First I want to thanks some people that have talked with me over the many months of planning. I am so sorry if I forgot anyone! I really tried hard to remember and keep track.
Bat3329, Big, Bryan Pape, Damelon, Itai, JamesB77, Jelloslug, KNKKNK, Michelmia, QueenDVD2, Stockmonkey2000, and W00lly.
I have been around for a few years but mostly sit back and read in this forum area. I never thought I really should give my opinion on anything since I never build a room of my own yet.
Over the past 2 years I have planned and read. I'm glad I never started cause the room has moved areas 3 times. I will say I am thankful I listened to a friend one day when I called him to ask if I should use a different space cause he planted a seed in my head a while back. Thanks Itai! Also thanks for all the random " would you do this" calls! Also thanks to Big for making me think and change and rethink will all my "one last question" PM's. Finally, thanks to Bryan Pape for his invaluable time to get me on "do it right the first time" path!
The reason I named my build this is cause I couldn't think of a snappy name. I live in Anthracite coal country, right out side Scranton Pa, in a small town. Fun fact for you: 3/4 of the world's anthracite coal comes from the NEPA region. I grew up with grandfathers who worked in the mines when they came over from Italy and I grew up next to one of the brother's of one of the largest coal companies in our area. They are also responsible for bringing wind energy to our area and also helping to further its technology over the past few years. It's just one of the many things that helped this area become what it is today and I'm proud of that. It's home.
Anyway, onto my build. My wife and I had a baby girl 2 years ago, Kathleen, and we need some more space for our growing family. I figured now would be a good time to start the basement and start my theatre also. I have always wanted a dedicated room. I have been in so many over the years and always said "one day".
My plan is to finish a complete play/living space first and then tackle the theatre's completion. I'm going to finish the bath and bar area last. The theatre will get worked on as I move through the basement but I want to get Kate a nice play area and a tv area for my wife and I first. This will give me time to make sure I complete the theatre "as right as possible" the first time! lol
So the plan for the theatre is soundproofed as best to my ability. Staggered stud walls for some and double stud walls for other. Decouple clips for the walls to joists above. Clips and channel for the ceiling. Double drywall with GG for the walls and ceiling. I'm going to try and poke as few holes into the shell as possible, but some areas are going to have to give. One example of this is the HVAC, which will be an independent zone. I don't have the room for a soffit cause of my multitiered ceiling due to HAVC being in the way along with a beam. At first I was going to do just 2 clean different heights but after I got a hold of Bryan who is going to do my acoustic plan he came up with another idea as you see below. I was a bit worried about this at first but he really wants to get the best acoustics out of this small space so this was the correct way to go he felt. I have a great cabinet friend (Dave) and designer (Tom) friend who I know along with Bryan will make this ceiling blend in perfect with the finished room.
I'm also going to have an LG concealed ducted multi V unit installed for the theatre so that it is independently controlled and not shared with another part of the house. We did the heat loss on Friday and came up with some first thoughts. A 9000 BTU unit will be enough along with the 3/4 tom compressor. My 2 supplies and returns will be 5 or 6 inch flex based on the duculator's results. I'm going to heat the room with a piece of baseboard behind the first row cause we have forced hot water through the rest of the house.
Lighting is going to be a mix of in ceiling LED cans with backer boxes. I'm using a great new product from seagull lighting that is called Traverse. They are 5 or 6 inch cans that can be mounted in a j-box. Only 2.5" deep! This will give me the space I need to run supply and return flex in the same joists bay cause I don't have much room to begin with due to not having a soffit and the direction the joists are running. Rest of the lighting will be wall lighting, step lights, and some lights behind my screen wall. I think that is just so cool.
My rack will be in the hall outside the room like my pic shows. Trimmed out in the front but open around back cause it's storage space. This will give me plenty of work space.
For equipment I am thinking the favor of the year for JVC projector's. I'm going to zoom and down the road add a lens if I feel like it. I want to make sure I'm setup for this with throw. Screen is going to be Seymour 4K or whatever they have going on in the 4K front when the time comes. About 110" Wide right now but that will be decided when the time comes also.
Speakers are going to be Triad. Inroom golds up front, silver surrounds, and 4 subs with their own amps. Not sure for the front sub size yet, but the other 3 for the rear, and sides will be in wall Bronzes.
I really haven't thought much of equipment yet but knowing me will prob stick with oppo for transport and Marantz for Processor and amp for the Triads' except for the the amps for the subs. I'll use Triads' for those.
Seating is for 2 up front 3 rear. I haven't thought much about where the seats are coming from yet so I'm working on the laws of average for sizing right now! lol
My stage and riser will be built after DW and I'm going to follow the proper building rules as close as possible.
My door will be made by my cabinet guy. He is also going to make all my columns along with the frames for the full fabric panels. I'm going for the warm wood look with crown as large as I can get up top with wood framed fabric panels divides by a chair rail. I'll most likely have Dave build everything out of cherry but he is pushing me to use something else being that everything else in our house from him is cherry. But that's a down the road.
Right now I really hope everyone would look over my plans and give their honest opinion of what they think. I really don't mind being slammed. I want this done right and I want to do it right the first time. I'm going to take my time. I'm not in a hurry. I'll be doing most of the wiring, deff all the low volt, and the framing. My good friend who did all my excavating for my home is helping me with the framing when he is slow. The plumbing, rest of electrical, DW, and paint will be my dad's friend's who built my home for me 6 years ago. I'll jump back in to help with finish work of the play/living space and Dave and I will be completing the theatre room then. The plan right now is to start framing in 2 weeks once my plumber moved one gas line and 3 baseboard lines. I'm going to keep working till my friend gets real busy in the spring and go from there.
If there is anything I missed I will add it in as I go!
Again thanks to everyone who has helped thus far and I look forward to any opinions and questions! I truly listen to what people tell me and take that advice and use it! I love to learn. I'm real OCD and when I start something I go 150% with it. Maybe that's a bad thing, but it's just how I live.
Thanks again everyone! Pics will follow below in a second post!