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Old Garage Becomes Home Theater
An unused two-car garage is reborn as a top-notch home theater and game room.
Garage Becomes Home Theater
Click for larger view. “24” (c) 2006 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo Credits: Randall Perry; Kelsey McNeal/Fox
November 13, 2006 by EH Staff

Sometimes a great spot for a home theater is right under your nose.

After constructing a new building to store his many vehicles, Gary Johnson decided to turn the original two-car garage of his house into a home theater. A construction contractor by profession, Gary gutted the place and installed a radius ceiling made of tongue and groove cedar, put in raised flooring for theater seating and added low-voltage accent lighting and custom cabinetry.

He left the design and installation of the audio and video gear up to OVA Solutions of Naples, FL. When company president Mike O’Conner saw how well the room was taking shape, he knew the systems he selected for the space had to be high-end. A top-of-the-line 1,500-watt JBL 7.2 surround-sound system and a 50-inch high-def JBL plasma TV set the stage for a remarkable moviegoing experience.

Speakers and subwoofers placed within the cabinetry and behind the curtains may not be seen, but they are definitely heard. Because the theater resides in the garage, the Johnsons can crank up the volume without disturbing the rest of the house. The location also makes the room feel like a special destination, says O’Conner, where it’s impossible not to have fun. A pool table, commercial soda machine, two slot machines and a bar offer plenty to do before and after the show.

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