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Monday, March 2, 2015

Crown & Surround

Not shortly after we (mostly) finished the backsplash, our order of crown molding showed up.  But before I talk about that, let me first step back and talk about whole home audio.

We had rejected the idea & cost of our Low-Level Voltage installation consultation.  If we had gone the route of requesting them to install things like speakers, cabling, etc it would have jacked up the price of our home tremendously.  It wasn't until I visited a friend's home that did have in-ceiling speakers installed that I started to see how nice that feature really is.  I got envious ;)

How does one install in-ceiling speakers after the fact?  The answer is... crown!

Much like I had done in the Sitting Room, where I was able to run wire from one place to another to wire-up recessed LED lights, I was able to use the same technique to run 14 gauge wire from the Dining Room, the Kitchen, and the Family Room to the basement, then hide it all using crown molding.

In total, I installed 8 ceiling speakers across 3 zones.  Four speakers in the main zone (Family Room), two speakers in second zone (Kitchen), and two speakers in the third zone (Dining Room).  All of these wires travel down the outside corner of the bulkhead to a hole I punched in the wall near the fireplace.

Wiring from the Dining Room was a challenge.  I was able to fish the wires over the HVAC inside the bulkhead to come out into the Kitchen.

The fireplace is just to the right and down.  To the left is my office.

We painted the ceilings a light gray to compliment the dark gray walls.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics of the crown.  I will upload those later.

Updated: photo at the top.

A note about home audio... generally I see most home audio controlled zones using a remote, or IR transmitters and receivers.  I can't say this is a favorable option, especially since many audio receivers are now network ready.  Rather than keep track of a remote you rarely use, it is better to just download an app to your android, or iOS and control your audio that way.  Between tablets and phones, any of us in our household can queue up music, and specify where they want to listen to it.



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