Well Designed Media Room-A Value Add For Your Home

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Well Designed Media Room-A Value Add For Your Home

A well designed media room is a value added feature for your home. During the past year, I have worked with a couple of clients who had media rooms included in their new construction projects.

wayne-johnson.comThere was a time when to get the impact of a big movie or sporting event, you had to go to the theatre, or the sporting venue. What with finding and paying for parking, or public transportation, drunken fans, fights, and the sometimes unpleasant people one can run into at such events, more people are opting for staying home, but still enjoying the event.

Having a media room included in the initial design of a new home is great for including current technology and masking the infrastructure needed for a good system. If the plan is forward thinking enough, one maybe able to include enough flexibility to accommodate the next generation or two of the coming technologies.

Here's what I mean by coming technologies. Remember when VHS and Beta were slugging it out? (Please tell me I'm not the only who remembers that era?) Then DVDs began to replace the VCR, slowly but steadily. The cabling was still pretty much the same, but speaker technology was changing.

There was a time to have an awesome sound system, you needed speakers the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. But now Bose and some of their competitors can produce great sound on devices that are small enough to put in your pocket.

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Now the flat screen TV technology, Blu Ray devices, and computer systems are going warp speed in the home entertainment area. If you can set aside a media room to keep your home entertainment technologies organized, when it is time to sell your house, it helps to show potential buyers how best to use the space. In addition, they may want to buy any wall mounted pieces since you already have them installed. That gives you the opportunity to buy new stuff for your next house. Nothing wrong with that.

If you are not buying a new house where you can design it from scratch, do some research on media rooms, talk to some home entertainment suppliers, visit some reputable remodelers and I think you will be impressed with the options available. Although the focus of this post is how well designed media rooms can add value to your home for resale, we should not forget how much benefit you will get from the room for you entertaining family and friends. Keeping in mind whatever budget you want to have, a media room or area can be worth the investment for your personal use, irrespective of resale value.

If you are looking for a new house that has a media room, let Google help you find a good source to help you with your search.

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C. Lloyd McKenzie
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, New Mexico Properties - Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Wayne,

Very Good post!  You vave really taken us back "Old School" Here.  I still have two Technic  1210MK2 turntables to play vinyl.  I always nwwd a place to secure them.  For years I have contemplated what you now define as a "Media Room"  I still do not have it.  I think I will be desinging my dream home with a media room

Aug 26, 2011 11:37 PM #1
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Wayne....fine post and thanks for  bringing us back to the stone age regarding some of the old terms.

Aug 27, 2011 12:20 AM #2
Carolyn Nelson
Triad First Choice Realty/Online REPA - Durham, NC
Broker, Closing Coordinator

I still have my 8 Track tape player with a couple tapes to go with it. Just looked at the old Commodore and Atari systems,, still have my first computer dated back to 1987, and a couple record players. Gee I need to let go. Too many  old school items for a 49 year old.

Aug 27, 2011 07:32 AM #3
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

C Lloyd-You want old school-I have some old school. Remember the early video game-Pong? I had one of those but lost it somehow in a move. But I think we still have an Intelivision system. I need to see if I can get that one up an d running, just for old times sakes.

Aug 27, 2011 08:11 AM #4
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Ron-It is nice to look back, I remember some old 78 rpm records my parents had that I thought were antiques. Now I have antiques compared to the new stuff out today. Progress, right?

Aug 27, 2011 08:14 AM #5
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Wayne: When building a new home or even buying a new home folks are looking for the newest and greatest even in technology. A home with a media room designed for the needs of the entire family would be a great asset. I see that when I'm doing phase inspections with homes under construction.

A nice informative blog surely deserves a suggest.

Carl Winters, Canyon Lake Texas

Aug 27, 2011 10:50 AM #6
Judi Boad

Hi Wayne~ Home theaters are a great enhancement. My daughter has five children, so their home is 4,000 square feet. A media room is a fun place for the family to gather and enjoy movies, leaving the living room space for reading and face time. 

An evolution in home concepts to be sure!

Best regards from Seattle,

Aug 27, 2011 02:55 PM #7
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Wayne  In our area many builders offer a media room as an incentive to buy, especially in homes over 3,000 square feet

Aug 27, 2011 05:36 PM #8
Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Wayne, I've had one home listed that actually had a large upstairs medium room speifically designed for that use and it was an awesome addition to the house.   House sold quickly and the media room was part of the reason.

Aug 27, 2011 11:49 PM #9
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Wayne the media room is certainly gaining popularity. Such a room will make a house standout and will probably sell faster. 

Aug 28, 2011 12:09 AM #10
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Carl and Ceil-If you have a large window looking out over that nice hill country vista, you have a nice natural media room.

Karen-Yes, they are doing some great designs where the first floor is living space with the media room as the only upstairs feature.

Judi-That sounds like quite a home. Lots of room for Grandmom to hide out from all the activity from time to time.

Jennifer-Right you are and it does not cost very much more if included in the original design.

Aug 28, 2011 10:07 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing


This is fine post, and you are right on the subject of a media room.  One of our Las Vegas clients sold a lovely home with an incredible media room complete with popcorn machine and bar.  It certainly added value to that home.  I am suggesting. A

Aug 30, 2011 12:58 AM #12
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Ron and Alexandra-Thanks for the suggest. I imagine the luxury homes in Las Vegas have some outsanding media rooms, maybe even small studios or theatres.

Aug 30, 2011 08:51 AM #13
Stephanie Stringer
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764 - San Antonio, TX
Mortgage Loan Originator
Wayne, Great post. I had a media room in our house in Dallas and really never took advantage of it. I'm one that likes to get out and see a movie with the family. Now I wish the drive inns movies would come back. I loved watching the dancing popcorn, drink and the hot dog dancing before the movie started.
Sep 01, 2011 05:07 AM #14
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Hi Stephanie-I'm the exact opposite. I like the freedom to pause the action, rewind to hear what was said, and fix my own snacks. So you made the move to South Texas? Hope things are going well for you.

Sep 01, 2011 11:56 AM #15
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