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ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 11:03 AM 09-01-2011
Long time viewer (almost) first time poster. I have enjoyed reading many of the HT construction threads over the past couple of years. My wife believes I have a problem; of course, I don't need to tell any of you that Now, it's my turn to post some of our finished work. The basement project commenced back in January, 2009 and was complete in April, 2011. The project took me more than 2 years start-to-finish which includes design.

Although I am glad it's finally over -- like many of you -- I do enjoy home construction projects. Next project in the basement will be adding a 120" acoustically transparent drop-down in-ceiling screen with 3D projector over the winter. We live in Minnesota so having a dedicated entertainment space is great during the long winters.

Some of the A/V components included in this build are as follows: Onkyo 3008 AVR, Oppo 93 3D Blu-Ray, 64" Samsung TV (PN64D7000), 55" Samsung LED, (2) Niles 6-Spkr Selectors, (2) Polk LC265i's, (1) Polk LCi-C, (6) Polk LC80i's, (4) Polk LC65i's, (4) Polk Atrium7's for deck & patio, and (1) SVS PB13-Ultra.

I'll get some better photos of the bar this evening.







































BllDo's Avatar BllDo 01:09 PM 09-01-2011
Wow, absolutely spectacular. The fit and finish is really impressive.

Just go ahead and send me a PM with your address. I now know where I'll spend December - March this year.
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 01:16 PM 09-01-2011
Ha, thanks for the compliments. Like I said, it was a long 2+ years of weekends with some help along the way. In the end, it was worth it both in time and money -- we enjoy our new space almost daily. Besides, watching movies has become a weekly family activity.

We need to get the MN folks together for another happy hour.
hanesian's Avatar hanesian 01:53 PM 09-01-2011
Fabulous! Was this a DIY project? If so, double fabulous!



Very clever and fun use of the space under the stairs for the kid cubby secret play area!
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 02:07 PM 09-01-2011
Yes, this was a 99% DIY project. I started with literally hundreds of online photos and pieced together a design that made sense for us. We did alter our original designs a couple of times, which is only natural since the project took me more than 2 years to complete. I did have some help with HVAC and electrical.

Yes, thanks for the compliments. Our kids absolutely love their space under the stairs. I made it to feel like they are entering their own home with a place to hang their sweatshirts / jackets and kick off their slippers. There's a drainage pipe under that box so I had to build something there anyways.
TUKIN18S's Avatar TUKIN18S 06:09 AM 09-02-2011
Really beautiful! Nice work!
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 08:03 AM 09-02-2011
Thanks guys! It will be nice to sit at the bar this winter and watch some football although our Vikings will be lucky to be 8-8.
airscapes's Avatar airscapes 09:05 AM 09-02-2011
Um.. so what do you do with the rest of the house? That basement is bigger than my entire house, and WAY nicer! Really great work, and hopefully you live atop a hill so you never get flooded!
mn_hokie's Avatar mn_hokie 09:26 AM 09-02-2011
Nice work. Do you by chance have a floor plan?
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 09:57 AM 09-02-2011
Yes, in fact, we do live at the highest point in our area I installed a sump pump with battery backup just in case.

I do have a floor plan. I will send you it this evening. I don't have it with me.
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 10:05 AM 09-02-2011
Here are some more pictures of the bar and bar mascot






Watching the MN Twins get beat again.


ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 10:14 AM 09-02-2011
Here some close up shots of the cherry wainscot. I wanted to do something different with the bar and routed the inside stiles so the glass tile would be flush. It's the same tile we used on the backsplash.




ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 10:16 AM 09-02-2011
Here's the last picture for now. Here's a photo of the speaker madness in the basement.


ack_bk's Avatar ack_bk 09:33 PM 09-02-2011
Another Minnesotan! I am in Maple Grove, and am in the middle of my build. I have to say your space turned out amazing. Excellent fit and finish and attention to detail. You really nailed it (no pun intended). Too bad you can't watch the Twins in the playoffs this year, but there is always next year.

Enjoy!
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 09:55 AM 09-03-2011
Thanks. We are right on the border of Woodbury and Cottage Grove. I'll have to look up your build thread. It's fun to see everyone's space before / during / after construction.
Family Time's Avatar Family Time 08:16 PM 09-03-2011
Love the poker table - NICE WORK!!! Sucks about the race track. Must have been a gut-wrenching feeling when you found that in the morning!!

Will be returning as I want to look over the rest of the build. Spent most of the time looking at the table build - I too wondered about the reverse miter as I've done those before but also reverse-mitered the adjacent board where you have it cut square so it would be flush.

However, now that I see the pad you put on it makes perfect sense!!

