The calm before the storm.

By | May 3, 2011

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!

4 thoughts on “The calm before the storm.

  1. Ken

    I have a similar setup in my basement. There is a finished room there which is the media/play room for the kids. It has a fold-out couch, wall mount tv and in-wall speakers. my next plan is to mount the electronics on the other side of the wall as the studs are exposed in the basement.

    have fun getting everything setup, should be an adventure!

  2. Mike Garcen

    Sounds like a lot of work, but a lot of fun. But going to miss the movie reviews in the meantime, boo! :-P


  3. Jamie

    Good luck with the move mate.. Sounds like you have a few adventures planned ahead :)


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