Our homes are our haven. Now with many working from home, homeschooling, and avoiding public dense venues for the time being, the home theatre may take a new rise!
Up until now, the home theatre was often thought of as a single use space, one dedicated to media only. However, if properly designed and executed, the home theatre does not need to be a dedicated single-use space, but rather it can be a space to experience music, gaming, television, movies, family skits, plays, work presentations and Zoom meetings and even sleep overs. These activities can be experienced precisely as they are intended to be experienced with the proper sound, acoustics, product selection, ergonomic furnishings, smart shades and comfort amenities. The reward of designing a well-designed home theatre is owning a space where family and friends are inspired to gather and look forward to spending quality time creating special memories together. Wouldn’t you love to have a space that everyone looks forward to coming to?
Of all the spaces in the home, the home theatre is one of the spaces that requires the most planning and details. Many homeowners think that the design of the home theatre can wait until after their home is built or wait until later in their project after they know more about how they may use their theatre space. However, this space needs to be considered first, at the same time as the architectural development phase, early in the planning process, prior to any permits or construction. Technology and early planning are vital components to the design of a home theater.
PLAN EARLY. PLAN WELL.
Many home theatres include tiered seating to allow for better traffic patterns and provide better sightline capabilities for everyone to enjoy the screen. Powered smart shades add black out capabilities so the image quality can be fully enjoyed. Dedicated equipment rooms and mechanical systems are essential to the operation of the systems. If these specifics are not planned into the architectural plans, many of these options and necessities will not be available once the foundation is poured. Excavating for tiered seating or seating platforms, or adding a dedicated mechanical and electrical room cannot be easily corrected after-the-fact without HUGE time and cost ramifications. In many cases, these changes cannot be corrected at all. The cost to renovate the space or the cost of missed opportunities are far too great.
IT’S A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT:
We believe designing a home is a collaborative effort, especially when designing a home theatre. The integration of all team members is critical. The importance of creating balanced acoustics, properly engineered mechanical systems, advanced electrical performance, proper structural components and superior product comes from our professional team of experts in home theatre/audio/video needs. The architect, home audio/video specialist, interior designer and homeowner ALL need to be involved together from the start. We rely on all of these specialists to advise our clients on their choices, inform them of impact as well as partnering with the builder to provide construction costs and manage the home integration systems.
Once all the structural, mechanical and electrical systems are developed, Dana Foster Interiors works with you and the audio video team to develop the aesthetic details and ensure proper acoustic value. We help design and select the appropriate flooring, wall covering, ceiling treatments, light fixtures, acoustical textiles, ergonomic furnishings, and powered shades and more.
We hope we have inspired you to think about your own home(s) or dream about your next home(s).
Reach out to us to assist you with your own home theatre journey, new build and/or renovation needs! We are committed to uncompromising dedication to quality, integrity and excellence.
KEEP IN TOUCH! WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!