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Home Theaters in Iceberg Homes – The perfect match?

You are most likely familiar with the idiom “tip of the iceberg,” which basically means a small part of a much larger problem or situation which remains unseen. This is derived from the fact that the visible part of the iceberg (the tip) is only a small part of the greater whole. No matter how massive and how impressive that iceberg appears to be, fully 90% of it is below the waterline.

Iceberg homes, logically enough, are ones where the visible house is the tip of the iceberg, with a large, potentially massive, basement hidden underground. In some cases, the underground portion might be three or four stories deep and might even be larger than the visible portion of the home.

Iceberg Home with Home Theater

Why Build an Iceberg Home?

Wealthy homeowners who are looking for ways to expand upon their living space can sometimes become frustrated with planning restrictions that prevent them from adding on to their homes. Even if they can add an additional room or two, or build upwards, this might not provide them with the amount of space they are looking for. In their search for a way to expand, they may discover that there are no existing restrictions on digging deeper into the earth.

The result? Iceberg homes.

Depending on the budget, some of these homes can have huge underground bunkers that are as extravagant as the fanciest hotels. They may contain luxury add-ons ranging from personal libraries or offices to swimming pools, spas, workout areas, and more. Some even have extensive underground parking for the owner’s car collection or visiting friends and family.

Of course, one ideal addition to an iceberg home would have to be a home cinema.

Home Theaters in Iceberg Homes – The Perfect Match

Home theaters in Iceberg homes

Home cinemas have always been a popular addition among homeowners, but they could occasionally present certain issues, some of which can be solved quite handily by their inclusion in an iceberg home.

Here are some of the reasons why iceberg homes and home cinemas go well together.

  • Design Freedom. When adding a home cinema to an existing basement, there may be certain constraints based on the size and shape of the space you have available. When creating an iceberg home, you can build to your vision, making it as intimate or expansive as you desire.

  • Perfectly Dark. When creating a home cinema in the average basement, there may be issues with light coming into the room. For those who like to recreate the experience of going out to a cinema, this could prove distracting as light appears in their peripheral vision, or worse, shines onto the screen.

Some will invest in blackout curtains to eliminate or at least reduce the amount of light coming into the room, but a completely underground home theater isn’t going to experience this issue.

  • Insulation and Soundproofing. When you are deeply involved in the viewing of a film, whether it is a tense thriller, heartfelt romance, or gripping drama, you want to be sure to hear all the dialogue clearly. A weekend afternoon movie marathon becomes somewhat less enjoyable if the soundtrack to your film is accompanied by the sound of your neighbour mowing their lawn, their dog barking, or their kids squealing in delight as they play in the pool.

Likewise, if you are watching a musical or an exciting action film, you may want to crank up the volume, but find yourself holding back to avoid creating a disturbance of your own, especially late at night.

A cinema in an iceberg home is much more isolated from the outside world, meaning you are free to listen how you want and will have no outside noise drowning out the important dialogue.

  • All-Purpose Entertainment Rooms. Some homeowners use their home cinema for more than just watching movies. With their large screens and excellent sound systems, they are just as appropriate for video games. Kids young and old can enjoy their gaming with the same benefits and level of freedom as those watching movies, engaging in intense online shooting games without neighbours wondering if the police need to be called.

Pool tables and other games can be a part of the room, making it an all-purpose room for entertaining guests or oneself and if things get a little competitive or rowdy, it is just as contained as your movie viewing and video games.

  • Privacy. The sub-levels of an iceberg home can almost feel like a world apart, providing you with an additional level of privacy. You can remain unseen and unheard, enjoying yourself in complete privacy. While you are always free to do as you wish in any area of your home, the nature of the iceberg home can make your home cinema and other add-ons can feel more like a getaway, giving you a break from your regular at-home life.

Anyone investing in an iceberg home would be able to create their ultimate home cinema, just as anyone with the appropriate budget who is looking to create a home cinema might want to learn more about iceberg homes.

There are some things to consider, however. Some areas have begun to amend their building restrictions to include iceberg homes after receiving complaints from others in the neighbourhood. This is likely because the creation of such a large underground area can be complex, time-consuming, and disruptive to the surrounding area as your home becomes a long-term construction site.

