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Custom A/V Cabinets Mesh with High Ceilings
Unusual windows and custom cabinets integrate with a 14-foot ceiling.
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Click to enlarge. A series of windows was installed above the 7-foot-tall cabinet to help the A/V system fit the scale of the large room. “Talladega Nights” (C) Columbia. Photo: Santa Fabio
December 12, 2006 by EH Staff

This family room’s 14-foot ceiling could have easily overwhelmed the entertainment cabinet planned for the space, but thanks to the foresight of the architect and the design team at Premier Audio & Images of Muskegon, MI, the custom-crafted cabinet fits the scale of the room perfectly.

It’s hard to imagine that the 7-foot-tall cabinet would ever look diminutive, but when a house has skyscraper-size walls like this one does, even the biggest TV and entertainment unit on the planet would be dwarfed by comparison, explains Premier CEO Jason Jespersen.

In this case, Premier and the architect balanced things by adding a row of windows above the unit. The windows add architectural interest without competing with the 60-inch Sony HDTV for attention. Fortunately, the house was still being constructed when Premier laid out the entertainment plans, so the window panes could be installed before the house was finished.

Careful placement of the windows wasn’t the only trick Premier did to make this a versatile movie-viewing environment. A low-backed couch was chosen so the homeowners could still see the show while they’re whipping up a snack in the kitchen. All the equipment is tucked away inside the roomy cabinet on Middle Atlantic racks that can be pulled out and rotated to accommodate new equipment. The entire well-proportioned system, as well as the lights, are controlled from a single portable touchscreen.

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