Hey - how about an update!
The fabric has been up for a month now - it has been very nice having the room feel closer to finished than not. I was worried I might be able to see the acoustic treatments through the FR701 when the lights are on, but that hasn't been an issue. What *has* been noticeable is the heads of the screws I used to mount them
But not enough to take the fabric down and fix. In hindsight I would definitely take a black marker and color the screw heads before the fabric goes up.
Also in hindsight, I am a little concerned about the areas behind fabric where there is a void (no treatments), if someone leans against the wall. I was always a little concerned about this but now I think I would have made sure to fill these areas with something (either wood, or maybe even more fiberglass faced with 6mil plastic or something)
Right now the staple course I used for the fabric was about 6", but I think when I get a chance I would go around and reduce that to 3" or so. What do other people use?
Anyways, this weekend I started working on the wood paneling/wainscoting. I'm going to do a recessed panel design, but I'm not sure yet if I should leave the panel design shaker-style (ie. just the straight edges of the stiles and rails), or if I want to trim them out around the perimeter of each recess with a moulding. I'll probably need to see it with the chair rail moulding before I know for sure. I also had a thought where the rails would be proud of the stiles by 1/4" or so (ie. use 3/4" MDF for the rails and 1/2" MDF for the stiles). Hopefully I won't be stuck in analysis paralysis for too long....
In preparation for the paneling I had to bring the electrical outlets out an extra inch from the original design. As I was re-wiring this I realized the electrician had wired most of my room to a single circuit, rather than following the explicit instructions I gave on how to assign outlets. DOH! Luckily since I pulled all the wires for the room I was able to determine where he made the mistake, and corrected it.
After the wainscoting is built and painted, the only major component left will be the equipment racking at the back of the room! (yay!) I'm definitely going to get one of those pull out and rotate Middle Atlantic racks, should make access a heck of a lot easier.
pictures to come after I make a decision on the panel design