Thanks for all the replies, guys. To address a few questions. The house is not new construction, and sheetrock is already in place. My issue with having a cabinet is that all I really need to house is a DirecTV receiver, as the main room in the house (the family room, if you will) will not have any surround sound. I have a separate home theater in the house for serious movie watching and surround sound. I just thought perhaps some people had a "trick" for hiding just one STB. I didn't really want to hide in a closet for just one component, but, perhaps that may be my only option. Not that it's important to my question, but I already own the house. I'm not moving for a couple of months, because I'm still trying to sell the house I presently live in (housing market getting pretty ugly up here in the northeast)!
John from Boston