As iceberg homes become more popular, there is sure to be more scrutiny placed upon them and restrictions are sure to follow. For this reason, it is important to check all local regulations regarding their creation.

However, if creating extra living space is something that can work for you in your area, then

Why Build an Iceberg Home?

Wealthy homeowners who are looking for ways to expand upon their living space can sometimes become frustrated with planning restrictions that prevent them from adding on to their homes. Even if they can add an additional room or two, or build upwards, this might not provide them with the amount of space they are looking for. In their search for a way to expand, they may discover that there are no existing restrictions on digging deeper into the earth.

The result? Iceberg homes.

Depending on the budget, some of these homes can have huge underground bunkers that are as extravagant as the fanciest hotels. They may contain luxury add-ons ranging from personal libraries or offices to swimming pools, spas, workout areas, and more. Some even have extensive underground parking for the owner’s car collection or visiting friends and family.

Of course, one ideal addition to an iceberg home would have to be a home cinema.

Why Are Iceberg Homes Perfect For Home Cinemas?

Home cinemas have always been a popular addition among homeowners, but they could occasionally present certain issues, some of which can be solved quite handily by their inclusion in an iceberg home.

Here are some of the reasons why iceberg homes and home cinemas go well together.

  • Design Freedom. When adding a home cinema to an existing basement, there may be certain constraints based on the size and shape of the space you have available. When creating an iceberg home, you can build to your vision, making it as intimate or expansive as you desire.

  • Perfectly Dark. When creating a home cinema in the average basement, there may be issues with light coming into the room. For those who like to recreate the experience of going out to a cinema, this could prove distracting as light appears in their peripheral vision, or worse, shines onto the screen.

Some will invest in blackout curtains to eliminate or at least reduce the amount of light coming into the room, but a completely underground home theater isn’t going to experience this issue.

  • Insulation and Soundproofing. When you are deeply involved in the viewing of a film, whether it is a tense thriller, heartfelt romance, or gripping drama, you want to be sure to hear all the dialogue clearly. A weekend afternoon movie marathon becomes somewhat less enjoyable if the soundtrack to your film is accompanied by the sound of your neighbour mowing their lawn, their dog barking, or their kids squealing in delight as they play in the pool.

Likewise, if you are watching a musical or an exciting action film, you may want to crank up the volume, but find yourself holding back to avoid creating a disturbance of your own, especially late at night.

A cinema in an iceberg home is much more isolated from the outside world, meaning you are free to listen how you want and will have no outside noise drowning out the important dialogue.

  • All-Purpose Entertainment Rooms. Some homeowners use their home cinema for more than just watching movies. With their large screens and excellent sound systems, they are just as appropriate for video games. Kids young and old can enjoy their gaming with the same benefits and level of freedom as those watching movies, engaging in intense online shooting games without neighbours wondering if the police need to be called.

Pool tables and other games can be a part of the room, making it an all-purpose room for entertaining guests or oneself and if things get a little competitive or rowdy, it is just as contained as your movie viewing and video games.

  • Privacy. The sub-levels of an iceberg home can almost feel like a world apart, providing you with an additional level of privacy. You can remain unseen and unheard, enjoying yourself in complete privacy. While you are always free to do as you wish in any area of your home, the nature of the iceberg home can make your home cinema and other add-ons can feel more like a getaway, giving you a break from your regular at-home life.

Anyone investing in more underground space would be able to create their ultimate home cinema in an iceberg home and anyone with the appropriate budget who is looking to create a home cinema might want to learn more about iceberg homes.

There are some things to consider, however. Some areas have begun to amend their building restrictions to include iceberg homes after receiving complaints from others in the neighbourhood. This is likely because the creation of such a large underground area can be complex, time-consuming, and disruptive to the surrounding area as your home becomes a long-term construction site.

As iceberg homes become more popular, there is sure to be more scrutiny placed upon them and restrictions are sure to follow. For this reason, it is important to check all local regulations regarding their creation.

Home Theaters in Iceberg Homes are becoming more popular – if you want more information or want the ultimate in Home Theater comfort with custom, bespoke home cinema chairs, contact Elite HTS.  

 

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