Family Media Room

This client was recommended to us to help him make the most of his rarely used Family Room. The old room's entertainment system was awkward to use and the seating layout wasn't comfortable. We designed and installed a new home cinema system and interior fit-out that went down so well, we were asked to kit out the rest of the home too! 

The brief was to design and install a room that accomodated a very large TV with a fantastic surround sound system and enough seating to allow family and friends to enjoy movies, videogames and HDTV. Because the room needed to be used in the daytime and the client wasn't keen on having their curtains closed to watch TV, so an 85" plasma screen was used instead of a projector, which would have been our normal choice for a room like this.

The system had to be blindingly simple for the whole family to use, so we employed a Control4 control system to operate everything in the room, including the TV, surround system, lighting and curtains. A Kaleidescape DVD server system stores over 600 DVD and Blu-Ray discs and makes them easy to browse and play within a few simlple button pushes, keeping the room free of the clutter of the discs and their entire movie collection at their fingertips.

Three luxurious cinema seats with electonic reclining mechanisms sit just in front of a custom made leather sofa to provide comfortable seating for up to eight people. We built a raised platform for the sofa to sit on, ensuring that everyone in the room would have an unobstructed view of the screen and finished the stair treads with lighting, just like a real cinema. A coffered ceiling was installed to accomodate more linear LED lighting and the rear surround speakers.

Finally, we designed and built a piece of furniture finished in high gloss macassar ebony to house the electronics, speaker system and screen. The 9.2 channel M&K/Sunfire surround system, coupled with the 85" plasma screen creates an experience so realistic and involving that the room has gone from being one that was hardly used to a room that is hardly ever empty!

Once we'd completed this room, the client asked us to recreate similar systems in two other rooms of the home with access to the Kaleidescape system and the same simple to use controls. We also installed a Sonos music system throughout the house and added lighting control and CCTV to key areas.

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