These theaters had to overcome tough challenges to become reality.
Odd-Shaped Room: After
Kid-Proof Theater: Before
Kid-Proof Theater: After
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DIY Theater: Before

Before Ruben Ortiz transformed his 2-car garage into a home theater, the 15-by-20-foot room housed a lot of old junk. Ruben needed a way to keep the sound from escaping into the neighborhood or into his house. The solution was to create a “room within a room,” using double-layered Sheetrock, staggered studs and insulation. Adding those extra layers led to one of the most challenging parts of the entire project: installing in the ceiling. At first, Ruben wanted 8-foot ceilings, so he made the walls eight feet tall and ran the ceiling joists.

Read more: DIY Theater Sparks a Screen Company