After many years of renting, I finally bought my first house. After years of dealing with neutral paint colors and hiding wires behind furniture and under carpets, I'm excited to finally be able to modify my home, run wires, etc. In the past, I did the best I could with the limitations of renting, as documented in my thread from a few years ago (Link to my old setup
), but now I plan to take my "theater" and automation systems to the next level. And before anyone asks, yes I am a bachelor, and so inevitably this will end up turning into a high tech bachelor pad.This Thread:
I started this thread to A) give me a place to document a project plan to keep myself straight, and to B) create a forum for questions, comments, and feedback. Please don't be shy about posting criticisms, especially if you see me making mistakes or can offer up better methods.The Plan:
I bought a 2 story house in Charleston, SC (so, no basement). The house was built in 2001, but it is very builder basic, including the wiring. Right now, the house has one cable jack in the living room, and a few sporadic phone jacks placed in weird locations. The overall (optimistic) plan is to upgrade the entire house to be fully wired for cable, ethernet, phone, automation, and distributed video and sound, including a family room "theater", and TVs with 5.1 sound in the master bedroom and office. I may add lighting control down the road (most likely RadioRA), but that won't be for a while. I'm also considering adding in-ceiling speakers in the dining room, kitchen, and screened porch.
Here's a quick floorplan that I sketched up.
When I bought the house, the family room and living room were separated by a wall, making the living space feel closed off, so the first thing I did was open up that wall.
Before: (Picture from the MLS listing since I forgot to take a "before" picture.)
Demolition: (I also enlarged the opening from the entry way to the living room. It was a small arch before.)
New header since it is a load-bearing wall:
Please ignore all of the boxes, etc. It's not worth me completely unpacking / organizing while doing construction.
This shot was taken from the top of the stairs. It gives a bit of an overview of the living area and how everything, including light, now flows through the space.
Now that the living area is opened up, the electronic upgrades can begin.