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Here are the pics with the DensGuard installed, a tile backer approved for use in wet areas - like a shower:



still have to tape the seams and caulk the edges.

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What is the archway in your doorways? It that a product that you buy or did you make that? Like that look, but unsure how to make it. Thanks!
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What is the archway in your doorways? It that a product that you buy or did you make that? Like that look, but unsure how to make it. Thanks!

The product I used was called Easy-Arch: http://www.easy-arch.com/

I used their internet dealer: http://www.archwaypro.com/ but you can search and see if they have any local dealers in your area.

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Drywall is finished & ceilings are textured...

So without further adieu the progress pics.. (sorry no wood pile)

Please forgive the mess and the virtual carpet of drywall dust...

View of the bar at the back of the theater.


Theater from back of the theater.


Theater View from the entry... straight down the hall is the Rack Location


theater from the screen looking back


Game room from theater entry


Game Room from pool hall


pool hall


exercise area


Some major cleaning in store for the weekend & maybe slapping up some primer... More later.

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That's looking sweet. I'm digging those arches.

The above is merely one person's opinion and is probably worth as much as you paid for it.

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This will be an awesome space, I've really enjoyed following along. Can't wait to see it done. Just remember the Golden Rule, once you hang the projector and screen all work comes to a screeching halt!

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Joe.

Gotta love those arches - really looking sweet!
Throwing up a seal coat of primer will really help knock down ongoing dust issues.

Now you're in high gear - Congrats!

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Thanks for the positive comments everyone...

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Just remember the Golden Rule, once you hang the projector and screen all work comes to a screeching halt!

Are you kidding??? I'm not even going to buy the projector until everything else is done!

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Gotta love those arches - really looking sweet!
Throwing up a seal coat of primer will really help knock down ongoing dust issues.

Now you're in high gear - Congrats!

That is, hopefully, the goal for the weekend... A thorough cleaning and then primer the hell out of the entire basement!

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Great stuff! You are making me want an arch somewhere in my build!
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Hey I'm lovin' the thread. Keep up the great work.
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Thanks guys... I'm dreading cleaning up all that drywall dust in the morning but I think getting some paint on the walls will be worth it.

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Thanks for the comments

I didn't get to devote both my weekend days to the build but I did get it cleaned up pretty good. It may not seem like much but it took quite the effort.

4 sweepings
2 passes with the shopvac &
3 passes with a rented floor cleaner... <<- This worked really well.

Before


After


You may have noticed the paint samples for the theater.
They are Sherwin-Williams colors...
Black Bean - a really dark brown for the screen-wall & ceiling.
Toasty - a light brown/beige color for the side walls


Still deciding on the colors... I might change my mind completely... or the wife might "suggest" other colors
I've also been considering a suede finish like the bottom half of the walls in hokie's theater:
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Joe V,

I understand about the drywall cleanup. I'll bet I swept and vacuumed a dozen times in the following weeks.

How about the rented floor cleaner - what did you use? I am thinking of renting one before I have my carpet installed. Was it a hard surface cleaner, or did you simply "adapt" one of the rented carpet cleaner units ???

As for your first shot with paint:
>> Black Bean - a really dark brown for the screen-wall & ceiling.
>> Toasty - a light brown/beige color for the side walls
Those look encouraging

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How about the rented floor cleaner - what did you use? I am thinking of renting one before I have my carpet installed. Was it a hard surface cleaner, or did you simply "adapt" one of the rented carpet cleaner units ???

I rented this "Carpet Cleaner" from home depot.



I used a just mild concrete and tile cleaner so I didn't wreck the unit but it worked really good. No more floating dust... There are still a few spots I'll need to scrape with a good cleaner/etcher before I can lay tile but the results would be fine for laying carpet over it.

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JoeV,

Thanks for confirming. That is exactly what I had in mind. I have some carpets upstairs that are due for cleaning. I'll rent one of these, then finish up in the basement.

