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Mark Craven  |  Jan 03, 2017  |  0 comments

A finalist in this year's CEDIA Awards in the home cinema £40,000-£100,000 category, this below-stairs theatre saw custom installer Finite Solutions given a somewhat unusual brief. The owners had recently moved into the house, and one reason for choosing it was that it came with its own cinema room. Yet, while happy with the performance, researching the world of personal AV playrooms led them to realise they could make it even better, and have it re-styled to their own tastes.

Team HCC  |  Jul 08, 2016  |  0 comments

While it's not unusual to see loft spaces repurposed as dedicated home cinemas – why use your attic to store a legacy VHS collection when you can be watching Blu-rays in there instead? – this professional install is actually located in the roof space of a double garage. Designed by London's Automated Smart Homes, it finds space for six luxurious Fortress recliners and a discreet 7.2-channel speaker system.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 16, 2016  |  0 comments

While some crave a dedicated cinema room far removed from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house, others want to integrate largescreen AV thrills with their more regular living space. This professional install is a case of the latter, although it's true that 'regular living space' is stretching it a bit...

Mark Craven  |  Dec 15, 2015  |  0 comments

Here's a room that serves many functions. A converted loft space, it works as a home office, a TV/gaming den for the owner's children, and a slick, stylish home cinema. The cost? Less than £10,000 – and that includes all the hardware, plus design, installation and calibration. Handy.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 05, 2015  |  0 comments

While the premium picture palaces delivered by professional install outfits are guaranteed to get us salivating, a dedicated movie room doesn't have to be über-expensive. Proof, if you need it, comes in the shape of this basement theatre undertaken by FAB AV from St. Albans, with hardware and installation costs coming in at under £10,000.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 30, 2015  |  0 comments

You know what it's like. Movie night arrives and you realise that you haven't got enough seats for all the friends you invited over for that Lord of the Rings marathon. Garden chairs, poufs and bean bags can all be deployed, but it's not quite what you had in mind when you planned your cinema den.

Mark Craven  |  May 22, 2015  |  0 comments

This modern-looking media room is actually below ground, hewn from the unused cellar of a London townhouse by professional installers Finite Solutions. The company was asked to create a space that could be used for music listening, relaxation and – of course – bigscreen movie action. It set to work, first digging out the cellar to provide more space for what has turned out to be a very eye-catching setup.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 25, 2015  |  0 comments

In this eye-catching multipurpose room delivered by CEDIA-award-winning installer Cyberhomes, the emphasis is on discreet multichannel audio, simplistic control and everyday use. It's a good example of how to combine a regular living area with bigscreen entertainment.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 01, 2014  |  0 comments

AV install specialist Finite Solutions has offices in London, Cheshire and Leeds, but its work isn't limited to just the UK. This dedicated cinema room occupies what was formerly the billiards room of a chateau in rural France. C'est la vie.  

Mark Craven  |  Nov 17, 2014  |  0 comments

This basement movie den in South West London is the work of custom installation professionals MD Integration, and is slightly unusual in that it was commissioned by the developer of the property rather than the owner. In the capital's red-hot housing market, it should certainly help the six-bedroom new-build stand out from the crowd.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 18, 2014  |  0 comments

This elegant media room was designed by Essex company Simply Cinemas, for a movie fan who wanted a space that could quickly switch between bigscreen projection and regular living area. More importantly, inquisitive young children meant that nothing was to be 'on show' when the system was not in use. With that in mind, the finished room features wall-hung speakers, a drop-down projector screen, AV components tucked out of sight in a low-slung cabinet and even two 'invisible' subwoofers.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 18, 2014  |  0 comments

Once you've had a demo of D-BOX seating, it's hard to look at your regular sofa again in the same way. It's no surprise, therefore, that the owner of this bespoke cinema room was seduced by the 'movie motion' experience after an initial recce at UK distributor Pulse Marketing, and insisted it was part of the conversion plan. As such, all the seats (from US brand Fortress) were ordered 'D-BOX ready'. The two prime seats in the front row are fitted with actuators – the remaining six can be upgraded easily whenever the owner wants.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 10, 2014  |  0 comments

The award-winning project was undertaken by Midlands company The Big Picture, with the owner demanding a 'cutting-edge' cinema to match the modern-day tech of his new-build property. The installer was naturally responsible for AV, but also the interior décor, and the way both are mixed together is impressive.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 17, 2014  |  0 comments

From a lack of legroom to unforgiving upholstery, we’ve all had a movie experience affected by an uncomfortable seat. At your local cinema this is just about sufferable, but in your own room it shouldn't be tolerated – spending thousands of pounds on AV hardware and software but ignoring where you park your fundament is home cinema heresy. The good news is that there are numerous options available, suited to most budgets and tastes, so before you start saving for a 4K projector, perhaps it's time for a seating upgrade...

Mark Craven  |  Apr 18, 2014  |  0 comments

An attic is an obvious place for any ambitious cinema fan to install a dedicated system. Firstly, it's probably not being used for much beyond storing boxes of junk. Secondly, it's not likely to get much (if any) walkthrough traffic – you can retire to the loft and relax with a movie in peace. The setup featured here has been achieved by custom install professionals, and the price tag, we're told, is commensurate with the level of hardware, control and acoustic treatments employed. But even for those with limited budgets it's certainly an inspirational makeover that could give you some ideas for your own project.

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