Alrighty. I'm going to try to put the shock paddles to this long-dead thread, update it, and then submit it as a lead contender to the "Worst Updated Thread - Ever!" category. I think I have a shot at the gold medal for that one!
So, if anyone is still following this... It's finally done. Well, almost done -- I'm just finishing up making a grill for the HVAC vent. After 18 months of woodworking and trim detail, I finally turned it over to our finisher guy, who did, I think, a masterful job at blending in the various shades of mahogany, which ranged naturally from blonde to a mocha brown. Then he sealed everything with shellac and put a satin poly finish over everything.
And without any further delays, here are some pics:
The space started as a ~30' x 30' bonus room with a mahogany wrap around some structural support elements. I extended the wall down from that and created the outside of the HT:
A shot from the front right corner, looking back:
The starfield is from FOSI and, IMO, turned out great!
Rope lighting under the steps and the lower level:
Some detail showing the base molding and chair railing:
All-in-all, I doubt I would have set off down the path of an all-wood HT had I realized how much work this was going to be. However, now that it's done, I'm glad I did it -- once -- and we're so pleased with the end result. It's not huge, but we like the cozy and sort of old-timey feel down there, and it hopefully shows what one can do with an 8' space that wasn't originally intended to be a dedicated theater.
Enjoy, and thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way, especially Mississippi Man for his sound system and awesome painted screen, Mario for his early renderings showing columns and other details that I leveraged, and RedTopDown for inspiration and help on the ceiling and LED crown lighting.