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Home theathers/media rooms are trending. Have the room wired with mulitiple A/V options, and definietely hard wired for a data connection. Many people are having niches designed specifically to fit their large screened tv's. We are also seeing a large request for platforms that are wired for special theater-like seating. I have attached some pictures of these options.
TRY LESS DATA AND MORE SOCIAL IN YOUR PLANNING
if you need amazing go with 4k tech and tv video. this is trending now for media although, I believe the more informal family setting is popular.
The Clients who have new homes are spending more time with family and less time in a formal movie setting area. Families are coming together and the market has shown that in the end family and the friends you have are more important than anything. We look for more Family centered engagment in a setting. NO DATA OR IPADS ALLOWED.
At Gavigan we even have gone so far as to have a NO DATA policy layout i.e. a room for Computers and data devices only. the owners may have a plan or family only in the family room and talk or enjoy time without data.
Ask your Clients about a Data room. try making a no data policy and engage in family time layout. Having two beautiful daughters and the best wife has shown this to work in our home as much as we can... its a challange although a goal :-]
A dedicated home theater room has not been as popular as it used to. A growing trend appears to be hybrid spaces where a large LED 4k TV or a hidden projector screen is used. Consumers like their movies and music so the addition of a media server to store music, videos, and use the internet is growing popular. Now you can watch YouTube videos from your couch instead of the office. Wiring a home is a painstaking process and expensive so many homeowners gravitate towards the SONOS wireless setup or a soundbar. The audiophiles will always want better speakers and sound quality though.
We have a sister company (Wine Cellar Technologies- www.winecellartech.com ) that handles all our cellar creation needs. Through WCT we've done commercial and residential design/installs etc. The racking we like using and looks best is generally made from Redwoood or Mahogany. If you have the budget for it, walnut or teak would be an awesome material to use as well. The exact design always depends on what the clients want to cellar, what they like, where they buy from etc. Of course we're biased, but having bought racking from all the largest racking companies over the years, the racks from WCT can't be beat for their quality, ease of installation, and beauty.
If your looking for help there is a company called CellarMakers that will guide you through out he entire planning, construction and installation process. From refrigeration requiements to shelf and racking systems there is a lot that's involved to do it right.
MANCAVE BY GAVIGAN: No Manly man's Man Cave or home is complete without a secret room or storage facility for valuables, extra supplies, or firearms if they choose. The allure of your capability and safe keeping make it a great feature although better off to keep it undisclosed. Sensors may be applied if guests are over and set even if the Alarm is off. Gavigan Homes offers many amamamzing places picked up during a project and they are never located in the same place. If they Can't find it they cant steal it- GAVIGAN HOMES
WINE LOCATIONS FOR HOMES TIPS BY GAVIGAN: try to focus on the location and what the intent is. Eacch region offeres different benifits and depending on the use and frequency an owner can make a show piece or a true wine cellar or wine rack. Proper plannning makes for amazing spaces. Be Bold and Be Creative - Billy-
Something cool that I've seen done is a sports themed basement. Put your favorite team's color up on the wall and get all kinds of memorabilia (jerseys, championships, etc) that you can decorate with as well. Also Fatheads of players that you can put on the wall can help to give it an even better feel. For the bar area, you can use old t-shirts to cover the stools with, if they have padding.
Hope this helps!
Katie Palmer, Arocon Roofing and Construction, LLC
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