Many of us park on the street or our driveways for convenience these days. So if you have a neglected garage space, why not consider a garage home cinema conversion? Design and create a cosy retreat where you can binge-watch your favourite series, snuggle up with a romcom or invite your friends over for a big rugby match. Here’s what you need to know to get started on your garage conversion project.
Can I turn my garage into a home cinema?
Believe it or not, garages are perfect for home cinema conversions. This is because they’re naturally dark, separate from the rest of the house and can be surprisingly spacious. With a little imagination, you could transform a disorganised area loaded with defunct garden tools and unused gym equipment into a movie retreat for your friends and family to enjoy.
Of course, working with the relevant contractors – including a qualified home cinema specialist – is a must. Your garage should be safe, secure, free from leaks, suitable for wiring, well-insulated and sound-proof. Home cinema installers will also recommend a design appropriate for the layout of your garage and will be able to suggest appropriate technology. From crystal clear projection and Artcoustic speakers to surround sound and atmospheric lighting, there’s plenty that can be achieved. Think about what you want and make it a reality.
Do you need council approval to convert a garage into a room?
Chances are, you will not need planning permission for a garage home cinema conversion, so long as the building’s footprint remains unchanged. If you plan on extending your garage upwards or outwards then this is likely to require planning consent. You may also need planning permission if you live in a listed building or your local council has restrictions on reducing parking. Be sure to check with your local authorities and get hold of any necessary permits before bringing your home cinema design to life.
What is a home cinema room?
To be clear, a home cinema room is exactly what it claims to be: a cinema environment in the comfort of your own home. Home cinema installation looks different for everyone depending on your set-up, but you can create a small, cosy space with a large projection screen and a comfortable sofa. Or if your garage is on the bigger side, how about opting for tiered seating with steps in the aisles, just like a typical cinema theatre?
The benefits of a home cinema are plentiful. Firstly, you don’t have to travel anywhere. Secondly, you can make the most of all your subscriptions by watching your favourite shows and movies on the big screen. Thirdly, there will be no noisy strangers rattling sweetie bags and munching popcorn loudly.
Contact a home cinema specialist today such as New Wave AV and enjoy a professional garage home cinema conversion. Our specialist installers work across Kent, Surrey, Essex, London and Sussex and will help convert your garage into a cinema room with ease.
Article by Kevin Whysall
I started my Audio Visual and Technology career back in 1992 working in the commercial and leisure sector across Europe. Then back in 2003 I founded New Wave AV and we are now a leading Smart Home, Home Cinema and Lighting Control company in the Southeast of England.