Originally Posted by GatorMike
I'm not laughing at your picture, but it's funny because that's exactly how I got started on my project, I made a somewhat large hole in my wall to see what was back there. I just kept cutting.
Eventually what I did was to remove the entire drywall from the mantle up to the ceiling, removed the mantle, removed the bricks. I reworked the studs to be 16" on center so I could have good support for the plasma mount. Then I ran 2" conduit from the attic down. Is that an outside wall? The insulation is confusing if not (but of course I live in Florida so generally only the outside walls are insulated, maybe it's different up north).
Anyway, my point is that maybe you don't want to give up just yet. I ended up putting some built-ins on either side of my fireplace for components and tiled the fireplace (instead of the brick). Looks much nicer and probably added some value to my home. The last piece is yet to come, the plasma, but soon...
You didn't mention what the rest of the room looks like. In my case the fireplace is the center of the room so having the TV anywhere else did not make sense. Maybe in your room having it on a different wall will look good and ease the wiring.
Feel free to laugh. You absolutely right - it started as a small hole, but then i just had to see what's there .... then if it's any better on another side ...
I am in middle of similar project - that started when i decided to save 400$ on a second HDTV tivo and that turned out into whole house automation\\audio&video distribution system - i already spend 3000$ and going to spend 5000$ on equpment.... I can't really see the savings anymore...
For some reason i don't want build-ins in there. I got high ceiling in that room and i was thinking about running a crown molding about 5-10 inches below ceiling - to hide wiring for plasma, and put a rope lightning on the crown molding (facing ceiling) - that can be a nice background light to watch TV with.
Below is my floor plan - i got optional fireplace and morning room. This is outside wall, but because i am not in Florida
- i am afraid if I'll mess with insulation - I'll have snow falling into my family room
Stop over the fireplace is perfect cause it allows for correct 7.1 sound placement and i thought about putting an island between kitchen and family room so i can eat on it and watch the TV.
I decided to get a swing mount and put plasma on a garage wall - it be OK - if i wouldn't like it - I'll go back to plan A (but i need to finish basement first)
Hight res - http://images14.fotki.com/v249/fileJ...1/P1050318.jpg