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How to Treat a TV Washington DC

The male and female species are wildly different in how they communicate, how they interpret a conversation—and how they watch television. "He's the channel surfer," says Debbie of her husband Robert, a former music industry executive. "He's constantly moving, so we end up watching TV in different locations." Debbie's TV-viewing habits involve watching several TV shows simultaneously. If she wan...

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How to Treat a TV

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October 1, 2007 By B.A. Hoffman

The male and female species are wildly different in how they communicate, how they interpret a conversation—and how they watch television. "He's the channel surfer," says Debbie of her husband Robert, a former music industry executive. "He's constantly moving, so we end up watching TV in different locations." Debbie's TV-viewing habits involve watching several TV shows simultaneously. If she wanders from her office into another room, she likes to stay tuned to the programs that are playing in her office. "It's hard for me to sit and just watch TV," she says.

Ah, the battle of the sexes, and the battle for control of the remote control, can drive significant others crazy—or it can drive them to design a home that accommodates how they watch TV.

Such is the case of this 3,400-square-foot San Diego home that overlooks San Diego Bay to the west, Mexico to the south and the Laguna Mountains to the east. While the couple did not completely base the design of their downtown penthouse around their love of TV, placement and recording options were high on their priority list. "She doesn't watch anything real time, but I watch television real time," says Robert, who retreats to the living room to take in his favorite shows and films.

"I'll put on a movie that I've seen 10 times, and it will be playing on every TV in the house," says Debbie, whose office, Viewing Central, is home to four his-and-hers high-definition DVRs, a VCR, a DVD player, and the rest of the home's A/V equipment. "Or I'll watch football while I watch two news channels." Revel Performa Series bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer form the foundation for the sound system in Debbie's office.

Luckily, the homeowners have similar design sensibilities, which means every TV must be treated like a piece of fine art. "We don't mind the appearance of a TV, but it has to be beautifully encased," Debbie says. "We love technology, but we also love fine furniture."

When the couple embarked on a four-year design and construction journey to build their dream home, making the most of the stellar views of downtown San Diego and the bay was paramount. "We gutted the house and created a situation where every room looks outside at least 180 degrees," Robert says. In essence, the couple turned the three-bedroom home into a one-bedroom residence with a spacious office. "We opened up all the spaces," Robert says. Removing most of the interior walls to accommodate the stunning views created problems, however. "When it comes to TVs," Robert continues, "you have to allow for some walls on the inside. We had to make sure we had the right size equipment for the remaining walls." As a result, the homeowners and their interior designer created custom built-ins for every TV so they integrate into the walls.

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