Start of the Second Project

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  1. Frequentrain

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    Hi all!

    So, i moved house nearly 12 weeks ago and i'm ready to start my new project! You can say that i was bitten by the Home Cinema bug!!

    I have whole house plan but the scope of this project primarily concerns the living room, AV for kitchen and the loft.

    The loft work will focus on the network installation for the house as i will use this area to locate a data cabinet with Broadband modem, wireless router, switch and patch panels for house wiring.

    The kitchen is a project we are not entirely embarking on for time being. Basically, a family member will be carrying out all the carpentry work for us and as he lives far away, i need him to get the work done whilst he visits :)
    The kitchen as it stands, is large in size and has access through to a utility where i originally planned to locate the kitchen and exam prep setup. Unfortunately, during the cold weather before Christmas, it became apparent that the lack of heat in the utility would cause issues with condensation. With this, we now plan to have a cupboard built in the kitchen corner to house the ktichens XBMC client and exam prep hardware. The rest of the project for kitchen involves running cables in the walls, mounting tv, mounting sonos Play:5 and lastly mounting a small 7" android tablet into the wall as a controller for sonos and xbmc.

    The living room will be where we focus the most time of the project as we plan to completely finish the room. The plan is to install a false chimney breast, inset the tv, inset the centre speaker, mount electric fire into false chimney, route all cables through walls, mount projector, mount screen and finally decorate.

    So to start the project off. Monday and the plumber visits to remove the old fireplace which is gas. With all removed i was ready for action on Tuesday night after work. So i start, and later decide that this will take a little longer than originally thought!! :(
     
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    Looking forward to seeing some pics

    Good luck!
     
  3. Frequentrain

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    Fireplace after the fire is removed
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    Work completed after Tuesday night. Will continue on saturday
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    2 hours after we started, this was the result!
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    For the AV unit, i have opted for the Demagio DML100.
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    I tried to get the DML120 which is the discontinued model but only availabilty was in Nottingham :(

    Cables have been ordered, carpenter is round on thursday and electrician on wednesday to start!
     
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  5. Frequentrain

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    cant decide where to put the surround speakers!

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    Planning on having stand based surround speakers that were originally going to be either side of the settee, but now having thoughts on putting one the other side of the door.

    The reason for this is that the central seating location for the room will be on the left side of the settee, and the there will be a chair located on the right side of the room where the cabinet is now.

    Thoughts....

    Note. The settee will be changed, cabinet will be removed along with the toy chest.
     
  6. Frequentrain

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    A few friends who are watching my thread told me they have issues seeing my photos, so I have moved them to photobucket.

    2 hours after we started and half gone!
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    Fireplace removed and screen fitted to wall. I used the recommended Rigifix bolts for anchoring to the wall with six fixings on the dot and dab wall.
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    Frame up for the false chimney
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    Plasterboard fitted on the chimney and fire has been test fitted
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    Cantilever bracket for the tv
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    Skirting boards cut and test fitted. These will be installed once plastering has been finished
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    Box section fitted for projection screen. Rear compartments will house downlights
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    Lights fitted
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    Projection screen down. Need to adjust the screen so more screen rolled out
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    Yipee! Somebody can see my pictures
     
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    Looking very good
     
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    looking good. bookmarked. if we cant afford to extend lounge i will have to look at doing something similar to you.
     
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    Looking good, very interested to see how your goin to mount the fire.....will you be able to get heat out of it if its recessed?
     
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    im also worried about how the heat could affect the centre speaker and TV.
     
  15. Daddy k

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    Most modern fires radiate heat out rather than up. So I doubt there will be issues from
    The fire heating tv and centre speaker.
     
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    looking awesome, any updates at all?
     
  17. Frequentrain

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    Thank you for the Comments!

    Nothing to update at the moment, plasterer visits tomorrow so will update when he has left with the last pics!
     
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    Updates so far...

