Been a while since an update so here goes:
Moved in at the beginning of September but got busy with work which didn't leave me much time to think about the theater project. A few weeks ago I began to rip out two existing rooms the previous owner had built in the basement. My father has been helping quite a bit and his jeep + utility trailer comes in handy carting stuff off to the landfill. I still have to rip out a sink and finish removing the exterior framing. I should be able to complete the demo this next week at which point I'll be down to the foundation.
The hardest part of the process so far has been getting the F^#&$ carpet adhesive off the floor. I didn't want to use chemicals so its been a slow manual process with a floor scraper I bought from Home Depot. Perhaps I need to change my position and pick up some chemicals if it would make my job easier. You can see I still have a ways to go. I'm almost too embarrased to post these pics given how messy everything still is down there but here goes:standing at the end of the theatre looking towards where the screen will be (though there will be a wall in-between dividing the theatre and equipment room - and yes the sink will be removed!)
I have to figure out where I can move some duct work -- one is an HRV return, one is a supply for a second floor bedroom. They are located in an inconvenient spot - essentially right between the theater and the equipment room.
As soon as I had the ceiling down in the basement, I took the opportunity to run all the low-voltage stuff required for the rest of the house (I'm also installing a distributed A/V system). Fishing turned out to be easier than I had anticipated. Cleaning up this rats nest on the other hand will require some work Planning ahead:
I've been wrestling with a couple questions in my head:
1. How to go about moving air in and out of the equipment room. Given its location and the way the existing HVAC is implemented it is near impossible to run a supply or return duct into the space without dropping down below the steel beam - something I was hoping to avoid. A dedicated mini split is not in the budget. Could I bring in air from an adjacent hallway via a vent in the wall and then exhaust it using a bathroom type exhaust fan? Any other options I should consider?
2. Dedicated Power - As I'd like to get the equipment room closed off from the rest of the basement ASAP (so I can begin to get some of the A/V stuff running for the rest of the house) I need to think about power. I'd like to install a sub panel. I'm thinking 6-8 circuits in total for the equipment room/theatre - 2 x 20A for the gear, the rest for various lighting details and wall plugs in the columns. Does this sound reasonable?
That's it for now. More pics to come shortly.