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ok well my fiancee and I are soon to start getting our new house built starting in May and are right now working out our plans for it. We have decided to create the ultimate game room/home theater room (shes a big gamer to). Money wise is not a problem.

If you guys have any ideas on how to make the ultimate game room/home theater, throw some on here. We need ideas for like the best equipment, good layout ideas, the biggest and best projector and theater screen, snack bars, so forth.

The budget we are allowing for this is $2 million but can easily go higher if need be.

Also we was thinking of keeping the game room seperate and the theater room like right next to it, possible having to walk through the game room to get to the theater but of couse keep the sound from going in and out of the theater.

We would also like to have like 8 to 10 seats in it.

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I'd suggest you hire a professional. Ultimate rooms are different for everyone, so without specifics, it is hard to even have any other suggestion...

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With that budget, call a good designer like Dennis Erskine (who is a member of this forum).

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at that price you should be hiring Theo K. He is the theater maker for the stars, where price is no object and over the top theaters the norm. Warning you will probably spend a lot more than you have to, and it won't sound any better than our own Dennis Erskine.

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we are trying to stay away form professionals and contractors as much as possible because we want everything to me all what we want, not what they want. Plus no point in paying someone to do the fun parts.
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I would maybe contact CINERAMAX. www.cineramax.com
From what I can gather, Peter is your man when it comes to doing what the customer wants and not what he wants.

On that kind of scale you need to at least have a pro design it. If you really want to do all of the labor then go for it. A true professional will do what you want and only guide you away from problems.

I think a lot of people get help from Rives also. www.rivesaudio.com

There are many good companies.

Where do you live?
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we are trying to stay away form professionals and contractors as much as possible because we want everything to me all what we want, not what they want. Plus no point in paying someone to do the fun parts.

I think that you will find that the professionals will still do what you want to do. They will just ensure that it is done correctly and that you get the most out of your build. Especially when it comes to things like acoustics, AV gear, calibration, etc. If you are going to drop $2 million it seems like you should at least consult with a professional so they can give you some ideas and steer you on the right path.
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if it sounds like a troll, looks like a troll and smells like a troll......
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really how hard could it be? just find the good enough equipment.

The only people we would like to hire are ones to install most of the stuff after we buy and choose it all.
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Wow, surprised at the responses so far, I thought everyone would be all over throwing out the most ridiculously awesome ideas that they couldn't afford or didn't have the room to put in their own theaters.

However, I do agree that it would be best to hire Dennis or another professional. Gather all of our ideas, and take them to a professional to get them incorporated properly.

So now I am going to just sit back and wait for all the napkin drawings from Big to start making their appearances.
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if it sounds like a troll, looks like a troll and smells like a troll......

My thoughts exactly, but I'll hang out long enough to see where it goes.
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if it sounds like a troll, looks like a troll and smells like a troll......

For sure, could still be interesting though!!

$2MM for a HT and game room, would likely put the total house cost at about $20MM. At least. Wouldn't you guys go to a random website that you just joined to design it, instead of a professional?
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really how hard could it be?

LOL, the "hard" part is all the potential problems related to things you don't know exist yet, and don't even know to ask about.

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uh no the house should only cost no more then 5 million to build and do. Like I said, this isn't going to be a mansion and we are only putting 1 to 2 million for the game and theater since thats going to be the most costly. This includes all the stuff that goes in the rooms.

And this is no joke either. We are both big gamers and electronic geeks so we arn't ignorant to what things are, how they work, where to get the things and so forth. And seeing how people like you guys who are fellow enthusists, would give better advice and incite where as a professional will get us to do the most expensive project possible so they get more money.

Also we both still work normal jobs.

I'll take pics of the place when its done. Clearing the land will start next week so we are hoping it will all be done by sometime in June.

by the way, we already own the land its going to be put on so we dont have to worry about land cost or anything of that kind.
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have you designed the blueprints yet? if so, post the floor plan of where you intend to place the theater and then we can give you some ideas.

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I understand that you think you are a technically inclined person, but you should still hire a professional. There are literally dozens of things that should be done right to make this room amazing, and trying to learn them from the internet is a huge mistake. The people who are advising you to hire a professional theater designer are all giving you good advise. It's not as simple as "picking the good stuff" and then having someone install them into the room. Things like construction methods, acoustic design and implementation, aesthetic design, correct equipment for your needs and wants, light planning, etc...

