Look! Fireplace in a Home Theater

Fireplaces are usually seen as obstacles to those movie and tech buffs who are jonesing for a serious theater setup. The hearth of the home is usually just in the way when you're trying to mount a 62-inch plasma HDTV for optimum viewing...

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When these homeowners decided to turn their large, open basement into a home theater, they found themselves face-to-face with a pre-existing stone fireplace.

The homeowners worked with the contractors and decided to keep the fireplace and incorporate it into the design of the room. The projection screen was mounted to a side wall and built-in cabinets to hold DVDs and other theater accessories were installed to either side of the raised-out fireplace hearth. A cool way to take advantage of what some might call an obstacle!

This room's also rocking custom noise barrier treatment on all four walls plus the ceiling and a center-opening motorized old-school theater curtain. No wonder it's a finalist for Electronic House's 2009 Best Home Theater of the Year award.

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.