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Garage Conversion to Home Cinema

From garage to Home Entertainment Centre

All you need is Popcorn!

entertainment technology

Using the latest technology it is possible to recreate the cinema experience within your own home. With a high definition projector and immersive surround sound system your movies and sporting events will come to life. Whether you are looking to create the big screen in your front room or design and build a dedicated home cinema room Vision Garages can help.

By combining home cinema and home automation using technology such as "Control 4" systems, selecting a movie on your iPad is all you need to do. The projector screen will start to descend, the projector will fire up, the curtains close, the lights dim and then it's movie time!

TV Installation

Any modern television can be used in a home cinema system. In essence, if you already own a good, working, television that has standard audio and video connections in addition to a standard cable or antenna connection, you have at least a basic way of viewing television and DVD images. The question is whether you need to upgrade to a more advanced television, or a big screen projector.

Setting up a Home Cinema requires a few considerations which you may not need to make in a normal conversion.

Why a garage conversion?

A garage conversion cost is significantly lower than the cost of any other typical home extension such as a loft conversion or new building extension. The cost can be as little as a third of the price of other home improvements.

Also, there are less planning regulations and building regulations for garages making them easier, quicker and less hassle when it comes to extra space for your house.

Step One - The right space

The ideal space for a home theater is around 15 feet long by 10 feet wide and relatively isolated from the rest of the house. It has to be in a place that does not interrupt the business of the home. You don't want the sound disturbing everyone.

That's what makes a garage conversion an ideal solution.

Whilst it may not have as much space as you might like, it is additional to the normal living space. It is also a rectangular box which is good for layout and acoustics.

Step Two - Framing and Insulation

Building the shell of a home theater is similar to building any other addition to your home – with one exception. You'll want to pay special attention to insulation. A rating of R30 is standard for the floor, ceiling, and exterior wall insulation, but don't neglect the interior walls. Loosely packed R11 can help keep the sound of movie explosions from rocking the rest of your home. It won't block the noise completely, though. You'll need to add additional sound barriers after you pre-wire the room.

Step Three - Pre-Wire Sound System

Most home theaters use a 7.1 surround sound system. This includes one subwoofer and seven channel speakers – left, right, center, two side surrounds, and two rear surrounds. To pre-wire a 7.1 system, follow these steps:

Mark the location where each speaker will go:

  • just above or below the viewing screen
  • Left/Right – on either side of the screen at ear height
  • Side Surrounds – on the side walls just behind the main row of seating
  • Rear Surrounds – on the back wall (how far apart depends on the system)

Choose a spot for the hub that will house your receiver and other A/V equipment. The hub can be hidden in a cabinet inside the theater or in a closet nearby.

Run audio cables from the hub to each speaker location. Cables should be at least 16-4 (16-gauge, four conductors) for side and rear speakers. Use stronger 12 or 14-gauge cables for left, right, and center speakers.

Some home theaters now use 9.1 surround sound. This adds another set of speakers in the front of the room. If there's a helicopter flying overhead (in the movie), you'll hear that sound from those top speakers.

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