I have been a member of AVS for a number of years and last week I purchased my first home. It has been very exciting but now that I am starting to settle in, I am wanting to start my long term project to turn the downstairs bonus room into a home theater / media room.
I have decided a few things off the bat.
1. I don't want to have it be a dedicated (cave) theater with dedicated seating. I want to have a large L shape couch at first but maybe have the option to expand upon that later down the road.
2. A drop ceiling with insulation is a must to deaden the sound and give me a place to run cables. The sound goes right through the ceiling into the master bedroom above. That is a big No No for my wife
3.I want to build 5 or 6 large sound panels and place them on the walls. This should greatly help with the echos. I am not sure about adding a bass trap yet. (More on that later)
4. I already have speakers, I only need to buy a projector and screen, right now I am only focused on the room itself and what needs to be done to it. I have a limited budget, so I want to keep that in mind and not go all out.
First some information about the room.
The room is on a slab
The room is around 425 sq ft I think.
Ceilings are 10ft high (confirmed)
The walls and ceiling are drywall
I will remove the fan and drop down the lights and AC vents.
Equipment I already have and plan to use for this install
Projector ーSony VPL-HW50ES
pre/pro - Integra 40.2 DTR
Amp - Parasound ２２０５a
Paradigm Studio Series speakers
Subwoofer ーSVS PB12 NSD
Here are some shots of the room itself, I will try to get some video as well later.
Looking back at the entrance
Front wall where I want to install a screen
Back of the room , door, and 2 windows and closet.
Back corner where I will put my PC and HTPC.
What steps should I follow before I proceed with this project?
What materials do I need?
What would be a good conservative cost to have this done?
I'm looking for any ideas you guys have for what I can do to this room?
Thanks for the suggestions and advice!