Create The Perfect Basement Home Theater Experience

If you are considering building a basement home theater this is a good place to start.

The basement is a great place for a home theater system setup

Usually dark because of small windows, and out of the way of regular traffic through the home the lower level has distinct advantages built right in…

However, there are some things to be aware of when builnatural colors home theater pictureding below ground level. Some of these thoughts are more obvious than others.

Building or remodeling a theater below ground level has some unique considerations and safety issues to keep in mind.


Safety Concerns:

1. Fire Exits: Make absolutely sure that you have an egress plan or escape plan prior to performing a home theater build or remodel.

2. Smoke Alarms: Many homes, especially older homes: may not have adequate smoke alarms in the basement.

Make sure your home theater experience is a good one. Make careful decisions if you decide to build your own home theater.

Some equipment can become quite hot or even malfunction in special cases so make sure you functioning smoke alarms to let you know.

3. Sump pumps and Drain check valves: If you have a sump pump make sure to install a battery backup system prior to starting to build a home theater.

If your theater equipment is expensive this is a must have.

As a rule, if you cannot afford to lose it and start over make sure you don’t have to.

If your basement has a city drain you will want to install a one-way check valve on the drain.

This keeps water from flowing backward into your home. Sometimes sewer drains flood -You do not want sewage and drain water backing up into the house.

Check with your local zoning office to ensure that you know of all possible drains exiting the house.

I have heard of sewage backups filling entire theaters because a drain location was missed.

On that note, if you must install the check valve buy the highest quality you can find. Also, while the ground is open: Install two check valves- one in front of the other for extra security.

4. Flood Insurance: Before beginning your theater make sure you speak with your homeowner’s insurance agent.

Most policies have a fairly low cap on flood damage to household goods -especially items located in the basement. They probably won’t cover your

expensive audio/ video equipment and home theatre speakers.

5. Radon Detectors: Install a few of these, they’re cheap.

6. Air circulation: One of the things that cause radon in basements is stagnant air. If the air is not moving and cycling fresh air into the basement home theater stagnant air can result.

7. Dehumidifier: If your basement has a damp air feel, you may need to pull the moisture out of the air. A dehumidifier will do this quite well. Your local Lowe’s or Home Depot will have a nice selection of these. It would not be fun to buy replacement speakers because of damp air permeating your speaker cabinets.

Here is a list of home theater equipment and components that we use and you can even add your own wish list at the bottom of this page.

Where to Start:

Go to – Page 2 – Build Home Theater

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