There's nothing like experiencing your favorite movie on the big screen as the sound engulfs you and brings the movie to life. Bringing the art of cinema to your home can soon be more than a dream. Your home theater should provide two things, high quality video and immersive audio in the privacy of your own home. Home theater options have become more affordable throughout the years and we're here to help show you how.
From the open room with a screen concept to a dedicated home theater room, the options are endless. Whether you're considering converting an existing room or building a new room for your home theater, space is key. You will need to consider the amount of space you have to work with which will dictate the size of screen and seating arrangement to provide you with that theater like experience. The location of your audio / video equipment and how much natural light coming in will as well play an important role in the overall design.
For a genuine home theater experience, you will need to be prepared for the construction process. There are many trades involved in making your dreams a reality. The core of your home theater is your screen, with the addition of your projector and audio equipment. To have that finished look, wires will be run in the wall, drywall will be repaired, lighting will need to be addressed, painting will be completed, floor coverings will be installed and any additional details that make it your own like curtains or soffit lighting to give it that personal touch will be completed.
How much space do I need? How much room between my screen and my seats for optimum viewing? How far should my speakers be apart? In-wall or floor standing speakers? These are all important questions. As important as the equipment you're installing, the layout and installation itself are equally important. Imagine enjoying dinner and a movie any time you want to. We can help turn those dreams into a reality. Let us bring the theater experience home.
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For those serious about true home theater construction, the shape of your room begins to take center stage. While the shape is directly tied to the size of the theater, size of your theater is usually determined by your screen. Shape, then, determines your acoustics. If you need more information about theater and screen sizes, be sure to read our article which helps you with that.
Before throwing a screen in a room and calling it a “theater”, there are many aspects to consider when building one correctly. Sometimes you have to make-do with existing room sizes and shapes. Other times, such as when designing and finishing a basement from scratch, you can take a dedicated approach and really perfect the home theater experience. In this article we’ll focus on the optimal room size from your new home theater.
There’s two significantly different ways to approach a home theater build; new construction from scratch, or converting an existing room within your home into a dedicated theater. Building from scratch obviously allows you to take every detail into consideration, whereas converting an existing room is all about optimizing the space you have available. Both can yield some pretty spectacular results, leagues above a typical home entertainment system found in most family rooms.
Having a home theater is a simple enough idea, one might say. However, what does it take to make that dream become a reality? The truth is, there is no short answer. A home theater can be as simple as adding some A/V equipment in your living room, to remodeling an entire basement to look like the movie theater of your dreams.
So, what are the most important things when considering your own home theater? We at Alpine Contracting want to help make your home movie experience fit your lifestyle and needs.