As we increasingly have more and more options for home entertainment as new technology becomes more affordable, combined with the fact that Adelaide homes are getting larger at the expense of gardens and other outdoor spaces, creating a home theatre has become an ever more popular lifestyle choice.
Whether it’s adding a new extension to create a home cinema, or renovating an existing space to turn it into a multi-purpose media room, we can help you to plan and design a home theatre that’s right for you and your family.
Many Adelaide homeowners have taken the opportunity when building a home extension to create a home cinema — a dedicated space given over to streaming and watching movies, playing games, and other forms of electronic entertainment. These work best as a separate room where you can create the ideal environment for viewing, and there are many design features to consider when it comes to creating your own home cinema.
For instance, you might want to go the whole way and install a projector and motorised screen, along with ceiling and wall speakers to get the full surround sound effect. If this is the case, it’s important to factor these elements in during the design stage of your project. Allowing for a sufficiently large screen, and being able to position it at the right height and angle for maximum viewing comfort is essential, and you also need to factor in the distance from the screen your projector needs to be to obtain a crisp, clear image.
Lighting is also especially important. If you decide to go for the full cinema effect and install a projector system, for instance, you will want the room to be as dark as possible, and so in the design of your home extension you might consider only including a small window or skylight that, if possible, is not in direct sunlight. This will avoid there being annoying glare on the screen and create a more cinematic feel, especially during the day. The choice of wall colour can also have an effect, and so essentially the darker you go, the better.
You might also want all of the lighting in the room to be able to be controlled from the one place, ideally a remote control, and have dimmer capabilities. This is why planning ahead as to the style and positioning of your lighting is so important, as it’s best if any special wiring required for this purpose can be accommodated during the building phase, rather than retrospectively.
Wiring is also important if you want to make cinematic surround sound a feature, with speakers located around the space and/or in the ceiling. For this to be effective and efficient, the number of speakers and where they are to be situated needs to be considered in advance so that the appropriate cabling and wiring can be put in place during the build.
Allied to this is the question of sound insulation. There’s no point having an elaborate, cinema style sound system if you can’t use it to its full potential for fear of disturbing the rest of the house or the neighbours. If you are contemplating a home cinema extension, then sound absorbing wall insulation is essential so that you can enjoy maximum volume with minimal disturbance to others. Wall-to-wall carpet will also help in this regard, as will installing only small windows and solid doors.
Some Adelaide cinema fanatics even go as far as to install theatre-style tiered or raised seating to ensure that everyone in their home cinema gets the best possible view. If this is the effect you are after, this naturally needs to be incorporated during the design stage as it will present some unusual challenges during the building of your extension or when renovating the space.
You might also want to consider including a space for a fridge or mini bar, to make sure you and your guests don’t have to go too far to stay stocked up on snacks and drinks.
For many families, having an entire space dedicated to watching movies and TV or playing games might be impractical, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a multi-purpose media room to make the experience of coming together to enjoy your favourite films and shows more enjoyable.
The main difference between these two types of home theatre spaces is that, regardless of whether it is a new extension or a renovation, a media room will likely double as one of the main living and entertainment areas in your home, and so the design requirements will be different.
Nevertheless, the typical Adelaide home media room will include features such as a large, flat screen TV (maybe wall mounted), a high quality sound system and a variety of comfortable seating options, enough to accommodate both the family and guests when you entertain. The key is flexibility, however, as there will be times when you want to use the room for other purposes, and so a versatile, well thought-out design is essential.
This versatility will be evident in the use of both artificial and natural light, for instance. While you want a home cinema to be as dark as possible, a multi-purpose media room will more likely be used in different ways, and so needs to be designed to allow natural light in when desired, but also to block out light when necessary.
Similarly, the screen will not always be the focus in your home theatre media room, as you will use the space for a variety of purposes, and so it needs to be set up so that you have greater flexibility when it comes to arranging furniture, and other fixtures and fittings.
Your design and decor aims will also be different with a media room when compared to a dedicated home cinema. While the latter is a stand alone feature, a media room located in a main living area will need to be decorated in such a way that it’s compatible with and complements the design and style of the rest of your home.
As specialist Adelaide home renovation and extension builders, we can help you design and create your own home theatre space. Whether you’re looking to create a whole new home cinema experience, or want to renovate an existing space into a versatile media room, we have the experience and expertise to turn your vision into reality. Call us on (08) 8281 6010 or email Gavan at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what Builders At Your Service can do for you.