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I purchased a home in the summer of 2012. This thread documents my dedicated home theater build.

I built a small home theater in my last home, but this theater build is closer to my dream home theater. The plan is to seat 8 people on 4 theater love seats.

Though I started construction in October 2012, I've decided to document the entire build up to this point. See below for the original basement layout.




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The Plan:

Below you can see the plan. I'm adding walls to enclose the theater portion of the basement.
The double doors will be moved to become the theater doors.
The bathroom door will be moved to become door to get access to the equipment room/behind the screen and storage area.
The bedroom door is being changed so that guests do not have to enter the bedroom to use the bathroom. The pocket door will stay as the access door to the bathroom.

It worked out well that I could reuse these doors. Not only does it save money, but the finish matches my existing doors and trim.




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Here is a list of my current/planned equipment.

Front three speakers:
BIC America, Acoustech PL-89

Six in wall surround speakers:
BIC America, Acoustech FH8-W

Subwoofer:
BIC America, Acoustech PL-200
I designed the room for 2 subwoofers, but I only have one for now.
I can always add a second if I decide.

AVR:
Yamaha RX-A3010BL

Projector:
Epson 6020
I'm buying this is just a few weeks.

Blu-Ray:
Sony PS3
Sony 3D Player (model eludes me right now)

Television:
Directv HD DVR HR-24

Remote Control:
Universal Remote Control MX-6000

Screen:
Seymour Acoustic Transparent XD

Seating:
Nemesis Love Seats
I have yet to purchase these, but the theater colors were based on a particular color available for these seats.

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Here is one "Before" picture.

I'll do my best to get the progression caught up over the weekend.


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October 21, 2012

This shows where the theater doors will be towards the screen wall.







This shows the entrance to the storage area. To the left will be the equipment rack. The screen wall will be about 6 feet from the existing door/wall.



Notice the closet that is inside the theater. I did not want a closet in my theater. I designed a way to keep the space but have it hidden from view.
Coming up soon, you'll get to see the hidden door.

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October 22, 2012
Demolition













Equipment rack location is under the stairs and behind the screen.



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October 26, 2012

Framing


Theater entrance with column bases.





I bought a really cool light poster marquee and this is a custom portion of the wall at the entrance to to lobby area.





The rear of the theater. The riser is 16 inches tall. I did the math to be sure the tops of the heads in front would not block the bottom of the screen.
I made the stairs go inside the riser. The steps begin with enough room for my seating, but if in the future I buy seating that is slightly longer, they will still fit with this design. I've seen a lot of theaters that the stairs are on the sides of the seating. I




This is the new bedroom wall. I was so happy I did this. Now people do not have to travel through my daughter's bedroom to get to the restroom.




The lobby is all framed up.

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November 10, 2012

Electrical



The Marquee.
The basement had two light switches that controlled each side of the basement.
I removed the old lighting in the theater area, and used that switch to control the Marquee light.
I installed a cheap bathroom fixture inside using compact flourescent bulbs to help cut down on the heat generated since this area is to be completely enclosed.




I ran 2 HDMI wires and 1 CAT6 cable to a television location in the lobby. I ran 2 HDMI instead of 1 because this cable will not be accessable once the drywall is complete. The extra is cheap insurance. All of the cables run to the equipment rack under the stairs.




Getting power around this beam was difficult. I put a hanging light fixture at the end of the lobby and the switch was on the other side of this beam. Luckily, I was able to run it the opposite direction to where the end of the beam was located. I then ran it inside the beam to the new wood framing section.




This is the projector location. I had the contractor put lots of wood there for hanging the mount. I was also able to run a piece of PVC in the ceiling for the CAT6 and HDMI cables. It was a straight shot to the equipment rack location. Now, if or when HDMI standards change, I can easily pull a new HDMI cable for the projector. I'm glad I ran CAT6 there too. This will make firmfware updates easy.



The hidden closet at framing.



Speaker wires, HDMI cables and CAT6 cables. You can see the PVC pipe for the projector wires.

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November 12, 2012

Insulation

I decided to use rolled pink fiberglass insulation for a little bit of sound dampening. I know Roxul is supposed to be much better, but I wanted to save money here. I hope I don't regret it.
One advantage to this theater versus my last, is this is in the basement. I'm hoping that since my subwoofer will sit on a concrete floor, this will help dampen some vibrations. My last theater was upstairs and the sub sat on the floor. The whole floor shook.

R13 for the walls.
R19 for the ceiling.

