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post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2014, 10:06 PM - Thread Starter
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Looking for opinions on HT layout

Hello,

My wife and I recently moved into a house and are looking to renovate our basement to accommodate a home theatre. I'm looking for feedback on how to layout out the room keeping in mind that we would like to upgrade to a front projector with a 92"-100" screen size set up.

Here's the current layout (sorry for the mess):






Pros:
-This layout accomodates the fireplace
-Can accommodate 2 sofas

Cons:
-Off center seating - e.g. the main sofa facing the TV is off center due to the pillar
-Distance is short and may not be an idea distance for a front projection set up?

Now, what are your opinions if I changed the layout as follows (i.e. going lengthwise)





Pros:
-Able to sit farther back and therefore accommodate a front projector and bigger screen (92"-100")
-Able to sit center to the screen

Cons:
-corner gas fireplace is facing the back of the sofa and looks out of place. The fireplace currently vents out the back of the house...I can't move the fireplace as I can't vent out the side of the house due to code violations
-don't think I can fit a second sofa

What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Bump....any feedback?
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That is a bit of a tough layout. That column makes things a bit difficult. You are going to have to decide wether you want to have your back to the fireplace or an offset viewing angle.

I suppose if I was going to add a projector than I would remove the shelving and rotate the seating position and have the fireplace behind the couch. If you have the room maybe you could move the couch forward a little bit and make the fireplace a separate "zone" in the room. Maybe you could fit a few seats next to the fireplace so it doesn't look like it is completely ignored.
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I drew up a design a few moths ago for a client with a similar layout, minus the fireplace. In your situation, I'd recommend removing the bookcases and centering your larger screen on the main wall. Split your seating between the column or even incorporate a table build out into the column.

Another option would be to build a third column on the right wall that's inline with the 2 existing ones there. Sometimes the best way to hide an obstacle is to make it look like it should have been there all along.
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Quick update

I decided to go with 2nd layout..i.e. go lengthwise and remove the bookshelves. Yes...it's not painted 18% grey :P It's going to be a primarily used as a playroom for my son so I wanted it to be bright. Here are some pics and details of the setup:

JVC X500R
100" EluneVision Reference Studio AudioWeave
KEF CI200QL (in wall behind screen fronts...replacing Paradigm Monitor 7s and CC350)
KEF CI160QR (in ceiling rear channels)
Sunfire SDS12 (replacing Paradigm PS1200)
Hotlink XL



Carpet removed


Built-in shelves demo'd


Floors levelled


Wiring hidden behind the wall and ceiling and fished to the closet with the electrical panel




Flooring in, walls painted, screen installed


X500 installed


Reused my ikea hacked rack and hid everything in the closet

We have been busy with our newborn son so we really haven't had time to finish the room yet. I still have some storage units to go up, furniture to buy and wires to be put away nicely...but everything works so I thought I'd share with the forum.

Regards.
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