How to Plan for Home Theater Systems in New Residential Projects

How to Plan for Home Theater Systems in New Residential Projects

What You Want to Know to Integrate Home Theaters  As a design or build professional in Chicago, you keep up on the current trends in home design and lifestyles to keep your projects fresh and in demand. With all the time spent at home during the pandemic, few things are in more demand in Illinois than a home theater. With the plethora of content available over streaming services like Netflix and a lack of reasons to head out to an actual theater, a home cinema is an excellent investment for home entertainment.  While almost any space can be turned into a home cinema, planning for one from the start when remodeling or building makes it far more manageable and less expensive to integrate a home theater system. Home theater systems involve many details, from seating to screens, projectors, speakers, sources and amplifiers, cabling, acoustics and more! Understanding what’s involved and how to plan a home theater space makes it much easier for your clients to get the home cinema they envision for their new home. Keep reading for more details below.     SEE ALSO: Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know    Room Layout  If you have the opportunity to dedicate a room to a home theater, the size and shape of the room are critical. Rectangular rooms work best for optimal audio performance. While theaters can be small and intimate to almost vast, the ratio matters. Plan for rooms with a size ratio in the range of 1.6 to 2.4; i.e., a 16 by 24-foot room as an example. Ceiling heights matter, too, as the latest immersive surround formats like Dolby Atmos, which depend on one or multiple pairs of ceiling speakers,...
Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Create a Superior Cinema Experience at Home Recently, Regal Cinemas, one of the largest commercial movie theater companies in America, announced that they were temporarily closing over 500 theaters, including 9 in Illinois. This unprecedented move resulted from a decrease in business due to the ongoing concerns of the pandemic. Additionally, the health crisis also slowed down the production of new movies, resulting in fewer theatrical releases over the past several months. It’s no surprise to anyone that we’ve had significant economic impacts from the pandemic, and much of that has meant spending much more time at home. While we hope commercial cinemas come back soon, you can still enjoy the cinematic experience at home – in many ways, better than at the cineplex. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into creating a private home theater system in your Naperville home, now is a perfect time. There is a plethora of options in equipment, seating, audio, and more to customize your cinema experience completely. What’s more, there’s a staggering array of content to enjoy in a home theater. Just recently, Disney announced a major reorganization to focus more on bringing its massive collection of content directly to consumers, meaning even more choices at home. Keep reading below to see how to take an underutilized space and turn it into your personal movie and media entertainment zone! SEE ALSO: Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know   Where to Put Your Theater? In some ways, you can create a home theater experience in almost any room in your home. If you have a little-used guestroom or extra storage...
Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

No need to leave your home to see the best blockbusters – bring the best experience to your Chicago home Summer movie season is here, and that means it’s time for the studios to show off their biggest, baddest, most awe-inspiring movies. In years past you had to trek to your local movie theater, wait in line, and sit through commercials just to enjoy the best possible visuals and sound, but no longer. With a professionally installed home theater system for your Chicago home, you can bring the best elements of the cinema to you instead of needing to brave the multiplex. It’s easier than you might think, and we can walk you through everything you need.  Here are 3 elements that make your at-home movie-going experience superior. SEE ALSO: 3 Trends to Enhance Your Home Theater Design and Technology   YOUR SCREEN If you’re going to build a home theater, the place to start is your display. And what puts the “theater” in home theater better than a projection screen? One advantage of using a projector is that you can get a much bigger screen for much cheaper than you would for a TV of the same size. This makes screen sizes of 100 inches or even larger reasonably affordable. For the best picture quality, you’ll want a screen with 4K resolution and High-Dynamic Range imaging, or HDR. HDR gives you a broader, more vibrant range of colors than regular 4K, creating greater color contrast and more lifelike images. The increased resolution helps with motion blur and gives you sharp, lifelike images on screen. One important thing to...