If you’re a developer looking to add value to your new build homes or a homeowner building an extension, renovation or new-build home, then having a set of ceiling speakers installed is a great addition. They offer a discreet and high-quality audio experience and are sure to boost the salability of your home should you wish to sell in the future.
There are many different ways of prewiring a property for speaker systems, but it’s important to choose the right method so that you or the next homeowner can fit any speaker system you might want to install in the future. Taking a few extra minutes to follow the right methods will ensure that you’re ready for any kind of audio setup you might want in the future and that your house is properly wired to handle it.
Firstly, be sure to turn off the power in any areas that you’ll be working on to avoid electrical shock. Once you’ve done that, drill a pilot hole in each of your desired speaker locations to check they are free of obstructions. It’s also a good idea to use a wire coat hanger as an exploratory tool (as shown in the picture above), hooking it around your ceiling to feel and find any pipes, electrical wires or other potential obstructions.
Once you’ve confirmed that your location is free of obstructions, cut out the final opening with a drywall saw. Remember that cutting into drywall and plaster creates a lot of dust, so it’s best to cover any furniture in the area you’re working to protect it.