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What Are the Best Tips for Home Theater Construction?

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Movie lovers who wish to have a media room in their household will have several decisions to make. Some things to consider for successful home theater construction are picking a location, acoustical issues, wiring and whether to hire a contractor to do the work or do-it-yourself (DIY). The fun part is choosing media room décor and accessories such as seating and refreshment stations.

First homeowners need to decide where to begin home theater construction to determine whether an existing space is suitable; this could be a basement, addition, or garage, for example. One way to find out is an assessment from a professional home theater construction contractor, or a construction expert who also does media room design. The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), a global organization of home theater specialists, can help consumers find a reputable expert.

It’s often a good idea to check humidity and ventilation levels before home theater construction begins, as a buildup of moisture can damage sensitive electronic equipment. Dampness may also contribute to mold, ruining fabrics and causing health hazards. This may be a problem in basement media rooms. Adequate wiring is essential to safely support sophisticated electronics. With an addition this is not a problem, but an existing space may need to be upgraded.

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Acoustical issues are a big part of home theater construction. To choose the panels and wallboard that will work best, installers and contractors can use the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating, a points system for soundproofing. While regular drywall is fine, some specialty wallboard keeps transmission at a minimum, along with acoustic panels that control echoes and reverberation on hard surfaces. Noise from outside can be nearly eliminated with a good media room design prior to construction. Rubber flooring and carpeting absorb sound and vibration effectively.

Before starting any project, whether do-it-yourself (DIY) or using a contractor, homeowners should obtain any necessary building permits. Without these, building inspectors can insist all work be removed. Hiring a home theater construction contractor or installer rather than choosing DIY can be better if the homeowner dislikes such projects or doesn’t have the necessary skills and knowledge to complete them.

Media room furnishings and décor in new home theater construction is a matter of personal taste. Dark colors are usually best, with non-reflective wall paint to reduce ambient light. Specialty retailers sell all types of theater-themed signs, food dispensers and seating from authentic movie chairs to comfortable recliners and sofa groups.

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