I'm moving into a new house next month and the current TV/home theater configuration and custom cabinetry won't work for my setup. I need some thoughts/suggestions from the contractors and designers out there!
As you can see from the photos below, the current setup has a TV that perfectly fits the installed cabinetry. But, the screen size isn't to my liking (I've got a 50" Pioneer plasma that I want to keep). And, ideally, I'd like to have room for stereo and center-channel speakers. Unfortunately, this is the only practical spot in the living room for a TV.
My first thought was to knock out the wall to the right of the tv/cabinet to expand the bay where the cabinets are, then raise the above-screen cabinets and build out new cabinetry to go all the way across to the right exterior wall, where the knocked-out wall was. Unfortunately, there's HVAC duct behind those walls to the right of the screen going up to the second floor, so my options are extremely limited.
My second thought was to add a false wall where the TV currently sits, then mount my TV to the center stud and add in-wall speakers. But that leaves me with off-center cabinetry below the left side of the screen only. I suppose I could either: (1) tear out all of the cabinetry and build a floor-to-ceiling false wall, which would eliminate all space for component storage, or (2) add a cabinetry facade to the right of the existing cabinets, in front of the wall hiding the ductwork. Neither of these options are very practical (with option 1 I'd have no storage, with the facade it would have to be recessed from the current wall to be flush with the existing cabinets).
I am stumped by what to do here and welcome all thoughts and suggestions!