Stargate Fanatic: Take Me to Your Theater
Spending a sweet 70K to transform his home theater into a custom-built homage to sci-fi show "Stargate Atlantis", Yarmuth's home - nicknamed Ravyn - is the only one on the block, and perhaps the world, that contains a replica of the "Stargate" portal. And that portal (composed of air compression doors) leads to a theater that features a 10-foot movie screen, custom-designed speakers built directly into the wall that look like space debris, and an overhead dome that can be set to reflect an array of intergalactic weather systems.
Yarmuth's home may be the only place in the world where "Stargate" and sci-fi buffs can watch films about space and simultaneously be reminded of the final frontier overhead.
"The entire room has an automation system that allows you to control everything from the lighting to the door by remote control," says Phil Chaney, president of the Louisville division of Visual Concepts, the company responsible for designing the room. "Probably the neatest thing about the project is the lighting effects. The client can drop the lighting in the ceiling down to 30 percent and create an orangish-red glow, make the casings around the door light up or use a second projector to give the actual Stargate a water effect just like in the show."
"It's pretty unique," he admits
Chaney reports that the project took three months to design and merely three days to construct. He adds that the "Stargate" room only works because it blends with the modern feel in the rest of the home. As far as the resale value, Yarmuth should probably hunt for sci-fi home buyers when or if he ever decides to move or simply search for those looking for a pad that's one of a kind.
"This project could dramatically increase the value of the house if you found the right buyer, but it's going to be a unique feature even if you're not a sci-fi enthusiast," says Chaney. "It's going to be something that nobody else in the region has."
More photos of Chez Stargate as well as blueprints of the theater can be found at Visual Concepts' Flickr page.