project of the week
it's good to be getting things done.
mom is back to help. here she is applying stain to a giant and heavy walnut plywood panel.
in wall speakers
painted and aluminum trim applied.
there are several reasons for this drop down box.
#1 this brings the light fixture down to 30 inches above the dining table. the dining area is now a bit more intimate and defined.
#2 sound abatement, we have had a real problem with sound traveling from the kitchen to the master suite. a person in the kitchen could whisper and be heard in the master suite. I have some acoustic panels that are made from 100% recycled paper on order. they should go on the sides next week. already we have noted an improvement. it is especially apparent while eating at the table. casual conversation used to boom and echo. now, not so much. my mom got a call on her cell phone last night while we were eating. she turned to the side and faced the living room and we could really hear how much louder she became.
#3 the in wall speakers rock! we've had the stereo (for playing music) on the second floor landing but the echo situation has just caused any music played to become annoying. I've moved the stereo system to the media room (it's a separate system from the home theater) and fished wire through the ceiling over the kitchen.
so tuesday I had just finished connecting the speaker wires to the stereo receiver and ran to pick my daughter up from school. often I catch the first few minutes of FRESH AIR and miss the rest of the show or sit in the car to listen. no more! terry's guests were mick jones (clash/big audio dynamite) and tony james (generation X/sigue sigue sputnik). I was able to listen to the show while I made dinner and my son and my mom watched star wars III in the media room. HOORAY for aging punk rockers and making dinner!
some action shots of last weeks project
next week I'll be working in the media room. we recently did an equipment upgrade that had a trickle down effect. prompted by the acquisition of some magnepan speakers.