A bit overdue for an update, but here it is. I've been busy working on everything in the basement BUT the Stonewater Cinema. It's been a lot of work and I have a bit more to go, but I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and quickly reaching the point where I can focus 100% of my construction efforts on the theater. Unfortunately things will not be finished by Thanksgiving because the drywallers I contracted pushed me to a different date in early December because of scheduling conflicts. They normally do drywall for big builders and were fitting me in where they could as per our arrangement. I would've been upset with this except for the fact I got a call two weeks ago that our carpet selection is on backorder until mid-December. We looked at other selections, but in the end stuck with our original choice. New date to finish everything in the basement is by the end of the year. I can't wait to get it done and off my "to-do" list so 100% of my focus can be put back on the theater.
I simply have too many pictures to post, so I will parse things out the best I can over the next week.
First, we have light (and receptacles)!!!
Wiring for the poster light box and marquee, which shipped yesterday from California and will be here next week.
Carving out all of the 2 lb. spray foam to run electrical wire has been a b*tch and slowed the wiring process significantly, but I kept at it. This was the most difficult area by the back door. Because of all the structure and other "no drill hole" zones, I had to follow a unique path to get the wires to this spot. Unfortunately I had to run quite a bit of power to this area for all the various switches.
For the "lounge" area in the basement I have an in-ceiling theater system. I also picked up a pair of Sonance Cinema II in-wall subwoofers off eBay about a year ago. Just a few weeks ago I found a set of Sonance MDF backboxes designed for these subs from a local store clearing them out for $100, so I jumped on the opportunity. The bad news is that to place these properly and to get the double walls to line up and accommodate the depth of the back box, I had to remove ALL of the wiring shown in the photo above and then completely re-frame BOTH walls.
That "cap" piece is sized for the drywallers to rotozip around and comes with the back box assembly. I have to install the other one on the other side of the room but.....you guessed it....will take reframing the wall on the other side and chipping away a bunch of spray foam to make it fit.
Not a great picture, but a mantle for above the fireplace. This was a last-minute addition to the plan, but we're happy with the choice. I'm not a huge fan of putting a flat panel above the fireplace because it puts such a crick in your neck from the height, not to mention the heat that would roll up the wall when the fireplace is on. However, the mantle will be a good block for that heat and won't raise the height of the flat panel by more than 10 inches from our original spot.
Here is a pic of my ghetto wire spool setup for my whole-home wiring. I made a simple "T" out of 2x10 and 2x6 for one side, attached a couple of boards to my column on the other side, drilled 1.5" holes in the appropriate spots and then loaded up the wire. Works great!
This is the main pathway up to the attic that I had to route through our home. It's a 3.25" hole all the way through and believe me when I say that it will be packed nearly full just for the second floor and attic wiring before I am done.
The handles for my dirt rake and squeegee worked fantastically for the wire spools.
All my other wood poles could only handle one wire spool.
Hard to see, but a total of six holes drilled just going up through this one wall on the first floor.
I removed the "butler pantry" to get the wire routed through the first hole. Here you can see some of the horizontal pieces I had to drill through in tight quarters.
The upper part of the butler's pantry. I'm not happy about the high voltage wire being so close and running in parallel with my low voltage wires, but there's nothing I can do.
Hard to get perspective, but this is on the back side of the butler pantry wall. I drilled a hole through the TJI and the wire goes through and up into the upstairs hallway bathroom wall before reaching the attic and distribution to the appropriate room.
Back to the basement, I installed the 100 amp sub panel and started pulling my new circuits with plenty of slack. This pic is mid-wiring.
I also installed the pocket door to the equipment room
This was a late addition, but I decided to add two gimbal lights in the main hallway to wash the wall you see on the near left and at the end of the hallway. I have some professionally framed movie posters that I thought would look nice hanging in these spots with a bit of light shining directly on them.
Believe it or not, this is not even all of the stuff that will go into the full bathroom. It's amazing to see everything stacked up and still believe it will fit. I piled all these supplies in here just to get them out of my way!
The bar fridge showed up the other day. It is a 24" counter depth fridge with ice maker from Summit Applicance. I wish that I had the space for a full-size fridge, but it just wasn't in the cards with the limited room I had.
Most importantly, the kegerator also showed up. My wife asked me if we really needed to buy this now. I said yes. No further words were spoken...
And finally, I'll admit I was a Craigslist hussy when I scouted out this deal for 8 Berkline 090 full leather seats with the built-in bass shakers and manual recline. A guy was getting divorced and had to sell ASAP before moving. Not my ideal choice, but budget is very tight and these will at least get me in the door for a few years before getting what we really want from a "look" and features perspective. I wanted motorized recline, brown leather and more of an Art Deco pub chair style, but I guess this is part of the compromise I have to make. I figured I would sell these on in a few years. They are in PERFECT shape and every seat looks like new, just a bit dusty from the construction!
More to follow later this week.