Theater is 16'8" Wide by 18'9" long. Bar / Game area is just basically a lounge, though we have a full size Air Hockey table. Mostly just a kick back area for parties and watching sports. Bar spills out to a 20 x 14 patio bbq area with a 32 x 12 deck above. Putting a 50" plasma above the bar for sports (one of 5 in the house now).
I just wish the steam shower was going in the master, now I have to go down 2 floors for a better shower experience.
Well first theater since my Infocus X1 days back in 2003.
I'm in the middle of installing an Elk M1G Alarm system along with a Homeseer box for automation and lighting. House is a mix of Z-Wave and UPB lighting, Z-Wave locks and thermostat control. Also pre-wired for cameras (2 inside and 4 outside) so we can keep an eye on the kids from work during the summer and after school. Locations are wired with Dual Cat5e and 18-2 so I can got IP cam or use video baluns. Every room has motion sensors and I'll continue that in the basement. Also plan a starfield ceiling, but 1st stage is just the drop and trim for it. I'll use UPB to control the theater lighting since I can run it off hacked color nooks and ipads, and it provides two way communication.
I have a Onkyo RC-160, but I was considering getting the Denon 2112. Either way I wanted to grab some Emotiva amps, LCR at first, then add from there. Other gear is a PS3 (will be my Bluray until I get an Oppo) and an Xbox 360. Also have an HP MediaSmart server with 5.5TB of storage. Holds all the music and ripped DVD's currently. I have an elemental designs A2-300 sub from the other house that I will use for now. I was going to wire the columns for future 8" subs that can be driven from an amp in the rack.
Looking over ebay for an old Cisco POE switch for future cameras. Was thinking of grabbing a Cisco Gigabit too, but for the price and locations I need Gig, think I will stick with my trendnet gig switch (bedrooms have two cat 5 each so the kids can stream movies and music from the MediaSmart server.......4 to 5 kids at home depending on the time of year).
One question, we have DirectTV with 4 boxes now, one HD DVR and 3 HD. Unsure how to handle downstairs. I was considering just getting one box to feed the plasma and the theater (for Bears Games mostly) and rack mounting it so I can control via IR from either location. Any better ideas? I don't really want the cost of 2 extra boxes since they won't get a lot of use.
The best part is the wife is very into all of this and has been encouraging many upgrades and purchases!
The worst part is some of the area the theater is going into was designed to house my other passion, a full size 737-800 simulator with 180 degree, 3 projector wraparound views. This was caught in time and the third bay added to the garage to house the sim. Garage is being insullated and finished now, with extra circuits dedicated to the sim.
Here's a early build shot. Its back in pieces since we just moved. Waiting on the shell to arrive in about 2 months to finish putting it back together.