    Chimney breast plastered
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    Wall channelling being filled
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    Audio plate fitted and cables terminated
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    Chimney painted, TV hung and centre speaker fitted.
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    Projector fitted and just waiting on delivery of a brush plate for the HDMI's
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    I have tested the projector, which is great but needs the projector adjusting as its a little wonkey!

    AV table has been installed, awaiting some cable wrap to tidy them up

    Need some type of covering for the centre speaker. I'm going to start a thread in Cinema DIY for this and link from here.
     
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    It's getting along great.
    As for centre speaker just make a small frame and cover with white acoustic cloth (assuming the wall is *****). Simple
     
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    Its looking really good so far. Do you have a link for the tv bracket as thats the one im looking for and also could you post a couple of pics with the fire in place as thats the one ive been contemplating getting. Cheers
     
  21. Frequentrain

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    @devil1916

    I brought my bracket from eBay. Search this seller tk-logistics

    As for the fire, we are not ready for it to be installed yet as we are still painting etc. It should be fitted within a week or so if you can hold on?
     
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    Thanks ill have a look.

    Yeah thats great. Im just keen to see how it looks when fitted in as opposed to hanging on the wall with the curve on it. We were looking at a fire at about £800 however as we will never use it as a fire and its only for the lighting effect we seen that fire the other day and it looks ideal at £700 cheaper!!

    Any chance you could take a pic of the fire with just the flame effect on?
     
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    Love this mate! Cant wait to see it finished with the downlighters on etc :)

    What size rigifix bolts did you use? Is the TV a 46" ? Does it feel solid?
     
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    @garylythgoe

    I think it was the M6 Rigifix bolts purchased from a recommended supplier from here. If you purchase the certain ones, he includes the recommended drill bit.
    The bracket feels really solid, no creaking/craacking when pulling the bracket out etc.

    The TV is 46" LG

    AV unit i have opted for. Looks really nice at night with just projection on.
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    Fire in place and on. At the time of the photo, the fire was simply resting in place awaiting the proper fitment. Control for the fire is done through remote control, but i use my harmony for this. Center speaker in place but i need to do something with the edging. Ideas??
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    View from seating. Still some things to do, need new carpet as the old ne finished at the brick fire edge, cables need tidying at the back of av unit
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    Side view
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    Hi
    Looks great. Whats the distance between your projector and the screen? What type of screen is it and size?

    Does that electric heater throw out enough heat, similar to a gas fire?

    Thanks
     
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    Does the tv not feel a bit high when viewing? Looks great though. I only ask as we are now forced to mount our tv above a fire now but were thinking of having the centre speaker above the tv angled down.

    Not considered an electric fire but we rarely use ours and it's only on if we get up before heating comes on. Like when my son gets up at at 4am and refuses to go back to sleep!!!
     
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    @frequenttrain great job. May i ask how wide the frame is and also how tall? Finally what is the distance between your sofa and the screen approx?
     
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    Excellent transformation. Well done.
     
  30. Frequentrain

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    Thanks for the comments people! Much appreciated :)

    @mistys77
    Distance i have from projector to screen is 3 metres. At the time of purchasing, i opted for PrimeView 90" motorised screen.

    We tend to use the central heating and dont use the fire. The other half wanted it as a focus point and purely cosmetic reasons.

    @liamt
    I do think that it is a bit high sometimes after sitting in the back room. I have another 46" tv wall hung in that room but the top of the screen is 5ft 6 in high. Unfortunately, i had no choice for the height of the tv other than to mount the speaker above the screen like you say.

    I feel for you mate on the kid angle, been there done that and they do grow out of it EVENTUALLY!!

    @Paul_HDLover
    The frame for the false chimney is 5ft wide and floor to ceiling, about 7ft 2in i think. As for the sofa, this is located directly under the projector so the distance is about 3m from the back of the sofa. I will try to add some photos of the sofa as its the icing on the cake so too speak!
     

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