Originally Posted by Glimmie
What I see here is just normal homeowner lack of understanding as to how being a GC works. And unless a turn key job, you the homeowner, ARE THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR. The minute you say "do it this way" or "follow these plans" you have become the GC..
Love your quote above - you must live in very affluent circles if you consider normal homeowners being those spending the types of money we are speaking about building a recreational space in their homes. Anyone who does this, whatever their vocation, is either successful or has a huge passion (and therefore knowledge) on the subject of home theatres, and as such likely have offended the majority of enthusiast HT members of AVS.
With respect, i have worked successfully with a lot of architects for about 15 years in my business as a property developer and landlord. I have also contracted a lot of commercial and large scale construction, both on turnkey design&build contracts and on a traditional tender/contracting means where we specify every single detail. (in fact we are currently building one of each at the moment each being about 18month construction programs) albeit all in the UK.
I was fully aware of what contracted the erskine group to do, and the parameters and scope of their consulting. I dont have an issue as such with the final design that they did, however i do have an issue with how they have been to deal with, and their outright lack of consideration or respect for the budget i set for this theatre.
Simply put, i had an amount of money in mind to finishing an unfinished part of my home, and wanted to get the best bang for my buck, that i felt could be achieved by employing Erskine Group to design and specify the theatre. i had not preconceptions or specifc requirements on any of the equipment. Really very simple, however they were not willing to work to that. Not sure in any way how that is ok.
My original post on this thread was asking for advice on what equipment i should specify that would be achievable within the budget i had set, only because Erskine Group refused to help me with it, even though they were originally contracted to do so. Also my agreement with them included 5hrs of telephone support from a senior consultant/designer. I have not benefited from that support, and see no benefit in that support given the nature of the replies i have had from them regarding the equipment. Advice such as this QUOTE from a Dennis Erskine email to me: "We can supply Procella speakers and Quest products. Procella speakers would be outside your budget constraints. You can contact Quest for a dealer in your area.
We are not obligated to provide suggested equipment lists as a part of our engagements. When we do so, they are budget agnostic and are based entirely on the technical requirements which must be met based upon room size and seating distances." UNQUOTE
They specified Procella LCR speakers (that Dennis then advises are out of my budget!) and the specification of the AV equipment was expressly agreed to by them before we signed the contract because i had no idea what would be suitable equipment, or where best to spend my budget to get the best overall result.
I have however received lots of very helpful advice on equipment specification and design elements that would help me to meet my budget via this forum, which i am certainly appreciative of and will get me to my end goal of a decent theatre for our family to enjoy. Obviously it is now harder to get helpful advice as the topic of the post now has no relevant material / designs to relate to.