Fan 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.
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.
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.
‘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.