3 Things Architects Should Know When Designing Home Media Rooms
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Home media rooms can be tricky to design. Not quite dedicated home theaters, not quite traditional living rooms, these rooms are often left intentionally vague as a sort of “catch all” for however the homeowner wants to use the space. However, that doesn’t have to be the case at all. Continue reading to learn the most important things architects need to know when planning a stellar home media room in the Portland, Oregon area.
Know the Purpose
Before architects begin to draft any designs, it’s important for them to sit down with the homeowner and have a conversation about how the home media room will be used. The reason for this is because the architectural design for a room primarily used for watching movies will be vastly different than a true multi-purpose room.
To get a better idea of what architectural components will be needed in the room, ask the homeowners what activities they expect to do most often in the space. If the answer revolves around using the room as a place to entertain or spend time with family, the architectural design needs to be more open and airy, with windows and ample space for seating. If the answer is centered on watching movies, playing video games, or enjoying high-fidelity music, a more closed-off, acoustically sound design is in order.
Know the Lighting Requirements
Once you have an idea of how the home media room will be used, you can establish the lighting plans. Even if the homeowner will be watching a lot of movies in the space, windows are still a viable option for the design. Using motorized shades to block out the light during the movie is an excellent way to transform a multi-purpose room for one activity while still keeping an open design throughout the room. The types of media in the room will also dictate the electrical lighting style, so it’s important to work with a lighting designer to ensure that the recessed lighting, wall sconces, and other lighting elements all flow together for the media room’s needs.
Know the Electrical Requirements
Home pre-wiring is essential when creating rooms that will hold a lot of different media devices. By planning out the wiring and cables during the architectural phase, you ensure that the room is built to support electrical needs of the media room, whether that’s a 4K television or a complete home automation control system.
Whether you’re an architect, an interior designer, or a homeowner, one thing everyone can agree on is that wires and AV equipment can clutter up a space. Fortunately, long-distance hardwired solutions like HDBaseT make it easy to hide all the equipment and cords completely so that they don’t compromise the clean, seamless design of the architecture. Technology can be hidden away in cabinets, closets, or an unused basement.
If the home media room isn’t wired properly initially, the different A/V equipment might not be able to function at full performance, requiring extra wiring work down the line to accommodate for the needed bandwidth and power. By collaborating together with the homeowner and AV contractor from the beginning, you can incorporate the space and wiring at the right time so that the electrical and architectural infrastructure is built to accommodate the needs of the current system and be ready for future technological advances.
By working with a home automation expert during the initial planning of the home, architects can ensure that the home media room is designed to exceed the homeowner’s expectations. To learn more about how Room Service Integrated Solutions collaborates with architects to make new home construction projects easy and streamlined, call (503) 598-7380 or fill out this quick online form.