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Let me first start off with a little introduction about myself.

I am 23 years old and and lived in Michigan my whole life. I graduated College in 2010 and have been working in IT for over 2 years as a server admin and have since become a Network Operation Engineer. Last May I bought my first house which was a bank repo that needed A LOT of work! I have always been into HT's since I can remember. With being my first house, I wanted to make sure I could buy something that had possibilities of having a smaller theater in the basement. With many drawings and a lot of long nights figuring I finally came up with the final drawings and savings to do so.As far as the room goes, I did not have a lot of room to work with which made things very hard.

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15' 9" Long
10' 3" Wide
7' Ceilings

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Projector: Optima HD-20 Projector

Screen: 84"

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Basement before any construction:
21' by 23' wall to wall








First trip to lowes!



First day of framing after going to lowes






my little helper! smile.gif


Day 2





These are the 4 sconce lights I decided to put on the walls.



Day 3









Soundproofing stuff is here! Thansk Dan and Ted!



Clips going up






5/8" OSB for first layer




Picked up drywall. 36 - 1/2" for walls, 6 - 5/8 for ceiling and 1 - 1/2" 12 footer


Thank god for friends who come over late to carry drywall down


All walls are complete. Doing the ceiling the next day,



4 more seats arrived bringing total to 6 seats total. Seats are from 4seating and are their First Class Movie Theater Chairs





I hung all the drywall but am paying someone to mud and tape it all. They will be finishing up today and I will post more pictures.
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Great progress! Thanks for sharing!
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Thank God you didn't hang the projector and screen or this project would be over. RESIST THE URGE UNTIL THE ROOM IS 100% DONE, Give it to a friend to keep for you and make them promise not to return it no matter how hard you plead.
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Thank God you didn't hang the projector and screen or this project would be over. RESIST THE URGE UNTIL THE ROOM IS 100% DONE, Give it to a friend to keep for you and make them promise not to return it no matter how hard you plead.
Well I had to do a little testing for a few hours while figuring out where I needed to run PVC for low voltage and AC for projector cool.gif Wanted to make sure the calculators were all correct.
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Drywall is done now! Few little areas they are going to fix tomorrow.






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How much did this cost so far? I'm talking about the building materials and tool rentals only and not any beer paid to friends to move said materials into your basement or fees paid to have the drywall taped and mudded.

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How much did this cost so far? I'm talking about the building materials and tool rentals only and not any beer paid to friends to move said materials into your basement or fees paid to have the drywall taped and mudded.
As far as the tools go, I had everything. I do not recall many tools I needed besides some bits and stuff under 20 Bucks,

As far as building materials I will give a small break down..

Lumber: 400
Drywall: 350-400
Insulation: 100
Soundproof clips, caulk and track: 150
Electrical: 150

I still need lumber for the stage and riser area so that is not calculated.
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People like you make me sick. You've gotten more done in a few days than I have in a year. mad.gif

I agree with Big on the pj comment. Mine actually is at a friends house so I don't have any weak moments and............................biggrin.gif

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Well done! Nice progress so far, keep it up.
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Thanks for the positive feedback! My goal this weekend is to spray the other side of the basement rafters black( I did not want to finish the ceiling or do a drop). I would also like to get the stage built along with the riser.
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I was able to get the riser built. Had some other things I needed to do and did not have enough time to even start the stage.

2x10 construction. Size is 7' x 5'. 2x6's for support with hangers.





R30 non faced insulation. Was something HD did not carry anymore so i picked the roll up for $3.00!

2Mil Plastic layed down before insulation.



Picture standing on riser facing soon to be stage.
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First of all congrats for owning your first house at only 23! Man at 23 all I wanted to do was chase tail and party so a BIG congrats for taking on the responsibility of being a home owner at such a young age.
So far it looks to be coming along really well! Defiantly don't hang the projector till everything's done otherwise you'll never finish off the room!...lol
Keep up the great work.

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My space is 15' x 11' with 7'-8" ceilings. I'm no where near ready to start, so I'll be watching your progress closely. I'm having a difficult time picturing what my room will look like, so your build will help me put everything into perspective.
The chairs are a perfect example. I've currently got a row of 4 berkline 45004's that I don't think will work in the room. I've been debating getting some 'real' theater chairs. Thanks for posting the link to where you got yours!

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My space is 15' x 11' with 7'-8" ceilings. I'm no where near ready to start, so I'll be watching your progress closely. I'm having a difficult time picturing what my room will look like, so your build will help me put everything into perspective.
The chairs are a perfect example. I've currently got a row of 4 berkline 45004's that I don't think will work in the room. I've been debating getting some 'real' theater chairs. Thanks for posting the link to where you got yours!

