So my boss is planning an expansion to his house, and if he gets his way he will be getting a 'dedicated theatre room' in the process. In his previous house he had a small room that was dedicated to HT by the previous owner, but it was basically a den with a fireplace that was used as a HT-- no wall treatments, Room-within-room, or anything like that. Vaulted ceiling. Two sets of double doors on both sides of the room. A dedicated space but not dedicated HT construction. It had alot of acoustical challenges.
He enjoyed the space enough that he wants to take it "to the next level", but he's not familiar enough with his options to know what he really wants, in both cost or design choices.
He's pretty sure he wants to get the rest of the expansion done first before he finishes out the HT room and he's looking to me for advice.
In all of you guys' experience, what "generic advise" would you give to someone planning on a raw space to later be used as a HT?
I'm thinking along the lines of-- if you want 2 rows of 4 seats, you really want a room 'X' deep.
Or-- you want at least 9ft ceilings for a decoupled room-within-room. Drop the foundation of half of the room 2 ft. Plan for HVAC in a particular way. Dedicate a space for an equipment rack. Entry door at back/side. Leave bare studs. Etc.
I'm looking for advise that will give him the most options possible down the road so he isn't disappointed by painting himself into a corner.
My plan is once he's "ready" to start dedicating time to the effort is to turn him onto Dennis Erskine and let him design the room. If necessary I'll reach out to Dennis I would just hate to waste his time as we are still very early in the process.
What would your bullet points be?