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Are you planning on putting the tile straight on the concrete?!?
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Are you planning on putting the tile straight on the concrete?!?

Nah
Current plan is to use Schluter-DITRA but it uses thin-set for adhesion to the concrete and can cause some nasty problems if it doesn't adhere well hence a thorough cleaning is still needed.


I have done a few direct to concrete tile jobs w/o problems... just depends on what you have to work with. In this case it is a fairly new house that still has some settling to do... besides it's mine

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JoeV,

Thanks for confirming. That is exactly what I had in mind. I have some carpets upstairs that are due for cleaning. I'll rent one of these, then finish up in the basement.

I was just going to say make sure and do your carpets first but it looks like that is your plan. I will say this thing operated about 10 times better than any of those rugdoctor type machines I've rented in the past. $25 a day in my area.

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Good call on the Ditra, I have seen too many people try to tile straight on cement
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We used the Schulter membrane in our walk-in shower. Great stuff if installed properly!

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Primed!!!

One day with a borrowed paid sprayer and the entire basement is Primed!
Except the little equipment/rack room... ran out of primer. My 5yr old daughter backrolled for me, up till about 5-6 feet anyway.
Now I have to go get her cleaned up before her mother sees her.



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On the wife's "recommendation" I changed the colors slightly... the others were "to dark"...





The theater colors shown above are Sherwin Williams brand:

SW Café Carmel 7156
SW Turkish Coffee 6076

The game room & pool hall will be:
SW Banana Cream 6673

Edit: Oh yea the Progress Report: Today I sprayed a Valspar "Ceiling White" on all the ceilings except the theater. Patched some spots that needed it and sanded the primer smooth where needed. Also picked up, what I hope will be all the paint for the job...

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Joe,

Looking good - Looking forward to photos with your painting completed!
I started painting my bar area in a bold color last night, and am having 2nd thoughts, thinking more about a lighter shade similar to one of those you have shown.

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Painting update: still a ways to go but but you can get an idea of the colors

Banana Cream for the pool hall and game room you can see some of the cutting in around the windows.


Theater from riser - have to cut in around the edges of the screen wall


Theater from Rear Bar


Theater from entry


Rear of theater


You can see the bottom of the soffits painted the same as the ceilings.

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Joe,

Looking good! I assume you and your wife are in harmony with your color choices.
I wish I could say the same :-)

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She wasn't totally thrilled with "how dark" the theater colors were originally so I compromised by going a few shades lighter with both. This is what you see above. Now that she has seen them up she likes the look.

With most of the rest of the basement being the yellow color she doesn't mind letting me have my way in the theater.

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Joe,

That's interesting because; In my case my wife is pushing me for a much darker color in the theater room (I guess I am lucky in that regard), and a less boring color in the Billiard room.. Seems we have opposites..

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It's really starting to look good in there. Too good - You guys and your first rate work are keeping me from starting my own thread.
I think there needs to be another forum catergory here for "Poorly Designed and Poorly Constructed Theatre Builds"

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It's really starting to look good in there. Too good - You guys and your first rate work are keeping me from starting my own thread.
I think there needs to be another forum catergory here for "Poorly Designed and Poorly Constructed Theatre Builds"

It's all relative Shane... there are some on these boards that would see my little theater attempt as poorly designed & poorly conceived. No double drywall & green glue... ... Limited sound isolation, inexpensive speakers & bar-seating outside of the sound envelope.

That said my friends and I had a blast for years with a couple old but comfy, 70s reject couches and some game consoles surrounded by bare concrete in an unfinished basement. ... that was back in the bachelor years

Hell, I am just trying to reproduce the same environment in a way that meets the WAF... The ultimate goal is still just to have a place for "the guys" to hang out & do some gaming or watch some movies...

Guess what I am really trying to say is post it anyway... I've learned more from some of the so called "modest builds" on this forum than I have from the "over the top, I would never be able to afford that in a million years, if god had a home theater this is what it would look like" threads... (Not that I don't like to look at those too... )

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