Let the Madness Begin!
I can’t believe I’m at the point where I am actually starting my theater. I’ve been given the nod from the wife to start construction. I’ve been a long time lurker here and been planning my basement theater since before we bought our house in 2010 and a space for a future basement was one of the must haves when I was looking at houses.
Our entire basement will be the Theater area which will include a full wet bar, half bath, utility closet, and some storage. The theater area and wet bar will be together in the main room of the basement much like Big’s or Jamis’ theaters. It is currently unfinished. The area is roughly 16’ by 31’ with 8’ ceilings and floor joist above meaning no annoying HVAC soffit but I do plan to do a light tray around the edge of the room.
I am planning on decoupling all walls and ceilings with a combination of decoupled walls and hat channel with DD and GG. Main goal would be to eliminate sound passing to the living room/dining/kitchen above. Our four bedrooms are on the top floor and are not much of a concern for sound. I want to be able to crank the tv and not bother people in the living room on the floor above.
Two rows of 4 reclining theater chairs with riser for the second row and a back bar with 4 bar stools.
Full U shape wet bar area with keg tap, mini fridge, dishwasher, TV, stereo sound, and steel tip dart board.
130 inch 2.35 fixed screen is planned (from Monoprice or Carada)
Center - Klipsch RC-62 (Craigslist)
Front - Klipsch RF-82 (Craigslist)
Side Surround - Klipsch RS-42 (Craigslist)
Back Surround - Klipsch TBD
(need to find yet)
Projector – Panisonic PT-AE7000U (Found this on Craigslist with 110 hours on it)
AVR – TBD
Bar AVR – TBD
Two cable boxes
Blu Ray – TBD
Monoprice 4x2 matrix splitter
Possibly a HTPC, nothing too fancy
Ipad to control AV, lighting, and drapes with iRule or roomie remote
Insteon switches throughout
Budget is $20,000
I plan to use the space for 60% tv/sports and 40% movies. I have not owned a respectable gaming system but may need to once this is complete.
I will definitely be asking for a lot of help as I have not done much construction but I plan to do most of the work myself.
I plan to hire out the plumbing, electrical, drywall finishing, and carpet install. Possibly the bar installation as well, I’m slightly lost when it comes to designing the bar.
I will do the low voltage wiring myself and set it up for future proofing.
I am not one to write a whole lot so you can expect a lot of pictures and not a lot of writing in this thread.
I’ve basically already built out my entire basement stud by stud in SketchUp, so I am hoping this will go pretty quick. I want to be done by spring of 2014, we’ll see... Our second child is due March 24, so if it is not done by then it will likely not be for a long time
Here are some pictures from SketchUp of what I plan to do:
Here is my current status:
Framing and Hat Channel will be decoupled from rest of house:
Here we go!