Home theaters with deluxe sound systems and huge LCD screens or video projectors are one of the hottest trends in home design today. A home theater differs from an ordinary family room; a proper home theater room should have no windows or natural light sources as these detract from picture quality. Incorporating a home theater into an attic remodel is a great idea. First, because the area is unfinished in many homes, second because special considerations for a home theater are easily incorporated into the finishing work. To create a wonderful attic home theater, you need to regard these basic things.
Many attics offer the necessary room for meeting minimum habitable room headspace requirements. Most attic remodel projects involve increasing the insulation, which is also a good idea for home theater soundproofing. Since the object of a home theater is to duplicate the big screen experience, extra soundproofing helps from interfering with activities in other areas of the home, or with neighbors.
Any special cabling or wiring for a home theater audio system can quickly be put in place by home theater installers before the walls, floors, or ceilings are finished, minimizing time and costs. This is also a perfect time to install wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted built in speakers. Of course if you are planning a wireless attic home theater, with a wireless home theater speaker system or wireless surround sound system, pre-wiring the frame walls is unnecessary.
Determine also if the attic is a proper height for accommodating guests. There should be enough head room between the floor and roof so that a 6-foot-tall adult can stand up and walk the length of the room, at least in the center of the room. Lower, sloping ceilings are acceptable along the sides of the attic because theater audiences will be seated. A 48-inch floor-to-roof sloped ceiling is probably the minimum height allowable in a seating area. Use lower ceiling height areas for storage spaces.
After understanding why attic is the best place for your home theater, start your project by choosing a home theater system. The system comes with numerous designs, sizes, and models from which to select. You should select one which fulfill your needs and room capacity. The home theater sound system is a crucial element of the complete system; choice and selection of components, options, and price are nearly endless.
Before you begin any work, it is a good idea to check with knowledgeable home theater installers to have the room assessed. They can suggest any necessary changes for optimum acoustic properties, as well as system size requirements for your particular home theater design.
Installers are usually affiliated with retailers, or are retailers themselves. You can visit their showrooms and purchase state of the art systems, specialty home theater furniture, or even decorative acoustical wall panels for enhancing acoustic properties of the room and décor at the same time.
Another very good reason to involve a home theater professional is that the installation of most home theater systems can be very technical; above the capabilities of the average homeowner. Enlisting the services of a professional can save hassles and headaches.
For the final touch, equip your attic home theater with a wall-mounted fire extinguisher located at the entrance and at the opposite end of the room. Don’t forget to store several large flashlights nearby in case of power failures.