New lounge set up

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    1. Iain42

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      Having benefitted from so much knowledge that has been shared here, thank-you to so many of you, I thought I would share my revamped lounge. I may also show a picture or two of our kitchen / dining room, as the lounge change has impacted that.

      We moved into the house nearly two years ago, October 2015. We knew before moving that we had taken on a "project". New windows, central heating, and electrics were required, and other improvements were desired.

      I'll start with some pictures from when we viewed the house.

      Note below the front window, and in the kitchen, the dwarf radiators. They were quite effective, but industrially ugly, and prevented items going against the wall in about 50% of each room.

      Lounge from the front
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      And looking the other way
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      Kitchen
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      For us, the lounge going "round the corner" didn't work, and the kitchen was too small.

      We also didn't like the painted brickwork on display. All along we saw the potential to turn this into "our home" though.

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      Work started in autumn 2016.

      A new boiler (we were informed previous boiler had ceased production in 1980's, and spares were hard to come by...) and hot water system went in the garage, the dwarf radiators were ripped out, and more conventional radiators installed.

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      Foundations for extension were dug out just before Christmas.

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      And then early in the year, the extension began to take shape

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      Meanwhile the old chimney construction in the living room had to come down (one friend said we had a pizza oven in our living room, harsh but fair :))

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      Which left this in the roof....

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      Due to living in a conservation area, the chimney exterior had to be restored. This was built on steels within the loft.

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      Meanwhile external construction
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      and internal destruction, continued
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      Then things began to progress.

      SWMBO insisted that we had a log burner in the lounge, so we had looked around, visited showrooms, and eventually settled on a Stovax Studio fire with surround. This was the lowest height fire we could find, as the only place the tv could go was above it. We discussed with the supplier, and he assured us that there would not be too much heat escaping upwards, there is some kind of plate above the fire, and insulation too. Here's the fire in place.

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      And the construction continuing.
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      At this point I accepted that my Kef R600 centre speaker just would not work, so traded it in for a Kef Ci3160. I'd already bought four Ci200RR's for Atmos duties. Thanks to Dan at The Movie Rooms for excellent service and advice.

      Here are things in place for testing, before decorating. The fire could be on, and you could touch the wall between it and the Ci3160, it was cool to touch.

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      Meanwhile the kitchen was progressing nicely. Underfloor heating was installed, windows going in, almost ready for floor tiling.
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      Tiles going down
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      Kitchen arrived and was in lounge.

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      Install progressing, scribing for granite worktop.
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      Here is where the kitchen becomes relevant to the lounge av set up. The tall cupboard on the right of the pair is going to be where all the gear is located. That wall backs onto the lounge, and is just a few feet from the tv.

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      Amps, receiver, Sky Q, Blu-ray, and network in place. Rako light controllers being installed.
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      And now
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      Kitchen now
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      And lounge
       

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      Lovely!!!
       
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      And lounge

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      Just needing the finishing touches, curtains and blinds and pictures, and maybe a little more furniture.

      I should now update the equipment in my signature :).

      We are very happy with what we have achieved so far, big thanks to architect, builders, plumbers, decorator, electricians, kitchen company, and many others who have helped us on this journey.
       

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      Wow.
      That's all I have to say.
       
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      Nice build, however, I am concerned about how close all the equipment is, with scant room for air flow cooling, is there a ducted fan system installed? (Heat is one of the biggest killers of electronics) or do you at least keep the doors open when in use?

      Apart from the above, well done

      Bill
       
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      White Juparana with a pencil edge. Snap! It's got a little warmer here in the past 16 months. Very nice. ;)

      Nice open lounge too.
       
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      Hi Bill,

      A relevant concern.

      The kitchen company had previous experience of people wanting to achieve similar, so I followed their advice. There is no back on that cupboard, and a gap at the top so warm air can escape. That seems to have been enough. We have the option to add a vent in the plinth under the cabinet if required, and could also add a fan. It doesn't seem to get too hot though.
       
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      Very close, similar hues probably a touch lighter. It will change a bit. It's all bloomin' hard well polished rock at the end of the day. Keep it well oiled and it will last a lifetime.

      Enjoy ;)
       
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      Looks very nice. Great job

      MarkP
       
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      Very nice!! Bravo!
       
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      Def worth the wait, great set up:thumbsup:
       
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      Very professional but surely the TV is far far too high. I understand that the top third of the screen should be at eye level when sat down?
       
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      It's amazing how quick you get used to it. We did trial it at that height before hand, and knew it wouldn't be an issue for us. Also means I'm always looking through the right part of my varifocals :).
       
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      What a great transformation, having had major works undertaken at my house in 2006 & 2016, I know what hard work it all is even when builders, building surveyor/architect are doing their stuff. But how nice it is when you've recovered and can really appreciate the improvements.
      I'm assuming the span in the new kitchen was too wide to get rid of the pillar although you have mitigated its presence by creating a breakfast bar around it?
      Do the main speakers reach down enough or do you have a sub? I know you have listed various speakers but I can't tell without Googling each one if a sub is included. Personally, I would have had two smaller speakers on stands + sub because your main speakers are facing across the narrower dimension of the room rather than down it. The smaller speakers would have been less visually intrusive (but only my personal preference, not necessarily your's!).
      If you have a heat issue with the AV kit in the cupboard, you could consider having slats created in those two doors. I had two doors in our kitchen extension made originally with slats, just as well as we now have a small additional freezer in this cupboard.
      And thank you sharing with us.
       
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      ^^^^^^^^^^

      Correct, span was too wide.

      I have a BK XXLS400 sub.

      I prefer the floor standing speakers, also had them from previous house.
       

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