Long time listener, first time caller...
I'm going to make this partly a solicitation for advice and part build thread.
My wife and I are in the beginning stages of finishing out part of our basement as a home office/media room. We purchased the home back in November and are now needing the 4th bedroom (on the main level) I'm using as my office/kids game room to use as a bedroom. I had planned to do a bunch of the work myself (I'm fairly handy but never taken on anything of this magnitude) and then our 2 boys spring baseball schedules hit. With 5-6 days a week of games and practices, I've decided to concede and hire a contractor.
The room itself is ~13x27, but I decided I wanted to include the basement stairs to make the room feel more like a part of the house so that makes it a little larger. And, as a part of that my contractor is going to build a utility closet to house the water heater and furnace (which live under the basement stairs). I don't have exact dimensions on the utility closet, but it should be close to what I've depicted if I get my way which means it can also house all my AV gear.
I'm going to do my own flooring and of course low voltage cable. We're undecided on flooring -- we've gone around between laminate, carpet and most recently vinyl plank flooring. Pretty soon, I will need to make the decision so I'm prepared when the contractor is ready for me to put it down.
There will likely be a full tray ceiling in order to work around the HVAC ducting that's in that area of the basement, as well as 8 can lights on 2 dimmers (front half and back half, so that I can have my "office" lit without lighting the media area as well). We're also hoping to pick up at least a 3 row of some proper home theater seating. My dream is that one day I can turn the entire room into a "proper" dedicated home theater, so I'm trying to future proof it by running some conduit (unsure how large I'm going to run yet) and planning for things like a projector (which I don't currently have and isn't part of this round of build).
Here's a short equipment list of what's going in the room:
- Onkyo TX-NR609
- Onkyo HTIB Speakers and powered sub (from my previous surround setup, but a decent setup)
- Samsung 67" LED DLP HL67A750
- Xbox 360S 4GB w/ Kinect
- Sony PS3 Slim
- DirecTV HR24 HD DVR
- Toshiba BDX2000 BD Player
- Mac mini running XBMC
- Apple TV Gen2
Without further ado, here is my currently floor plan with my wiring layouts indicated (at each lettered location). I THINK I've hit all of the things I'll need.
It's going to be a very busy room... Still lots of things up in the air and I'm working through with my contractor (such as bi-fold or standard interior door for the utility closet -- I'm just guessing on a lot of these things so I could lay out the room). Anywhere I've mentioned PowerBridge will be a PowerBridge-style outlet home-run back to the utility closet for future UPS or power conditioner.
I'd be interested in any suggestions on flooring (either something I could do myself or something I could hire out for a reasonable cost, such as carpet). We are likely going with a dark gray color on the walls, so we'd be looking for something that complements that.
Thanks in advance!