People will do just about anything to add a little luxury to their homes. Some opt to landscape the back yard or build a pool while others renovate the kitchen or bathrooms. But one company in the United Kingdom found a way to one-up just about every home luxury.
If you were to look at the work by Ashley Yeates and his crew, you might think it was nothing more than a well-built garden shed: a place to stash some old tools and household junk. Take a step inside one of his creations, however, and you’ll see a luxury experience most people can only dream about…
Ashley Yeates from Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, was fond of building what many, at first glance, would call a simple shed. These were perfectly lovely sheds, of course, but simple ones nonetheless. But Ashley would beg to differ.
Yes, while they might have looked that way on the outside, the constructions Ashley and his team of builders created were actually cocoons of luxury. Just take a look inside…
These “sheds” were built with timber frames and insulation just like anything else. They kept out heat and could survive the elements, too. Big deal, right? But, according to Ashley, these were no ordinary sheds.
Ashley’s company, called the Torii Cinema Company, specialized in designing, manufacturing, and installing custom movie theaters in people’s back yards or garages! These theaters had everything you could imagine… and more.
In this custom theater, for instance, seven retractable seats faced a massive canvas screen. A roof-mounted projector played whatever movie the home owner slid into a connected Blu-ray player. The cinematic experience didn’t end there, either.
What would a trip to the movie theater be without snacks? In this home cinema, Ashley installed a candy counter, all of which rested on a luxurious read carpet. And, amazingly, you could do so much more than watch movies here.
In the back corner of the home cinema, beside a classic movie poster, Ashley and the crew included an Xbox game system, along with a few games. The owner of this home cinema could project not just films, but video games on the big screen, too!
But why hide all of this in a shed-like structure? Why not remodel a bedroom? Ashley’s creations weren’t cheap, after all—the top-end units cost about $42,000—so the people adding a home cinema likely had the extra space.
“There’s something extremely magical about going out to a completely separate space from the house,” Ashley said. “Once the door closes behind you, you completely forget you’re just in the garden—the whole experience is extremely immersive.”
Ashley created several different “immersive experiences” for his clients; in fact, the seven-seat theater was just one of four home cinema creations Torii Cinemas shared with the public. The second was contained in this beautiful, nautical-themed structure.
For this particular client, Ashley constructed a more intimate theater. Instead of seven seats, this cinema had just two—but man, did those plus seats look comfy! Most of the features matched the seven-seat unit, but the same couldn’t be said for this next home cinema…
Just from the outside, you could tell that what Ashley eventually dubbed “The Cine-bar” would be something special. This garden add-on had stairs and even its own porch! Inside, it was even more impressive…
Like the seven-seat home cinema, the main feature of the cine-bar was a canvas screen facing plush, theater-style chairs. All the bells and whistles—the red carpets and curtains, the surround sound—stayed. But here, Ashley added some luxuries, too…
Alongside a candy counter, this home cinema included a refrigerator! The client could really get creative with the kinds of concessions he or she craved inside this theater. But there was one more surprise…
The entire refrigeration unit had been built into the backside of a bar! Liquor bottles hung from the walls and wine glasses rested on crafted wooden shelves. Inside the fridge, the client could chill wine and beer—can your ordinary movie theater offer that?
This home cinema utilized an HD 3D projector, giving an authentic movie-theater feel to the place, too. Ashley’s work definitely couldn’t be considered sheds or play rooms; these were real movie theaters. And Ashley still had another trick up his sleeve…
Another client of his wanted something a little different—something more than just a home cinema or a video game room. Even better, he or she offered Ashley a brick-lined structure to build in. So, what did Ashley and his team put together?
“The brief of this cinema was to seat eight people in comfort and to include some form of karaoke,” Ashley wrote. “So when designing, I worked entirely around the furniture choices, integrating them entirely in the design.” See those microphones?
Imagine bringing a few friends into the home cinema—located conveniently in your garage—projecting some lyrics onto the screen and just singing your heart out? You could even turn on the big game afterwards. Talk about a man cave!
Just check out the “Karoake Bar” home cinema. You’ll see even more of the amazing details that went into every one of Ashley’s creative luxury projects. Which one of these home cinemas would you want in your own house?
What’s most impressive is that Ashley and his team created the plans and built each of these home cinemas from scratch. Truly, the only limits were the client’s imaginations!
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