Family Room Completion – Part 7

The family room has 3 sets of two lights across the ceiling.  Each set of lights can be dimmed.  The two lights close to the TV set are gimbals so they can be aimed to either side of the TV set.  The room also has one half wall outlet devoted to a floor lamp and controlled by a wall switch.

The audio surround sound sub woofer can be seen on the left side of the fireplace, shown as a black box.  The small black boxes on either side of the fireplace up upon the walls are left and right surround sound speakers.  Two more speakers are at the back of the room, wall mounted near the ceiling.  The center speaker is just below the TV set.

The little dot just to the right of the fireplace is the gas valve for the fireplace.

The blue glow behind and above the TV set is a bias light that can be remotely controlled as to color and turned off and on.

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Family Room – Near Finish – Part 6

In this image you can see the following completions:

  • Surround sound, left, right and center speakers are shown.
  • The TV had been mounted.
  • The metal mantle on top of the stone fireplace has been mounted.
  • A bias light has been mounted behind the TV and can be remotely controlled.
  • The TV set can be swung left or right and tilted up or down.  It can also be pulled out from the wall to make rear TV connections easy.

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Family Room Problems – Lessons Learned. Part 1

Customer had to have the ceilings scraped of popcorn due to asbestos.  In the family room they also had the paneling removed.  Over the fireplace was a drywall box installed that needed to be removed.  When the paneling was removed termite damage was discovered.  Fortunately, the termites had only eaten the paper covering of the drywall.  The ceiling and walls were not finished.  Drywall tape and mud was missing on the walls.  Ceilings were not finished.

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Family Room Problems – Lessons Learned – Examine and Plan – Part-2

Family room remodel – problems and planning:

The drywall box was removed on top of the fireplace.  All drywall on the termite walls was removed.  Decisions needed to be made.  The client wanted to mount a TV over the fireplace.  In my mind this required that power, antenna, optical audio and HDMI connections needed to be provided above the fireplace, out of sight and run to the left side of the fireplace where the support electronics would be placed:

  • Cable TV Tuner
  • Onkyo surround sound amplifier.
  • Play Station 4.
  • Other HDMI devices.

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