Ok, now for some pictures. Just before that though I've come to the realization that this isn't ultimately a dedicated home theater, I'll ask if the mods can drop this down one section because this will end up being a rec room/theater thread (sorry for causing extra work).
Alright, any references I make will be to the same diagram posted before, so I'll repost it in this thread to start off:
Now, be forewarned, the basement is messy. We had three of four parents pass away in the last eight years so we've got a lot of stuff, furniture, boxes that we simply cannot decide what to do with yet. For example, hidden in the mess is my parent's old console stereo which was at one point state of the art in a beautiful wood cabinet and now is mostly useless it would seem. I have very fond memories of listening to Boston's two early albums on it so loud the bass would make the needle skip.
So first photo is a general look into the main area from about the base of the stairs. You can see all three teleposts in the photo, one in the right foreground and then the other two essentially splitting the room.
Here's the right side (below), where I'm thinking currently of putting the screen against the wall you see at the back with the insulation and tuck tape. You can see the electrical box in the far right corner and I intend to build a swinging cover for that. I'm hoping to style it like a pillar and build a second, non-opening one on the left side to complement it. The screen would then end up in between and I think would be able to be a maximum of about 100 or so inches (i'll double check the measurement once the pillars are in) so not the largest of screens but it would do. This section is 11' wide by 18' long. I think I could get two rows of seats in there, with the second set on a riser.
The back of the room is a wall against the stairs and is 7'10" long that comes to an 18" jog and then continues on behind the other side of the room and is also 7'10" long. A fourth telepost is already buried in that wall.
The left side is wider, but shorter. It is 13'6" wide by 16'6" deep, though has half the back wall open as it leads to the area that'll hold the "bar" in whatever design it ends up and leads to the bathroom at the back (6'6" x 8'). So while it's a little wider I wonder if the sound wouldn't be better on the right side (or does it matter anyway with this huge open area?).
The dark rectangle is a temporary curtain over the one window in this area of the basement.
And since someone will ask, why all the tuck tape? When the house was built they told us the basement exterior would be insulated. It was supposed to be done with 2 x 3's according to them but we upgraded to 2 x 4's so that was good. But we (foolishly) assumed they'd at least include electrical outlets. Nope. You learn a lot building a house and regret even more.
Anyway here's a view of the back of that left hand section. You can see the sort of cavernous gap at the back beside where the wall ends. It's about 8' wide by about 13'6" deep and will house the bathroom at the back.
The section of wall there is also 7'10" wide and I've allowed a 24" space (where you see Vader in the picture below) to put in a component rack at the back of the room. I'm hoping for a Middle Atlantic rack or something like it, but being in Canada I'm a little concerned on the pricing given I could hop down to Minneapolis and save some coin. My other switch box is in that end of the wall and I have three of four slots alotted in that space.
I have a major issue with the hvac and central beam running down the middle of the room. It ends up being about 4-4.5' wide and the ceiling will obviously drop considerably here. It'll be a drop ceiling in this area too and in the left and right sides I'm planning on doing a drop ceiling and will build a box around each area so that the ceiling is higher in the middle area. Under the ducting it'll be about 6'3" clearance and will be about 7', maybe a bit more, in the other areas. (yeah, do a nine foot ceiling when you build - next house)
The lighting, as mentioned in my first post, is comprised of Par20 50 watt bulbs. I like these better than halogens because they give off a nice light with less heat. Most importantly though they are line voltage so I can use standard dimmers and they won't be affected when the incandescent ban comes into play in 2012 (or is it 2011). I'll have four rows of five lights across each section so there'll be plenty of light there. The little back section near the bathroom will have four more of them as well.
So the questions that come to mind are:
1. Right side or left side for the screen? Right side leaves more room on left for larger pool table.
2. How much soundproofing, bass trapping is necessary? Is it worthwhile in this room given the odd dimensions and open areas that may operate as sinks for sound?
3. Where else would you put lights and what kind?