Obviously, until you live in a space, it can be tough to know exactly what you want it to look like. But if you plan the layout of certain entertainment areas — speaker location, TV positioning, network requirements, etc. — it can help ensure the right wires are in the right places so that you’ll always have access to the necessary connections for your devices and equipment.
Powering your devices may seem as simple as finding the nearest outlet, but for many devices, wall-mounted TVs particularly, that can result in unsightly power cables mucking up what should be a clean, elegant space. With some foresight into where you will mount a TV or other device, you can put a recessed power supply in the wall to keep the cable out of sight and out of mind.
A proper network set-up is critical to any well-functioning smart home and should be treated as such. You’ll want your home internet to be fast, no matter where you are in the house. Wireless access points are one way to make this happen, but you’re better off with a hardwired connection for anything stationary that uses the internet. You can’t always know where you’ll need ethernet cable access, but if you have ethernet jacks installed in your walls, you give yourself the option to go hardwired at any given moment for a stable, interference-free connection.
With all of these considerations and solutions, you’ll still need a control center for all of your AV equipment. Where you choose to place your home’s AV rack(s) will dictate where the majority of your wiring is run to and from. With that in mind, it’s clear that picking a rack location before walls are constructed is the optimal process from a wiring standpoint.
There are many other small ways to streamline future home upgrades while in the construction phase, such as running fiber optic cable throughout your home to prepare for future home technologies that may need or use the extra bandwidth. For a consultation on how you can turn your building project into a finished home that’s future ready, speak with a member of the Blue Grass Home Entertainment team by calling 859-253-3454 or visit our showroom.