A while ago I started a thread (in my signature) about finishing my basement. I made a couple of mistakes when doing that, notably putting it in the wrong forum (dedicated home theater). Our basement isn't a dedicated theater really in any way other than there's a theater area but beyond that it belongs in the Theater/game room forum. So I thought I'd start a new thread but the motivation isn't because I'm dumb (the wife would disagree) and put it in the wrong forum, rather it's because I don't know what to do with the remaining space that isn't designated for movie viewing. So I thought I'd ask.
To that end I'm looking for input. I'll give you the room dimensions and I'm looking for suggestions of what to put in. I'm open to just about anything (not a hot tub) and any suggestion. As I've been working on the one portion of the space where the theater goes, I've had decent ideas about what I want to do in that area (though questions remain) but the whole time I haven't really had much in the way of thoughts about the other side. Fireplace? Maybe. Wet bar? Sure, ok. Pool table? I dunno. So I'm looking for the bright minds of AVS to participate.
I'll post more pictures later, but to start here's a general schematic:
The space in question is on the upper left and is 13' 6" x 17' approximately. Ceiling height won't be great, maybe 7' 6". So that's what we have to work with. I'll get a picture up later on today or tomorrow of it.
In the above diagram the bathroom will be in the bottom left corner (blue space 6' 6" x 8) so I also have a small area in front of that that flows into the space mentioned above, giving me another 7 x 8 (56 sq ft).
The L-shaped rectangle at the bottom extending all the way to the right is utility/storage space.
The blue space in the upper right corner is an office.
The three little blue squares are teleposts (grr).
The theater area falls between the office and the space in question and is roughly 11' x 19' or so. I haven't built in the stage yet, as I'm putting a little shelving in yet prior to that. I need to do that to balance out the appearance of the front of the room as there is a little area where the electrical box appears on the right side. That makes no sense at this moment but I'll Google Sketchup something to show you what I mean. Or maybe just a picture.
I'll do the stage up properly and it'll end up about 4' deep in total and be about 7' wide. I'm contemplating making a smaller, separate platform for the sub that will be hidden in the shelving to the right of the stage, though I'm not sure if the smaller platform, when filled with sand, would be sufficient for the sub to sit on?
Equipment for the A/V portion of the room will be as follows:
speakers: Boston Acoustics VS336/VS260/VS325C/VPS 210 and will add either two or four more surrounds +1 sub for 7.2 or 9.2
Receiver: currently leaning in the direction of Marantz SR6007 or Yamaha RX-A1020 but may move to 9.2 versions
Blu-Ray" will be purchasing Oppo BDP-103
XBox 360 currently
So, there's a brief run down of what's there. As mentioned, I have a preceding build thread but haven't posted to it for a while. Consider this sort of a re-boot in the Star Trek style of things.
Who wants to play along? I need suggestions and ideas. Please help.