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post #1 of 9 Old 11-04-2013, 05:51 PM - Thread Starter
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This is my first post... Thank you for allowing me to post.

I am building a custom tuscan style home from ground up. My architect and I have come up with the attached layout.
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Here are some key points:

- Front 16x9 fixed projection screen, approx. 110" diagnal
- 6 inch high semi-circle stage in front of screen (not shown)
- front row will accomodate 4 theatre chairs
- 12 inch high rear riser will accomodate 5 theatre chairs
- 7.2 surround sound, with 2 towers on stage on both sides of screen
- Motorized Curtains close behind and towards center column, which houses the side speakers.

My main questions at this point are regarding the staging and window placement. My architect designed this assuming windows would be centered on that exterior wall. But with a 4-5 foot deep stage (not shown), and with the depth of the rear riser needing to be about 72", it seems like the column (and consequentially the windows) need to move towards the rear of the theatre a bit.

Does anybody have any thoughts or suggestions on this?

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Those large windows represent compromised audio, as they will act as low pass filters.
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I realize that large windows are not ideal, but this is the front of house, and we will have heavy curtains blocking when we are watching. Also, we tend to watch more intellectual foreign type movies - not so much fast and furious.
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What is the reasoning for having windows in a fully dedicated space with front projection? I would suggest framing for the windows so they could easily be retrofitted, but close the room off as you would any theater. This will help your design in a number of ways.

Do you really need 3 racks for all of your AV gear? I have two 44u racks that will still have open space with a theater and whole home audio/video distribution and automation "stuff". If you scale the AV racks back to two, you would then have the opportunity to straighten out the theater and put both walls at a slightly flared angle, creating "stepping" similar to some of the previous Erskine builds. Your layout is almost identical to KBlaw2010's. Here's a link to final photos of his room: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1339780/another-erskine-designed-masterpiece-if-i-dont-screw-it-up/360#post_22913691

I'd also move door #32 to the theater wall, otherwise all of the sound will pass right through your racks and that equipment area may function as a bass chamber. For the same reasons I would add a door to the concession area.

Just my initial 2 cents, of course.

EDIT: I see we were posting at the same time. Scratch my comment on the windows....but you will definitely need the motorized blackout shades with some sort of fabric to help tame the reflections that would normally occur on a hard glass surface.
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Speaking of Erskine builds, you should seriously consider using their design services (at some level). That room layout is a non-trivial design and you're at the correct stage where they could help out quite a bit.

Are you planning to "use" the stage for music / performance purposes? The "decorative" stages in most home theaters are only deep enough to give the proper appearance and perhaps hold speakers.


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I'd only be using 2 of the equipment racks... the 3rd rack area is just shelving for DVD's and storing nick-nacks from behind.

Regarding the stage, it's partly decorative, and partly for when my wife has some karaoke parties. We don't need this room to be 100% pure theatre acoustically. We want it to look good, and want to reserve the right to possibly use it for other entertainment purposes in the future without having to rip out $100K's of treatments.

That being said, I would like to position the columns, windows, and staging the best way possible. I'd love to have some input specifically on that. I believe the windows should move to the right slightly, but then we are losing the hidden curtain channel.
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I think hiring the Erskine Group would be an extremely smart move for your situation and at the current planning stage of your project.
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I second what TMcG has stated......

Contacting Erskine Group would be well worth the phone call or email........
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