Cleveland - I preach it over and over to architects and interior designers. The design of the audio, video and home integration system needs to be in place at the start of the project. I won't say it's as critical as lighting or HVAC but when it becomes an afterthought compromises are made. The results can be, well, less than pleasing.
The worst is when I get a call from a home owner who's doing some sort of project, be it a remodel, an addition or even a new home. He wants to add AV and needs it pre-wired. He tells me the drywall is going up next week. I cringe.
I don't expect the home owner to be an expert on construction but where was the general contractor's head at. Or maybe there was an architect or interior designer involved. Why hadn't anyone discussed this with him in the planning stages?
Take a look at this story from CE Pro, Architectural Horror Stories: Technology Assumptions Gone Haywire. Read about the nightmares this custom integration company has faced in the past. Every one of us in the business has similar stories of woe.
I like the first sentence of the solution to avoiding the problem. "Engage a design-minded custom audio/video installation company for preliminary low-voltage design only. Make sure they speak the design language of architects and interior designers." The company I work for, K+ Integration Systems, has a sister company, a custom home builder. We work closely with architects, interior designers, and every trade on the job. You'd be hard pressed to find someone here in Cleveland more versed in the their language.
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