Friday, 1 November 2013
Who needs a night out on the town when you can enjoy a movie right from the comfort of your own home? With technology increasing as it is, today's home media rooms consist of more than just a 4 year old sofa and loveseat and a bag of Orville Redenbacher's. Instead, today's home media rooms are ones that have been turned into luxurious, movie theater-like spaces equipped with plush seating, 60-in projector screens, popcorn makers, and surround sound stereo quality that puts you in the middle of all the action with having to pay for admission.
Los Angeles, CA has become haven to such homes. For those who throw caution -- and money -- to the wind when building a media room, there are certain luxuries that cannot be avoided. Take celebrity/singer Christina Aguilera for instance whose 6,500 square foot home in West Hollywood features a media room fit for any princess, complete with suede sofa seating that reclines into miniature beds, a fully stocked bar and seating area, customized movie theater lighting, and a high-tech movie screen to match.
Or, further south we'll find comedian Kelsey Grammer who purchased his English Country-style estate in Malibu for $19.9 million, which features a media room attached to his master-suite that has been integrated with not only the largest projector screen money can buy, but also integrated bookshelves and bar.
From celebrities to middle class families, adding a media room to your home has become a luxury that anyone can afford. Building a media room does not have to become an expensive addition to your house. In fact, it has become one of the fastest growing Do-It-Yourself projects for those who are on a limited budget.
Building a custom media room, while it can be done as a hands on project, requires careful planning. You'll first need to figure out your needs and what it will take to accomplish this project in your home. Will you simply settle for a recliner sofa, television, and sound system, or, are you going for the high-end experience which features surround sound quality wired through the entire room and seats, professional movie theater styled seating, and high-end LCD video projectors and plasma flat panel televisions?
You don't need to live in a mansion in order to have a media room. Many homes that boast media rooms don't actually convert entire bedrooms into entertainment spaces. Instead, these spaces could be your average basement turned into a luxury theater experience, or guest houses which have been customized to the owner's liking. They key to properly executing a functional media room is to balance the space you have available with your needs.