Originally Posted by XavierYZ
looking good, can't wait to see some more pictures.
Whats your budget for the entire construction, (not including equipment) you mentioned contracting the work out. I am curious, as am thinking of contracting out my next home theatre project
It's hard to get a firm number since my contractor is doing another portion of basment at the same time. So he gave me one number for everything, and of course, it's gone up since then with changes that I've made in both rooms. I'll see if I can find out for you though.
Originally Posted by GG386
Just curious, did you use veneer plaster on your walls & ceilings? I haven't seen that system used too much lately, cost being the main reason. One thing to be said for using contractors, the job typically gets done in a reasonable amount of time (hopefully). Your place looks like a keeper
Not sure if that's what it's called. Blueboard and a paper thin skim coat for the walls. You can see it in the pics above. They were in and out in a few days and did an excellent job. Very little dust.
What happened- your Harley was deleted to a Vespa to help pay for the HT?
LOL. Nah. I lived in the city a few years ago. I own a 1979 Vespa Sport and it was ideal for buzzing around. I've always thought Vepsa's were cool - maybe it was from watching Roman Holiday
when I was younger.
Originally Posted by Theater Seats
Looking good pics are very good cant you make your screen a bit bigger.
Originally Posted by CDLehner
Room looks really nice...but I agree; it seems like your screen could have been a little bigger. Also, it feels a touch too high; you're really pressed up against the ceiling. Don't mean to nitpick...just some suggestions. Otherwise, again...nice room!
Ok. The screen. Both excellent points.
First the size.
(Let me start by saying that the seats have not been installed, and the wide-angle lens used for the photo does make the screen look smaller than it actually is. It's a 106")
As I said in the OP, I've been using a professional installer, and since this is my first home theater, I'm relying on him for certain recommendations (that's before I found this forum!). When we laid everything out, he recommended a 106" screen for optimum viewing. The back of my front row is 12' from the screen. When we laid it out on the wall with painters tape, it looked positively enormous, and I was actually concerned at the time that it would be too big for the folks in the front row.
Later, when he hung the projector, I saw what the image would actually look like. It looked amazing, but I thought that it could be bigger as well. He told me that I really didn't want to go any bigger and confirmed my fear about the front row.
Now that I look at the screen, I definately think I could have gone bigger. But, I'm not losing any sleep over it. Once the seats are installed, I'll be able to judge whether I should have gone bigger or not.
Now the height.
My installer laid out the viewing angles, and determined that we really needed to hug the ceiling to avoid people in the front row blocking people in the back row (I didn't go with staggered seating so that I could squeeze in 8 seats). This was also my installer's concern about going with a larger screen. As the screen get's larger, the bottom of the screen would be lower on the wall and might cause people in the front row to block the sightlines of those in the back.
ALl of that being said, I'm quite happy with the size and location of the screen. Time will tell if I need to upgrade.