Joined up recently after been browsing through here as a visitor for information and advice on building a media/gaming room in my basement.
We bought this house 4.5 years ago and it had an undeveloped basement. I thought to myself that I should put in a dedicated gaming and movie room down there, given the large expanse of empty space. Little did I know that motivation would slowly dwindle.. fast forward to today and I've hired a guy to help out with getting it done.
Here's a rough floor plan of the big room: Roughly, the dimensions are about 34'W x 13'6"L x 7'7"H
The TV will be on the wall on the left of the diagram, seating positions will be about 14-15' back.
Here's my gear list:
- B&W DM604 S2 Main Speakers
- B&W LCR6 S2 Centre Channel
- Monitor Audio RSW12 Subwoofer
- Definitive Technology ProCinema 200 Rears
- Samsung LN55A950 55" LEDTV
- Pioneer Elite SC05 HT Receiver
- Xbox360 Console
- Playstation3 Console
- Wii Console (for the Missus)
Initially my design was to put in a 7.1 system, so I wired it up for that. Then I have one of our local members (Zuluwalker
) drop by, and he suggested I consider going all the way to 11.x.
Here's the pictures at that point, wired up and the front wall insulated with Roxul Safe&Sound. The front wall was originally a false wall as I didn't want to run conduit (as in PVC Vacuum Pipe) through an outside underground wall. There is another insulated wall (with air gap and vapor barrier) against the concrete basement foundation wall.
Now, having said that.. I started to wonder out loud
if my room might be too small, and indeed a few members indicated that I should reposition my height speakers closer to my seating position.. I haven't moved them away from the front wall yet.. still debating whether or not I should relocate them, or just pull another run. I hate pulling apart Roxul.. that stuff makes me itch like there's ants in my pants.
Anyways, for the front wall I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to finish it with fabric, or a combination of drywall (mudded and painted) and fabric. Maybe drywall & fabric for easier resale of the home.. or maybe not. Thoughts?
Initially, I had planned for the closet off to the side with an open rack for my gear, but Zuluwalker suggested a few alternatives, one of which was to move the rack completely inside the closet space and build a "command centre." I like that idea, so I'm going with it. If only the Middle Atlantic 61" flatpack racks weren't so expensive. Local dealer Graybar quoted me $850.
Also, a picture of the PVC central vacuum lines I've ran as conduit. Pull strings yet to be implemented, but I don't think it'll be difficult.
Starts off in the closet:
Splits off into two lines, one in the ceiling for a projector:
One continuing through the bulkhead to the front of the room for the LCD:
Only thing I hadn't considered were the amount of bends.
I'm debating running another conduit to a spot about 8' back, in case future projector requires longer throw. Thoughts?
There's also 4 cat6e lines ran from my electrical panel to that closet.
Finished putting up Roxul on the side wall today:
May be blasphemous, but those Moritaka
chef's knives make for excellent Roxul cutters.
Anyways, that's a lot to summarize in just one post.. please don't hesitate to make suggestions on improving the place.. it's my first major build of any kind, and I'm learning lots from what other people have done and also from what I'm doing.
I plan to finish Roxullin' the ceiling tomorrow. I have a buddy that deals with mobile audio, I'm picking up some Hushmat from him to somewhat deaden the tinny HVAC ducts before the drywallers come by.
Thanks for reading..
PS, in case anyone's wondering about my screen name.. my other hobby:IMG_3155
, on Flickr
That's me in the drivers' seat.. had a passenger along for a ride.