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Neat-O: Basement Transforms into English Pub-style Home Theater

Media Rooms Inc. deserves home theater cheers for transforming this basement into an English Pub that conceals the electronics within traditional décor.


Media Rooms Inc.’s in-house cabinet shop designed and fabricated the oak wainscoting and decorative columns for this English Pub-themed home theater.

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Arlen Schweiger · January 22, 2014

To transform a basement space into an English pub-inspired home theater, it helps to have an in-house wood shop. The carpenters at Media Rooms Inc. in West Chester, Pa., fabricated all of the interior elements including acoustical wall panels, custom columns, wood millwork, proscenium (around the video screen) and custom counter in the rear of the theater room.

The clients wanted an elegant theater with traditional design influences. And by “traditional,” they meant authentic English pub, the theme of the entire basement space.

Since most ye-olde-English-pubs don’t have loudspeakers, equipment racks and other modern marvels co-mingling with Guinness and fish and chips, Media Rooms took great care in concealing the electronics within the traditional décor.

“Our goal was to not have any audio/video components visible in the room,” says Media Rooms president Rob Dzedzy, who used a Draper screen and Digital Projection M-Vision projector. “We located the audio/video components in an in-wall closet and fabricated an acoustical panel door to hide the components from view.

“Speakers were built into the decorative columns and front proscenium behind acoustically transparent fabric. Decorative acoustic panels were placed throughout the room to match the aesthetic and add absorption. We installed wood trim around the panels to add to the elegance of the room.”

Media Rooms also envisioned and installed aesthetic touches such as tin ceilings to elevate the pub vibe.

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The clients were so impressed with the authentic flourishes that they asked Media Rooms to help complete the remaining basement area of 2,600 square feet.

“Our in-house cabinet shop designed and fabricated oak wainscoting and decorative columns for several walls, decorative oak columns covering lally columns, baseboard throughout the entire area and miscellaneous millwork,” Dzedzy says. “We also supplied and installed 15 solid oak doors for all the basement rooms, including the bathroom, exercise room, closets and mechanical areas.

The “English Pub theater” earned an 2013 CotY Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for Home Theater & Media Rooms Under $150,000.

Watch the work in progress and the completed theater video below.

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Arlen Schweiger is managing editor of CE Pro, Commercial Integrator and Security Sales & Integration magazines. Arlen contributes installation features, business profiles, manufacturer news and product reviews. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Arlen at arlen.schweiger@emeraldexpo.com

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