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post #91 of 129 Old 05-06-2015, 06:13 AM
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I have been following your build and you are making great progress. Based on your renderings and the progress you have made so far looks like it will be awesome! Keep the updates coming.
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A tiny bit more progress... all the 1st stage of frames are now complete, other than the bottom row. I am going to install those post carpet, so, waiting to get final measurements.

By '1st stage', I simply mean the 3/4" Plywood frames have been all cut to size & put together. I haven't put much of the shoe mold on yet. I am now torn about whether I should use my miter saw/chop saw in the theater room, I am a bit concerned the dust created will get all over the ceiling.

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I would do all possible cutting outside of the theater.

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I would do all possible cutting outside of the theater.

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Yeah, I cut all the wood on my patio, now that my ceiling is painted, I don't want the dust all over.

Wondering if I could cut in my avs closet and be okay?
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Maybe put up a sheet of plastic between the two spaces to minimize the dust.

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I took my sconce lights which now won't fit in my plans, and that I bought in March 2014, back to Costco today.. I had my receipt, so, they gave me a full refund! Talk about great customer service!
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Don't envy anyone building fabric frames........looks like a lot it work!

BTW, gotta love Costco......
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My Granite Bar was installed yesterday, final dimensions are 153" wide x 18" Deep. It is a Steel Gray/ Silver Pearl color... so, Gray and Black. The top part of my walls will be a Charcoal Gray color, and the bottom part will be black.

In the upper left hand part of the picture, you can see the insulation for my walls & screen wall. You can see my frames, now temporarily installed on the wall as a 'dry fit'... which was good, 3 of them were made to the wrong size.



I have also installed an Insteon Dimmer, and all my Ceiling LED Lights. These are the HALO SLD4 lights, so, they fit in a normal circular junction box (or square for that matter).

The first picture is of the lights with the 'full bright' selection.

This second photo is of 'As Dim as it gets', with the Insteon dimmer. If I used a Cooper Electric/Eaton Electric Dimmer (maker of the Halo brand of lights), these in theory can get to 6%.



I don't know what % dim these currently get to, but certainly doesn't seem very dim to me. I'll have LED Strip Lights on the columns, so, that may help some.

I purchased a Lutron Maestro dimmer yesterday, and want to get a Lutron Caseta dimmer to see if either of those dim more. The problem with the Cooper/Eaton switches, is I don't think you can program the four different switches to various Scenes. I know I can do that with the Insteon, and think I can with Caseta, not sure about the Maestro either.
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I started putting up some of the Sound Absorption Insulation last night. I am using Knauf Ecose Sonic XP... I couldn't find Linacoustic around, and my understanding (Hope) is this will work effectively the same.

On the side-walls, I am putting it at about the ear height of the 2nd row. I am waiting to do the frames and insulation for the bottom of the wall until carpet is in.



The first 3+ feet of side-walls, and the entire rear wall will be treated floor to ceiling.


These are the screws I used to attach it to the wall. Well for the first layer, I am using a shorter version of this, but you get the idea.




I am planning on some poly-batten type material above this level. I am choosing to attach this directly to the wall vs friction fit in my frames for two reasons:
1) I thought it might be faster... less precision needed
2) I am planning to hang my frames with Velcro, so, though less weight could only help

I also switched out my Insteon switches for a Lutron Caseta and a Lutron Maestro, neither of which dimmed any more than the Insteon did. I had considered a Grafik Eye, but given the Lutron's are not meeting the objective, not sure I want to hassle testing it.
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I got the quarter round put on all the frames that are ready (all but bottom row, which I am waiting for carpet to measure & make those). Hoping to maybe start wrapping fabric on the frames this week, but don't have any real good blocks of time to do it - so, will be a slow go. My sons birthday party is this weekend at our house, so, have a few 'house prep' things that will take priority.

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I have had my theater chairs for awhile and had only taken one out to look at it. I took the rest of them out today, needed to get rid of the boxes - we have my son's 6th birthday party on Saturday and we may need the space in the basement.

Here is a picture of the 1st row, love-seat in center and wedge/curved end pieces.


I have two options to configure the 2nd row, I am not sure which I'll go with...

The first option is two love seats & a single center seat...


The second option would be a 'couch' in the middle with two individual end seats.



I think I prefer the first option with the two love seats as then all seats have access to at least one arm rest... but, not sure if I'll get to choose or my wife will.

I also didn't see off-hand exactly how to latch the seats together, if in fact they do. In the past when I have had individual component pieces, they latch together one way or another, but I didn't see it - or frankly, look that much given for now they aren't where they go! If anyone knows how to latch them together, let me know.
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My walls will all be the same depth of Fabric Frames. The bottom portion will be black fabric wrapped frames. The top sections will have a "Fabric Movie Poster" between each of the columns, and then Charcoal Gray fabric on the sides & above the posters.

I did my first movie poster frame last night, here it is:



I wasn't really at the stage to put these together yet, as I still have some other things I really need to do first, but I had these posters for a few weeks now and since I put all the frames together, I wanted to see one completed.

