room planning questions
Sorry for the long post.
I just signed a contract for a house that will be built in a new housing development that will have a "media room" according to the floor plan. My very vague open-ended question is what things should I plan for before the room is built? There are a couple of big limitations:
1. Budget. Almost all money will be going to downpayment, etc. So money will be pretty tight.
2. I can't make any significant structural changes without paying through the noise for changes to the stock floorplan since the builder only allows for superficial changes in their design center. So things like tiered levels on the floor or false walls are probably out. Not that I couldn't add those later, but it's probably not something I can do in the initial room build.
That said, I have a couple of things working for me:
1. Time. The house will take 8 months to complete and they haven't broken ground yet. So I have time to do research, planning, etc.
2. Their design center options. I haven't had my first appointment at their design center yet and I understand they have some limited options for "media room" support (cabling, in wall/ceiling speakers, etc.). I don't know what the extent of the options are yet though, but I should be able to easily do things like plan out where power outlets will be, have some cabling run in the walls, and other things like that I'm pretty sure.
The room is 17'11" by 12'10" with one door on one of the 17'11" walls. It also has an adjacent storage closet on the same wall with the door that has access from outside the room. I already have a projector so I know I will need power in the ceiling at least. The wife would prefer the electronics to be hidden, but she could live with a single discreet shelving unit in the corner if necessary. I could use the storage closet for that, but I'm not sure what to do about the Xbox One kinect sensor in that case.
So I'm really just looking for some advice on things that I can plan for now to save me time/money later. I want something home theater like where I can watch TV/Movies and play XBox occasionally.
Sorry again for the long post. Thanks in advance for any help.