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post #1 of 135 Old 04-23-2008, 07:31 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello all! I have enjoyed learning from everyone's posts on home theater builds. I think I have enough information to be dangerous, so lets start some construction...

Some background....

First, I should mention that I am not very handy when it comes to power tools and construction. As such, I am hiring a general contractor to do the construction work. I can write a mean check though... I will be doing all the low-voltage work for AV wiring and connections. I am a techie at heart, so I leave the heavy lifting to someone else and I like to play with the gadgets.

Second, the name "The Get Away" theater has a special meaning for my wife and I. We have a 2 month old and 2 year old. Needless to say, our date night involves a movie on the couch. So, why not bring the theater to us.

Finally, here is the low-down on the project scope:
1. Finishing about 1,100 sq ft in our basement. There will be a home theater (of course), bar area behind theater, a large rec-room for the kiddies and a bathroom. All spaces will be finished to a quality similar to that of the rest of the house, to keep the flow... That means details like 2-piece crown molding throughout, granite countertops, Kraftmaid cabinets, etc. The entire basement will have an insulated ceiling (R38 - 12")
2. The semi-dedicated theater space will be approximately 17'x19'x9'. I (and by "I", I mean "my contractor") will run sofits around the theater to hide some ductwork and add some architectural interest.
3. I only think I will be able to get one row of Berklines in the room (already have 'em from my previous house's home theater). I would appreciate any ideas on seating options. Thinking I might change over to large sectional to get more people packed in. Based on my experience, theater chairs aren't optimal for little kids.
4. Components will be hidden in custom cabinetry in the front of the room. Essentially there will be two large cabinets on either side of the screen.
5. There will be a stage for the kids to play on.
6. I will be making a screen from Seymour AV / Shearwave 4500 material - estimated screen size of 150". Paired with an Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB projector.
7. Hooking up HD Comcast, XBox360, Wii, PS3 (for bluray), computer
8. 7.1 will be provided via Klipsch speakers and Yamaha receiver. Maybe 7.2, but depends how I do on budget.
9. Just picked up a Harmony 890 for RF remote.
10. Floor will be DriCore + Carpet

Thats all I can think of right now....

Here are a couple "before" pics and a sketchup rendering I did to describe my intent. I know the sketchup will change slightly based on a recent decision to close the room off a little more, but you will get the gist.

All helpful ideas/tips are always welcome because I am expecting to learn a lot on the journey. Thanks in advance!

Dan

You are looking into the future theater... Great picture on that screen!


Here is a larger view of the basement area


Here is a mockup of the theater area. I will close it off a little more than shown.

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Oh to have such a clean space to start with! Looks like a nice area for a theater. Keep us posted on your progress.

I like your rear bar seating. I plan on doing a very similar thing with mine.
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Not so clean now

Here is framing progress after the week. Starting electrical too...

Looking into the theater again. Picture is getting better!





I need to run my flex conduit and speakerwire and cables this weekend. Happy weekend everyone!

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Question for the group: Trying to decide where I put the sub(s)..

Option #1 - put it in the bottom of my cabinet on either side of the stage?
Option #2 - put it behind the AT screen

See updated sketchup of the wall for visual...



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Hi Dan,

Would it be really costly to move those two steel support poles over & into the side walls of your theater?
Then they would not be taking of space in your back countertop ? Just wondering...
Beautiful sketch of your future theater !

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#2 at 1/3,1/5, or 2/5 of the room width from the side wall which ever sounds best.
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Hi Dan,

Would it be really costly to move those two steel support poles over & into the side walls of your theater?
Then they would not be taking of space in your back countertop ? Just wondering...
Beautiful sketch of your future theater !

John

Thanks John. Those poles are the only thing stopping me from using all the space in my basement for the theater. Moving them would be opening the flood gates. I have to leave a few sq ft for the kids... ;-)

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#2 at 1/3,1/5, or 2/5 of the room width from the side wall which ever sounds best.

I was hoping for Option 2. It will allow me to leverage all that dead space behind the screen. Of course I will need to add another sub for to be symmetrical... :-)

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Construction is progressing nicely. All the framing and electrical work is done. Sofits, insulation, plumbing and some misc items being finished this week. Drywall starts Monday!!

I am getting a little nervous though about how small the space is starting to feel with walls, etc. As soon as I put the cabinets and pull the AT screen away from the wall 22", the room continues to shrink.

Here are some photos of the progress...


Looking into the theater (through the bar window)...


