Recently we've been working on a few built ins in a home in Tampa. The owners were looking for a few different things such as a built in desk, mud room cubbies for the kids to drop their backpacks and such, some built in laundry room cabinets, and this large built in entertainment system. We typically work off of sketches for the overall design that the clients approve of.
On this particular piece we've been working hand in hand with the guys at Simplified AV, an AV installation and service company in Tampa. They'll be installing the AV racks and television. As with most entertainment systems air movement is paramount to keep the equipment from over heating. With the help of the AV guys we came up with a design that would allow for plenty of air movement as well as keeping the built in attractive.
In order to keep the vents and fans needed to move the air through the AV racks hidden, we decided to go with a "false back" behind the tv, which basically leaves a void between the built in back and the existing wall. With this, the AV guys are able to install their fans on the inside of the cabinet and pull the hot air into the void. The vents will be installed in the bottom of the cabinets, keeping them hidden.
We'll post a shot of this built in entertainment system once we're finished, but we're really enjoying the overall progress on this one.