cozy home theater built as part of this basement remodel
Photo: Mark Samu
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Cozy Home Theater

Problem: A teenager had outgrown his room, and the family's new TV was outsized for its space.

Solution: Move the media center to the basement so that the teen could spread out, and build a TV cabinet big enough for movie viewing. Recessed lights make the most of the ceiling height, while pendants create a reading nook. The shelving unit was made for under $100 with 2-inch framing lumber and a salvaged window. A tip from the kid's dad: Be sure to prime and paint before installing a built-in like this.

Design: Lucianna Samu
Builder: Restorations Unlimited, Salem, NY; 518-854-3389.
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