Anyone can litter their room with speakers, seats, and a large television/media set and call it a “home theater”, but it takes real work to actually capture the look and feel of a cinema and condense it for a private residence. If you are a building contractor and your client asks you to build a home theater for him or her, you will need to do more than just make space for it. Here are some basic home theater building pointers to take note of as you progress through your project:
Acoustical Properties of the Room
This is perhaps the most important aspect of any home theater, aside from the actual video/media equipment to be used. A home theater needs to have the proper acoustics to better reverberate the system’s sound. Moreover, the theater needs to be properly soundproofed so the sound is isolated from the rest of the house and the neighbors. You will need to take measures that contain the sound within the room while enhancing the experience within.
No home theater is complete without proper seats and/or chairs for users to relax on. It may be easy to go with whatever chairs your clients may ask for, but you have to be wary of where the audience sits in relation to the screen and speakers. The number of seats needed may also affect how they should be positioned, and where; considerations for visibility and comfort must be made.
While you are supposed to make sure that the home theater is effectively soundproofed, you still need to be mindful of ventilation. The space needs to be breathable, and should be properly linked with forced-air HVAC systems, if any. Clients may ask for other related features (i.e., thermostats) to be installed with their home theaters, and they have to be considered as well.
Mounting and Elevating Components
If your client prefers a projector-type home theater, you might have to make a proper mount for the hardware. Similarly, if the home theater will have multiple rows of seats one after the other, you will need to consider some elevation to ensure viewer visibility. You cannot just create mounts or platforms without bearing in mind the distance of the fixture from the screen—especially in the case of whatever you will mount the projector on.
For those serious about capturing an authentic cinema house feel, the finishes are everything. Isolated lighting, fancy heavy curtains, beautiful wall décor, and even luxurious seating accommodations—clients will no doubt ask for such things to make their home theaters truly their own. You might actually need outside help for the finishes, especially if you cannot directly source some of the materials and supplies your client needs.
Constructing a home theater is by no means an easy task, and your construction company may not even be properly equipped to take on the task. Fortunately, you have the option to call on Cinergy Construction who specializes in home theaters for professional help. Never forget that expert home theater building support is always just a phone call away.