Garage Hangout

Some of the most creative work comes out of the least likely places. Take this garage multiplex in New Jersey. The owners wanted a place where they could spend time with their teenage twins and where the kids could entertain friends apart from the other living spaces in the home. So they gutted the bulky space above the garage, dressed it in New York Yankees blue, and Electronics Design Group set about designing a multimedia, multiscreen system that could satisfy the family’s varied entertainment needs.

Flexibility was a key component of the room. It had to be a home theater at times, a social networking hotspot at others and a den to play video games &emdash; with room to move around. Sometimes it’s all those things at once. The 106-inch motorized Da-Lite projector screen drops from the ceiling when it’s time for movie night or a Bronx Bombers game and then motors back into its housing in the molding above the front wall when the projector turns off. Sitcoms and reality TV fare show on the 52-inch Sharp LCD TV that’s permanently mounted to the front wall. The 32-inch Sharp LCD TVs on either side are dedicated for close-up viewing, serving as oversized game displays, computer monitors or video chat screens.

Project Team


Siegel Architects, P.C.



Ivy Hill Builders



S&R Electric Service


Interior Designer

Linda Canavan Design & Decoration