Ok... yet another home theater design and build thread.
What will make this one somewhat unique is that this is my second HT build.
My first HT build, now called the Take1 Theater, was done back in 2001. I joined AVS back in 2000 and trolled the boards for many months before my HT build. It was a small room, only 12' x 17', which at the time I called my shoebox theater. We were only able to fit in a love seat and a couple of chairs, but it worked very well. Some of the same techniques you read about now were done 8 years ago. I treated the walls and used GOM fabric to hide all the speakers. I will see if I can dig up some pictures to show everyone the Take1 Theater.
One huge advantage we got from the Take1 HT was during the sale of our house. We sold our house in the middle of 2008 in just 3 weeks and the HT room was a big draw. The buyers wanted the entire HT room in-tact, all furniture, decorations and all equipment!! We were able to up the bid on our house because of this and of course I get to buy all new equipment for the new house.
The Take1 HT was will worth the investment!
Now that we have been settled in our new house for over a year, it is time for me to begin the Take2 Theater!! This will be my second time to do a DIY HT room with the help of the AVS community. I am looking forward to it and feel blessed that I can go on this adventure for a second time. And for that sticky thread on 'what I' do differently next time....', well, here are some of my key learnings I will apply to the Take2 Theater:
- Sound isolation! I completely ignored this in the Take1 Theater and the main complaint for 7 years was.... "Turn it down!". I won't make that mistake again. Sound isolation will be a top priority.
- Speaker Access: Don't ask me why, but once I applied the GOM over some speakers, I had no access to them if a speaker where to fail. This never happened, but I was always worried about it.
- Not enough seating: With the limited space, we only had seating for four. This was not a mistake per-se, but something I want to address this time around.
Now from a budget perspective, since I am a big time DIYer, I try to minimize cost and maximize value. I don't have a ton of money to throw into this, but I do have a modest amount I am willing to spend. So many of the decisions I will make will be based on cost vs value. For example, I am already going the discontinued/b-stock/used route on a lot of the equipment to try to get better gear for less dollars. More on this later.
Another goal I have is to document and take you all through the journey, research and the various topics I encounter as I proceed through this process. I am hoping this will be a good resource for anyone in the future looking to learn as much as possible via one build thread. The AVS community has helped me so much over the years and this is my way of giving back to the community.
Here is my design of the Take2 Theater. The room is 14x18 with a strange vaulted ceiling. The builder intended this room to be a dedicated HT so it has no windows and four existing sconce lights. The room sits on the second story above a 2-car garage.
Here is the Take2 floor plan design:
The attic space around the room is of limited use. The ceiling rafters touch the top of the HT room's walls and then just angle down to the side of the house. I am able to use one side of the attic space to make a small equipment room. I am hoping to squeeze in two rows of four seats. Space is a little tight, so every inch counts on all walls.
The ceiling vaults up from the screen wall to close to 10' before coming straight down to roughly 8' and then a flat ceiling to the back of the room. In case you are wondering, that ceiling drop is where a large engineered beam is running across the room in the attic. They vaulted the ceiling up as much as possible to give some room, but ultimately this beam and the steep slope of the roof caused them to drop the ceiling down. One of my challenges will be how to build soffits into this ceiling.
See below for the before pics to see what the builder did as an HT room.
I plan to finish up the design by November and then start construction in December. My last HT took me five months, but I think this one will take a lot longer as it will be much more involved.DISCLAIMER:
Please be aware, I am not a professional contractor nor profess to have any professional or mastery knowledge of any topic on his thread. Any advice I give or information I share is just based from DIY research and analysis. Consider all information just to be a DIY point of view.Build Thread Table of Contents