I'm a long time lurker here that has been inspired by a number of threads and I finally have the ability to finish off my basement. I'm going to be hiring the work but designing myself and pulling the permits myself. I'm in Ashburn, VA in the DC area.
If anyone has time/interest please check out my plans I drew up in Visio and let me know if they see any glaring issues / omissions. I tried using sketch-up but the 3D modeling really wasn't for me. I ended up accidentally getting slanted walls all the time.
I'm trying for a 120-135" acoustically transparent fixed frame screen on a false wall covered with GOM fabric inspired by a thread here. I haven't decided on a projector yet but will wait until I get close to being finished and plan on being rather thrifty ~$1200. For audio I'm doing 5.1. Behind the wall I'll have 3 tower speakers (JBL890s) and a subwoofer (TBD
). I have two surrounds (JBL L820s) one of which will be up high wall mounted on the ductwork that will boxed around. That isn't pictured but it runs in front of the bar area from the left side all the way to the furnace room.
I'm not doing anything for soundproofing. If I'm watching a movie it is okay if the whole house hears it. This basement is almost entirely underground with walk up stairs so no need to worry about lots of outside noise coming in or noise going out. I'm going to have pergo/laminate floors so I'll need an area rug to soak up some of the reflections and make it less live. Ceilings and walls will be typical drywall.
The seating will be a yet to be purchased L-shaped sectional and behind it will be a counter height table. I'm going for the center seat of the sectional to be the sweet spot for audio. You'll see from the plans that there is a lot of open space and no rear wall directly behind to reflect sound from or to mount surround back speakers on.
Thanks for taking a look!
Visio-Basement5.pdf 20k .pdf file