3 Must-Answer Questions for Designing a Home Media Room


Understanding What Clients Really Need and Want

Are you designing a home media room for a client? If so, it helps to start with some basics. For example, let’s start with everyone’s favorite, a car analogy. If your client needs a car that routinely needs to shuttle their family of four to and from many activities, a Corvette simply won’t do. In the same vein, you ask your clients how they will use their kitchen – is it a sprawling home hub for everything from school homework to entertaining large groups or a cook’s kitchen? A similar logic can be applied to the home media room. Narrowing down what your client really needs and wants will help you make the right design decisions. 

In the rest of this blog, we’ll cover some basic questions that might seem, well, basic – but the answers matter. If all the answers are “I want all those things,” that’s OK too, but there will still be choices more optimal than most. For example, if your client wanted an SUV that’s as fast as a Corvette, it does exist, but it comes with its own tradeoffs! You understand tradeoffs in design. So here are some questions that will help you and your client design the right media room for your Hanover County, VA project. 

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What to Know about Integrating Surround Sound into Your Next Project


Make it Easy for Clients to Add Immersive Sound Systems

One of the most important leaps in home theater and media room technology over the past six years has been in sound. You might be thinking, what about screens and projectors? Of course, the quality of visuals has gone up markedly, with 4K resolution, HDR, OLED flat panels, and other technologies becoming more common and lower in cost.

But the sound is an equally important part of the viewing experience. In 2015, Dolby introduced Atmos, an immersive surround format that took movies and shows to the next level with enveloping, three-dimensional sound. Since then, Dolby Atmos – and similar competing formats like DTS:X – have been integrated into all types of surround sound systems. And even better, it's becoming available on a huge array of streaming content and music too. But to make the most of it, if you are working with clients on a media room or home theater design for their Henrico, VA home, three things can help ensure that they're set up for the best experience. Keep reading for three important elements to consider for integrating surround sound systems in your projects.  

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3 Ideas for Entertainment Centers that Won't Cramp Your Style


Who Says AV Systems Can’t Blend with Décor? 

Do you struggle with integrating audio and video equipment into your rooms? You want the entertainment, but you don’t want the equipment to be the focus. A long time ago, TVs and audio centers were encased in furniture to help them blend into a room. Those days are long gone, as most equipment – with a few exceptions – is black or silver plastic and metal. 

However, today's electronics components do have an advantage. They're much more compact and easier to hide or disguise. You might be asking, what about giant flat-screen TVs? When turned off, they are large slabs of black on the wall. But because they're so thin – unlike the huge TVs of yesteryear – there are ways to make those blend in too. Keep reading for three ways to make your new entertainment center installation blend easily with your style and décor in your Goochland County, VA home. 

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