Loft Home Cinema Room – Hertfordshire
Loft Home Cinema Room for a Hertfordshire Barn Conversion
This client in Hertfordshire asked us to design a home cinema for the loft area of a new barn conversion. The result is stunning, with seating for eight people (on the clients existing Chesterfield Sofas) this room packs a huge punch for a budget of around £60,000.
The Home Cinema System
This room packs a lot of technology in to a relatively simple looking room. A 3.8m acoustically transparent projector screen shows an image from a Sony 4K laser projector (which is super bright and gives an OLED TV style of picture!). Behind the screen are nestled 3 x Artcoustic SL24-12 speakers performing front left, center and right duties with two huge Artcoustic Control 3 subwoofers providing low bass. The on-wall rear and surround channels (one set of surrounds per row of seating) are handled by Artcoustic SL8-4 speakers and the whole lot is topped of by Artoustic Architect speakers in the ceiling for height channels. A high end Audio Control receiver decodes the surround sound from a number of sources and, as well as providing 4K video switching, sends audio to each speaker as required.
Setting the Mood
A simple Crestron Lighting Control allows each lighting channel in the room to be dimmed down to create the perfect viewing environment with a lighting design adding a real wow factor to the room. Each cinema seat is individually highlighted by its own pool of light with the main through fair illuminated by a stepping stone effect of lighting provided by the spot lights above. Little Greene paint was selected with a nod to the colour scheme in the rest of the home with the paint having a matt finish to minimise unwanted reflections which can be distracting in a dedicated cinema room.
Easy to Control and Use
The client had free reign on sources for the cinema and settled no a Sky Q feed for normal TV and sporting events and an Apple TV 4k for streaming and paid content. The whole room – including the lighting – is easily handled by a Crestron Home control system. Watching a film is as straight forward as pressing “Apple TV” on the remote control. The Crestron system monitors the status of all equipment so knows exactly what is required to provide the perfect cinematic experience. This room is easier to use than most lounge based systems!