Well I am finally ready to start my build. I have been reading many build threads and learning from every one, so hopefully I can avoid a lot of mistakes in mine. Plus, I have Dennis's design so if I can keep from messing it up, this should turn out really well! By the way, Dennis has been awesome to work with. I would bet he has answered, literally, 150+ emails from me over the past couple of months. Highly recommended... but I dont need to tell you guys that!
I am not what I would call much of a handyman type of person, but I do plan to attempt to do as much of this build myself as possible, with the help of a contractor friend for more major items that I dont have tools for. As I said, I have been reading and learning so hopefully I can duplicate much of what I have seen in other threads.
On to the theater...
The original room was about 16'10"W x 27.5L x 9'H. The back of the room has a stairwell coming down into it and no back right wall, so I am turning the stairs, building a wall, and creating a true rectangle.
I am in the midst of the initial demolition of the existing room, and while removing the drywall I discovered that much of this room is already a double stud wall I believe. Since its a basement and the front, left, and part of the right wall is shared with the outside, it looks like the previous homeowner built new studs on the inside to keep from having to attach anything directly to the brick block skirt and to insulate... so that is a good starting point. And like I mentioned the ceiling is a separate joist system already with plenty of room above it. I did see that he connected the ceiling joists with the floor joists above, so that needs to go, but overall good "bones" to build from I think.
The equipment: (purchased or will be purchased)
Quest acoustical treatments
3 Seaton Catalyst 12s for the front three speakers in a baffle wall
4 Triad Bronze L/C/R in ceiling surrounds installed in soffits
1 Seaton F2 sub in that baffle wall (replacing the Submersive HP that I have so that I can put the sub in the baffle)
1 Seaton F2 in the rear in a wall cavity under the stair landing that is behind the theater.
1 Seaton F2 in a cutout on the right side wall
1 Seaton F2 on the left side in an alcove.
Sony VW1100ES projector
Falcon screens 161" width 2:37 AT screen
Dune Smart D1
Emotiva 200wpc amps for surround speakers
Starting picture after a bit of drywall demolition: