An unfinished, unused basement was transformed into an entertainment paradise with the help of Audio Video Interiors, a CEDIA member firm in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The project included a dedicated theater, a visual sports simulator, lighting control, and video displays for the nearby bar and rec room.
In addition to the comprehensive entertainment system, the homeowners wanted to upgrade the security system and the family room media system.
The visual sports simulator posed a few challenges. For starters, ideally, it needed 10 feet of basement height, requiring a 2.5-foot excavation on the corner of the two-story home's foundation.
Additionally, the columns that ran along the center of the basement and theater room limited the visual space and seating.
Finally, because of its size and configuration, the visual sports simulator cut the basement in half, making the room look smaller.
Audio Video Interiors engineered and installed the A/V and security aspects of the project and was part of the team that completed the build-out.
Control System: The control system, which includes dimmers, remote controls, keypads and iPads, integrates all media and lighting. Additionally, a doorbell package alerts the homeowners to someone at the door when they are in the theater.
Visual Sports Simulator: The simulator includes golf, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and hockey games. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls and reflective floor surfaces are installed to give the room a large, open feel. The ambiance is further enhanced by a mural and custom-printed carpet, based on a photograph of the client's home from a nearby fairway.
Custom Home Theater: The theater boasts a 106" screen, a projector with Panamorph CinemaScope Lens, and top-quality speakers and subwoofers. Audio Video Interiors modified the showcase equipment furniture to hide an unsightly water meter that protrudes a foot from the screen wall.
Audio System: Audio sources - including an iPod/iPhone dock, media player, and Internet radio - are distributed to eight zones.
Video System: Video sources consisting of a 400-disc Blu-ray player, Western Digital WTV, and two HD cable receivers are distributed to all TVs.
Security System: The existing security equipment was upgraded to an Internet-based one. More smoke detectors and water sensors were also added.