Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Tips to Achieving a Truly Successful Home Theater Installation   A successful home theater is about far more than having the latest 4K Ultra HD projector or the right seats to fit the theater theme. In order to create a theater that immerses the viewer in each film, it all starts with the architect. Size, shape, layout…the initial plans of a home theater lay the groundwork for the final product. So if you’re an architect in the Chicago, Illinois area, we invite you to read over these tricks of the trade to make your next home theater installation a success.   SEE ALSO: What’s the Key to Successful Home Theater Design?   Soundproofing Isn’t Optional Soundproofing is often an afterthought, something that’s addressed after the initial build of the theater is complete. But it’s so very important. A properly soundproofed room makes for a great theater, while a poorly soundproofed room is a theater that will seldom be used. For proper soundproofing, you must decouple the room. Only by decoupling the walls can you achieve the level of soundproofing needed for a dedicated home cinema.   Calculate Dimensions Based on Chairs We’ve seen it many times: after the theater room is built, the homeowners find out that it can’t accommodate the number of chairs they were planning on. Theater seating is far more complex than a standard living room or dining room. Each chair must be strategically placed to provide an ideal viewing and listening experience. It’s best to decide on the type of theater seating and number of desired seats before the room is planned out. That way,...
What’s the Key to Successful Home Theater Design?

What’s the Key to Successful Home Theater Design?

Get Illinois Builders, Interior Designers and Homeowners on the Same Page When designing and installing a private cinema, there are so many different factors that go into creating that perfect movie-watching environment. Builders, electricians, AV experts, interior designers, and other contractors all have to work together to achieve the homeowner’s vision. With that many cooks in the kitchen, avoiding miscommunication and mishaps along the way is the goal. Barrett’s Technology Solutions takes a proactive approach to Chicagoland home theater design and installation projects. We manage the entire process to ensure that everyone is on the same page about what needs to happen at what time in order to streamline the cinema installation. Read on to learn about the role that strong project management and AV expertise play in home theater success. During the Design Phase Designing a home theater is about more than picking out fabrics or a theme. It starts with assessing the room’s size, shape, and layout, then coming up with a plan that provides the best audio and visual experience. Your home theater installer will work with your interior designer (and architects and builders for new construction) to plan out the best placement of seating, screen, any hidden technology, etc. in a way that works well for everyone involved. During the Construction Phase If the theater is part of building a new home, it’s vital that your home theater installer be involved with the architects and builders during the construction process. During this phase, the installer can ensure the room is pre-wired with the right power and networking capabilities for the theater equipment. Collaborating early on...