"And so at last they all came to the Last Homely House, and found its doors flung wide.
His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Evil things did not come into that valley."
"The Hobbit" J.R.R. Tolkien
As a first time home-buyer (new construction, completed in October 2012) I finally get the three things I have always wanted: a 'garage mahal' (on a smaller scale but a great car community up here), a Library/Computer/TV room, and a dedicated Home Theater.
This is a 'tract-plus' builder's neighborhood, so not custom but not a shack. A "pick-a-floor-plan' and 'minor modifications accepted off the approved list' kind of deal. I did a few things during design to make life easier including 9 foot ceilings, excavating crawl space for "full' basement, rough plumb for full bath, Bilco door, egress window.
I have a full and unfinished basement that I'm currently framing out. First time ever for this sort of work. As for the whole project, and specifically the theater, I feel like I know just enough to be dangerous. I plan on doing the framing/bar/HT AV wiring & install and contract out for electrical/plumbing/drywall as well as some HVAC questions.
An overview. Please pardon the tremendously slapdash drawing skills.
Three rooms down and work is progressing. The lists... the drawings... it's all a bit overwhelming but I started with one room to prove to myself I could do it and so far each room has been getting easier and more efficient, moving on one room at a time. Started with the hobby/train room and it is framed and ready for electrical (contractor work). Utility room done (mostly unfinished). Bathroom framed and tub/shower combo in place as well as toilet, vanity/sink on the way. Getting ready for quotes on piping and hook up.
First day of framing... was feeling pretty chuffed.
Inside the hobby/train room (120mm scale figures, wooden ships, and Marklin trains for anyone interested).
On to the theater.
This is it in its current incarnation.
So, the theater. Dedicated, seating for 10, new equipment, up-gradable, room for additions. I've visualized this for years, but reading AVSForum has totally opened my eyes to the possibilities and help me crystallize a vision as well as learn a lot.
I have some blindingly amateur mock ups here, but they are very short on details... I'm working on that learning curve.
Room is about 12'6" wide and 25'6" long. I couldn't get the colors right on Floorplanner at all. I'll work on a mock up of colors. Green area is outline for stage.
I have 'picked' equipment, but have questions and am very open to suggestions. I find once you've closed in on an idea it comes to splitting hairs and personal opinion on certain brands or feature at a given price point.