Originally Posted by ThomasBorn
We were planning to insulate the walls in the media room to keep sound contained between the 2 rooms and master bedroom on other side of house. The media room will be used for pretty much all viewing (movies, TV, sports, gaming, etc) and not the 'family room'. I am not 100% sure on the size of the media room because 17x13 sounds small to me?
Insulating the walls will help a bit, a solid core door on that room would be another easy step. You should definitely browse the Dedicated Theater forum, as there's a wealth of info about sound isolation (soundproofing).
How many people are you planning to seat in the room? That will tell you if the size is too small or not. Make sure there's adequate HVAC for that room and a return vent as you'll need the cooling in there with the door closed.
I will have a wiring closet that is in the media room where everything will come together. I will run 2 CAT6 drops to every room to kind of future proof some of the wiring in the media age we live in; maybe even fiber optic if budget permits.
Skip the fiber, waste of money better spent on Cat5e/Cat6 runs or flex conduit for true futureproofing. With a one story, getting to most areas later is possible - concentrate on wiring on the outside walls, as those are the ones that are difficult to retrofit.
One other thought was also to not separate the game room and media room and make one huge open room and make the rear presence speakers hang from the ceiling but I really wanted a dedicated media room. I am open to suggestions. The game room needs to be a minimum of 17' x 15' to fit a 8' pool table.
Huge difference in usage between a theater and an open plan game room/theater area. Think about how you want to use the space and go from there. Playing pool while someone is watching a movie in a shared space is a no no...
We even talked about ditching the dedicated game room and possibly using the living room as a billiards room with TV above the fireplace and wire it for speakers in wall with a different receiver. The living area will be open to the kitchen and measure 21' x 20'.
IMO not the way to go - pool table "belongs" in the game room. And TV above the fireplace almost never a good placement (pretty, not comfortable for viewing).
We will likely scale some of the house down in size to keep budget where we want it.
Be careful there. The plans have been tried and built, shrinking rooms may not save you much money and could make things tight where you wouldn't expect...