August 29, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
This 1930s Asheville mountain bungalow is inviting, with its stone fireplace and cozy sofa. Although sitting by the fire with a nice cup of tea is your first thought, occasionally the homeowners like their entertainment (and really, who doesn’t?).
Unfortunately, there was no good place for a TV and an ultra modern LCD display is not an option for a room with this much character. The solution came in the form of front projection and a Bose Built-invisible system.
A decorative shelf displays local art as well as conceals the 72-inch Draper screen.
The room also needed a coffee table to match its surroundings. So a custom wormy chestnut table was made, and doubles as a house for the Sony projector.
The speakers are powerful but small and were painted to match their surroundings. The subwoofer and other components are conveniently hidden behind cabinet doors in the room. All components can be controlled by the MX3000 touch remote via radio frequency, so there is no need to open the doors.
Other touches include the ability to access their music from any computer and a distributed audio system for the rest of the house.
In an old house there is rarely the option of converting a room into a “theater.” This family rightfully loves their main room and had no desire to go elsewhere to enjoy their media. Now they enjoy wine with their friends and love to surprise them with the hidden technology that does not take away from their home’s charm.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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