When my wife and I moved into our house one and a half years ago I told her she could decorate every room in the house however she wanted as long as the basement was mine for me to do with as I pleased. The room was already framed and insulated when we bought the house so I only need to finish it and that time has finally come. It was going to be just a theater room, but I got a promotion at work which allows me to work from home now one or two days a week. The kitchen table won't work forever so I'll be building a desk in the back corner of the room now. Here's what my room currently looks like...
Yes, that's a bed skirt on the future screen wall. The Benq W7000 came in a couple weeks ago and the kids insisted that we watch a movie on it so I made a temporary setup with the bed skirt and my old Logitech Z5500 5.1 speakers. It's enough to satisfy the kids while the build is going on at least.
In the two bottom photo's you can see the 7 1/2" shelf I have along 2/3's of that wall due to the foundation on the bottom half of the wall. I also have a large box running the width of the room and right down the center of the ceiling boxing in some HVAC piping and venting. There's also a pipe on the one side wall that connects to the outside AC unit that I have to box in. Not sure why the contractor who built the house didn't run it inside of the wall.
Here's what I hope the room will look like once I'm finished. Minus the colors, just playing at this point and haven't made a definite decision on them yet.
The door on the left in the bottom render goes to our garage and the long space in between the garage and future media room is the stairs going up to main floor. Net door down on wall is for under stair storage, next is furnace, wide doors are bifold closet doors for washer / dryer and back door is for access to storage and also water distro block. Room dimensions are 21' 7" x 11' 7 1/2" x 8'. I'm planning on a 120" wide 2.40 screen. That will leave me just enough space on either side of screen to hang curtains which will be pulled in for the 16x9 masking.
Today I started working on the room finally. I didn't get to much, but I did get two small partition walls framed and attached to the ceiling. One can be seen in the first photo at the ceiling next to the stairs. I built both so they dropped down 11 1/2". The same as the box near the middle of the room. This way I can put crown molding all the way around the front part of the room starting at the bottom of the 11 1/2" box. I'll put rope lighting behind the crown molding and will have a 10' x 10' area of 24" x 24" ceiling tiles with a small drywall border on all 4 sides centered in the front part of the ceiling. AV closet I haven't framed out yet, but planning on the back wall for it on the opposite side as my desk.
I haven't picked out speakers yet, but will be using in walls for LCR and wall mounted surrounds. I would go in wall for the surrounds as well, but the best place for the left surround would be the narrow space between the under stair storage and the door to the furnace, but that short wall is concealing post so in walls won't work for surrounds.
I'm just getting started on this project so any suggestions, recommendations, or tips will be greatly appreciated as they will hopefully reduce the number of times I smack myself in the head for doing something one way and later realizing I should of done it a different way.
I also had a bit of bad news last week. Or sort of good news I guess depending on how you look at it. While the electrician was running his wires he noticed the back of the insulation was wet in one spot. Had to tear out the insulation across half of that wall. Turns out the window at the back of the room wasn't sealed properly and water was getting in, running down the inside of the plywood to the top of the concrete foundation, and then spreading out across the vapor barrier on the foundation to cover almost half of that wall. I thought I was all set to start drywalling once the electrician was finished, but not now. I believe I have the window properly sealed now and have removed all of the insulation that was wet, but don't want to replace it and hang the drywall until we get another good rain just to be sure. But, I guess this was better than finding it a year down the road by seeing a wet spot on the finished drywall. This is a hassle, but that would of been a pita.
Also, I'm not sure why it took me so long to think about this, but I have FINALLY tried out my new speakers and amps. Not sure why it took so long to think to just connect them to my laptop while I wait for a receiver.
Thanks Dave! I'm glad someone thinks it's moving fast because 4 months seems like a long time to me. Especially when most of the fun electronics are already here and just sitting in boxes. When it's quiet in the house I swear I can hear them whispering "open me".
I've also picked out and purchased the ceiling tiles I'll be using.
Last but not least, made a final decision on my subs and sub amp. A couple Dayton Audio 15" Ultimax and an iNuke 3000DSP.
Slowly, but making progress.
Still working on the stain, but am almost finished. In-between waiting on coats of poly to dry I've got all the door casings and trim installed. Just a couple more days and I should be 100% finished with staining and can knock out all the wainscoting. My personal deadline to have this room finished is June 28th. Having a July 4th party at the house and would like to have it finished by then. We shall see....
I also, FINALLY, got my rack rails and got them installed in the wall. I went with the MA RRF 27U rails. That's more than enough space for what I currently have and hopefully enough for any future upgrades. I built a box out of 1" x 4" pine (actual dimensions are closer to 3/4" x 3.5") that is going into the rough opening and shimmed in place to ensure level/square.
Then the rails are fastened thru the pine and into the double studs with 5 3.5" lag bolts per rail. I also put a 2x4 across the bottom with legs going down to the bottom plate, like framing a door, to provide support from underneath. I may have went a bit overboard, but this thing ain't coming out now unless the whole wall comes down.
All of my equipment is finally here and tested, just tested the subs last night, except for the Oppo which is still shipping so I should be good to go with no need to return DOA equipment. Maybe I shouldn't say that until the Oppo shows up.
In the next few days and this weekend I want to get everything moved into the rack and finish staining/poly the wainscoting. With the wait times between coats that seems to be taking forever to get finished.
I'm going to pick up a sheet of aluminum from Lowes this weekend, cut two .75RU pieces, Plastidip them, and fill the gaps. We'll see how it turns out.
The 75 pound beasts that Emotiva calls amps are mounted too. That was a chore for lack of a more suiting term. I can think of many more suiting terms for it, but im afraid none of them are pg-13. The bottom of the bottom amp is about 6 ft high and the top amp is 5RU above that. I held both in the air over my head while my brother in law held the front and screwed them in. I put them at the bottom to begin with, but that would of made the xbox, bluray, and receiver too high for the kids to reach so I decided on putting them at the top. With the 6 3" lag bolts per rail I highly doubt the rack is going to go anywhere even with majority of weight at the top.
I was able to find a piece of steel the right width and length to fit the original projector mount and the lens and started measuring and drilling holes to mount the original projector mount and the lens to the new steel.
I also had to cut a piece of steel tubing for a bar to drop the mount below the height of the bulkhead. With the added weight of the lens the original mount point for the bar was way off center so I drilled two holes through the front of the steel and ran cables to anchor point in the joist to keep the front from leaning down.
Hopefully this weekend I'll have a chance to take it back down and make it look presentable. Going to round off the front corners of the steel that is visible and will paint everything black. I haven't decided yet, but I may take the lens apart and paint that too so it matches.
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