Among the most challenging dilemmas for customers: what size TV to have. Men simply want them bigger, no surprise there. But as a designer, my job is to get things right. Holding a tape measure works for some. Making drawings to scale works for others, but sometimes, you simply have to mock it up full size to tell. The AV guy and I both knew that a 65" TV was just too big for the space, but it wasn't until we made a life-size mock-up that the client said: "Oh that's one big TV."
We are planning on re-doing the fireplace so that we can wall mount the TV, giving a better viewing angle. With a fire place, there are all kinds of code considerations, which I won't go into because it's oh-so-technical, so instead, here are the mock-ups.
Purists out there, don't fret. The fire place that we are taking down is not original; it just looks it. It's a zero-clearance fire place (meaning there's no brick fire place behind, it's a gas engine built into the wall)