From Playroom to Theater Retreat

The Home Theaters by Design project was a renovation to a lower-level playroom of their client's home. 5/07/2007 8:00 AM Eastern

From Playroom to Theater Retreat

May 7, 2007 12:00 PM

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The following information is courtesy of the 2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit or call (800) 669-5329.

2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers' Awards: Large Home Theater
Gold Technical Design, Level III ($125,000-140,000)

Home Theaters by Design

The Home Theaters by Design project was a renovation to a lower-level playroom of their client's home. The Home Theaters by Design team is proud of the fact that all phases of the design, installation, and construction were completed by their company. All acoustical design and treatment, including all of the trim and millwork, were done inhouse. They worked very closely with the clients to design the room to meet their specific needs and tastes.

The one area that presented a challenge was the room's entrance. Home Theaters by Design felt it needed to be moved to a different wall to allow for better entry in and out of the room. By doing this, the team was able to create an equipment room behind the theater, and a better flow of traffic. They also paid special attention to the ceiling and lighting design for this space, and constructed a coffered ceiling to add an architectural detail to the room complete with acoustical treatments designed behind the ceiling medallions to help control the acoustics. The surround speakers were placed behind the acoustical panels to allow them to be placed properly with minimal intrusion into the room's decor. The control system operates a multi-zone lighting control complete with motion sensor as well as the room's electronic equipment.

The room was calibrated to THX audio specification using a Sencore SPL meter. Two HVAC inlet vents were used two allow a steady stream of air, minimizing the noise that a single vent with the same airflow would have yielded.

The video system was calibrated to ISF standards for one memory setting, as well as a client preference for a second memory setting. ISF calibration was done using the Sencore test equipment as well.

Equipment list

  • 1 Aerial Acoustics System 1 speaker system
  • 8 Continental Seating Bravo! Harlowe theater seats
  • 1 Crestron ST-CP2PAK-C17 control system
  • 1 Crestron CLS-C6M lighting control
  • 1 Escient Fireball DVDM-100 DVD and music manager
  • 1 Hughes HR10-250 satellite receiver with TiVo
  • 1 Marantz DV6500 DVD/SACD player
  • 1 McIntosh MX119 audio/video control center
  • 1 McIntosh MC207 amplifier
  • 1 Middle Atlantic Products ERK rack assembly
  • 1 Monster Cables HTS 5100 MKII PowerCenter
  • 1 Sim2 C3X projector
  • 1 Sony DVP-CX777ES/B DVD/SACD/CD changer
  • 1 Stewart Filmscreen SNDQ110HGHRS screen
  • 4 Triad Bronze/4 in-wall surround speakers
  • 1 Tributaries Cable Silver series cable system

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 4
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 12
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 6
    Project Management: 24
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 16
    Trim-out: 24
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 6
    Programming: 16
    Final Installation and Calibration: 16
    Client Instruction: 4
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 40
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0
    Project Management by Others: 1
    Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 160
    Total Hours to Complete: 329

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