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From the Forums: DIY Garage Home Cinema Conversion

A sensible use of space

by Mark Hodgkinson Apr 2, 2016


  • You don’t really need to keep the car in your garage, do you? Especially when the alternative is to turn it in to a dedicated home cinema.
    Well that’s what AVForums member CableGuy decided, anyhow, following the purchase of his house in December 2014; what’s more, the idea came from Mrs CableGuy which we’d describe as a win, win situation!

    The garage measured 7m x 2.5m and included a downstairs WC, leaving about 6m length for the cinema room, as the decision was made to retain about 1.5m of that for a utility room (boiler, washer, dryer and AV equipment).

    We can see the basic plans below, featuring the main room, utility room and downstairs WC.

    Fortunately CableGuy already had a pretty decent array of kit to go in to the room, although some upgrades and additional equipment purchases were inevitable. The plan was to go with a Sony STR-DN1050 for amplification of a 7.2 channel setup which comprised Bowers & Wilkins 684, for the fronts, a B&W HTM62 for the centre, B&W DS3 as surrounds and two B&W ASW610 providing the subwoofery. Video Sources included a Panasonic DMP-BDT310, a Virgin Media TiVo an Apple TV and an Xbox 360. Audio sources included a NAD C545BEE and a Sonos ZP90 (connect) via a Cambridge Audio DacMagic, with control provided by a Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote and hub.

    So, this is what the garage looked like before CableGuy set to work and, unfortunately, the roof you see is made from Asbestos, which obviously needed dealing with.
    In the next couple of photos we can see quite a lot of progress, with batons and boards going up nicely and insulation fitted.
    All the source equipment was stowed away in the utility room on shelving
    And work began on the projector screen housing and getting in the rest of the fun stuff. So, let’s fast forward a few months and see the finished article and, wow, what a transformation we can see.
    Great work CableGuy and please do check out the rest of the photos in his Showcase Thread.

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