Wednesday, 23 November 2005


Where's my Lounge gone? yup the kitchen units have arrived and they had to go somewhere!
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Monday, 21 November 2005

Wiring in the new kitchen

Wiring in new kitchen
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Walls going up

The walls are going up on the new extension.
Note the big (almost) square hole in the foreground is the 'wine cellar' or 'gimp hole'. So if Ethan misbehaves we'll be putting him in there (only joking grand parents!). Actually I wouldn't trust him with all that wine...

Note its only a square hole - no steps leading down to secret bunker! Just enough room for two racks of wine with a trap door above.
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

New kitchen door

New kitchen door (through to hall way)
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Stud wall and LCD wiring

This is the stud wall in the new kitchen.

Notice the large bundle of wires going through a hole in it!

Thanks for Dave's help in getting these through (a hole in the 1935 brick work below).

Also put in a 'noggin' to support the LCD at the right height.

For those that are interested the cables are:
2x1 Digital Coax.
1x2 Analogue Stereo Audio.
1x3 Progressive Component Video.
1 Aerial,
1 DVI,

Notice I forgot the mains cable which caused me some bother later...
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Current hallway

This wall will have to be knocked through to allow access to new kitchen from hall
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Old Kitchen

This is the old kitchen - back door will be bricked up and new cloakroom installed plus utility room area with storage and washing machine/tumble dryer
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

New plan

This is the plan for the new layout and extension
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

This is the existing floor plan

Existing floor plan
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

New LCD and AV Equip

Here's the new Philips 37PF9830 (on the motorised stand it comes with).

Still not on the wall yet (the new stud wall behind needs plastering first).

Also shown:

Denon AVC A11XV A/V amp (bottom),
Denon TU-1800DAB tuner,
Sony RDR HXD910 Freeview/HDD/DVD writer.

You can also see my old (Gale) speakers. I'm hoping to replace these with a pair of B&W 805s

But I've also just seen the B&W XT Series - so maybe I should look at XT4?

(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Friday, 11 November 2005

Temporary set-up before it goes on the wall
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Lots of wires vanishing down hole

AVC-A11XV wiring (going underneath the floor)
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Back to the LCD wiring
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Ambilight on the Philips 37PF9830
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

Thursday, 3 November 2005

Garden is looking nice...

Wow, the builders found our long lost path when they were digging the foundations for our new extension! Maybe it was a bit extreme to not do any gardening for the past 3 years because we kept thinking 'what's the point? we're going to have an extension built soon.....'
(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004