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How They Did It: Best Garage Ever

Ed Wenck
Nov 04, 2016

A multi-seat theater. A full kitchen. A terrific Xbox experience.

Hard to believe it’s all in a space where this family used to park their cars.



This two-car garage that became a media room was built primarily for gaming, something the family’s fond of. The DPI projector was chosen specifically to cut out as much latency as possible, as lag times detract mightily from the gaming experience. Direct connections improved the response times further, and custom-sized Lutron blackout shades reduce nearly all exterior light to heighten the visual experience. Gaming jacks are installed on the front wall to swap out stations quickly.



A 150” acoustically transparent screen hides the front channel speakers, while custom color-matched speakers occupy the side walls in this Atmos-ready room. A fabric cushion wall conceals the rear speakers, overheads are invisible, and the powered subwoofer is hidden by a pony wall custom-built for the space.



La Scala worked closely with the project’s interior designer to ensure that viewing was adequate at the bar counter as well as the two tiers of dedicated seating. Some big challenges included lining up the side channel speakers properly around existing artwork and millwork, and dodging HVAC ducts while installing the overhead speakers. The CEDIA judges were impressed with the room’s performance for a fairly modest budget, and noted the excellent documentation and craftsmanship of this project -- that's why it won the Best Media Room (Level I) Award for 2016.




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