This project design consists on remodeling the existing fireplace positioned in the main living area of the house.
The main idea of the proposed design is to create a clean, modern and attractive fireplace, that will lit the living room area. To achieve this objective, the solution given is achieved through the following points:
1. The main challenge of the design is positioning a 55" TV above the fireplace, as near as possible, in the safest manner. For a television and its accompanying electronic devices to stay as fully functional as possible, they need to be protected from excessive heat at all times. Minimizing heat exposure of the fireplace is achieved by adding a stainless frame 6" wide around the fireplace. In addition, a non-combustile mantel shelf (8" wide, 2" thick) above the fireplace helps to direct heat away from the wall. Moreover the place where the TV will be installed will be 4" inside the wall. There is about a 2" open perimeter around the TV for ventilation and access to back.
2. Positioning the TV in a comfortable height avoiding neck strain. The higher level of the television may be excellent from a space-saving perspective, but it can have a few unintended side effects, including uncomfortable viewing conditions for its owners. This is achieved by hanging the television as low as possible, so that viewers do not have to crane their necks to watch. However, to facilitate viewing the TV, full-motion mount is proposed to be used for TV wall mounted that allows the set to pivot toward the audience, creating a much friendlier angle.
3. Creating a clean look without building shelving units around it. All the TV accessories (DVR, DVD, AV receiver, PlayStation, cable box etc. will be placed in a rack inside of a near by closet that could be one the closets placed on the right of the fireplace. This can be achieved by adding an universal remote with an RF signal which will allow you to operate your components wirelessly. This will allow to store all the components in a different location and still be able to operate the TV and other components from your viewing spot.
4. Materials used in this design are eldorado stone grey color, white lacquer and clear finished figured maple veneers and solids. This is a very comfortable, relaxing finishes to live with.
The design of the fireplace remodel is developed into three different options. The first option consists on remodeling the fireplace but not making changes to the existing structure. The second option proposes a free shelf fireplace. The existing place for storing the woods is closed. The third option given proposes to position the fireplace and the TV in the center of the structure. These options are detailed in the following layouts.
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