Prep'ing the flexible tubing for cable/speaker runs. I have three 2" runs to (a) bar for misc connections, (b) projector video cables, (c) bridge to the other cabinet on the other side of the screen. That will be overflow for future expansion of gadgets.


Stack of dri-core ready and waiting!

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Don't worry, it always feels like that. During construction, you have no points of reference or sense of scale. Once the drywall is up, it will feel even smaller until you start to move in furniture. Then, all of the sudden, you realize how much room you have.
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Dan, your room is coming along nicely. I'm at about the same stage as you: framing, starting the electrical, and constantly changing my plans.

How high did you make your bar? As I stated above, I am doing a very similar thing. (Our plans even include the same Sketchup Granite coutner tops.) Tonight I plan on framing the bar in and I was planning on 36" tall finished (counter height). Did you do full "Bar" height?

With only one row of seating, I thought that "bar" height might be too tall. Plus, in my plan I'm going to go with a Pub height table behind the bar. Thus creating 3 seating heights.
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I am making the bar at full bar height. My original thinking was that the bar height would allow me to put the theater chairs on a riser without blocking the view at the bar. It was potentially also going to give me some extra height to put the rear speakers on. Since then I decided to bury them in columns (who hooo!) but it does add some flexibility.

Hopefully it will keep the kids from grabbing my stuff off the counter too!

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So are you going with 2 rows with the bar? Or just the one row on a riser?
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Just one row now, but when I originally measured the room (and wasn't doing an AT screen) I had a few more feet to play with. Then I realized I couldn't measure and gave up on a second row. I figure I can always put some bean bags down for the first row

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right on. Kids love bean bags! My 2 1/2 year old got her first one last week and she won't get off of it.
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Just finished the week of sofits, electrical, plumbing and insulation. Ready for drywall.

My projector also arrived!! whooo hooo!

Looking over the bar and at the screen wall...


looking into the entryway (to be arched)...


The fierce projector... just testing


Impressive image for just a standard bed sheet and some ambient light...


Give you a sense of scale. The 16x9 image is 60" tall.


More pics coming after drywall this week.

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That stack of DriCore is probably more expensive than my entire planned build.

Beautiful project, BTW.

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1000 sq ft of dricore $2000. warm feet while chasing the kiddies.... priceless

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Uh oh, projector's up, it's all over now!

If I were to get a bulb projector that would be it. I've like the epsons for some time now.
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I tore the projector down asap so I didn't get too attached.

Drywall progress shown below...



bad panorama...


bar/theater area...


Probably another day or two of mudding/sanding then to the fun stuff! Trim work - wahooo!

My sincere thanks to all those more handy than me

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Nice build! I like how you have the bar area over looking the HT.

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Looking good Dan.

I can't believe how fast it's coming together either. You'll be moved in and watching movies in no time!
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Hey Dan, nice work thus far, although I guess it really isnt "your" work....haha just messing.

2 things. In creating you bar counter, can you document with plenty of photos as to how it is being constructed...I am working on a counter like yours but with my lack of building skills, I like pictures, to help me understand what I will need to do and how, also, what are the full dimensions of your counter, depth and height and such.

the second question I have is about your projector. What made you go with the pro? I have done lots of reading on the epson and everything seems to keep pointing back to the home. both are allegedly the same, except for the pro is 1k more, you get a spare bulb and the extra warranty, both which are about 500$ so where is the added value...? I am trying to figure this one out, anyone else that has an opinion please feel free to chime in as well. Thanks
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I will try to get you some good pics of the bar build. only challenge is that most of the work happens while i am working at my job. I am picking out the granite though... does that count for helping?

regarding the projector... pro has the bulb, mount, extra year warranty and its sexy color not sure if it is worth it, but i didnt want to find any gotchas in the setup of the home version. probably good decision either way.

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don't forget the ISF cert, plus I believe it has some configurable presets available that the home do not.
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thanks for making me feel a little better about the extra $1k splurge

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drywall is done... dricore, priming starts today

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Damn! DW done, your guys are working fast. Send 'em my way when they wrap your job up.

Post those pics man!
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Looking sweet. Have you picked out colors yet?

Projector & Screen: Panasonic AE7000u 3D w/HTB Anamorphic Lens & 130" 2.35:1 CIH Screen
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ask and ye shall receive.... more pictures

The drywall is done, dricore done. They started priming the walls today. Tomorrow the floor will be floated and tile will be done in the bathroom. I didn't like how they did the arch in the door, so I am having them re-do it to be a single radius instead of curved corners.






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