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Dramatic media room ... above a garage!

Most people use the second story of a garage for mundane purposes like storage, or maybe a home office or "in-laws" suite. But when the owner of this house decided to renovate his home, he decided to turn the extra space above the garage into a high-octane media room. The results are breathtaking.

Making the most of the space

As the second story under a gabled roof, the room's ceilings are pitched along the left and right side, providing a raised ceiling area along the middle of the room -- ideal for mounting the video projection unit and constructing a soffit to conceal the motorized screen.



Windows along the front, back and left walls proved more of a challenge. We installed BTX motorized wooden roman shades on all the windows and controlled them with the AMX automation system, and provided buttons for them on the wireless touchpanel. This allows the homeowner to go from sunlight to no light in about 10 seconds. In the front right corner of the room, an existing alcove provided a perfect spot to house all audio-video components. The size of the alcove and the rack we provided, allowed for easy installation, service and the addition of new equipment in the future. We constructed a raised platform on the floor in the rear of the room, to provide stadium-like seating for viewers, who relax in big, comfortable upholstered chairs, or the centered love seat.
  Creating a dazzling system from a tarnished one....

Before the creation of this media room, the homeowner had whole-house audio and phone systems installed by others. Neither worked very well. A friend referred us, and we fixed both systems ... and instilled confidence that we would design an amazing home theater.

The system is backboned by the AMX touchpanel system, which enables one-touch control of all audio and video components and lighting, including the automatic shades. The homeowner can select a "movie" scene, which will lower the screen and the shades, dim the lights to an ideal level for movie viewing, and ready the audio-video system. A Runco HDTV front projection unit is connected to a Pioneer DVD and Marantz S-VHS for recorded material. A Sony Digital Satellite System provides the primary video feed. The audiophile grade processor from Acurus is coupled to five amplifier channels of 200 watts. An Atlantic Technology 450 THX® speaker system (front left, center channel, front right, two rear satellites and a 400 watt powered subwoofer) shakes the room during action films and enunciates the "sweet nothings" whispered during romance movies

For the finishing touch we added a Lutron Graphik Eye lighting control system which gives the homeowner convenient scenes to automatically light the room for movies, conversation, parties or other situations.

The end result is a room with a "view" to "die for" ... if we could steal a few puns!


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