Originally Posted by Moikey
Awesome Sam congratulations! Your theater looks amazing. Good to see all the Colorado builds. I am definitely reconsidering fabric instead of paint after seeing your theater. Did you just fabric over the window coverings you made? Did the inspectors say anything about it?
Thanks for the compliments, I see that you live in Aurora, I will be more than happy to help with advice, Ryan (RMcVeigh - Roaring Fork Cinema) in Broomfield helped me quiet a lot in the past 6 months so I'd be happy to help other Coloradans and Denverites any chance I get. Sometimes that onsite advice makes a world of difference over than just reading construction threads and looking at pictures. By the way, I did texture and paint my celings and soffits, I only used fabric on walls.
To answer your question, the inspectors did the inspection back in Septemeber when all windows were open and before I put up fabric. As long as you have your egress window open, then there shouldn't be an issue with inspection or fire code. As far as the window plugs, they are not permanent as you can see, they are removable with 4 old fashioned mini door lock bars each. I simply aligned them with the the outside of the window frame (inside the basement) so that they are flush with the wall, it was kind of tricky because window dimensions aren't perfect, so some areas at the bottom of the window openning are 1/8" wider or narrower, same with height. So it took a little but of cutting and jiggling to make it work and to make sure that the plywood window plugs are secure and won't shake when there is a lot of bass in the theater. Once I had them secure then I placed the JM814/OC703 insulation over the plywood, the same way I treated any wall surface, and then I placed the fabric over, again the same way I did with the rest of the wall surface. I did have to use some self adhesive foam tape to seal the areas around the window plug borders where light could leak during the day. The 1/2" grey foam adhesive tape is something you will find at Home Depot or Lowes, it was like $5 for a 20 foot roll I think, and its very removable, it's really not that adhesive to be honest but it does the job. I also spray painted the outside of the plywood in black (the part that is visible to the outside fro the backyard through the window). Spraying black paint on plywood and looking at it through the window is almost perceived like a a thick textured or patterned curtain. I really did not want to go over the top with drywalling my windows, in case I ever sell this house (which I hope I never do after spending so much time and money on the basement) I did not want prospective buyers to complain that the windows are boarded, if they are stupid enought not to appreciate what I did in the basement with the fabric, then they can rip it and open up the windows again, believe me there are some really weird people out there who could care less about a dedicated theater and fabric walls, and they would rip that basement apart if they buy the house, but hopefully I never EVER have to move from this house for atleast 10-15 years.
BTW, no matter what you hear, GOM fabric's got to be the EASIEST and MOST FORGIVING type of fabric to work with. Spend the extra few hundred bucks on nice GOM fabric, go to Guilford of Maine's website or to FabricMate's site and look at all the fabric types, textures and colors and ask them to send you a sample of your top 10-20 favorites before you make your final decision. Also for the love of God spend the extra few hundred bucks on FabricMate track, it makes a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. I used 1" track everywhere except around door frames and behind baseboard floor trim (where I used 1" furring and stapes fabric over). By using furring on the doors and baseboard areas I saved about $400-$500, but if I had the extra cash, I would have spent $1400 instead of $800, all on track because track is so friggin easy to work with, you can stretch and retretch the fabric until the end of time, you can remove the fabric from the track (takes a little work) but with staples over fabric, you're SOL, so you only get once chance to stretch the fabric before you have to run staple or two per inch of horzontal/vertical fabric, if you have to do over, it will take forever to remove the staples from the wood, the track is just so much mroe forgiving. Also the GOM fabric I used for the walls is the Anchorage Onyx and Red Delicious, and its EXTREMELY easy to clean, I even sprayed black spray on on area by mistake, and I was able to clean it with detergent and warm water and the paint was 99.9% gone within minutes, I love GOM fabric incase you can't tell already.