Here is a link to the thread that talks all about custom printed fabric posters (whether Movie, an art design, family photos... basically anything you want):

DIY Custom-Printed Movie Poster Thread
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I wrapped a few of my fabric panels last night.

Here are a few photos of one wall section... these are the colors for the fabric walls. The top sections are Charcoal, and the bottom will be black.

Here is looking from an angle:



And looking from straight on:


I also wrapped a few more of my Fabric Movie Poster Panels:

Star Wars "Saga" Poster...


And "A Christmas Story" Poster...


I also ordered my Carpet a couple days ago, so, that should be installed in mid-June.
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I have had my theater chairs for awhile and had only taken one out to look at it. I took the rest of them out today, needed to get rid of the boxes - we have my son's 6th birthday party on Saturday and we may need the space in the basement.

Here is a picture of the 1st row, love-seat in center and wedge/curved end pieces.


I have two options to configure the 2nd row, I am not sure which I'll go with...

The first option is two love seats & a single center seat...


The second option would be a 'couch' in the middle with two individual end seats.



I think I prefer the first option with the two love seats as then all seats have access to at least one arm rest... but, not sure if I'll get to choose or my wife will.

I also didn't see off-hand exactly how to latch the seats together, if in fact they do. In the past when I have had individual component pieces, they latch together one way or another, but I didn't see it - or frankly, look that much given for now they aren't where they go! If anyone knows how to latch them together, let me know.
I vote for the first option. It's very "couples" friendly. Since I've been married, I notice that we hang out with couples a lot more. I'm sure this is the case across the board, so it's nice to have the opportunity for some couple-snuggle. That center chair would be for the chaperone to make sure no funny business is going on. Don't want to stain those nice chairs, after all.
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I completed the Fabric Poster Frames... and the majority of my top tow rows of Charcoal Gray Fabric frames as well.

Our thinking on the Fabric Poster 'choices' is that we didn't want to pick all current movies and 'date' the theater room a specific time, so, we picked a fair bit of older, more classic movies. This hopefully will just make the room look like a "Movie Room", not a "2014/15 Movie Room".







We let my son and daughter each pick one, regardless of time period... My daughter chose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...


And my son chose Rise of the Guardians...

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I have now wrapped and hung all my fabric panels, other than the bottom row, which I am waiting until the carpet is installed to measure & make.

Here is a photo of one side of the room:



Here is the rear corner of the other side of the room:


And here is the front sections of the other side of the room (phone photo quality on this one is terrible).:



We go on vacation next week, so, not planning on much more progress anytime soon. Carpet is tentatively scheduled for June 17th, but we'll see. It hasn't arrived yet, but I scheduled it in case it does arrive (supposed to be in on June 10).
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I have made some pretty good progress, and had a week long Cruise since my last post.

I combined my Screen Wall Fabric Frames along with the actual Screen Frame into a single structure. Here are the pieces of the "Screen Wall" I put together. I essentially made 4 rectangles, attached them all together with Kreg Pocket Screws, and then put the Screen Material on the back side of it.



My 'right' side as you face the screen, actually is a single vertical stud, with smaller door hinges on the edge, and another rectangular frame attached to it - so I can access the electric panel.


You can see the carpet pretty well in the above pictures, but this shows in in relation to the wall color a bit more.



Here is a picture of the Screen Wall. This is a 11' wide (~ 143" Diag.) 2.35:1 screen. I bought a Falcon Screens "DIY" set up, i.e., they provided the screen as well as the grommets & o-rings. I just attached it to my screen wall. This was a very affordable way to go, and I had a few questions for Rich/ Falcon Screens and he was incredibly responsive, even well after I had purchased the screen (I bought it in February, and asked a question yesterday morning). My room is about 17 1/2 feet wide, so, a fair bit of space on the sides. I used Royalty 3 Velvet from JoAnn Fabric, and it seems incredibly dark to me - but to be transparent, I haven't seen others to compare it to.



This shows my Theater chairs pretty well, 4 in front, 5 in back, and I'll have 5 bar stools as well.




Here are side views of the room with the Column frames completed. I used velcro to attach the frames(actually Dual Lock), so they are removable.





I hung the projector, so hopefully that doesn't stop me where I am at!! I still need to complete my bottom row of Fabric Panels now that the carpet is in. I am also still waiting for the UXL-18s I ordered via the Group Buy to come in... although, my sub boxes aren't yet completed - so, 'waiting' is a bit of a loose term.

My 'equipment room' is at a bare minimum right now, enough to play a movie & music, and that is about it. I hope to do figure out how to build a NAS and a HTPC at some point, but figure I'll get to that after I finished my fabric panels & sub boxes.
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I really like how you included the art panels with your other panels. Looking really great.

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I really like how you included the art panels with your other panels. Looking really great.
Thanks!

