So I can't believe that I am considering this, but I have had this nagging thought lately that the theater might work better on the other side of the basement. This would allow us to put an extra bedroom in at the expense of 2ft width in the theater, as well as a smaller office. I floated the idea by the WAF thinking that she would shoot it down immediately given the additional time it would take. She did at first, but when I showed her a sample layout, she is all of a sudden on board. We are both unsure if it is really worth the extra effort.
You can see my build thread link in my sig. I'm finishing the basement all at once and the theater currently has all the whisper clips up and almost ready for insulation and hat channel. Everything is wired in and changing everything will obviously set me back quite a bit.
So I want to take a step back here and think about what will be the best solution. Please throw some ideas around and help me decide!Original floorplanNew floorplan?
The house has 3 bedrooms upstairs (incl master), while it seems lately I've been noticing most other houses in the neighborhood have 4+, so I think my resale value subconscious is telling me not to waste the opportunity to add a 4th bedroom. We have 2 kids (with wife hinting at a third) so all bedrooms upstairs will be taken. We have guests maybe 3 weeks cumulative per year, if that. With the current plan, guests would stay in one of the kid's bedrooms or throw an air mattress in the office area and I'll work somewhere else for the duration of their stay. WAF likes the idea of having a home for some of her scrapbooking / teaching stuff.
The two rooms taking a hit would be office and theater. On the original, the office area is rather large, so while I would enjoy that, not a big deal to lose some. The theater, losing 2 ft probably means losing the 4th chair of a comfy couch (no theater seating planned atm). This also means less people could fit, but it's unclear how much party use the theater will get at this point. Heck, I don't even know if my wife will enjoy joining me down there yet. This uncertainty has become more apparent lately and so part of me feels that I should not assign the largest space to the theater.
I'm thinking that even if I swap the theater space I may keep the Equip Closet in the same location because there are other wires, including wires from upstairs terminated there. Having 2 Equip Closets seems counterproductive. I will have to figure out the current french door entry into the theater since I purposely avoided that in the original design. Also the closet is a bit out of place in the theater room if I don't use it for equipment. I thought about trying to use the closet area as a super tiny lobby into the theater, but the current closet framing is only 27 inches deep.
So many new thoughts swirling in my head now and I feel pressured to make a decision soon so as not to delay things further. What would you do? All thoughts appreciated. Brainstorm away!