May 01, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
A true connoisseur of collectibles won’t be satified just stuffing their prized possessions into a shoebox. And with cars—well, the only box possibly big enough is a garage. The owner of this space wanted to make his basement into a showplace for his many classic and collectable vehicles.
However, he doesn’t need to be showing off his antique Model T, Shelby Cobras or Ford GT all the time. The room is also the perfect place to enjoy a movie.
Opposite the car display area, you’ll find a full service wet bar and home theater. The theater was tucked into an octogon shaped area. Keeping with the rustic decor, old barn beams create a pattern on the ceiling to add visual interest as well as a place to conceal the projector. A custom cabinet houses speakers and a projection screen, while blending nicely into the room.
Whether you are at the bar, sitting at the small bar behing the main seating area, or checking out the cars, the 96-inch diagonal screen is visible from nearly this entire 1,900 square-foot basement area.
Control of the theater, music and lighting are done with a color touchscreen remote; using RF allows it to work from anywhere.
The home theater equipment was located in one of the upper cabinets behind the bar, which is open to a mechanical room behind for convenient wiring. You can hardly notice they are there, and with the Escient Fireball DVD-M100, you can just use the remote to pick a movie without even opening the cabinet, as it can hold up to 400 discs!
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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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