Well, made good progress this weekend.
Friday night I got the windows behind the screen boarded up and sealed off, speaker shelves in and some foam placed.
Then on Saturday morning, it was go time. I reconfigured the studs back to somewhat normal --- they had been altered for the furnace I removed, so I basically put in a piece of 2x8 to recreate the original stud, and built the shelf for the center channel. Then I framed out the false wall.
Then I rolled the carpet back in and brought the couch in. The carpet needed to be in before adding the component shelves, because it protrudes out from under the screen and the front sits on the carpet.
At this point I was pretty excited to get it up and running and I realized I would be able to watch my football game if I kept moving, so I didn't take any progress photos of the component shelves going in or anything being connected. But I got all the electronics in, mounted the screen to the frame and turned on the game.
Had I known we were going to get pounded by Baylor 71-7, I might have taken more photos.
Yesterday was a day of cleaning things up, I ran a preliminary Audessey setup with the Marantz and we actually watched the first movie last night - Gatsby. Meh. Looked pretty good, though I wish they hadn't shot it for 3D, sounded fantastic.
Over the next couple weeks I just have to hang a couple more sheets of drywall and paint them, finish cutting and mount the cedar framing pieces, install the facade around the screen, add another media shelf, and choose a location for the sub and the room will be pretty much complete! I have some velvet left over from the frame, so I'm going to just put that above and to the left/right of the screen. Under the screen, flanking the component shelves, I'm planning on using some more of the cedar planks. It will be a nice continuation of the left wall, which, due to the original foundation, already has a kickplate of 12" cedar planks all the way down it.
So, I'm pretty happy. Getting that original cabinet taken out of the room makes it feel enormous. Being able to sit by the windows makes it much more cozy. And the Seymour AV screen is a huge improvement over the previous makeshift screen I was using. I love having the front speakers behind the screen, it makes the room feel so much more clean and tidy, even though it's still a bit of a mess.
Also, my TiVo and the sub amp now live behind the front wall, since the sub amp is set and forget, and the TiVo has a remote IR receiver that I have mounted under the screen. The component shelves look nice, and there are fewer components on display.
I'll keep posting as I make more progress.