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Creating a Basement Home Theater Space

29 Jan Posted by in Blog | Comments
Creating a Basement Home Theater Space
 

If you are planning to create a dedicated home theater in your home, there are many things to think about in the design process.  For homeowners with basements, a below ground media room is definitely an option.  Many homeowners who have basement home theaters really feel like their media center is the perfect place to get away from the hub-bub of their daily life.  With that being said however, if you are in the planning stages of building a home theater in your basement, you will want to consider the following potential issues:

  • The size and shape of a home theater space will be a major decision in the beginning of the project. Many families want to use their basement as a multi-purpose area to be enjoyed by the whole family.  Often, the “family room” is built as an open area, which is not necessarily the best choice for setting up a home theater entertainment space.  With an open style home theater, it may be difficult to place equipment properly to optimize sight and sound.  Homeowners often find that acoustics are more easily controlled in a traditional rectangular space.  If an open space plan is chosen in the design phase, consider in-ceiling speakers for rear channels and surround sound to maximize the audio experience.
  • While newer homes typically do not have moisture issues, older home basements may have leaks. French drains, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers can often be used to resolve water/moisture issues. Hiring a contractor at the beginning of the project to help solve major issues will save time and money in the long run.
  • If tiered seating or ceiling mounted projectors are part of your dream home theater, be sure to check the ceiling height in the basement. Tiered seating arrangements may not be feasible if viewer’s heads would get in the way of the projector or too close to the ceiling.
  • Depending on your available space and expected audio and video equipment set-up, you may find that heating and air conditioning ductwork, exposed conduits or plumbing pipes may initially get in the way, especially when hanging the projector.  An equipment installation expert can help determine where a projector should be placed and if any ducts need to be moved.
  • Basement entry for setting your equipment up might be challenging, depending on ceiling height and the size of your flat panel TV or projection screen.
  • Lighting is a major component of designing a home theater.  The best lighting for a home theater should be placed where it is specifically needed, rather than directed towards the screen. While many home theater owners opt for recessed lighting, others find that sconces work very well.
  • Insulation is another issue, especially for containing heat in cold, wintry months.  Look for high quality insulation that is excellent for soundproofing.
  • Basement home theaters may experience a rather annoying issue – power fluctuations. Stabilizing the voltage is a key consideration when building a home theater. There are a number of products available that will help fix the voltage issue, thus ensuring the best performance of your home theater equipment.  Nothing is more frustrating than watching a favorite movie that dims every time a major appliance is used or your heating/air conditioning system starts up.

The home theater possibilities are abundant when homeowners use their basements as a media center.  The above referenced issues are important to consider, however, there are solutions available to create an extraordinary home entertainment center in the basement of your home.

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