I see you are doing/did an ICF house? My last home, I did the general contracting on, and I did ICF as well. My wife wouldn't let me build/GC this house, or would have likely done it again. Any idea when you'll be done?
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We are shooting for Oct 1st to have the house complete. I doubt the theater will be ready on day one but I'll keep pushing forward. The GC/Build process has been tedious at times but rewarding. Looking forward to getting in and enjoying the new home!

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I got my bottom row panels made, wrapped, and installed!

Here is the left side of the theater room..



Here is the right side, with the Jaws photo also hung on the equipment room door..



The rear wall view...



Here is the rear bar & chairs... the chairs are adjustable height.



This illustrates how tight the space is to fit my three rows into the theater... when that rear door is open, the chair has to be pushed all the way up to allow the door to open. My thought is if these are being used, it is likely some sort of 'event'', where the door may well just be left open.



Now, onto installing the LED lights on the columns, working on the DIY Subs, and adjusting my projector settings...
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Nice work integrating the posters into the acoustic treatment. Looks great!

My in progress build thread:
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Very nice progress. Room looks great.!!!
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Really well done. I like the design of the riser and the pole blends into the room so seamlessly, you hardly notice it. Well done.

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Really well done. I like the design of the riser and the pole blends into the room so seamlessly, you hardly notice it. Well done.
Thanks for the nice comments, looking forward to watching a few of the movies I like, vs primarily kids movies so far
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I love what you have done with the room, if I was to critique one thing and this is more my ocd related... is that the door leading out of the theater room has those horizontal lines that break it up, to bad those lines didnt match the horizontal lines of the wall panels... again just my OCD kicking in lol but overall LOVE the room, will add it to my list of theaters to reference for inspiration when I can build my own theater

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This room is bada$$!!

Nice!!!

Congrats on the completion!!

Can you share what "width" your fabric panel frames are?

I thought I read that you said they are 2" wide.
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I love what you have done with the room, if I was to critique one thing and this is more my ocd related... is that the door leading out of the theater room has those horizontal lines that break it up, to bad those lines didnt match the horizontal lines of the wall panels... again just my OCD kicking in lol but overall LOVE the room, will add it to my list of theaters to reference for inspiration when I can build my own theater
Thanks for the comments. I struggled with this too... at one point, I considered adding some type of aluminum looking strips between the panels to help integrate. The issues I had with matching the panels to the door... were 1) the top panel would have been very large 2) positioning the posters would be a challenge 3) given I wired my light switch, which largely dictated where the column 'break' would be... I wasn't sure how to line up the column heights with the panels. I may end up painting over the door metal strips.. or even putting panels on the door, but for the time being


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Can you share what "width" your fabric panel frames are?

I thought I read that you said they are 2" wide.
Thanks!

For the panels, I cut 3/4" plywood into ~ 2" wide strips, and connected them together with pocket screws. Once the frames were complete, I used 3/4" x 3/4" quarter round on the edges for the 'rounded' look between frames. This makes them ~ 1 1/2" deep.

I did end up using the technique others did in terms of Plywood bottom layer & MDF top layer on two of my panels because of the shape of the panels around the steps... so, I used a "Router" to round the edges. Looking back, I might lean towards the Plywood + MDF, but, they were very similar in effort. I went down down the quarter round path initially since I had never used a Router, but once I tried it was very easy.
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I got around to putting in my LED lights behind my column edges last week.

These are relatively inexpensive ebay purchased LED lights and so far, I am fairly happy with them. I have a controller, and they also offer 'Phone/Tablet' App & wifi device. This is the part I am not as pleased with... the "Wifi" , I thought would hook into the home network, and then you could access it at the same time as the rest of your network. Unfortunately, it creates its own 'Wifi', so, more like a 1:1 bluetooth pairing of device & phone/tablet... but uses your Wifi connection... so, I can't use my tablet/phone as my Wifi Insteon (and eventually I think, Irule) light controller & LED light controller with out having to switch back and forth.

Here is a shot with the lights on in the room...




I bought the '4 zone' controller... so, you can hook up as many LED Lights to a single zone as you want. I have 4 pair of columns, so, each column 'pair' is a Zone. You can choose to control the zones all together in unison, or individually.



These lights have a dimmer function as well, so, you similar to colors... you can dim or brighten each of the 4 zones together or individually.

This is an example of the brightest setting..


Here is the dimmest setting from about the same distance.



If they are on the brightest setting, you can definitely tell at the edges of the screen that the lights are one. I might cut the lights off the very front column edge, to reduce this impact, but haven't decided.
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Thanks for the comments. I struggled with this too... at one point, I considered adding some type of aluminum looking strips between the panels to help integrate. The issues I had with matching the panels to the door... were 1) the top panel would have been very large 2) positioning the posters would be a challenge 3) given I wired my light switch, which largely dictated where the column 'break' would be... I wasn't sure how to line up the column heights with the panels. I may end up painting over the door metal strips.. or even putting panels on the door, but for the time being
Its hard to tell from the photos, so there is metal trim where those horizontal lines are on the door? part of me would fill all that in, sand it flat and either leave as is or put a panel like you mentioned with a similar line running through it to match the flow and color of the walls.

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