Good job!!
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 07:58 AM 09-06-2011
Pictures of the dartboard. This dartboard taunts you as you play; in fact, you might walk away wanting to throw yourself off a bridge after playing a game




jober92's Avatar jober92 10:00 AM 09-09-2011
Now that's a basement! Thanks for sharing. Do you have any 'before' pics?
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 10:17 AM 09-09-2011
Thanks for the compliments. Yes, I have some photos pre-construction and during construction. I wish I had taken more during the build process, especially after changing the design in a couple of places and tearing down sheetrock after mud / tape and paint. Man, the look on my wife's face was priceless.

But, in the end, even she admits that it was the right thing to do to alter the design in those areas. It's hard to "think" of all the possibilities / features / functions from the beginning.
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 09:02 AM 09-10-2011
Wow, this is gone off topic. Do you surf other people's build / finished threads and make similar comments? You realize you are NOT helping anyone on this board with those comments. If you have an axe to grind, I suggest you find some other forums to spew your political / class warfare / socioeconomic propaganda. And, besides, you NOTHING about me!

This board is a great resource for many to get ideas / suggestions / to be inspired. Many folks on this board have home theaters many times over what you see here. So, yes, I consider my home theater to be "modest". These photos were originally posted as a direct request from a few other members to help with ideas of their own. Do yourself a favor and worry less about others and more about yourself.
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 09:06 AM 09-10-2011
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+1000000000

If I am a Patriots fan does that mean I don't get an invite?

Great job boss!!

Hey, I won't hold the Patriots thing against you The Gillette Stadium in Foxborough is an awesome complex. Good luck this season. Patriots should make the superbowl this year!
ack_bk's Avatar ack_bk 10:59 AM 09-10-2011
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Originally Posted by ModestHT View Post

Wow, this is gone off topic. Do you surf other people's build / finished threads and make similar comments? You realize you are NOT helping anyone on this board with those comments. If you have an axe to grind, I suggest you find some other forums to spew your political / class warfare / socioeconomic propaganda. And, besides, you NOTHING about me!

This board is a great resource for many to get ideas / suggestions / to be inspired. Many folks on this board have home theaters many times over what you see here. So, yes, I consider my home theater to be "modest". These photos were originally posted as a direct request from a few other members to help with ideas of their own. Do yourself a favor and worry less about others and more about yourself.

Don't sweat people like this. They feel there are entitled to things without rolling up their sleeves and doing the work.

I have to say you have some excellent DIY skills. Everything looks very custom and professional. You also gave me some ideas for my bar area for my build so thank you very much.
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 11:41 AM 09-10-2011
Thanks for saying that ack_bk! This is what it's supposed to be about! Enjoy some of this nice MN weather this weekend.
barlav's Avatar barlav 11:47 AM 09-10-2011
Awesome space! Amazing work. I can see why you would want to use that space everyday. I like your open floor plan and the kiddie area is a nice touch and smart use of space! The trim work looks great also. I can only hope mine comes out half that good. Do you have any pictures you took during the build?
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 02:19 PM 09-10-2011
Thanks for the compliments. If you take your time and watch for sales / bargains you too will have a space to enjoy perhaps even better. Yes, I will post some photos of the build process. In retrospect, I did not take as many as I wished but they will give you a sense for how things came together.
Mike Lang's Avatar Mike Lang 02:19 PM 09-10-2011
Let's stay on topic guys...
Brad Horstkotte's Avatar Brad Horstkotte 02:32 PM 09-10-2011
Nice job, I'm sure you and your family are enjoying it!
Javatime's Avatar Javatime 05:54 PM 09-10-2011
Very nice job ModestHT! You really paid attention to detail and it shows. Really turned out fantastic. I'm sure you and your family are enjoying the new space. I did the same thing too always looking for sales/clearance items even though I was months or in some cases years before needing it. Enjoy!
ModestHT's Avatar ModestHT 10:33 PM 09-10-2011
Your basement turned out awesome javatime. You even went so far as to make your own cabinets.....well done! I wasn't that ambitious. What screen is that? Are you happy with it? I'm thinking of adding a projector and drop-down screen this winter.

Brad's HT room is amazing too! A ton of detail and it looks like you could fit a whole football team in there
Javatime's Avatar Javatime 07:34 AM 09-11-2011
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What screen is that? Are you happy with it? I'm thinking of adding a projector and drop-down screen this winter.

We are very happy with the Elite CineTension2 screen. I think the size is ~
110". I had a 50" plasma behind it, but moved the TV upstairs and use the PJ for everything now. During my build, I was naive to the fact that a PJ could deliver HDTV picture quality, but was proven wrong so no need for the plasma in the theater area. I'm thinking about adding a fixed scope screen behind it and maybe curtains on the sides and top But yes, you'll love a PJ and won't regret it.
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