Major update! I've been busy getting things completed. We've had some major roadblocks in the basement project....most recently 3 of the doors I ordered were made incorrectly. Instead of being short, 79" height, they were standard 82" height... needless to say I wasn't too happy when I went to install them. The place I ordered from is making it right, buying new doors and having them re-stained for me. Hopefully in a week I'll have the doors, which will include the 6-panel theater room door. I also had to tear some drywall out of the theater after it was discovered some of the electrical outlets didn't work and there was a wiring error made. It was very painful cutting out drywall from my freshly painted room, but luckily it was all patched up and looks good now. I touched up the paint today and you can't tell there were repairs made.
Things I have left to do:
- finish the stage
- install the door and trim
- install the carpet
- build acoustic panels
- buy / install crown molding and LED light strips
I ordered the carpet, it's a black medium-pile that we found at Nebraska Furniture Mart for $1.85 a sq foot... I think it's really going to look great. Here's a shot of it:
Hopefully in 3 weeks this project will be 100% done. Projector is purchased and I'm going to order a subwoofer once I see if anything goes on sale for Black Friday. I'm currently leaning towards the Outlaw LFM-1 EX.
Here's the stage that we built 2 weekends ago. I'm going to fill it with insulation and put 2 layers of plywood on top. My carpet installer says it won't be a problem to wrap everything nicely.
Today I unboxed my Jamestown 135" (custom order 2.39:1 aspect ratio) screen and put it together in the upstairs living room. The frame went together in about 10 minutes, very nice product for the money. Installing the canvas took quite a bit longer, probably close to an hour to get it installed and stretched out. I still need to go back and finish stretching it, as there are some ripples remaining that need to be removed.
Here's what comes in the box:
Frame all screwed together:
Screen material installed, ready to be stretched:
And here's what it looks like next to my 52" LCD in the living room. It's massive!
And low and behold, I mounted the screen using the supplied hardware, and it looks fantastic.
Here's my equipment rack that I got set up today. I still have more equipment to add, and will be installing trim around the face. I'm very pleased with how this turned out, and I can't wait to get it finished:
And a couple images of the rear section of the room. The paint is a dark red... My camera was having trouble getting the white balance correct... it doesn't look orange-red at all in person. In-wall Polk RC85i speakers installed, wall sconces installed. I also decided against a riser setup as it would put the front row too close to the 135" screen. For now I'm going to use this 4 seat approach, and later down the road if I decide I want a tiered seating setup, I will pull the screen down and cut it down to make it smaller. The nice thing about the Jamestown screen is it looks pretty simple to make it smaller if I need to in the future.