After much deliberation I have finally begun my "officially" finishing my basement. I have spent a fair amount of time lurking and learning in this forum. I want to thank everyone that has posted their builds. This place has definitely given me plenty of ideas and inspirations to build on. I hope that with the assistance of this forum my vision of a home theater/media room can be realized.The Plan:
My goal as we started the planning phase was to have the basement complete by the end of 2012. I think this a definitely a realistic and attainable goal. I have arguably marginal handyman skills, but am willing and wanting to learn another skill. It is my intention to complete as much of this build on my own. I am planning on the drywall finishing and possibly hanging to be sub'd out as well as some plumbing.
The basement was completely unfinished with only a load bearing wall framed up. As I write my first post on this thread I am already about 60-70% done with framing (family room, bedroom, craft room). Due to my minimal framing skills I did hire out a framer to install 2 headers in my load bearing wall. For whatever reason the load bearing thing scared me and wanted to be sure that aspect was done right. After watching(videos) and reading and doing my own framing, I could have tackled that project.The Layout:
See attachment. Not entirely sure if I am posting this right but here goes....Attachment 239183
This is our basement plan that we finalized with the assistance of a architect. I have already begun slight modifications as the framing process is underway. Now the "Family Room/Recreational Area" is the primary focus of my build. My own personal man cave. This area will be a flexible "do-it-all" area. Half of the open room will be my theater/media area, the other half a play area for the kids.
I want a clean look for speakers and general media components. My initial thought was to go all in-wall/in-ceiling for my speakers. After further review my plan now will be to have the L/C/R be a tower/shelf combo with the surrounds and rears being in-wall/in-ceiling.
I want to build a hidden in-wall A/V rack as well as dvd storage/drawers. I will do this under the stairs. The front of the components/drawers will be accessible from the main room, with the closet door in the office providing access to the rear of the components.
It looks like this initial post is a lot more long winded than I had intend, sorry about that fellas. I will be posting more thought as well as pictures soon. I will have PLENTY of questions.
Erhart Basement Plan (3).pdf 344.3154296875k . file