I've been bitten by the bug. My wallet scorns you all
We're converting an open room into an 18' x 14' room with 11.5' ceilings that will be a home theater. I've been reading up and planning for the build which kicks off next week, but I know there are things I'm not thinking of and could use your advice. We're also tackling the kitchen and master bath and moving (with a toddler), so right now, I really just want to create a solid foundation to build on.
The upstairs room is in a great place positioned above the garage and on the opposite side of the house from kid bedrooms. Two new staggered stud walls will connect to an existing load bearing post. Inside the room, we will go with DD + GG on all of the walls. Backer puddy on outlets, insulation (R19?), acoustical caulk, etc. I'm thinking interior solid core door hung as an exterior with a layer of MDF and GG. Attic space is above the ceiling, and my thought is to hold off on it until I add the projector and have the time/$ to better handle it. Maybe backer boxes, a dead vent in the attic (is this frowned upon?), insulation, and top off with some MLV or something?
I plan to run conduit from the attic to the screen or side wall for cables to support a 7.1 setup. I was thinking about putting in-wall surround speakers in, but I don't want to blow my soundproofing job with those. I'm thinking of just threading the speaker wire through the drywall for now, and then build some soffits with integrated surround speakers later on.
Here's the gear I have waiting for their new home:
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1021
Left / Right: Polk RTi8
Center: Polk CSi5
SW: Polk PSW110
Surround: Polk FXi3
Some other questions:
- Is it worth it to maybe add another layer of plywood sub-floor with GG, or don't worry about it since the room is above the garage?
- I'm thinking about holding off on texturing the walls. If I'm going to build a stage and soffits, maybe best to save the cash?
- Electrical - Right now, there is just a ceiling fan with a light and electrical outlets. I assume a ceiling fan can be treated for flanking just as a recessed light might be? Do HT's typically need a dedicated circuit? If I want to add extra lighting later on in the soffits or what not, should I run some electrical now?
- Wall outlets - Is it best to get a media specific outlet, or one of the ones with a big opening? How do you handle flanking with these?
- There's a big window in the room. Anything besides a heavy curtain recommended?
TL;DR - New guy, new room, need help
Here's a pic of the proposed layout.