R19 is much thicker and since I lowered most of my theater ceiling, I had lots of extra space up there. I was not able to insulate around the duct work. That only accounted for about 25% of the ceiling.











Be sure and use fireblock where you have holes going into your ceiling.


This is where the door used to be from the theater area to the bathroom.

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November 19, 2012
Drywall




Theater entrance. You can now see the marquee opening clearly.




Rear of the theater. You can now clearly see the wall treatments where the sconces will go. I still haven't decided what these are called. They serve more that one purpose. 4 of them hide speakers and all 6 will have lights.




The hidden closet is not so hidden yet.



Here, you can see the beginnings of the screen wall. I only had my contractor attach 2x4s to the ceiling, walls and floor.



The lighted poster sign area.



The back wall inside the bar room. This shows where the bedroom door used to be and now there is a hall area.



The lobby

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Finishing


Theater entrance. Here you can see the bathroom fixture inside the marquee opening. The columns are up.
We also decided to match the stained wood shelf on the new wall in the lobby.



The equipment room. This is behind the screen.



Here you can finally see (or can't see) the hidden closet. It is just to the left of the faux column thing where the sconce will go.
You can also see the screen wall for the first time.



The screen wall. It's going to be 150 inch diagonal and accoustic transparent. You can see where the front three speakers go. To the right is the subwoofer area. It's large enough to stack 2 subs on top of each other. On the left you can see the bracket that holds the remote control charging stand.



The lobby. You can see the cat door we had installed. The litter is in the storage area and this gives them access without having to leave doors open.



The back wall in the bar area. I think it's turning out really nice.
Some lights are up and so is the TV mount. The new bathroom/bedroom hall looks like it's always been there.



The lighted poster sign I found at an antique store for only $120. It's back lit and also has chasing lights around the outside. It's two sided, but I can only use one side for this design.
The WAF is really high for this find. It sure makes you feel like you just walked into a real theater lobby. It's the first thing you see when you walk down the stairs.


Behind the screen in the equipment room. The equipment rack is installed now.

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Painting and other details


The hidden closet (closed door)


The hidden closet (opened door)



The screen wall










The Theater Marquee sign.
I found a True Type Font that I really liked and I found someone who does wood working.
For $125 they made the letters and frame out of very nice plywood.
I then hand brushed some wall paint (to seal the wood) and then spray painted a hammered metal paint.
I bought a piece of white plexiglass online for about $50. I first glued the plexiglass to the frame and then the letters to the plexiglass.
My solution for getting the letters straight was measuring and taping off the letter placement. This way when I placed the letters down with glue, I was sure to put them in the exact position they needed to be.
My wife likes the finish so much, she wants the columns at the theater entrance painted the exact same way.







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Wow 3 photos to 50 in just 5 hours... biggrin.gif

The Theater Marquee sign is really cool.

I also like the wide shallow columns in the theater. My next theater will have similar "columns" to house my speakers.

They look like a 2x4 depth, how wide are they?
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Wow 3 photos to 50 in just 5 hours... biggrin.gif

The Theater Marquee sign is really cool.

I also like the wide shallow columns in the theater. My next theater will have similar "columns" to house my speakers.

They look like a 2x4 depth, how wide are they?

They are 2x4 depth and 36 inches wide.

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And now I am current on the progress.

These pictures were taken today.


The Lobby











Taken from inside the bedroom.





The new bathroom hall. We are decorating the entire basement in a 1960s-1970s theme.
We found a guy on Ebay that refurbs and paints telephones. I think it fits the theme really well.



The equipment room...behind the screen.







A little cleaner than before.



The theater. Carpet now being shown.
The black paint is Behr Ultra Premium flat paint. The pictures don't do it justice. It is really black in person.





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The lighted poster sign I found at an antique store for only $120. It's back lit and also has chasing lights around the outside. It's two sided, but I can only use one side for this design.
The WAF is really high for this find. It sure makes you feel like you just walked into a real theater lobby. It's the first thing you see when you walk down the stairs.




WOW great deal on that!



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The Theater Marquee sign.
I found a True Type Font that I really liked and I found someone who does wood working.
For $125 they made the letters and frame out of very nice plywood.
I then hand brushed some wall paint (to seal the wood) and then spray painted a hammered metal paint.
I bought a piece of white plexiglass online for about $50. I first glued the plexiglass to the frame and then the letters to the plexiglass.
My solution for getting the letters straight was measuring and taping off the letter placement. This way when I placed the letters down with glue, I was sure to put them in the exact position they needed to be.
My wife likes the finish so much, she wants the columns at the theater entrance painted the exact same way.








