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After almost a year of research and design, construction is about to start.

The theater will be approximately 14 feet wide by 20 feet long. The ceiling is 8.5f eet high. Screen will be a 120 diagonal cinemascope. LCR and main sub will be behind the screen. The room is going to be acoustically treated with Quest panels.

The best thing we have done so far was to hire Dennis Erskine from day 1. I bought the Signature level design from Dennis and I now plan to upgrade to the Reference level (Dennis comes over and calibrates all the A/V gear) The plans, including, framing, acoustics, HVAC, lighting, etc. we got from Dennis are amazing. This was money well spent.

Basic construction will be staggered 2x4 on a 2x6 bottom and top plate with two layers 5/8 drywall with Green Glue. Soffits run all around the theater which will hide all the HVAC.

I started last weekend by removing the existing carpet in the basement and some ceramic tile that was in the way of the new construction.

Before I can start framing, I still have some HVAC ducts to get moved and some plumbing pipes that are in the way of the backer boxes for the pot lights.

Friday PM, I am expecting a delivery for all the materials (drywall, OSB, plywood, insulation, MDF, cement board, lumber, etc.). I was able to pay a little extra to get the delivery guys to bring everything straight to the basement!

Stay tuned for some pics and also the exciting list of gear that Dennis has suggested (Dennis has champagne tastes!).

IMHO, this will be one cool theater!

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I am really excited to see this one take shape! I have seen Michel's plans and I am confident that it will be one of the theaters to remember here!

Good luck Michel!!

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Here is a pic of the area in the basement where the theater will go. I will take another pic tonight with the are without the carpet.


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all my materials got delivered on Friday. I also had materials delivered to finish the rest of the basement. I was so glad I paid extra to everything delivered in the basement. It took 4 guys an hour and a half. Best $160 I ever spent.





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Saturday: Day 1 of the build.

Here are the before shots:




So today, I had a late start as in the morning I was busy shipping our eldest son off to university.

I was however able to complete one of the walls and started working on the AV room.





Tomorrow I hope to finish framing the AV room; the back wall and other side wall.

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I was so glad I paid extra to everything delivered in the basement. It took 4 guys an hour and a half. Best $160 I ever spent.
Ugh - after carrying 80 drywall sheets to the baseent on my own, I can attest that this was a VERY smart move.

Oh, and that looks like one pretty heavy staggered-stud wall! Speaking of heavy - did you carry all of that acoustik mat down there yourself?? Looking great!

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Great start. I assume you made a conscious decision not to use PT lumber on the bottom plate. Only a problem if you are planning to get an inspection or will be leaving the back of a wall open and a future home inspector (re-sale) makes note of it.
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Saturday: Day 1 of the build.

Here are the before shots:

So today, I had a late start as in the morning I was busy shipping our eldest son off to university.

I was however able to complete one of the walls and started working on the AV room.

Tomorrow I hope to finish framing the AV room; the back wall and other side wall.

Love to see the required sledge hammer in the picture. Takes me back to my basement finish! I think that sledge was more therapeutic than anything!

Looking good.
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PT on bottom plate is not required here in my municipality. I did however put a foam gasket under that plate.

I just finished framing the AV room and cutting some of the 3\\4 thick rubber mat in the gym. That took over an hour.

I will attack the back wall after lunch. More pics tonight

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the sledge was quite useful yesterday! Lifting that wall was however much heavier than I anticipated.

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Framing Day 2

finished framing the A\\V room:





finished framing the back wall:



framed half of the left wall





the last wall needed a lot of convincing with the sledge before getting in place.

Enough for today. back at it tomorrow

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Framing looks great! What's the story with that piece of Romex that's running diagonally across the whole wall?

edit: also, can you tell me how you attached your studs to the bottom plate? It seems from the photos to be very well done. Did you just screw/nail in from the sides?

edit2: SERIOUSLY jealous of your mitre saw!!! I have looked at that thing every time I go to Home Depot but I can't bring myself to spend the money on it. I cut all of my stuff with a damned mitre box! Haha!
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Looks great Michel - you're really flying!

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the romex is for a plug that has to go on the gym side (code). wish I didn't have to do that.

All studs attached to top and bottom plate with 3inch screws. Screws are installed from top and bottom of plate (not toe nailed). walls are build on the floor and then raised in place

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I'm a bit confused if you are going for soundproofing in your theatre or not? I can see that you have the stagger studded walls, but then I notice they are firmly attached to a piece of wood that spans from one floor joist to another at the top plates. From what I remember wouldn't this short both sides of the wall together? I was expecting to see a series of isolation clips along the top plate. I was just curious if you have some other method in play.

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some more progress today.

side wall completed and front wall partly finished. I need to leave some room for the HVAC guys to move the duct about 8 - 10 inches as it is in the way of my soffits.




