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post #1 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 08:21 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello all! I've enjoyed home theater for almost 20 years, starting with a Proscan 35" direct view CRT that weighed 340 pounds. During this time I have upgraded and changed things more times than I care to admit.

My theaters progressed from the living room to unused bedrooms after our kids left home. However, I never was able to figure out a way to create a dedicated theater space. About 3 years ago, my wife and I were standing on our 2nd story "catwalk", looking out over our 2 story living room when she says "too bad they wasted all of this space by having a 2 story living room instead of adding more square footage upstairs".

That got me thinking and doing some research on the structural design of our house. I'm a Mechanical Engineer, so I ran my own calculations and concluded that, in fact, a 2nd floor addition was possible. To be sure, I verified my numbers with a local Structural Engineer.

It took a little while to convince my wife that not only was this project doable, but she and I were capable of doing it ourselves. In fact, we ended up doing everything ourselves, except hanging the sheetrock on the newly created downstairs ceiling. At the end of the day, we added 300 square feet of space to the second floor while creating a new home theater.

Since the theater is complete, I've tried to structure this thread to show the progression of the work from start to finish. Hopefully, someone will find it useful. Enjoy!

Kevin

A look from our living room floor towards the 2nd floor "catwalk" and then around the room


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My construction crew reporting for work


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Demolition

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Creating the Home Theater

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 08:40 PM - Thread Starter
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Finishing the Living Room

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My wife's vision of the theater entrance


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The final reality of the theater entrance


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How it got from vision to reality


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Finishing the Home Theater Room


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Finished Home Theater


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post #3 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 09:11 PM
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Nice...i.think it is great that you did this yourself. In our new home this would have been a 25k upgrade. Enjoy the new space.
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Thanks for the comment Jason. Our total construction cost was $4100.

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Great job! How long did the project take? What speakers are those you're using for the LCRs?

Gig'em!

Here is my build thread:

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First, this is a very cool space - excellent job! Second, the fact that you made all of this happen for $4,100 is really incredible - hats off to you! Enjoy the new room!

The Esquire Theater Construction Thread:
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Well done!

Optoma HD80 projector.

Back-up projector Optoma H77.

120" Vapex fixed Screen.

Denon 2309ci 7.1 AV receiver.

Sony PS3.

Center channel:  Klipsch Heresy.

Front L/R: Klipsch Heresy.

Subwoofers: B&W AWS 650 and NHT Supersub.

Rear Surround L/R: Klipsch RS3.

Side Surround L/R: Klipsch KSC-C1.

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What a great use of space otherwise wasted. Congrats again, your room looks fantastic!
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That is one seriously ambitious project.
Makes building a box in a basement look like child's play.
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Thanks for the question. All 7 speakers are Triad Bronze LCR, which are angled at 45 degrees within their enclosures. They passed the WAF so I had to use them. Especially since she helped me cut her living room in half! By the way, they sound great when coupled with my SVS Ultra Sub.

The entire project took about 3 months.

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Excellent build - thanks for taking the time to assemble and post the photos. It must be very satisfying conjuring such a great space out of nothing.

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Gutsy and well done project. I have a neighbor that had the builder do the same on a house under construction. Only they didn't put in a theater. Just ended up wasting the space IMHO.
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Wow 4100....i know u did the labor but wow. Our last home had a very big 2 story fam rm. now that was a waste of space. our new house has a two story family room but it's a lot smaller, better designed and more realistic in size. There is no way i could take on a project like that and the builder cost.was too high.for, plus we did not need.anything extra.
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Fantastic job. I have thought about doing something similar in our 2-story family room but don't quite have the....guts.


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If you had increased your budget to $4180, you could have had yourself a nice pair of these and kept the wife and OSHA happy. wink.gif

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As I reviewed these pictures, I realized how bad my safety approach was! I'm lucky I still have eyes to enjoy the theater with.

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That is a great theater build out. " Where there's a will, there's a way ( and a theater ) " !! smile.gif

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