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post #451 of 607 Old 10-11-2012, 05:39 AM
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Sir meili,

I am in the. Middle of a retrofit as well. I was concidering taking PVC and cutting it in half in order to run the wires though the attic spaces.
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DallasKnox,

I had considered that as well, but was concerned with the safety of cutting round PVC. I thought that perhaps the gutter downspout, since squarish, would be easier to cut in half. I'm stil on hold though for now while other projects take precedence (such as flooring, darmn gf!!!!), but I need to get to it soon as my data storage server and HTPC are both currently sitting on a TV tray table in the living room instead of the new rack (waiting on wiring so I can relocate them).
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Totally agree with Ckelly. Wire tray is the way to go. It is worth any money you would spend on it.

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Any progress?? awesome build log
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There's been some major improvements to Britton's media room/home, but I'll let him unveil them!

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Don't leave us hanging like that. This is one of my favorite builds of all time, so I'm glad to hear it lives on. Now where is Britton to fill us in on the improvements? biggrin.gif
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Its been forever since I've been on here, been very busy at work. I've been working on lot of other things around the house. Since I've last posted:
  • Some addition of sensors and automation on the garage.
  • Tore out the kitchen and redid large portions. Was not happy with the finish quality of the cabinets and trim. Now it is like glass.
  • Finishing up the backyard project before it gets too hot. I have a lot of neat automation items here in the back. Setting everything up for an outdoor theater.
  • Purchased some fun new toys for this room. Once I finish the last 10% of the items above, I will start going quickly a full theater build out. MIll-work, treatment, more equipment. Half of these items are sitting in the room ready to go. I will try and post some pictures this week.

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Went through all the posts here, love your whole house approach. I live over in Allen. Always nice to see a local.

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Waiting for updates biggrin.gif
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Update Time: We have literally spent 4-5 months working on the backyard. Today we finished one of the last big parts.

This is how the yard started when we built the home.



They were dumping dirt next door, I paid the guy $300 bucks and he added about 10 trucks of dirt to the top of our yard.



I then added 16 zones of sprinklers, electrical, gas plumbing. All in all over 800 feet of pipe.



Digging HUGE Footers so the patio doesn't slide down the hill.



One of the few things my wife and I didn't do ourselves.



Setting Stairs Into Slope



Welded Up frame of pergola



1 of 3 Sprinkler Manifolds



Starting Layout



Welded Frame of Outdoor Kitchen - You can see the utilities coming through. Gas, Electrical, Water for misting system.



Bought and assembled a trailer for bringing material home.



Coated patio and foundation with tan color, picture looks more pink than it is.



Flower Beds Going In



Slopes getting planted, I also added walls to the sides of the stairs.



I saw this idea on Houzz.com , we installed a beach pebble border. Below the stone is a french drain piped to the bottom of the yard.



Planters



More Planters, you can see some of the speakers at the back of the planter.



Doing Final Grading



Planted Zoysia Sod Today


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Here is a bigger picture and a little idea of what's left.



This is the retractable canopy that we are having made up. It will be motorized, automated into the control system, and controlled by wind, time of day, season, and position of the sun.




I also purchased a control4 sprinkler interface so the irrigation system will be tied into the control system this weekend.


I still have to do the following:

  • Install Electrical - All underground conduit in place.
  • Purchase & Install TV, more sound.
  • Purchase & Install control4 controlled misting and fan system.
  • Paint Metal Frame Work - Only Primed Now
  • Pour concrete post bases and cover with veneer stone.
  • Construct and finish grill counter.

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Here is another crazy project that has been keeping me busy. When we built our home, we really wanted white cabinets and a simple classic look. The builder did a horrible job painting and finishing the cabinets and I decided to redo them myself. It took the better part of a month. Here are some pictures.

Before



Prep & Filler



Dewalt Pressure Washer Box + Air Filter + Box Fan = DIY Air Cleaner for sanding dust.



More Prep



This was one of the worst things I've ever done.



Final Stage Before Paint



My wife came up with the idea to build a spray booth in the garage out of a shade tent. In the end we had laminar air flow, full containment, lighting. Pretty Cool



We put all new hardware and ball bearing slides on. Here is the first picture of the mounted doors.



Hardware Jig



Hardware Installed



WARNING DON'T EVER DO THIS, IT SUCKS
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Lots of hard work. these pictures are all since Christmas. I also have helped another AVS'er get a big multi-zone system installed at his house here in Dallas. I'll have to ask him if he is going to post his system. I have a huge 6 country trip planned in the near future and when I get back, it will be hot and the progress on the electronics will resume. I have wood stacked in the hallway outside of the media room waiting for me.

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Looking good B! I am starting the process of looking at plans and finding a builder, looking to start building next spring, I want to do something similar as to what you did with full media control. You thread will be a great reference. Thanks for that. Anything you would of done differently?

