Awesome Aesthetics Provide a Little Extra Pop in This Home Theater
Steve Loving added eye-catching design elements without disrupting his basement room’s acoustics.
April 07, 2014 by Rachel Cericola

This relatively new room has been months in the making. After the home was first built in December 2012, Steve had theater on his mind and 2,100 square feet of basement to play around with. Once that space was finished, it did include a spot for a media room, but Steve was hoping for more. For one thing, it could only accommodate one sofa, about 6 feet from where Steve would mount the TV.

“The design was awkward and also had some unused dead space behind one of the walls,” he says. “I think the ‘media room’ as designed by the builder would’ve been best suited for something like a game room (maybe a game table for cards or something), a home office, or even a playroom for kids. For someone who wants a home theater experience, it’s certainly not designed for that—and needed a redesign.”

Steve started taking measurements and creating a killer design. He also hired carpenter Barry France to build out the room. “I don’t have the carpentry/electrical/HVAC/etc experience to do this myself, nor did I have the appropriate time to dedicate to something like this,” he says.

Barry tore out the media room and helped Steve to reclaim the additional space from an unfinished storage room. The duo also worked together to move a staircase, which is located right outside of the theater room. “While this may not have been the biggest challenge, I think it was probably the most unique challenge with the most stress, given we had really one shot to do this right based on the ‘lift and shift’ approach and the amount of cutting/trimming,” Steve says.

Steve estimates that approximately 290 hours was spent on the actual construction, which doesn’t include the conduit, cabling, terminating, the rack install, calibration, and the remaining little tweaks, all of which Steve took on himself. That storage room does remain. However, now it houses a 16u equipment rack, which also includes a subnet that’s separate from the rest of the home’s networking setup. Steve knew exactly what he wanted and for what he didn’t know, he turned to the AVS Forum.

With the end result, Steve has no complaints—how could he?

“I like the room in its entirety, as I feel every key design element supports another,” he says. “The columns, fluting, and crown were all designed specifically to match other columns and crown in the rest of the home to ensure consistency and continuity.  While I wanted a very unique home theater, I still wanted to ensure that it properly flowed with the rest of the home aesthetically.”

Want a better peek at this room? Check out our slideshow for “Awesome Aesthetics Provide a Little Extra Pop in This Home Theater.”

Equipment List:
Apple TV
Definitive Technology Pro Monitor 800 Speakers (5)
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 Speakers (2)
Definitive Technology ProSub 800 Subwoofers (2)
DragonFly 110-inch High Contrast Screen
JVC DLA-RS46 3D Projector
Marantz SR5008 7.2-Channel Receiver
Palliser Elite Series Seating (5)
Sony PlayStation 3
URC MRF-260 RF-to-IR Base Station
URC MX-880 Universal Remote Control
Verizon FiOS

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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