Jeff, Tom, Zergman, Khankewycz, Javatime:
Thanks so much for your insights.
A couple of clarifications, and things I have been debating. Our home won't be ready until October 2012. No windows, just a room as shown. I will have to paint the walls darker (standard white) and add the equipment myself.
The builder has a AV company to do the wiring/speaker placement. The contractor is pretty knowledgable, as I have quized him extensively based on info I have found on this forum. I am not going with him for the equipment (sonance speakers) as I need to wait a while because we went way over budget on the home. I'll add the equipment over the course of the year. We have blown through the budget so fast, that I am going with monoprice speakers in the places I have ceiling speakers in the rest of the house and wil change out over time. I have yet to decide on in wall or attcahed to wall for the 5.1, the 2 for the 7.1 will be in the celing.
The sconces will be on the wall, exact placement yet to be decided. I have the original release Star Wars posters from the theaters framed, and will hang them between the sconces (need 100 inches)(My wife wants to match the other side with Bridget Jones Diary posters
). I am wiring the front two together and the back two together, then put them on dimmers, so I can shut off the fronts, and dim down the backs. Bar has own lighting on dimmer also.
As for the screen size, my issue was to buy a 70/80 inch TV vs projector + screen. We already have the current 61 inch in the "den/living room" where the Wii and daily watching will be. Neither my wife and I like being overwhelmed by the screen, but then again, if you got the wall!
I am actually going to wire all the equipment to the front wall on a dedicated 20 amp circuit, and put in a low entertainment ctr, I will have the ethernet ports coming out there and have my home server housed there, along with the AV receiver and Blu Ray. We thought of the bar, but the remote control question and extra wiring issue came up. I feel that wiring everything to the front will give me the flexibility I need. (I got squeezeboxs x 4, plus 2 WDTV Lives, WHS Home server, using Win 7 as a DVR, etc.) It will be Cat5e throughout the home. I can house most of the "distribution equipment" in a low media ctr along the front wall where it is easy to to get to, plus out of sight to a certain extent.
Will most likely go with a fixed screen, the kids are old enough to avoid the "Houston, Wii have a problem" with flying wiimotes. May decide to put 3 Lord of the Rings Posters there and have the screen drop down to annoy my wife
Zergman, thanks so much for those helpful suggestions about getting the projector first. I was thinking of the epson 8000 series, but have yet to do any real research (actual purchase will be Xmas 2012).
Risers are not an option, may need some combo of sectional and arm chairs, furniture will be added later.
Again, Thanks so much for everyone's opinions and insights!