Thanks Larry!!! That is very nice of you to say. I still have work to do in the theater though. Then I'd like to pay someone who can take some professional photos (my iPhone doesn't do the room justice)
To answer your question, I doubt I’d get all my money back that’s been put into the home theater. Soundproofing adds a major expense that a new buyer wouldn’t understand. All the Kinetics equipment and extra material is not cheap! Would a new buyer care if I told them? No.
I saw in another thread on avs (I forget which build it was) the buyers of the house made every attempt to minimize that theater or claim it was of poor design. From the pics I saw, it was an amazing build! So my situation would follow suit I suspect if I had an open house for my property and included lots of pics of the home theater…. a massive turnout shows up to see the house and theater but few serious home buyers. Still, for the right buyer it makes the house a great buy. Whenever we have guests over that haven’t been in my house I try not to tell them about the theater. When they walk into the theater it’s quite the entertainment to see their faces. Their jaws all hit the ground. It’s great to think the room looks even better in person, especially to those who really don’t care about home theaters.
Thankfully I won’t need to worry about selling it. If the Army plans on moving me after being here in Hawaii for a decade, which is a serious threat for the first time, I will lock the home theater and rent the house which would still be about a 3400 sq ft home sans home theater. Even though I’m still working hard on the rest of the house (I installed all the sink and plumbing parts in the upgraded bathrooms last weekend) and still have some more work left in the home theater, my mind is slowly prepping for building my next home theater. This, of course, assumes the Army sends me somewhere that is worth buying a home and building a theater. My dream would be to have my Hawaiian home and a mainland home very near a ski resort (also with a home theater). I would be the opposite of a snow bird, I’d fly to Hawaii in the summer and go skiing in the winter. That would be the perfect retirement for me.
So no matter what, I have to build at least one more theater. If I had to do it again I would be much faster and far more efficient. I’m no construction expert but I do feel my skill level has increased exponentially. I’m still slow as snot though. I’d love to do this as a business but I’d go bankrupt due to the time it takes to really focus on details.
As far as K-bay is concerned, it’s still the same as you left it 50 years ago. The buildings look old but the area is still very beautiful.
Other updates…. the boss at Stair Supplies finally got involved and said she’d build a new handrail as long as I covered shipping costs. I’m crossing my fingers that this version resembles tigerwood. I’ll post when it comes.
As always, more to follow to include lots of whole house pics following final house inspection.