I’m moving… a few days beyond this time next month, I will be in a new house. So, basically everything I’ve spent the last few years doing in my current home will be undone, ripped out and ruined. Oh joy. With that, comes a whole lot of nothing to write about here since there will be no movies watched, no upgrades, no projects – no NOTHING.
On the other hand, after everything is moved, I will have TONS TO DO! The new house needs to be wired for Ethernet, speakers, TVs must be mounted, in-wall speakers need to be installed, etc.
The house we’re moving to is literally right next door…currently my mother-in-law’s home. The house is too big for her to manage and is a better fit for us with 3 kids. It’s no bigger or anything like that, it’s just laid out better as far as bedrooms go. Anyway, I will be starting over.
Despite all the work that is going to be involved, I will get another chance to do things differently this time around since I’ve learned quite a bit from what I’ve already done. I can’t say the outcome will be much different, but it will be easier this time around and I will be sharing it all – every step of the way. Right now, this is what I have planned:
- The new house has a basement similar to ours with one important difference – an additional small finished room, which will be perfect for my new server/network closet. I will probably do this one the right way and install a nice punch panel and reversible fan/exhaust duct with automatic thermostat control to pull out hot air in the summer and supply cool air in the winter. That also leaves the large finished room empty – future home theater room!
- Five bedrooms (four upstairs and master on main) will get Ethernet.
- Great room above garage has already been outfitted with laundry hookups will also be office. No more playroom (woo!). So, that one will need to be wired in.
- Living room is getting in-wall/in-ceiling surrounds. I decided to stay with my Polk fronts and center since they are actually nice looking and better quality speakers than the in-wall options. I’m also getting an Onkyo HT-RC260 receiver instead of the TX-SR608 I was originally planning on. It’s a lot less in cost and I don’t really lose anything other than THX certification. I’ll also have to wire it in for Ethernet.
- The master bedroom will get the Onkyo HT-SR800 that is currently in my living room so I can move to true 7.1 surround (back surrounds are currently wired in series to a single output). I’ll have to re-install all those in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, plus figure out where all the components are going to go (the closet is much further away than the wall I will be mounting the TV to this time).
That is just a brief initial list of my “to do” list. There is plenty more that goes unmentioned, but still important. All of this will probably begin kickoff in a couple of weeks, so I will be sure to document it in some sort of “wiring your home” series. Be on the lookout for it!