I have been dreaming about creating my 'man cave' since moving into my new house a few years ago. In my last house I had a Sony HS10 projector in a bedroom I had converted to a home theatre.
In my new house we have had to rent out downstairs so that my wife didn't have to go to work and could raise our three girls .
Anywho... my wife is nearly ready to get a part time job, and then we can take back downstairs which I have great plans for (great by a poor mans standard).
There is currently no internal access, so that will be our first big cost. My wife plans on taking over the downstairs kitchen/dining area to be her studio for her paper crafting. I plan on taking over the lounge for my man cave!
I have messed around with the free floor planner program and have come up with this:
Today I took some photos of downstairs and then played around with the photo to mock up what it will look like (colours and proportions etc.) I have some before and after below:
I plan on getting either a 60" ST50 or 65" ST50 depending on sales at the time.
Although I don't expect to write too much in here for many months, I cannot wait and creating a thread like this will help keep me focused on my dream.
I've decided to go the full monty on my HT. Here are my latest concepts:
Great to see your family is doing really well.
We have just sold our house and moving into a new house in mid April where I will build theater number 2. Ordered some really awesome electric recliners from Furniture City on the shore...
I've decided to go for a large plasma for a few reasons, the main one being ease of use for regular day to day tv viewing; secondly because of the price (so cheap compared to 8+ years ago!) and also because I like plasma tech the best (at least until OLED gets here at comparable prices).
What I have decided to do is to paint the side wall (seen in the photos as light grey) in the Dulux Thomas Tallis shade so that if I decide to go 'projector' again in the future, then I have a wall ready to go.
I look forward to seeing your new home theatre and build. Where abouts did you buy? Is there a room ready to be converted?
I see you went with an Epson 3D projector. How does it compare to the Panasonic AE7000?
Panasonic Viera TH-P65ST50Z - NZ$4399.00
Onkyo TX-NR609 - NZ$698.00
Wharfedale Diamond 9 Theatre Speaker Pack - NZ$1590 consisting of:
* Diamond 9.5 30-150W Front Speakers
* Diamond 9.1 20-100W Rear Surround Speakers
* Diamond 9CS Centre speaker 20-120W
* Diamond SW150 10" 150W Active Subwoofer
PS3 (for Blu-ray)
Xbox360 (for gaming)
Panasonic PT-AE7000 – NZ$4393.00 (If my budget can cover it)
If anyone has any better suggestions for equipment that is about the same value, then please let me know.
And here is my new mancave layout:
I really like the symmetry also.
I am also thinking about adding some greenery like this:
Got it. I thought your equipment was hiding in a stand under the tv. I see some cabinets in the back of your room. Have you given any thought to hiding your equipment back there. It would give you a nice, clean front wall.
I've thought about putting it at the back of the room, but my main issue is cable management, since I won't be pulling the wall apart.
I also like how in the above 'plant' picture the greenery is still quite symmetrical.
Ah. The joys of fatherhood!
I still plan on having my 65" plasma:
But I will be having an electric 120" tensioned screen dropping down from the soffit:
Here is a picture of my ceiling detail with the soffits etc...
1. My room is pretty small, it's 13' by 15.5'.
2. The doorway is open, I thought about putting an concertina type door, but now I'm thinking about just thick curtains, or a bar. My wife is unlikely to use her area when we're watching a movie. As for sound isolation, the problem is going to be the ceiling and I haven't thought about it too much... yet.
3. That theatre is my favourite looking one too.
4. The sofa is from a place in Auckland, I forget the name. I found some similar sofas at this USA website: http://4seating.com/
5. Yeah I hate wrinkles too. I haven't seen a tensioned screen in person so I don't know how effective they are.
6. No worries on spending too much money, this build will take years I suspect. But I love to talk/dream/think about it.
In the mean time I will be increasing my knowledge on HT builds and get my plans down to perfection.
I like your mock-up VERY much. It shows what can be done in a smaller space - look very classy!
Have a great day!
Twisting the layout 90 degrees also solves the access issues I was having with getting into my wife's studio and the other door.
This will now be the screen wall:
I've drawn up some sketches to show my ideas.
What do you think?
The craft room is now on the left, when watching the movie? Or is that the window?
Edit: Hmmmm, looking at the projector calculator, the AE8000 will just manage the 120" 16:9, but I'm dreaming with the 150" 2.35:1, I'll need at least a 21' throw.
The craft room will be to the right of the seating area.
I'm going to have to have a constant width screen, which means horizontal masking.
and a 123" 2.35:1 screen...
I think I may be able to get away with only having to mask the bottom third of the screen... sweet!
And here is the masking from the top to make a 123" 2.35:1 screen: