After owning a digital then an upright piano, I am now considering the possibility of acquiring a baby grand piano (166 cm / 5'5" according to the manufacturer's website). But since a grand is, well, grand, I will no longer be able to stuff it inside a tiny room with relatively controlled environment anymore. As such, I am now considering the possibilities of having it in the living room.
The following is an approximation of how I would like to have it positioned:
- The hole at the top is how you reach the living room/kitchen area. There is no door.
- The living room is exposed to the kitchen, so I tried keeping the piano as far as possible to limit exposure to cooking.
- The heat pump unit can generate heat for winter and work as an air conditioner for summer.
- The windows at the bottom are located south, and on morning, you can see the sun reaching directly into the living room from there. I plan to add movable divider panels for that effect.
- Neighbourhood is not a problem.
The way I see it, that looks like an optimal place to put the piano, since it will be far enough from the kitchen and will not be directly exposed to the heat pump. Plus, on an acoustic point of view, the sound will be projected directly throughout the entire room.
However, it is relatively close to the 2 windows (as insulated as they are, they are still windows, which can let cold air in during winter), which also lets the sun in during the morning. The dividers might mitigate the problem a bit, but only slightly.
Given the available space, is there a way I can optimise the acoustic while also protecting it from the sun, the kitchen, the heat pump and the windows drafts?