When I bought my home 5 years ago, one of the huge draws was the large room on the back of the house. It was a bit of an odd construction, half concrete wall up to about 4ft on three sides, then wood framed with a lot of windows. It originally had a horrible semi-opaque white corrugated non-insulated roof which turned the space into an oven during the summer and was freezing during the winter - I really don't know what the previous owner was thinking when they built it, while it looked pretty, it was basically unusable.
2 Years ago I had my contractor come in, replace the roof, add a fully insulated ceiling, heat exhausts, LED lighting etc to turn into a much more usable space with far better thermal control.
There are various aspects about the space that are pluses and minuses (like every other non-custom built candididate)...
- It exists already!!!
- One continuous space 40' long, 15' wide.
- Solid floor, nothing underneath
- 3 un-shared walls
- 1 solid concrete wall against the 'exterior' of the house
- Existing electrical
- Great height - 10' ceilings
- It exists already!!!
- Lots of windows and doors to remove
- Existing roof line encroaches into space
- The solid concrete stucco walls may cause framing headaches??
I'm trying to split the space into two distinct areas, incorporate the location of the bathroom and use the existing roof outcrop in such a way that it creates a design feature rather than an eyesore. The idea is to split the space into two 20x15 rooms. A bar and social area with arcade and pinball machines, and the dedicated theater.
Basic render of the theater space. I've followed the lines of the existing roof outcrop around three sides of the room and created illuminated alcoves to display movie memorabilia. The hallway exists because I have an irrational/sentimental desire to have a passage way that you walk through to get into the theater - to me it just adds to the feeling. In these first renders I place a small refreshments area at the end of the hallway, but I think this will be better served as an equipment and sub closet as the bar will be just outside the main entrance to the theater, so it will be easy to just go there for refreshments.
Here's a render with the two hallway walls removed just so you can get a better idea of how the spaces relate to one another and the existing structures.