December 16, 2009
by Lisa Montgomery
Paul and Lindsey Oxley knew they’d be getting a bonus room when they signed on with Orlando–based homebuilder Bob Sorenson of Sorenson Construction.
What they didn’t know is how much they’d actually use the space. Positioned over a four-car garage, the room was spacious enough to accommodate just about anything. From the get-go the Oxleys envisioned it as a super-size storage space.
After speaking with Sorenson’s home electronic subcontractors, though, the couple was convinced that the best way to utilize the space would be to turn it into a home theater. Luckily, the room wasn’t quite finished when Ken White and his crew at MillenniumWaves were brought on.
“We put in a floor riser and ran heating and cooling ducts to the room,” White says. A wall and doors were added to shorten the 26-foot long room and to create a dedicated area for a ticket counter, concession stand and a built-in equipment rack. The remaining space would be just the right size for the six comfy theater seats requested by the Oxleys.
The only real obstacles in the room, says White, were the two dormer windows. During movies, the panes would have let in too much light, so black out shades were applied. Another set of drapes were hung a few feet in front of the windows to handle any stray light that seeped through the windows, and to provide a bistro-like sitting area. The Oxleys simply pull back the drapes whenever they’d like to offer guests an additional place to relax.
As for the angled walls? White says they were actually a blessing.
“I find that they’re great for room acoustics,” he says, but not without the addition of some custom-made wall treatments. He was also able to get wire to the projector, speakers and subwoofers even though no attic space existed. A small crawlspace on the other side of one wall provided a clear pathway for much of the theater’s cabling.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.