Anaheim, CA (January 17, 2008)–David Ronn, a corporate attorney and musician from Houston, Texas, is a poster child for green living. His entire home is designed with energy-saving construction and appliances, including a multi-purpose room that functions as a home theater, dining room, rehearsal space and a home recording studio.
Bob Suffolk, a recording studio designer and founder of Suffolk Studio Design, customized Ronn’s multi-purpose space. Suffolk used several Auralex acoustical treatment products, including the ELiTE Custom Fabric System, pArtScience AudioTile, Custom ProPanels, SonoFlats and S-CORE Panels.
“I choose Auralex’s S-CORE Panels because it can kill off a space without actually sucking the room dry of low end or mid-frequencies,” said Suffolk. “The materials are also environmentally friendly, which was a major factor throughout the entire construction.”
The room, designed to look like an everyday living room, has the acoustic value of a professional recording studio. It features a 7.3-channel surround system, a ceiling-mounted television and sectional coaches, enabling it to be transformed into a performance space for Ronn’s band, Plastic Farm Animals, or a dining room when entertaining guests. The control room is soundproofed and separated with electric glass, making it either opaque or transparent, depending on the use of the space.
“The space, sound and functionality of the room is amazing, there truly is no other word for it,” said Ronn. “And it is environmentally friendly, with no wasted space or energy, which was exactly what I was looking for.”
The space is customized with sustainable energy in mind, from the console to the speaker brackets. The digital console in the space is made from recycled sunflower seeds, and the floors in the equipment and control rooms are rubber, made from recycled tires. The remainder of the home is equipped with renewable bamboo floors. The studio is completely self-contained, including its own AC system, so noise won’t travel throughout the rest of the house. The studio also features a separate electrical circuit and lighting control system in the room, which stabilizes hea and light.
The exterior of the house is energy efficient through insulated concrete forms, requiring less energy to cool it. Ronn has also used recycled denim throughout the construction, acting as an added insulation material and padding.
“Since this is primarily a family room that also functions as a studio and performance space, we had to make sure the décor meshed with the rest of the house,” said Michelle Quazi, Suffolk’s partner in Suffolk Studio Design. “Auralex offers such a broad range of colors and fabrics to choose from, allowing me to choose the precise fit for David’s Studio.”
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