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Todd, I had a lot of issues trying to see how mine was going to look also. Having a small place to work does not help. Your lucky you have taller ceilings than I do though. ..should make the build a little easier. As far as the seats..I wanted to get something else but they were all to dominant to such a small room. Now that I did the theater chairs I am a lot happier and know I will have the leg room I wanted. Hope my project helps you out. Ask any questions as I go.
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Very cool. 23yo here as well, and man, props on becoming a home owner. Hopefully you made room for that bp table!
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The space is really coming along quick. I can only hope to do the same. Keep up the great work. I'll be watching to see how it turns out.
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Well this past week has been a lot more busy then I had expected. I was able to get the basement ceiling joist all primed and painted on Saturday and Sunday.
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After!





The theater room has been neglected as the butt-joints ins the ceiling are horrible and I am waiting for the drywall crew to come back out again..



My next step is priming all thew new drywall and choosing paint colors.
I am thinking black ceiling and a darker grey wall (eggshell finish)

As far as carpet goes these are the 2 I am kind of leaving towards. Glad my mom sells carpet and I get wholesale on it smile.gif

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Nice progress! I'm still watching, so keep 'em comin'.
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Both carpet choices look great. I am leaning towards the second one.
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Both carpet choices look great. I am leaning towards the second one.
As am I. I need to get exact prices for the second one. Think it is around $13 ish a yard at my cost..
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As far as the tools go, I had everything. I do not recall many tools I needed besides some bits and stuff under 20 Bucks,

As far as building materials I will give a small break down..

Soundproof clips, caulk and track: 150

Which clips did you get, from where, and did they ship the hat channel to you? I have been having a hard time finding a local supplier.
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Which clips did you get, from where, and did they ship the hat channel to you? I have been having a hard time finding a local supplier.
I went with the whisper clips from soundproofing products. http://www.soundproofingcompany.com/soundproofing-products/soundproofing-clips/whisperclip/

I bought the channel local. I was lucky enough to have a drywall company 1/4 mile from my parents house. http://www.ryanbuildingmaterials.com/

Let me know if you need any more help
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Whisper clips are the BMW of clips, Ted also sells Honda if you are on a tight budget call him. most Drywall supply houses stock metal framing including furring channel. BE SURE to get 25 gauge 7/8 tall furring channel (Hat channel) with a hemmed edge not 22 gauge. They aren't doing you a favor by giving you the more robust, They actually have it in Home depot here but in shorter lengths and over twice the price. Not always in stock.
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I went with the whisper clips from soundproofing products. http://www.soundproofingcompany.com/soundproofing-products/soundproofing-clips/whisperclip/

I bought the channel local. I was lucky enough to have a drywall company 1/4 mile from my parents house. http://www.ryanbuildingmaterials.com/

Let me know if you need any more help

Reason I was curious is that your clips look different than the pictures on the website, they also have a "plate" on the joist. And it seems like the clips are $4.75 / each so I was wondering how you managed to get clips, track, and sealant for $150. Maybe I am missing something here.
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Reason I was curious is that your clips look different than the pictures on the website, they also have a "plate" on the joist. And it seems like the clips are $4.75 / each so I was wondering how you managed to get clips, track, and sealant for $150. Maybe I am missing something here.
If you call soundproofing company, you will see the clips are not as expensive as they are listed for elsewhere. Shipping was like 20 bucks also and I ordered to many clips which I need to return.
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Does anyone think that this is going to look goofy with bigger side borders for the screen then the top and bottom? It is needed to make the sides ""flush" from the AV cabinet to the screen.

Pictures bellow of how it should look and actual dimensions.


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Well as always life seems to happen and pause projects. My dad has had surgery twice now in the last 5 months so this has put a delay on things but he is doing well!

Here are some recent photos of the AV cabinet below of the screen.




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Very nice. Keep up the great work.

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Well, it has been awhile since my last update so here we go!

Screen has been built:




PEX has been run for DC power for the LED's around the riser:


Frames have been built, and need to be wrapped in speaker grill for the cabinet to hide the equipment:



"beams" have been put up along with trim:


Ceiling has been painted back:



Walls have been painted grey along with the trim being painted black:


Final electric has been completed and wall outlets, switches and sconces have been installed:




This is all for now. I need to wrap up the laundry room tile so I can get the threshold in. Next is Carpet and install the seats!
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Here is an update photo of the laundry room and workout room also:



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