So, my wife and I purchased a house in 2007. Two kids later, we realize we need more space. As of now, we are in the planning phase of finishing our basement. This basement will be mostly DIY. There is no time frame, but hopefully it will be completed this year. It also might be another month before I even get started since I have to do some re-grading around the house; there are two hairline cracks that are allowing a little moisture in. From what I read, I just need to better drain away from this area and use some epoxy on the cracks.
The goal of the basement is the following:
more open space for the kids (ages 2 and 6 mos.) to play
more storage for kids stuff
and (the reason for this post), a non-dedicated 5.1 theater system with a 55 - 60 plasma.
There are a few obstacles that limit (at least in my mind) our design possibilities:
First, there are a total of 4 lally columns. Three run parallel to the stairs (about four feet out). The forth is across from the proposed kitchenette. I do not like the look of a column in the middle of a basement, so my plan is to incorporate them in the interior walls.
Second, the location of the water heater and furnace. This section will be unfinished. I'm a little worried about the noise factor from this area, being so close to the proposed TV area.
Third, the sewer drain access in the bottom right corner of the picture (by the walkout). To my dismay, the only way I can think to hide this is within a closet, which takes up valuable TV viewing real estate.
Here is the only design we've been able to come up with:
Another thing to note is that the bathroom and kitchenette are where they are in the design since that is where the plumbing has been roughed in.The Theater
While my wife was been browsing kitchenette cabinets, bathroom tile, and furniture, I have been thinking about different designs for the TV wall. Keep in mind that my overall goal is a nice clean install (no wires, no protruding/floor-standing speakers, etc.).
I was originally thinking in-wall speakers all around, but many members here have me worried about the sound quality. I keep going back and forth between some Paradigm Millenia 10 Hybrids
for the LCR, or building in-wall cubby holes for boxed LCR speakers. The Hybrids are actually a cross between in- and on-wall, which may help the quality issue. The back two speakers will either be Monoprice in-wall
speakers. I'm not sure if it'd be better to have in-walls directly behind and to the side of a couch, or the in-ceilings.
I'm also going back and forth between in-wall cabinetry/cubby holes for the AV equipment, or a DIY rack to the side of the stairs (where the small bookcase is in the design above). The AV equipment will only include (at least at this point) a PS3, receiver, and cable tuner. If I do the rack, I have to look into how I control the equipment while sitting on the couch (including the PS3 bluetooth) which I use to watch blu-ray. I know this is a newbie issue, but I haven't got around to fully researching it just yet.
That's all for now. I'll be back later with some pictures of the basement in its current state. PLEASE comment, criticize, suggest and advise!