I really like this sign....just what I've been thinking about.



Your entrance and lobby look fantastic! Nice work.

Here is my build thread:

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WOW great deal on that!
I really like this sign....just what I've been thinking about.



Your entrance and lobby look fantastic! Nice work.

Thanks.
I'm going through a burn out phase right now. I've done nothing with the project for a month now.
Hopefully, I'll get the urge to get it finished before long.

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Here's an example of the seating I'll be getting.

The theater will seat 8 people and I am getting 4 pieces configured as love seats. Since these are quite expensive, I plan on ordering one love seat at a time, as I can pay for them. Hopefully, I'll have them all within a year's time.

The colors with be black and mustard. The sconce light area in the theater was matched to the mustard color available with the seating.




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Can't believe I almost missed this local build. Looking really nice and so close to being complete! Really like the theater sign and the lighted movie poster frame. Keep the pics coming!
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Can't believe I almost missed this local build. Looking really nice and so close to being complete! Really like the theater sign and the lighted movie poster frame. Keep the pics coming!

I checked out your build thread. It looks like you've been working on yours for almost 1.5 years. How close are you to finishing?

It looks like you have put a lot of details in yours that I would have liked to have, but didn't want to pay for. It's looking good.

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It looks a lot worse when you write it down but yes, I am rolling towards a year and a half on my theater/basement build. At this point I don't have a timeline for finishing. We just had our first child 6 weeks ago which brought construction to a screeching halt. I am just now finding a few hours each week to go down and do a little something.

Thanks for the compliments. It's functional which is nice but I'm really looking forward to seeing what it sounds like once I get all the treatments in. Hopefully I'll be able to get most of the theater work done this summer.
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I started working on the Theater/Basement this weekend again.

This is the color we chose for the bar area. It seems to go very well with our 60s/70s theme.

This color is going on fairly thin compared to the same paint colors I used for the theater. I didn't realize that identical paint in different colors would have different qualities.


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My 150+ inch Seymour XD acoustic transparent screen is hung. It's just stapled up for now. Once the projector is up, I'll trim it out with black speaker cloth and velvet screen border.
My last screen was a vinyl type screen material that I purchased from Ebay. This was a little stretchy (not much, but some) and allowed the wrinkles to be easier to eliminate.

My future Daughter-In-Law is 5' 6". This give a really good perspective on how big the screen is.

Once it's trimmed out, I expect it to be at least 150 inches, perhaps as large as 154 inches.


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Graduation parties and other home responsibilities have taken me away from my basement project for awhile.

This past weekend, I was able to get some more work done.


I got the bar area painting finished.
The green in this picture doesn't look like the real color on the wall. The picture I posted before of the half done bar area looks more like the real color.
It is very bright. I may have to require sunglasses be worn in this area to prevent eye damage. LOL

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I also got a primer coat of grey paint on the theater entrance columns. Next weekend, I'm hopeful to get a coat of spray paint on these that match the theater sign. I need to build a plastic wrap paint booth around these so the spray paint doesn't drift.


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I love the look of the entrance. I would love to do something like that.

Keep up the good work!
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I love the entrance too, keep up the good work. I also like the room behind the screen so you never have to worry about removing the screen to get at you speakers. I always thought that was a good idea but I've never seen anyone do it.

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Jeffrey, I think your project looks awesome so far... One question, you have an AT screen, so why didn't you go for an FH8-W for the center speaker behind the screen? It probably would sound better than a horizontal center and probably cheaper as well.

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Jeffrey, I think your project looks awesome so far... One question, you have an AT screen, so why didn't you go for an FH8-W for the center speaker behind the screen? It probably would sound better than a horizontal center and probably cheaper as well.

I come from the school of thought that your front stage should be identical. Since the center speaker is so important, I wanted the best sounding speaker for it. That's why I chose a full range tower speaker.
So far, I've been very happy with my choice.

A quick sound check of the PL-89 vs the FH8-W showed a huge difference in sound. The PL-89 sounds much better.

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^^^ Nevermind, I had a brain fart.... You did the right thing.... I was thinking the PL-28 not the 89 and I thought you had FH8-W for Front L&R and the PL-28 center. But yeah I just reread your equipment list.... I have to say I am jealous.

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I think the most impressive thing about this build is that you can time travel smile.gif
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