Originally Posted by JRock3x8
subbed and thanks - nice to meet people with like sensibilities.
question (and I apologize I have not yet read through the thread) - do you have any idea how much it cost to get the room to its current condition when you started? For me I'm starting with bare unfinished basement and I just don't have any idea what it will cost to get to framed walls with drywall.
Well my total budget was $3,500 dollars which includes a projector and screen (I already had the speakers and receiver). I did not have to frame the walls as I started with two semi-finished rooms and made them into one. Truthfully though framing and drywalling is not that expensive. The expense comes in when you are soundproofing. I did not soundproof like most people on here.Instead my walls are insulated with r13 and the ceiling has I think r30(it was already run) and I ran a solid core door. In my house it worked really well. This is not always the case though.
As far as framing goes: A 2x4 8' stud typically costs around $3 and a 12' one costs around $5. 1/2" Drywall costs around $10-13 for a 4' x 8' piece. I would use this calculator
to figure out costs.
Get your measurements ready and plug them into the calculator. For example if you want your room to be a 20' by 10', you would have 2 -20' walls and 2 - 10' walls. According to the calculator each 20' wall would need 16 studs and 5 sheets of drywall. Each 10 foot wall would need 2 sheets of drywall and 2 extra feet (just add 1 more sheet of drywall). Then calculate your ceiling area (20' x 10') - in this case would be about 6 pieces of drywall.
Wall Studs - 16 studs (2 walls) ($3) = $96 + 9 studs (2 walls) ($3) = $54. 54=96 =$150
Top and Bottom Studs - 20'walls would need a 12' and 8' - $5+$3 = $8 (2 for top and bottom) (2 for 2 walls) + $5 for 10' wall and bottom) (2 for 2 walls) = $32+$20 = $52
Drywall: 5 sheets (2 for 2 walls) = 10 sheets x $11 = $110 + 5 sheet for two 10' walls ($11) = $55 = $165 + (6 x$11) $66 = $231
Total = $431 before insulation and soundproofing. This also does not include nails or screws or any equipment you may need. Plus you should always assume 20% more than you actually budget for mistakes, bad lumber or unexpected costs. So say $510 for the framing part (assuming a 20' by 10' room). It'll also be more if you choose double ends over single ends on your wall.
Does this help?