Phew .... so the time has come, has it?
First off, let me start by saying that the information I have read on this site has been a) invaluable and b) worse than crack cocaine. Every time I think I have a design that I like, one of you aholes comes along with something ridiculously kickbutt that I start to reconsider ... and I mean that as a compliment. Seriously, all you guys and gals out there are awesome.
Secondly, I'll be starting off this thread with just my ideas and where I want to go and then you all can offer advice as you see fit. I have no doubts that any questions I have, you will all give me more advice than my puny brain can handle.
I am in the process of demo-ing the basement. I should be done in about a week. The demo-ing is going right down to the foundation, reinsulating and framing. With the help of my uncle (who is a plumber), my uncle (who is an electrician), my uncle (who was a contractor for 20 years), and my dad (who is just annoyingly handy with just about everything), I figure we will do some good work. Once I am done the demo completely, I'll take some pictures for you guys so you can see what I am working with.
The theater size will be about 10.5'w x 22 - 24' long x 7' high (I know .. it sucks). Its actually about 7'4" in height but once the floor and suspended ceiling are in, it will take away a few inches. I dont WANT to do drywall on the ceiling because our taxes will go up as it becomes living space but I will save a bit on height. Really, Id gain about 1.5" or so. Blargh ..already with the indecisions.
The HT will be "closed off" by some thick blackout "curtains" (along the length of 22') during movie time but opened up otherwise as we'd like to keep an open feel to the space. Id like to have two rows of seating (one sofa, one recliners) with the "bar counter" at the back with some stools. The riser wont be able to be that high at all because of the limited ceiling height. I wonder if a 6" riser would even be worth it. That would bring the space to 6'6". Luckily, no one I know is that tall but still. Its certainly not ideal.
I will be building a false wall for "hiding" the speakers behind an AT screen. I have no idea on the size but based on limited ceiling height and the back row, I figure 106" is probably likely. What makes this challenging (cause, ya know, why wouldnt it be?) is that there is a 6" support beam along the width of the 10' theater where the screen is going to go. Which means, the screen at the top (assuming a 3" frame/border along the top) will only be at 6'6" Again, blargh.
To the side, Id LIKE to put a bar but dont know if there will be enough space. Once I do formal measurements, you guys can weigh in on that.
Anywho, just wanted to FINALLY start the thread after about a year of reading and informing and delays and .....
This is definitely going to be a challenge given the restrictions on height but hopefully with the wizardry of some of you, I/we can get around them.
By all means, if you want to give advice, please give it. If you want to tell me what I am doing wrong, please tell me (just be gentle).
Thanks a ton in advance everyone. I hope this journey will be a pleasant one.