Greetings all. After several other failed attempts to begin building, one of my Christmas presents from my wife was the go-ahead to actually get going on my project that I've been thinking about and envisioning since we got married 3.5 years ago. We moved into our house 2 years ago and have an unfinished basement. Up until now I have had a "theater" set up in our lower level, but it is basically just a projector and 7.1 sound. No wall treatments, no light control, and less than ideal room dimensions. It still got all the oohs and ahs from friends and family, but it is not what I want. I don't have the mega-budget like many builds are blessed with on these forums, but I still desire a very nice room that hopefully will inspire the others who are building on a tighter budget. So, that being said, let's get into some details.
Polk Monitor 70 FR/L
Polk CS2 Center
Polk Monitor 40 surround and surround back
HSU VTF 15h
Epson 3010 projector
Desired upgrades for the build:
New speakers to hide within columns, still undecided
HTPC running XBMC
2nd HSU VTF 15h
Upgraded 3d projector
Our house is a 5 level split. Theater room will be built in our basement level, which has foundation wall floor to ceiling on 3 of the 4 walls, and half of the 4th wall. I have free reign over the space with the exception of one corner that houses the furnace, water heater, etc. Due to budget limits, I don't plan to do much soundproofing beyond typical insulation between ceiling and kitchen upstairs. I know it's not great, but I'll take what I can get. My biggest challenge up to this point has been figuring our how to deal with the layout, and brings up my first request for help. Below you will see a layout of the untouched room, followed by the first layout design. It's not the ideal rectangle theater builders strive for, but I would like it to be as big of a space as possible.
Basic Layout of the space
First layout design
What do you guys think? I am more than willing to make changes. Hopefully more sets of expert eyes will see a layout possibility that I haven't thought of. Thanks for any help you guys can offer! I am looking forward to getting this build started!