I am finally getting around to posting pics of my room. I can't really call this a build thread per se, as the room is essentially completed. That said, I will post the pics in a series that will hopefully provide some benefit to those who prefer seeing a project in chronological order.
Let me start by saying that I had been hesitant to post pics due to the incredible rooms (many professionally done) that are posted here every day. I am absolutely thrilled with my room, but it is not in the same league as the pro rooms (obviously), and falls well short of many of the better DIY projects. This forum is a lot of fun, but it is also humbling.
Finally, I want to give a big thank you to the many folks on this forum (especially the pros like Dennis and Ted) that offer their time and advice to all of us for free. I realize this forum may serve as a great business generator for them, but that doesn't diminish the fact that they freely provide advice to everyone on the board without reservation. My room benefited from substantial input from Ted and John at The Soundproofing Company, and I got a lot of other great tips from the participants on this forum, either directly, or by stealing ideas from their pics (it is for this last reason that I feel an obligation to share pics of my room). I started spending time on AVSForum back in 2001 when I was trying to decide on my first plasma television--I got great advice then from Rogo, RHarkness, RichB, MarkRubin and countless others over in the plasma area. Let's just say I have come a long way from that 42 Fujitsu.
My room was done as part of a whole house renovation (house was from the 20s). I can't call this a DIY project because my contractor did the construction work, but I did all the design of the theater space (with input from Ted and others around here). My contractor offered suggestions along the way, but figured out quickly that I was getting good advice from others, so he was always willing to follow my instructions.
I play and collect guitars (not high end vintage stuff by any means, but the guitars all mean something to me) and I wanted a room that would serve multiple purposes: (1) it needed to be a room where my family could watch movies and sporting events, (2) it needed to allow me a place to display and play my guitars and (3) it needed to be functional for having others over to play and record music.
I am still trying to decide on recording gear for the room, so that is not yet installed. I also need to acoustically treat the room, but decided to live in it for a bit and then bring in someone qualified to help me optimize the room based on how I was using the space.
The ceilings in the room were low, and the basement floor was uneven, so the first thing we did was bust out the existing concrete floor, dig down about 5 inches (we didn't want to push our luck on the footings) and pour a new level floor.
Here are a couple pics of the basement level during the floor removal. As you can see, it is a walkout basement in the back, and the entire back of the house was opened up for the renovation. That made the work much easier
The first shot below shows where they were digging out to place plumbing drain lines and underground HVAC ducts. The second shot is essentially the theater room space, taken from where the back of the room would be (looking toward the screen wall). The steel post and support beam on the right in the second shot mark where the side wall of the room will be.
Finally, here is a shot right after they poured the new floor (it wasn't yet smoothed out)
More to come soon