Ultimate Trekkie creates $30,000 replica Starship Enterprise suite in basement
Canadian Line Rainville had $30,000 to spend on renovations to her Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Quebec home and decided to recreate parts of the Star Trek Enterprise in her basement.
The 51-year-old social worker decided she wanted to create a home theater, but also to remind herself of her childhood.
The answer? A suite of rooms in her basement including the Enterprise's bridge, transporter room, recreation room, observation deck and Spock's quarters.
Trekkie: Line Rainville has been a Star Trek fan since she was nine years old
That's entertainment: The TV room has red handrails, faux skylight, widescreen TV filling in for the bridge viewscreen and a cutout of Dr Spock
Enterprising: Rainville created the instrument panel and displays from Star Trek in the living area of her basement
Childhood dream: The incredibly detailed instrument panel even has Spock's scanner display (left)
Spock's quarters: Rainville made the bedspread on the bed and the blue throw blanket to recreate the character's bedroom
Rainville told CNET that she was nine years old when she began watching Star Trek in French with her father every week.
'I became addicted to this show and during the week, and I looked forward to each Tuesday at seven for another episode.
'I enjoyed Star Trek because it was about space, unknown worlds, and aliens who often ended up being more friendly than expected. I enjoyed learning about Vulcans and seeing the interactions between the characters,' she said.
Rainville spent more than a year perfecting her Star Trek suite, ensuring that her rooms came as close to the original as possible.
Happy snaps: The pictures on the wall of Spock's shipmates and the tricorder, 3D chess set, and set of Vulcan bells complete the bedroom
Colorful food: In Star Trek, a 'replicator' would produce highly colored food items - none of which ever seemed to be eaten
Theme: The counter in the kitchen is inlaid with a giant Starfleet insignia
Clean dream: The bathroom also has a Starfleet insignia on the wall, as well as all the necessary facilities
She scoured the internet of pieces such as the tricorder and 3D chess set and made others, such as food replicators for the rec room and a set of Vulcan bells.
'I had put in so much energy seeking what I wanted that to accept failure is difficult, even to this day. Although people say they are impressed with the decor, I know well each inaccuracy, the exact places that I could improve,' she told CNET.
She searched for dozens of fabric shops looking for a fabric that looked like that used to cover Spock's bed and ultimately decided to sew her own bedspread.
Space bath: According to CNET, Rainville's bathroom also incorporates features of the Enterprise sick bay and observation deck
Dream home: The corridor has an Enterprise-like red door, utility panel, intercom, and replicator
Authentic: This small room is just like a Starship Enterprise transporter room and has motion sensors that trigger the lights
'Standing there, being 51 years old, I was kind of beamed back into that nine-year-old girl's mind who so often wished her beloved Captain Kirk could bring her aboard his vessel,' she told CNET.
'All at once, I was aboard the Enterprise. The illusion had became my reward. I told my mother and my sister that it was so strange. I'm not sure they have fully understood how I was feeling. But they were there, supportive and sharing this unique moment.'
Despite her obsession with recreating the Star Trek Enterprise, Rainville still wanted her basement to be a home theater, and worked her widescreen TV into the decor.
Now, she's planning a housewarming party for her new Star Trek basement.
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