When you are talking about a two million dollar budget, the actual labor costs of hiring a pro to help you with the project become so tiny by comparison that it is just ridiculous not to get someone involved.
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uh no the house should only cost no more then 5 million to build and do. Like I said, this isn't going to be a mansion and we are only putting 1 to 2 million for the game and theater since thats going to be the most costly. This includes all the stuff that goes in the rooms.

And this is no joke either. We are both big gamers and electronic geeks so we arn't ignorant to what things are, how they work, where to get the things and so forth. And seeing how people like you guys who are fellow enthusists, would give better advice and incite where as a professional will get us to do the most expensive project possible so they get more money.

Also we both still work normal jobs.

I'll take pics of the place when its done. Clearing the land will start next week so we are hoping it will all be done by sometime in June.

by the way, we already own the land its going to be put on so we dont have to worry about land cost or anything of that kind.

construction costs here are upwards of $500 per square foot, i'm not sure there are many places in this world where a ~10,000 square foot home wouldn't be considered a mansion

i think your skepticism over professionals is unfounded. you don't need to go to them and say "i have two million dollars" you go to them and say "here's my vision - can you give me a budget". to be frank i think you'll be hard pressed to spend $2million - here's one that cost $6mil why not start there and scale back - http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2008/08/...ter-6-million/

i would also suggest that your anticipated completion date of june is unrealistic. not trying to be negative, but having been around for several large scale construction projects they take quite a while and almost always longer than you plan.
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We are both big gamers and electronic geeks so we arn't ignorant to what things are, how they work, where to get the things and so forth.

Then why are you asking?

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I only came on asking for some general ideas on to include in the rooms, what equipment to look into getting and possibly ideas for layout ideas. Not looking for professional info on construction and so forth.

and we are in the middle of making the blue prints. Only have a general layout on the main parts of the house done.

as for building time. I dont see why it would take any longer. Houses around here are normally fully up within 2 weeks. 2 months for this should be plenty
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I'll take pics of the place when its done. Clearing the land will start next week so we are hoping it will all be done by sometime in June. .

Surely you are joking. That time frame is not reasonable.
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All that I can tell you is that nearly everyone that I know that has a decent budget has hired someone to help to design the acoustics and advise with construction. Sort this forum by thread size and I betcha that 80% of the top dozen biggest threads have hired someone, myself included.

The people that we are recommending don't give a rat's ass if you buy stuff through them or not. It's their business to design great rooms, not sell gear. But it certainly is your call.

I take it you aren't using an architect to help you design the blue prints for your house either. After all anyone can order the parts and hire a GC to throw it together.


edit: Screw it. This guy can't be for real.

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..as for building time. I dont see why it would take any longer. Houses around here are normally fully up within 2 weeks. 2 months for this should be plenty

Can't resist the troll...arggghh...

You normally don't order windows until the house is framed. For a million dollar plus house wood windows are the norm. Those windows have about a 4-5 week lead time.

You can't start on the exterior wall covering (brick, rock, siding, etc) of the house until the windows are in.

You can't order cabinetry until the house is framed and measurements can be taken onsite. Cabinetry will have a 4 week lead time (most likely much more).

I'm building my dream home right now. I hope to move in late June / early July. I started clearing trees the fall of 2007. In May of 2008 when the snow had melted, the excavation started.
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I only came on asking for some general ideas on to include in the rooms, what equipment to look into getting and possibly ideas for layout ideas. Not looking for professional info on construction and so forth.

and we are in the middle of making the blue prints. Only have a general layout on the main parts of the house done.

as for building time. I dont see why it would take any longer. Houses around here are normally fully up within 2 weeks. 2 months for this should be plenty

How many hours are there in a day where you live?
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i am not joking. houses around here have gone up that fast. but they wern't big ones though. Just 100,000 to 300,000 dollar homes. but of course the land was already cleared out.

The guy clearing our land said he can have it done within a week.
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How many hours are there in a day where you live?

my aunt and uncles house went up in a month and this included a basement and custom chosen design.
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