After many, many months of absorbing as much as I could of the wealth of information here, I am ready to take a deep breath and post my theater build with the hopes of receiving the wonderful feedback this forum is known to bestow on newcomers.
As the post implies, this is my second foray into a dedicated DIY HT. Version 1.0, of which I will post pics when I am able, was a basement build in an older home with limited options. Version 2.0 is in the basement of the home we had built back in 2008. The room is 11.5' wide by 23' long with 9' ceilings( the long, skinny theater should be the name). If I had something to post to the "what I would do differently" post, I would have had knowledge of this forum before making framing changes to the room. I am kicking myself for not allowing 3 more feet of width at least. I guess v 3.0 will have that luxury. That was Mistake #1
The current HT build is part of an entire 1600 Sq Ft basement finish I started 12 months ago working on weekends. I am sure you all will appreciate it when I say that ORIGINALLY, the build included a card room, billiards room, bar, full bath, kitchenette, HT and an office for me.
Now, let me preface this section by stating that I really do love my wife and value her opinion...on most things. However, after I had completed the electric, low voltage wiring I made the mistake of showing the wife the final concept of my well planned out man cave in a rendering application. At that point she took interest and the "cave" took on a new form: the card room became the craft room for her and my daughters, the billiards room was deemed unnecessary since both of my sons would be in college this year and the girls probably wouldn't play pool (fortunately we compromised and moved the card room into the billiards room). The bar turned into another bedroom in case one of the sons I had been looking forward to leaving returned for some reason (mind you, the first two stories of the home have 5 bedrooms...more than enough for my wife and I and all 4 kids to have their own bedroom). The bathroom, kitchenette, office, and HT remain in my possession.
Why do I tell you all of this? Guess which room took last place in the budget priority? You guessed, it, the HT. The office is done, the kitchenette is 90% finished, and I am finishing the bathroom now. I diverted my attention to getting her craft room 90% done (needs carpet still) so she would be motivated to open up the 'ole purse strings for the HT. The trim will be done in every other room within 2 weeks, which means it is now time to come full circle and start dedicating myself to my dedicated HT once again.
Not to dangle a carrot, but I will post pics of the layout and progress to date as I am able.