Showoff's Home Cinema & House Extension

Showoff

Distinguished Member
I can't believe it's been 2.5 years already since the first project, but I've decided it's time for a change.

The plan is simple:
1. Create a hallway to remove the stairs from the lounge.
2. Knock the wall down between the dining room and existing kitchen and extended into one room.
3. Extend the lounge and rotate the TV and projector 90 degrees onto the new wall.
4. Create a new false chimney with built in storage for the AV gear.
5. Create a false ceiling around the edge of the lounge and install an LED lighting system.

I'm also thinking of more LED lighting and speakers for the kitchen.

This is what we started out with:
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This is what we have currently and if you’re interested, the build of this was documented here: Showoff's Home Cinema Project | AVForums

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These are the layout plans for this project:
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Showoff

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The build started last week and ill try and keep this thread updated as things progress:
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splatrat

Standard Member
do you have more images of how it is now? pic's of the frame would be handy, i like what you did and fancy having a dabble myself :)

thanks:lease:
 

Showoff

Distinguished Member
Just a quick update...
The base of the extension has now been concreted, leaving me with what looks like a small tennis court (minus the net).
The remaining outer skin of bricks have also now also been removed today and put to one side, we are keeping these as the bricks the house was built in are no longer available, so I wanted to save these for the front and back of the house.

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davecs

Standard Member
Hi

Just looked through your plans and the 3D model of the kitchen. It lloks like you have gone with 900 wide peninsular with units on the side where you sit.

May I suggest you try and get 1200 wide. Someone will argue that you sont be able to access the units as well with 300 worktop flying above but you wont be able to access them very well with stools infront either.

I think you'll appreciate the overhang.

Dave
 

Geezer69

Active Member
Liking this thread already, planning something similar myself. Will follow with interest.
 

Showoff

Distinguished Member
Hi

Just looked through your plans and the 3D model of the kitchen. It lloks like you have gone with 900 wide peninsular with units on the side where you sit.

May I suggest you try and get 1200 wide. Someone will argue that you sont be able to access the units as well with 300 worktop flying above but you wont be able to access them very well with stools infront either.

I think you'll appreciate the overhang.

Dave
Hi Dave,

Thanks for your comments.

To be honest the kitchen design is still very much work in progress, as until I have to the confirmed dimensions I don't really know what I have to work with.

There may (depending on the steel work) need to be a pillar either side of the kitchen which I'll have to factor in as well, I rather these were in the kitchen though as they would be easier to hide and won't ruin the smooth open feel I want in the Lounge.

In terms of the peninsular with units on both sides, that is actually a limitation of the software I was using, the plan is to have just a breakfast bar over the dining area side, but there wasn't that option on the software, so to just see how it might look I just added some normal units. ;)

The other slight change which I couldn't represent accurately as the software wouldn't allow me to, was the wall and doors between the hall and kitchen will actually be angled so that the playroom, which appears in the design to be off the kitchen will actually be off the hall as well.
 

Showoff

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Progress so far:

Four large pieces of wood have come through the wall into the lounge to hold the upstairs up while the steel goes in, so we can remove the current outside wall of the lounge and kitchen:
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And from the outside:
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Upstairs hidden in the now empty wardrobe are the other steels, temporarily holding the wall up:
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Steel uprights which will be boxed into the kitchen somehow:
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Most of the block work and brickwork is also now complete:
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They don't look like it at the moment, but the bricks on the front and back are originals from the old side of the house, once they are cleaned up they should match the existing brickwork, though the mortar is a slightly different colour.

Next up is the joists and second half of the steel across the kitchen.

To be continued...
 

Showoff

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Hopefully we should have the roof on and the windows installed within the Next 4 weeks.
 

Showoff

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Moved on quite a lot in the last week or so.
The last of the steels are now in:
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The joists are all in the roof has started to go up:
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Start of the window for the new on-suite and dressing room upstairs:
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The downside of getting the roof started is I've lost my satellite signal for the bank holiday as the wood is blocking the dish, at least we have a server full of films for us and Peppa Pig & ScoobyDoo to keep the kids quiet!
 
