Hi Everyone. I've been mostly lurking on this site for YEARS. When I decided to build a dedicated room in my current home I started specifically sifting through examples on here I could draw from for ideas. I quickly realized there are so many variables, that when you think you have one solution, you have to see if it's impacted another variable. There are MANY as I'm sure most of you have faced in your own builds, so I'll try to outline the factors I find myself considering, and if more are discovered or brought up, I'm more than happy to factor those in as well. Also, my pictures will be horrible for now, and my floor plan I'm going to try to upload from my builder and hope it can be made sense of.
Essentially the section that says unfinished basement is the theater. I'm highlighted out the actual walls within the basement to TRY to make it SLIGHTLY clearer. The screen wall is on the left I will have 13' interior width. The Length will be 20'. That 20 feet will take you back to a steel support beam. It's indicated where the wall in the middle of the basement starts. This is essentially where the issues come into play. Also, my ceiling hight as of now is 7'6". I would like to have 2 rows of 3 for seating. This is where ocnsiderations need to be made
There will be a stage, and a required bulkhead. I will have a false wall with all speakers behind an AT screen. I'm having a hell of a time factoring in what screen size to go with for the following reasons.
1.) I will be using Martin Logan ESL speakers for fronts and center. As well as 2 15" subs. Primary reason for this is I'll be working at a retailer over the holidays that has an employee incentive of 70% off. I can debate speakers all day long as to whats better and whats not, but at the end of the day, with that discount for the same money it's impossible to do better. That said, they are 51" OR 56" high depending which models I get. So this has to factor into the screen size as I have to stay within the screen dimensions. Consider a stage and bulkhead it's also whats led me to consider a 235:1 screen. I also have to factor in these speakers need about 2 feet from the back wall from their front and similar from the sides.
2.) Seating placement/distance requiired with 2 rows. I've found the narrowest seats I could within my budget, they are the Palliser Stereo. a row of 3 straight is 91" while a row of 3 curved is 102"
3.) Then there is the hight needed for the 2nd row riser making sure I'm visually ok to see over people while not smashing heads on the ceiling but at the same time considering viewing angle based on where the screen will be height wise. I'm thinking just having the seats on the riser and now the whole back platform because I will have to come into the room from the back. Hopefull you can all see in the floorplan where the stairs coming into the basement are
- Where will I access the batheroom that will be finished? It's seen in the plans in the bottom left corner. The section to the right of that will remain unfinished, but will clearly need to have access. To the RIGHT of the post there will be room for 1 door. Which means logically unless that door leads to 2 different doors or access to both bathroom and the unfinished space that an access door to the washroom will have to be IN the theater.
Please excuse the mess in this place right now. Things are being shuffled all over the place at the moment, but I only took them to TRY to give a better perspective of the builder floor plan.
Pretty much coming down the stairs and looking left.
Here you can see the post behind the water tank (I'm having the tank, all that plumbing and softener moved to the other side behind the furnace. Also in the back where the rough in for the bathroom is. BTW it's 11'9" from the post to that left side wall of the theater. I also do have room on the left side of the post for a door to wherever it shall lead.
Pretty much stainding middle of the room in line with the post or where the back of the room can go to looking at where the screen will be. I'm fine wil covering up that window. Again, please excuse the mess. As for all that ductwork, it's all being moved way over to where bulkheads will be.
So again.... at this point, I'm looking to get help finalizing if I can get 2 rows in here. Where would you guys suggest entry door to theater, bathroom, and also the utility area. AAnd finally based on all that, what screen size can I get in there to work with appropriate distance from front row while getting all the speakers behind it. FYI, I am open to 16:9 or 235:1.
Would you believe I'm likely at 100+ hours of research thus far, and THIS is where I'm still at. That said, once these decisions are made, I have a path for likely every possible option already laid out.