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Dewalt Pressure Washer Box + Air Filter + Box Fan = DIY Air Cleaner for sanding dust.


That is all sorts of awesome!

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Lots of hard work. these pictures are all since Christmas. I also have helped another AVS'er get a big multi-zone system installed at his house here in Dallas. I'll have to ask him if he is going to post his system. I have a huge 6 country trip planned in the near future and when I get back, it will be hot and the progress on the electronics will resume. I have wood stacked in the hallway outside of the media room waiting for me.
Did you wind up buying the klipsch thx ultra 2 set up? Also my self and my gf would love to see your house / system. We live in arlington. do you only show to groups of people or would just two be ok, if you are even interested in showing it? I thought it was mind blowing what I saw and read. Its like my dream come true I have to say. And would love to hear and see what you have done in person. Please let me know. you can always pm me as well. thanks.
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Looking good B! I am starting the process of looking at plans and finding a builder, looking to start building next spring, I want to do something similar as to what you did with full media control. You thread will be a great reference. Thanks for that. Anything you would of done differently?

Thanks!

One thing I wish I would have done is run more cat-6 to sensor locations such as:

- Vibration sensor under stairs to turn on light when you step on the first step.
- Motion sensors to turn on lights.
- Pressure sensors to seating locations to trigger events when you sit down.

I also added a lot of outlets to the exterior of the home, I wish they were switched from the inside. So that it would be easier to automate things like waterfalls, misting pumps, landscape lighting, fans.

Knowing what I know now, I would have prewired my windows for control/power wire to more easily allow for automated shades.

I would also consider every possible location for LED accent lighting and run a cat-5 to it.


Just a few thoughts....

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Did you wind up buying the klipsch thx ultra 2 set up? Also my self and my gf would love to see your house / system. We live in arlington. do you only show to groups of people or would just two be ok, if you are even interested in showing it? I thought it was mind blowing what I saw and read. Its like my dream come true I have to say. And would love to hear and see what you have done in person. Please let me know. you can always pm me as well. thanks.

I did! I need to post some pictures of the new speakers. I ended up with 7.1, but I will probably upgrade the sub when I build out the media room. Later in the summer, I may be interested in hosting an AVS local event. Not sure what the format would be.

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Thanks for the updates. This is literally my favorite thread on AVS, maybe on any forum out there eek.gif :notworthy:

If I ever build a house or drastically remodel my house, I'm going to get a lot of inspiration here cool.gif
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Hey Britton. I just discovered this thread last night and I read the whole thing from start to finish . . . FANTASTIC WORK! It's also nice to make the acquaintance of someone as OCD as I am with their installations and wire management (believe me, I can share with you some of my pictures)! I've had a slightly older Atlona professional HDMI matrix switch that has both HDMI and Cat-5 ports active simultaneously running my house with Crestron Control. I am in the process of migrating to a new SnapAV single u (and single wire) 8x8 HDMI matrix switch and Savant Control (www.savantav.com).

I'd love to see a full shot of the back of your racks now that the full system is pulled together. I've subbed your thread and will be following along. Again, great job!
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Later in the summer, I may be interested in hosting an AVS local event. Not sure what the format would be.

Great work. The back yard looks awesome.

I'm in for an AVS event.

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I did! I need to post some pictures of the new speakers. I ended up with 7.1, but I will probably upgrade the sub when I build out the media room. Later in the summer, I may be interested in hosting an AVS local event. Not sure what the format would be.
Cant wait to see the new klipsch thx ultra 2 set up pics!!!!!
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Britton and I are working on the AVS event. As a company, I have become an authorized Control4 dealer and I'm sitting in C4 training in Chicago as I type. We may delay having the event for a little as I'm bringing back equipment for him. Since he's so busy, I'm trying to help out with the loads of questions about his build and all of his products in general. Feel free to PM me with anything.

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Holy crap this is the coolest thing I have seen... Thanks for a great idea.

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I like the ingenuity as well, but I hope folks here know you can just buy 20x20 filters (or even slightly larger) and simply strap/tape them directly to the back of the fan, right?
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Well I guess you can also just wrap a towel around the fan... I've done that before.

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This was a removable filter. I fastened the plastic around the box creating negative pressure in the space and preventing paint from settling where I didn't want it to. So there was a reason for the box. In the garage, or just sanding, I would have used fan+filter.

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This was a removable filter. I fastened the plastic around the box creating negative pressure in the space and preventing paint from settling where I didn't want it to. So there was a reason for the box. In the garage, or just sanding, I would have used fan+filter.
Just a friendly reminder, would love to see the theater now with the thx ultra 2 speaker set up.
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... creating negative pressure in the space...

Makes sense when used in this context.cool.gif
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