There’s a roaring fire, and then there’s a rocking fire. This recently complete fireplace installation doesn’t just add ambience to the master bedroom, it also adds audio and video features.
Instead of cluttering the bedroom, Silke Putscher, VP of marketing for eHome LLC, says the company decided to hide the A/V equipment inside the fireplace and the flat-panel box. “The homeowners have a very clean and contemporary decorating style and had a few specific requests,” Putscher says.
One thing, they wanted the fireplace to be its own design element; they did not want audio and video dominating the look. For that, they’ve got a nice 120-inch screen in a lower-level home theater.
A 42-inch Heat-N-Glo Escape fireplace fit the bill nicely, with a wood panel with horizontal grain. Since the ceiling design didn’t allow eHome to hide the TV, the Samsung LN-S 4695D was mounted with pride—and a look that matched the fireplace’s aluminum trim. “Some people may not like to show any equipment, but we feel that technology, if tastefully integrated with the overall design, does not distract,” Putscher says. “It is part of today’s lifestyle.”
To make sure things don’t get too heated in the bedroom, eHome needed to properly ventilate the fireplace. “This particular fireplace is interesting as it displays a large open face without ventilation,” he says. To make up for that, they needed to leave about 37 inches empty above the box. The entire installation took up 80 inches in height, 50 inches in width and 25 inches in depth, and since all of the A/V equipment was in that space, it had to be non-combustible. It was a tight squeeze, but the space limitation helped narrow down the equipment selection process.
Sound was something that they could go a bit wild with. The end result are speakers scattered throughout the room. The front speakers are in-walls and two surrounds are built into the interior soffit. The center-channel speaker is hidden slightly above the flat-panel TV, behind fabric in the fireplace cabinet. The subwoofer is the only piece that lingers, but it is tucked nicely behind a table in the sitting area.
If the occupants need some air, they won’t miss any of the action. The TV can also be viewed from a private deck.
Eight weeks, $22,000 and 50,000 BTUs later, this is one theater-style area that can boast true comfort. Sure, home theater seats are great, but there’s nothing like getting horizontal while enjoying entertainment.
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