Hoping to get some opinions because I'm having a hard time making a decision. I've got an unfinished basement that has a framed in Rec/Family room. I would like to make it as nice as possible and still have my wife happy with it too. The problem is that she wants a fireplace downstairs. Finding room for one is rather tricky. I've come up with two plans and I wanted to get others opinions to make sure I'm not forgetting something, or I'm overlooking something.
The rooms dimensions are 18' x 26', and here's the floor plan:
And here are pics of my two layouts:
Corner fireplace w/ 50' flat panel above fireplace
Fireplace along wall w/ 50' flat panel above fireplace
After deciding on the corner option, I think I'm now leaning towards the second option. I think with the 2nd option of straight on I'd have better acoustics, plus I'd be able to wire for 7.1 sound, where as with the corner option, I'd be stuck with 5.1 sound at best. Plus with the 2nd option, I could possibly build some built in book cases on either side of the fireplace and tv. The fireplace I'm planning on getting is a direct vent gas fireplace, and it would need about 20" - 24", so I'd lose about 2" of that 26" length of the room, but that would allow for the builtin stuff.
I've already started building the rack in the one wall behind the furniture. That's storage space under the stairs, so that should work out well.
What's everyone think? Corner fireplace or not? Anything I'm not thinking of?