After 5 years of marriage I learned... don't EVER go into details and 'tell' them anything. Most of the time they won't understand and will just fight ya on it. Better to let them see the results and beg forgiveness later. Unless it's going to be a major undertaking, just git'r done and roll on.
We were going to do in-walls in our bedroom, full 5.1 system, etc. Midway through doing the room she decides that the speaker grills are too obtrusive... adios surround or so she thought. Well, I simply went out the next day, bought a Yamaha YSP-1 and a Velodyne 10" sub and put it in. Her comment? "See? It sounts just fine without all those speakers."
Working with her and picking battles has paid off tho'. Not the way I WANTED to do this and was thinking we'd wait for a few more years but she's inheriting a decent amount of money and has said "I want to do an addition to the house and want you to have a real home theater. I know you've always wanted that." Cue a South Park-esque "WhawhawhaWHAT!?".
Naturally it's never THAT easy, but it's gonna be 90% what I want. I get to have control over room dimensions, etc, AND will use someone for room design to get it right the first time. No multitiered seating and no dedicated HT seating but the colorscheme will be theater appropriate and I can do what I please with screensize, equipment, etc. Better yet, the build budget will include a new projector, lens, screen, etc. Uh, so after I picked my jaw up off the floor I realized that maybe not acting like a knuckledragger DOES work.
Sooo, I KNOW it's gonna be CIH, I KNOW I want at least a 120" screen, I will have complete light control (thank you hurricane shutters) and know I want an Isco III. Beyond that I simply need to pick the screen and projector!!! Oh, and whether I want to do another DD18 or an IB or or or... s'pose whomever I use for design will guide me there. 'Scuse me while I turn backflips.
And Jim, just put the lens in and shroud it with something. She will never know.
P.S. Nice 350. My weekend toy is an '06 Touring with Greddy twins.