wall (this week)
    Order movie quotes wall art and stick on wall next to TV (this week)
    Purchase Panny Plasma (May)
    Paint door white (end of month)
    Courking on skirts (end of month)
    BK Sub (May)
    Employ a cleaner !!!

    I also need to sort the accoustics as it's a bit echoey, I'm hoping the rug, a sofa throw and a few pictures up will help matters.
     
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  2. Geezer69

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    Love it, very clean.
     
  3. HouseTonyStark

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    In theory a bit of masking tape, or opaque scotch tape would fix the spots issue.
     
  4. bryanchicken

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    bit confused about your description of how have you don't the cupboards? Is there a batten underneath then are sitting on? And then also attached to wall?
     
  5. ChristovJN

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    Yes! Love fresh install threads :D looks brilliant mate, fantastic transformation.
     
  6. gav_sw20

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    Ah good idea, will give it a go tonight.

    I pinned and screwed a 2" x 1" baton to the wall, sat the units on this and then fixed the rear of the units to the plasterboard with heavy duty spring toggles.

    They are very sturdy and I was going to screw them together but there is no need really.
     
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    LOVE your floor. That's something I'd love through the whole of my ground floor!

    Love the white however as most of my setup is white including all speakers I would ;)

    And I really love the white av cabinet you made.

    I normally prefer completely hidden (I'm using gloss white sideboard to hide lots of kit) but I actually like hours.

    Well done.
     
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    Excellent, nicely done.
     
  9. gav_sw20

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    Thanks, I love the flooring and it looks like tiling but was cheaper and warm under foot.

    All the units are from the IKEA Besta range with a little bit of inspiration from this site.

    The room is a bit echoey though which I need to address...gawd knows how though.
     
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    Do you have a link to the flooring?
    That would work great on my ground floor and living room

    Mmmm just thinking of it now all white on white (sounds like an adult film)
     
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    Very nice room cleanly done, i would suggest just for sound deadening maybe buying a thick rug, shag pile maybe and also some thick lined curtains should help with some of the echoing you have.

    Once again nice setup.
     
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    Very nice and modern looking :smashin:. I would change the Star Wars poster though as it doesn't match the room imh.

    Oh don't they even nail the skirting boards on anymore???
     
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    Looks brilliant. Just what I wanted to do with ikea units but never got round to it... still sitting on the carpet!
     
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    Lovely. In the process of a build at the mo and that seems 2,000,000 miles away!!!!
     
  16. gav_sw20

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    Didn't really take that long...
    1/2 day for cabling and 1st coat of paint
    1 day for flooring and 2nd coat of paint
    1 day for building / mounting units and hanging TV.
     
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    Trying to get a modern / retro look going forward so it sort of fits in. The black / white colour scheme works well with the rest of the room.

    Just trying to fit my JAWS framed poster in now.
     
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    Found the primary source for the poor sound...aluminium blinds that cover the doors to the balcony.

    Took them down yesterday and the sound wasn't as rattley.
     
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    Very nice clean install there, congratulations.

    Cheers
     
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    I've now added further pics to the wall: -

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    Placed a wireless charger (Nokia Lumia 920) into a flaoting shelf and mounted to the wall: -

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    Also put a faceless clock up: -

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    Resolved the LED reflection issue too: -

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    Also purchased some new pendant lamps: -

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    Also ordered some Monitor Audio Vector V10 speakers for the rear wall mounted with the B-Tech BT33 brackets.
     
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    Very nice, clean and tidy.
    Did you mount the units on top of the wooden beam, then bracket to the wall?
     
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    Post #6 :)
     
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    Hi, really nice mate!
    oh, love the star wars poster!!
     
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    Very nice indeed, love those units.
     
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    My bad, missed that, cheers :smashin:
     
  26. gav_sw20

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    Just purchased these for the rear: -

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    Just need to wait for the brackets to arrive and I will mount them on the wall.
     
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    Really like your cabinets.

    Nice job.
     
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    Nice fresh setup, good job!

    I really like the ceiling pendants.
     
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    love it, you have made the best out of a smallish space really, nice kit too.

    Your little shopping list looks very costly though? lol

    Can i ask where abouts in Warwickshire? we are near Stratford On Avon
     

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