Cluttered Family Room Turned Home Theater
A large family room without a true purpose is artistically transformed into a home theater.
Japanese-style Shoji screens were added to block windows and hide the room’s trouble spots. Shutters over some screens allow light to enter.
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September 26, 2007 by EH Staff

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with a room. The owners of this expansive family room took advantage of its immense size by using the space as a den, bar and TV-viewing area. The room was a popular place for the family to spend time, but it lacked definition and continuity. Finally the family decided to turn the space into a dedicated home theater, says Michael Pope of Audio Video Interiors.

The Medina, OH–based custom electronics dealer reconfigured the space by building false walls over the existing perimeter. Made of Shoji screens, the new walls would evoke the Japanese style the owners were after while helping Audio Video Interiors conceal some of the room’s existing trouble spots. “Using the screens, we were able to cover three large windows at the front of the room [to block out the light], hide an existing closet, bookshelves, acoustical treatments and the rear speakers [which were built flush into the existing walls],” Pope explains. Shutters were added to the top of the Shoji panels by the windows to allow the owners to occasionally permit sunlight into the area.

There’s no doubt as to what this room is all about now: Sitting front and center, a 103-inch Screen Research video screen and Sony video projector are obvious focal points, and when the JBL Synthesis Two sound system revs up, the movie audio envelops listeners from all sides.

Last, but not least, risers were built to create stadium-style seating; decorative rope lighting and additional overhead fixtures were installed; and a new door, complete with applied acoustical treatments, was attached to the entry, setting off the space both visually and audibly from the rest of the house.

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