Dramatic Basement Theater Conversion

Re-purposing spaces into bespoke, high performance theaters is kinda becoming our thing. So, when new clients recently approached us and asked us how we might re-imagine their playroom into a dedicated home theater, we had some ideas.

The space has some challenges that had to be overcome, though. It was this amazing, fun place for young kids, so the walls and carpet were colorful, bold and bright. There was built-in furniture for books, TV and toys. Sheetrock would need to be cut in order to run the cable necessary for the speakers, projector and new sconces. Lastly, the space was cozy, but we needed to be able to seat at least 6 people.

The LED lighting can be customized to any color whether a soothing blue or the owner's college game day colors.

Working with the client on the design of the room, we decided first on a darker color pallet. Then we were able to create a geometric design with acoustic panels that created an interesting look and also served to absorb some of the audio reflections off of the side and back walls.

The client wanted a great sounding theater so we designed a Dolby 7.2.1 Atmos system. This system is comprised of 3 front speakers, 2 side speakers, 2 rear speakers, 2 presence speakers in the ceiling, and 1 subwoofer. We used full range speakers that accurately reproduce the highs and lows of each channel. Special features of these speakers are the fully enclosed back box and the high performance ribbon tweeters.

The projector is a Sony 4K SXRD projector with HDR. With 1500 lumens, the projector throws a bright beautiful image to the 120" screen. These projectors are highly underrated when considering the value they provide at such affordable price points.

The electronics suite is controlled with a simple-to-use Control4 remote control.

After a few months of having the theater the owners confided that they use the theater every night and that it is one of the best purchases they have made.

  • Equipment:
    Sony STR-ZA1100ES 7.2 Receiver
    Sony VPL-VW295ES Projector
    Dragonfly 120" Ultra AcoustiWeave Screen
    Episode 1300 Series Speakers
    Episode 900 Series Speakers
    Episode Acoustic Panels
    Control4 EA1 Controller and Remote
    Houselogix DMX Controller (LED lighting)
  • Location: Chattanooga
  • Completion: November 2019
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