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help me plan my new house

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hi,
i'm currently building a new place for the family and me,and i'm looking for advise on how to do the following.

please assume i know nothing about this stuff when replying.

i will have a lcd tv,xbox 360,windows computer,ipod.freeview box

i want to be able to listen to music from the computer/ipod or the radio in the lounge,dining room and outdoors

i want to wantch tv/dvd's in the lounge, i'll probably cable for 7.1

i will have tv outlets to a few other areas which may or may not get used in the future.

i'd like the kids to be able to watch a dvd in the lounge whilst the radio/music is on in the kitchen dining.

i'm looking for an entry level set of equipment with an entry level budget.
i can add conduits that will allow for upgrades later but mwhat to where?

non of the above has been done as i'm still putting down the slab.i'm open to other suggestions if any of the above seems odd.

i've looked around the internet and i'm aware there are heaps of options but without the knowledge to know what you need i just get more confused.

thanks for your time,
any suggestions?

i'm in new zealand by the way if that matters
i've attached a floorplan,there is a mezzanine level directly above the garage
FLOOR PLAN.PDF 677k .PDF file
post #2 of 2
At this stage the most important thing is for you to develop your long term game plan.

What do you want right away? What do you want in the future? What MAY you want in the future?

Do you have access in an attic above the living space to run more wires later if you would like to?

Where do you want the equipment to live?

The living room seems to have a fireplace as a focal point, which I always think sucks as they generally live in the location where the TV should be and take up the exact space where the TV should be and completely blow any ability to put the TV at the correct height, or anything else, so have you given this any consideration?

Now, the thing that matters most, IMO, is getting the wiring you want/need in place. If you don't get all the cables in place that you may ever want, then having a plan to add cables later if desired is always a good thing.

Generally, every bedroom should have a multi-media drop at each TV location. This should include 2 RG6 coaxial cables and 2 Cat-6 cables. I recommend each room also get one telephone and one network cable, both of which will be cat-6 cables.

For all audio locations, I would wire 14 gauge, 2 conductor cable (14/2) to each speaker location and wire it back to where the equipment will live. Since this is a one-level home, you don't have much in the way of 'extra' space available to put a equipment closet or a dedicated head-end location with racks and servers and other things, so you will need to figure out an area where the electronics that run everything can be. This space must be WELL VENTILATED (cool!) above all else. It should provide you easy access to the front and the back of the equipment if possible, and be large enough to accommodate new equipment that you may want/need.

For every room which has a pair of speakers, I would pull one cat-6 cable to a keypad location where you can put in a local control keypad for that room, as well, I would pull the speaker wire to that keypad first, then pull it up to the speaker locations so that on the 'cheap' side a volume control can be put in place, then later on a keypad for audio control can be added as desired.

I'm not sure if you are hiring someone to do this wiring and work, but it is certainly worth talking to a low-voltage specialist company to help you get this taken care of properly and to building code.
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