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Showoff

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The outside is almost now complete, so the AV element can actually begin soon!

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The floor is also in for upstairs which is going to be an en-suite and dressing room.
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Knocking through into the main house at the end of this week.
 

Showoff

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Some recent purchases which have also arrived.
50m of QED Silver Anniversary XT speaker wire for the rears and side (to be purchased) speakers in the lounge, also should be enough to cover the 4 kitchen in ceiling speakers.
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15m HDMI to run from the chimney breast AV HUB to the TV in the kitchen.
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2 Power adapter conditioners to power all the goodies in the HUB.
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Showoff

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The destruction to construction inside has started!

This was my TV surround and projector screen housing:
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The kitchen has also had some attention today:
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We are currently rocking the open plan bedroom ensuite design, I'm not sure it will catch on and we may have to go ahead and remove it:
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YitEarp

Banned
Haaha I love how the ensuite just sits there - a major amount of work going on there i'd say

Hows it all coming along?

What are your plans for equipment?

Keep it updated with the rest of the house also I find it interesting what folks do!

ta
 

Showoff

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Decided the whole open plan ensuite thing wasn't working so its gone:
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The wall between the kitchen and what was the dining room has now gone:
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The wall that used to separate the lounge from the front door has also been removed:
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Just to prove that all this work so far was worth doing, we found a rotten joist under the old ensuite, that could of resulted in the showering individual joining the people in the lounge rather unexpectedly!
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Showoff

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Haaha I love how the ensuite just sits there - a major amount of work going on there i'd say

Hows it all coming along?

What are your plans for equipment?

Keep it updated with the rest of the house also I find it interesting what folks do!

ta
It is a major reconstruction, just about every room is being attacked.

It's coming along nicely now, taken a little longer than I would of liked getting the extension part build, but the fun can really begin now.

In terms of equipment, mostly just moving what I have already in signature, but with a few upgrades. I'm after an LX85 or newer to replace the LX81 amp, I need more channels to run a second zone that will be the kitchen and dining area. I also need to add to the list 4 ceiling speakers for these areas.

I'd also like to upgrade the projector screen to something bigger, I went as big as I could with the throw ratio I had before, but in the new lounge I'll have a longer distance to play with, but that might have to wait.
 

Showoff

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The old external wall between the original lounge and the extension has now come down:
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Showoff

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And the original external wall between the kitchen and the extension has now gone as well:
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YitEarp

Banned
Blimey talk about a house getting knocked about! All that open space is great but hopefully you will fill it up right as I have seen people go for open space then complain later as they don't know how to fill it and it feels too baron :)

what are your intentions for where everything will go?
 

Showoff

Distinguished Member
Blimey talk about a house getting knocked about! All that open space is great but hopefully you will fill it up right as I have seen people go for open space then complain later as they don't know how to fill it and it feels too baron :)

what are your intentions for where everything will go?
It will get filled. :D
If you check the first post, I've (high level) planned how it will work. Basically though an open plan kitchen/dinner, with a separate lounge and hallway. Just about all the AV will be hidden in a false chimney which isn't shown on the plans. ;)
 

YitEarp

Banned
Yes I did notice after reading again your plans - seems like an extraordinary effort I look forward to the end result as do you I imagine!

I myself would like to move the staircase in my house but all the services would then have to be moved and I imagine that would be costly
 

Showoff

Distinguished Member
Yes I did notice after reading again your plans - seems like an extraordinary effort I look forward to the end result as do you I imagine!

I myself would like to move the staircase in my house but all the services would then have to be moved and I imagine that would be costly
It sure would, plus it probably wouldn't add any value to your house, so only really worth doing if you plan to stay there for a really long time. Otherwise it would be cheaper to buy a new house that has the stairs where you want them! Lol
 

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