Hi all. I last posted here over a year ago - we were in the process of purchasing/selling...and it was right old headache. I think we went through pretty much every pitfall when it comes to house selling/buying (subsidence on survey, 4/5 houses falling through due to chain etc). Anyhow - all's well that ends well... Not sure whether this thread belongs in the members gallery yet - still embryonic in reality but work has started. Due to tight budget I'm doing a fair amount myself and then only once I'm confident I know what I'm doing. It goes without saying this forum has been the main source of inspiration...I've been blown away myriad times by most of the work on these boards. My last project (mini project in our old house) got the ball rolling...but I guess it's time to step up a little. I've taken a fair few pics so far, but time constraints and my main computer cracking up (now finally fixed) meant these pics have been locked in dark hard drives and 'smartphones' I'll go back into this thread and add pics as I go along (it won't be a quick process) and I'm hoping for even more inspiration, help and advice...in turn I hope I can pass on anything I myself have learned (and grandly cocked up!). In summary the plan is to refurb every room (bar the kitchen - for the time being - probably the only room that was completed before we purchased) and carry out rewire and networking to every room. Essentially - for most rooms: *TV connected to network and main hub feeding music library (iTunes) and DVD collection and connected to Virgin/Sky cable television - mostly stereo in ceiling speakers (aside from main living room which will be 6:1 surround (existing kit). Unfortunately, although I did a fair bit of research a year or two back, my eye was taken off the ball due to the prolonged moving house process...bit behind on the latest knowledge - CAT5e and CO-AX still recommended? As for TVs'...I had a lovely Panny 42" Viera Plasma we had to leave as part of the house sale...we currently squint as we huddle around a portable telly in the living room... Anyway...I'll plan this out as I go along. The lighting is pretty poor and the double socket capacity not really suited to the modern home. With a friend carrying out a 'design' for me, I hope to get a rewire carried out pretty quickly. It's probably better to run an entirely new network in running alongside the old one then switch over one weekend (I won't be doing that bit on the consumer unit end). I've made enquiries into moving the electrical inlet - currently enters the downstairs bathroom...I'd be suprised if current regs allowed that...and it's a tight enough squeeze in there as it is. * Lighting - run a whole host of new lighting in all rooms. I've actually just installed two outdoor lights using the GU10 LED's - impressed with these newer gen bulbs - tempted to use them in some rooms (I'm partial to the halogen spots - might use those till I'm convinced LEDs in places like living rooms are good to go. Controlled (Lutron et al) a possibility too. I think if a new consumer unit is installed I'll connect them at the time (and have fire/alarm system on their own MCB too). The family (incl 3 kids) is away this week so I'm having a go at attacking the two reception rooms. The floor (pretty sure is concrete) is on the wonk - may need levelling with compound...or it might just be the laminate down at the moment hasn't been put down correctly. I'm taking the ceiling down - lath and plaster The current one is wallpapered and has been peppered with too many, large sized spot lights. Will also need it down for routing cabling. Half excited...half in panic mode now folks....I'll have another route around the latest projects on here for inspiration. Will post a couple of pics shortly (most of the work so far is shifting two 8 yard skips worth of rubble from the garden...and clearing around ten 30/40 foot tall trees from the side of the house. Ok... Cheers. norfbech.