For those who have followed my thread to date, it has described 'the best laid plans'. My HT build had been planned for years and I have amassed a reasonable collection of equipment, soundproofing materials, FabricMate track, Seymour AV screen material, scope lens and interconnects etc. In fact, the only thing missing was the room to put it all in. Well, as the proverb goes, the best plans came awry and now I think that the original title of the thread is hardly relevant. Footloose and Fancy free, I can use the biggest room in the house and do what I damn well want with it!
Of course this has meant some sacrifices and an awful lot of compromises, and as l previously mentioned, the plans for the new build are a distant memory and I have moved into a property (built in 1962) which I bought and has been a rental / investment property for the past 5 years. The home sits on a good sized block 1200 metres squared (60m deep x 20 m frontage.... or 197 feet deep x 66 feet wide for our metrically challenged friends in the States). In fact, I bought the house with my then wife with the intention of knocking down the home and rebuilding on the plot. It's a great spot and I live right on the door step of beautiful bushland and national parks. Anyway, here's home. Front yard and rear yard (as it was when I moved in).
Yep, that's an asbestos breather mask on the handrail.. Found a stack of it when demo'ing the kitchen.
And from the front of the house to the street..
The reason I mention this fact is that I am finding that there are a lot of things that I have had to spend money on. In fact, pretty much all of the money that I had allocated for my HT build has been swallowed up with a new kitchen, rewiring the house, installing a photovoltaic solar system on the roof on the roof, fencing, new guttering, plumbers, clearing the block of debris (have spent the best part of $1000 just tipping rubbish!), buying furniture again (IKEA is my favourite place!) and just getting myself re-established.
I need to replace a deck, paint the house, replace rear guttering, the list goes on. To be honest, it's all a bit daunting but that's OK. Just one job at a time and I will get there. In the overall scheme of things, the HT needs to be on the backburner and I will do a little as money and time permits. With a full time job with irregular hours and a three year old son on weekends and when ever I can see him during the week, there are not many hours left in the day. THE HT is important to me. VERY important to me and I am committed to getting it done. Even if it is slowly.
I don't think that this will be the slowest build thread on here, but then I am not going to set any new records either. I just intend to do a job every week or two. I already have a 58 inch plasma and my seating in the room and it is my main TV area. As you will see from the below photo, I have tentatively just installed some of my components - enough to watch a blu-ray, watch TV or listen to some music.
The first job was to install a rear stud wall. The home originally had a large 'Great Room' when you entered. It's about 8 metres (25 feet deep) and 4.6 metres (15 feet) wide. I had a charming combustion fireplace complete with genuine 1960's mosaic tile top and sandstone clad surrounds. Sorry, but a picture tells a thousand words....
Here is a better shot of the room...
First step was to remove the old fireplace. Not really a fireplace kinda guy and it was never going to set any new decor trends. In fact, it was a bloody monstrosity. An hour with a sledgehammer, a trip to the roof to remove the flu and replace the tiles and job done. I do have some concrete left on the floor where the timber floors have been cut out and replaced for the fireplace base but this will be covered by the rear riser so hopefully this will be out of sight.
Next job...buy a door. Found a great solid Maple door (weighs a ton) and a Raven acoustic door seal on Ebay from a builder who had leftovers from a job. Today the stud wall went up and I now have an enclosed HT space. Here are some pics of the progress. Sorry for the shabby photos...
So, here I am. Happy that I have got my room at last and ready for some upcoming work. First job is to sand back and paint the new drywall. Friday's the day for that. Need to paint the outside of the door and leave the inside for a yet to be determined colour / fabric covering.
Hopefully I can keep the ball rolling...
Feel free to ask any questions or make any comments.