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Well I've been around here for a while now and finally feel like I can start a small build thread. This is full basement finish that I knew would take a while so I put my projector up and started watching movies a long time back.

Drywalled dimensions are 14'4" x '17'6".
Ceiling height sucks.

Here's what I started with.





Replace the window with french doors (lead to main patio) and removed the slider all together.





Did some vent relocating.




Still didn't like how the soffits for the venting would have turned out so I had a custom vent made to the same volume but wider and angled. I had to frame down a little for the gas pipe so designed the vent to maintain as much ceiling height as possible.



I put the equipment rack right out side the theater doors. Had to move the hot water heater to the other side of the furnace.





It sat like this for lets say awhile.



Picked up some solid Mahogany exterior doors. Thought these would be decent for sound isolation. Haven't been impressed after doing one little test after drywall went up.




Here's right before drywall went up.



You can see my sump pit in the right front. I'm putting in a small stage to get over that. Not sure how I want that yet.


DD 5/8 and GG, caulked around everything, used 4-4" airtight can lights and two sconces for lights.





Well that's where I'm at now. I need texture so I can start to paint.
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Nice build. mmmmmmmmmmm.Martin Logan's

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Nice build. mmmmmmmmmmm.Martin Logan's

+1 on the MLs...tasty...but it makes me wonder what kind of sub you've got.

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18" Velodyne at the moment. Hopefully I can get the room treated properly to take full advantage of my Logans.
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I have decided on hand trowel for texture and did a little experimenting with faux painting a sample of the texture.

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Here's the texture being applied.



Paint.



Glaze applied.



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I have fallen in love with this carpet but can't afford it. Are there any secerets around here for finding affordable home theater carpet?

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The good carpet is never cheap.

We had to double our carpet budget to get what we wanted.
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We had to double our carpet budget to get what we wanted.


Well it looks like I need to clean up the youngest and see what I can get for her then. lol

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Cute baby!!! (Nice Logans too!)
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Well it looks like I need to clean up the youngest and see what I can get for her then. lol

lollllllllll!!!!! Good one!!! lolll!!!

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Well it looks like I need to clean up the youngest and see what I can get for her then. lol

lollllllllll!!!!! Good one!!! lolll!!!

Well I guess we're going to keep her so I'm back to square one on the carpet. lol

I did get some trim stained today. Horrible picture. I played around with stains and applications until I got close to what I wanted. Ended up with 2parts Expresso to one part Mahogany stain. I liked how the air brush put it on so thats how I applied it.






On another note I got a good deal on some Alder door slabs and need to build some jams. Are there any secrets to this? I was going to buy the router jig for the hinges and the door nob kit. These doors way 75lbs and up and wondered if I need 3 or 4 hinges per door?
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I picked up 3 theater seats that I thought might work for a second row of seating up against the back wall. I'm afraid its going to look a little congested when I get the main couch in there though.

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I'm starting to poly my base. I also got my casing and crown delivered the other day. I had it custom milled out of select alder.



Built my first door jam. It wasn't to bad. Just a lot of steps in the process.



I'm really bummed I won't have the theater room operational for the UFC fight. Maybe I can watch some bowl games at least.
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I need some help deciding where to put the crown molding. We planned on putting rope lighting behind the crown but it seems to look better flush to the ceiling. The short ceiling height seems to be helped by the higher mounting postition also.

Give me your opinion on where you think it should be mounted.

Thanks

flush to ceiling


an inch or so down


in the middle


down low
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Very nice job you are doing... I love the Logans and also have a full Martin Logan System with SL3's up front, Theater i center and Scenarios as surrounds. Velodyne 18" as sub as well!
I am not sure about your center channel placement that high up... I think it would be better close to the floor and angled upwards toward listening position, but you may not have had a choice... anyway, keep posting pics of your progress! Can't wait to see finished product!
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Yep, 1" looks good.

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Another vote for 1" down.
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I vote 1" down.

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Yep, 1" looks good.

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Another vote for 1" down.

I concur with there decisions also!

Theater is coming along really nice, looking forward to seeing the next set of pictures of your progress.

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Looks like 1" or so down wins. Thanks for the input.


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Very nice job you are doing... I love the Logans and also have a full Martin Logan System with SL3's up front, Theater i center and Scenarios as surrounds. Velodyne 18" as sub as well!
I am not sure about your center channel placement that high up... I think it would be better close to the floor and angled upwards toward listening position, but you may not have had a choice... anyway, keep posting pics of your progress! Can't wait to see finished product!

Thanks for chiming in. I went high with the center in case I want a second row of seating. Also I can open the theater doors to the other room and people can still hear the action. Have you acoustically treated your room? If so what did you end up liking.
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I have the crown molding up in the family room area but I'm not happy with the rope light. The individual lights reflect off the ceiling. Do I need some sort of frosted rope to get rid of this?



I'm ready to get some stone on the wall also. I trimmed the windows with s2s alder and will rock around them. I just polyurethaned these.

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I have the crown molding up in the family room area but I'm not happy with the rope light. The individual lights reflect off the ceiling. Do I need some sort of frosted rope to get rid of this?

One thing I did was line the cavity between the wall and the molding with aluminum tape. This will help to reflect more light up and may soften the individual lights you are seeing. The other thing to consider is the type of rope light, and the number of lights per feet of the rope light you are using.

Keep up the great work. Very nice build so far!

Also, document your "rocking" for us who want to try it later.

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One thing I did was line the cavity between the wall and the molding with aluminum tape

Thanks for the tip. I'll try something more reflective to get more light spill and see if that help.
Anyone else have this trouble with there rope light? I want the warm glow with out the individual bulbs reflecting off the ceiling.



I'm doing a 215 starphire reef tank in the main area. I got the alder ply up and started on the frame. It will be 1x4's and 1x6's with cap molding for a paneled look. I have never used a biscuit jointer and it didn't go as planned for some reason. I thought the pieces would be virtually flush with minimal sanding but there off a little more than expected. Nothing a little sanding won't take care of though. Glued up the sides today and plan on gluing up the unit as a whole tomorrow.







I also covered a sewer pipe that slightly protruded from the ceiling drywall with a little crown .


Not much going on in the theater room as it has been turned into the stain booth.
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I got most of the tank wall done now. Still need some trim across the top and stain. I haven't been able to find any frosted rope light. If anyone has source for this let me know.

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I got most of the tank wall done now. Still need some trim across the top and stain. I haven't been able to find any frosted rope light. If anyone has source for this let me know.

That looks awesome ! ... what colour are you staining it ?

what are you doing for lighting/circulation/skimmer ?

I had a 330G inwall reeftank in my last house and have a spot picked out in this house for another one *slightly* bigger but the wife is balking on it because our hydro bills went down 80 to 90 bucks a month without the tank
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That looks awesome ! ... what colour are you staining it ?

what are you doing for lighting/circulation/skimmer ?

I had a 330G inwall reeftank in my last house and have a spot picked out in this house for another one *slightly* bigger but the wife is balking on it because our hydro bills went down 80 to 90 bucks a month without the tank

I'm not looking forward to the utility bills. I have 3-400watt MH and 4-96wt PC for lighting, an ASM G4 skimmer(will upgrade this at some point), and 2 Vortechs for circulation. It's to addicting of a hobby to leave for good.. I've been out of it for 6 years now. You just have to find the balance of size and cost to keep you and the wife happy.
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Here's the rock up. It still needs to be over grouted. My drywall guy threw it in his bid to sweeten the deal. I was out of town for a few days and came home and it was up. That was sweet. Probably the best basement experience yet. lol



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That stone work looks great. It's all coming together nicely.
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