Are Home Theatres Worth The Drama
In the 2000’s, a state-of-the-art home theatre was the ‘must have’ in every new home. Whether you were making the transition from VHS to DVD’s or were way ahead of the pack with a projector system and surround sound, having a home theatre that rivalled the local movie cinema was a status symbol in and of itself. Fast forward to 2022 and we ask the question … are home theatres still worth the drama?
Streaming services have become the new way to devour and enjoy content. Whether it’s Foxtel, Netflix, Stan or Disney Plus, having a subscription to one or more streaming platforms became the saviour of our sanity during COVID lockdowns. With such a huge range of content available, every member of the house could choose what they wanted to watch. This may have changed the viewing habits of many families. Where family movie night was the usual go to on a Friday, streaming personalized content on multiple devices suddenly became the norm. The couch, once the central gathering place of multiple bodies and lost kernels of popcorn, became empty. Having a large room dedicated to screening movies became obsolete! Now, if you’re a movie connoisseur, a home theatre may remain a ‘must have’ in your home design. We’re thinking dark walls, heavy curtains, thick carpet, dimmable star downlights, recliner chairs with cup holders and usb ports etc. But, if you’re happy to watch the latest season of Ozark on your tablet, then there may be a better use for this space.
Having a second living space in your home makes sense. In general, your Living Area is the central gathering point of your home. Close to the kitchen (and with a TV), it’s the place to be when entertaining guests or just lounging around and relaxing. The function of your second living area though will be determined by your current and future lifestyle. It may be a kid’s toy room near the bedrooms that can be transformed into a teen retreat with study desks. Or a games room with a pool table and bar with easy access to the alfresco for those summer afternoon get togethers. Even if you’re not sure at the moment what the room will be used for, having a room that is designed so that it is easily furnishable and has plenty of power and lighting options means that it can become whatever you desire. The upside of this is that a well-designed second living area also adds value to your home when it comes time to sell.