This is the duct that is being moved:


Well that is it for now. Next weekend I will start building my backer boxes

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I'm a bit confused if you are going for soundproofing in your theatre or not? I can see that you have the stagger studded walls, but then I notice they are firmly attached to a piece of wood that spans from one floor joist to another at the top plates. From what I remember wouldn't this short both sides of the wall together? I was expecting to see a series of isolation clips along the top plate. I was just curious if you have some other method in play.

The 2x4's are all connected by the top and bottom 2x6 plates so I don't see how the wood between the two floor joist has any impact. Maybe i'm missing something. I am not going for 100% soundproof room. The rooms around the HT are not noisy areas and would in any event not be used at the same time as the HT. The gyn is primarly used by me, so will the HT

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backer boxes for the pot lights are almost done. I'm glad I only had 6 to do. Not a very fun job. Still need to add the green glue between the cement board and the OSB.




I also picked up on Friday 500ft of 2" smurf tube! It almost didn't fit in my wife's van!



I had a guy over on Thursday to give me an estimate to hang the drywall and mud and tape the joints. My plan was to do this myself but if the price is right I will get them to do it. I asked them to quote me for the whole basement not just the HT.

HVAC guys are coming on Thursday to move my duct. Tomorrow, I plan on doing some of the electrical work.

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Backer boxes look good Michel!

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500' of smurftube!!! For a 14'x20' room, that is awesome!

How many HVAC supplies and returns are you using for the room and will you use 6" flex to keep it quiet?

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I had a guy over on Thursday to give me an estimate to hang the drywall and mud and tape the joints. My plan was to do this myself but if the price is right I will get them to do it.

If you've read a lot of the other build threads, you know that will be the second best money you spend on the project. Drywall is always the slow arduous part. or is that third best, after DE's design and drywall delivery... all good investments.

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Pay to have the drywall professionally done. This was THE single best $ I spent on my build thus far. Not only is drywall slow and tedious but the pros get it done fast and better than any homeowner could ever hope for. In my build I wanted flat, smooth walls with no texture since i used flat paint on the ceiling and eggshell on the walls it had to be perfect. Well thats what the pros are for. Do it and never look back.

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500' of smurftube!!! For a 14'x20' room, that is awesome!

How many HVAC supplies and returns are you using for the room and will you use 6" flex to keep it quiet?

Dennis has two supply in the front and two returns in the back. All of these are in my soffits. Yes on the 6" flex!

I will also have a supply to my projector cabinet and a cool cube to suck that warm air out. The AV room will also be thermally controlled with Cool-Lines I supply and exhaust.

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OK. you guys have convinced me. I will have the drywall professionally done. The quotes I got so far for the whole basement including the HT are pretty good.

My current debate is for the ceiling in the rest of the basement. Drywall or suspended ceiling. I have a bungalow and its about 110feet long. Am concerned that with drywall I lose all access to the ceiling? Thoughts?

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Backer boxes look good Michel!

thanks Ben. That table saw sure came in handy. It was my father's but when he moved into an appartment, he had no room for it. Lucky me!!!!

It will also come in handy to build my columns and the soffits (I have 27 sheets of MDF in the basement to cut)

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Looking great! Is that an S5 I see?
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OK, take this with a grain of salt because I have only been a homeowner for a year and have much less experience than most of the guys here, but personally, I think you can get a very aesthetically drop ceiling these days, and I would go with that. I have a drop ceiling in the rest of my basement and I have been surprised at how many times I have moved tiles out of the way to gain access to a bunch of different things...usually speaker wires for upstairs, but I added some cable & data outlets to other rooms too...

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Looking great! Is that an S5 I see?

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OK, take this with a grain of salt because I have only been a homeowner for a year and have much less experience than most of the guys here, but personally, I think you can get a very aesthetically drop ceiling these days, and I would go with that. I have a drop ceiling in the rest of my basement and I have been surprised at how many times I have moved tiles out of the way to gain access to a bunch of different things...usually speaker wires for upstairs, but I added some cable & data outlets to other rooms too...

That is what I am thinking as well. I heard however that a really nice drop ceiling can be 3-4 times the price of a ceiling made out of drywall.

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I was able to pull all the 2" conduit this weekend.

This stuff was not easy to pull in the ceiling. An believe it or not this is all that is left of the 500ft roll I had.



Here are some pictures of the 2" conduit in place:





This is what 14 runs of 2" tube looks like in my equipment room.



I need to clean this up. I will build a false wall out of 3/4 MDF in the back of the room and cut out 14 - 2" holes in which I will run the conduits through. I will then cut off the excess.

Lastly, I had the HVAC guys in last week and they were able to move my main duct and relocate a few of the supply lines for upstairs to make room for my backer boxes. Here is the progress I made on the soffit.




Note that the angled soffit will not be visible in the HT as it will for the most part be hidden behind the screen and also in the soffit in front of the screen. Basically, the soffit around the room will be perfectly rectangular.

Tonight I will add a central vac outlet in one of my columns and I hope to get all the electrical done by the weekend.

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