So, I have officially embarked on my maiden HT voyage. My wife and I are building a new house in Texas. We allotted a 20’ x 24’ room for a media room in the original plans. As you can probably tell from the title of this thread, I eventually hired Dennis Erskine to design my room. Smartest damn thing I have ever done!
Flashback—This is not my first post on the Forum; it is the second. The first was back in the fall when I asked for advice on how to spend my equipment budget. After all, that is what any good newbie needs right? Just some expensive gear with no idea how to use it?
I was shocked that the majority of responses “politely” informed me that I was an idiot for looking at equipment before examining the room itself. OK, so I was an idiot (perhaps still am), but I was smart enough to know that I needed help. So, I contacted Dennis. And I highly encourage anyone thinking about building, remodeling, or designing a room to do the same.
His design is awesome. But working with Dennis is even awesomer. Despite working with people who know much more than me and others that have much, much more money, Dennis still takes the time to tailor the project to my individual thoughts, needs, and budget constraints. Hopefully, he will continue to hold my hand through the process, and my 10 emails to him per week will not wear out my welcome.
Here is what we started with:
Here is what Dennis designed:
So far, we have the exterior walls of the room framed and the plumbing and HVAC roughed into the space. The plan is to use clips and channels and attach two layers of 5/8” drywall with GG in between. Ted White’s products and literature have been extremely helpful. I have read them so many times in an effort to understand them that I feel like I could recite the entire Green Glue instructions manual by heart. Once the isolation shell is built, the interior walls, risers, and drop ceiling will be framed.
Here are some pics of current status:
Entry from Living Room:
Right and Left Walls:
I have not made official selections on equipment just yet. I would love to hear suggestions and thoughts. The only thing I have locked in is a Procella speaker system.
So that’s it for now. I will post updates and more pics as I have them. Electrical is beginning this week and low voltage wiring should come shortly thereafter.
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