OK a question has popped up in the pre-planning phases...I have a finished basement, hardwood laminate (installed on the 'pad' so I guess it's 'floating')....can you install carpet over that laminate when the time comes?
I know you "can," but does it make a difference as far as acoustics are concerned?
If the laminate was installed properly and you are not likely to have any moisture issues that might cause it to buckle, it can stay, but I would only bother if it is currently solving some uneven floor issues or you actually plan on returning the room to that laminate in the future. Otherwise it should be a quick project to remove it.
OK guys, thanks so much. Had a pretty long talk with 'the wife' last night about finances, plans, etc. and am probably putting the home theater on hold for a few years...HUGELY disappointed right now. The bright side is that I may move the project upstairs after kid #1 moves out, which is a huge bedroom in our cape cod, probably much better suited to doing a theater the right way.
Thanks Spaceman, and thanks for your help. It may be more like a few years, which is the hard part to swallow, but who knows? Either way, you're right, it does give me time to plan, I was pretty rushed if I'd gone with the original plan.