A faulty switch in my basement's sump pump has kick-started my theatre plans!
Originally, I was going to be happy with my 64" f8500 and 7.1 surround for a couple years while I really saved up the funds, but it's killing me that the basement is now sitting empty (and waiting). Thankfully, not much was damaged that I wasn't going to tear out anyway.
The plan is to do an AT screen with Atmos, one row of three recliners and a bar behind that. There isn't enough ceiling height to do a proper riser. While I'd love to soundproof, with open stairs into the basement and an open floor plan of 700 sqft, I know that the best I can hope for is to mitigate. I plan on calling the Soundproofing Company tomorrow to start the dialog on my best way forward/finding a balance. I'm going for a 5-6 out of 10, where a 10/10 would be a vocal booth in a recording studio. I've read through enough build threads to appreciate the exponential expense and complexity incurred when fighting every square inch of sound leakage/flanking/etc.
So, since everyone likes pictures, here's a SketchUp of my basement layout before the flooding:
Through the door in the top right is a kitchen, and beyond that is unfinished storage. Although putting a door in at the bottom of the stairs and closing off the theatre area would help with sound leakage, we'd much prefer to keep it open. I think
has a similar layout (and I'm going to try to steal his color scheme).
So here's where I'd like to get to aesthetically:
HVAC is coming by soon to help me figure out how/if we can achieve the symmetrical soffits in the 'finished' pic. Right now, several of the home's feeds and one return travel down a 56" wide channel which makes for an unappealing split level ceiling above the viewing area. Hopefully I can shave 20" off of that, while adding 30" of soffit on the opposite wall and still have everything fit. Over the phone, HVAC said that "just about anything is possible" so we'll see. The other problem to solve related to that is the lighting. If I get these lights
, how big does the backer need to be for code? A question easily enough answered at the store, but I'd appreciate input since that would somewhat affect the HVAC runs through the soffits.
Here's a rough top view of the plan. I know the speaker enclosure looks a little odd-shaped, and I can probably slim that down a good bit - just went a little crazy with the speaker size. On the left is the main breaker panel and top left is the sump pump. Distances from screen to PJ is planned at 188", and seating is 142" to a 120" wide screen.
Here's my timeline:
Within 2 weeks:
- Move the basement f8500 upstairs and mount it in the living room, donate the old LCD to a friend who'll help with demo.
- Get inputs for HVAC, Soundproofing, electrical
- Install battery backup sump pump
- Remove drywall
- Remove gas fireplace, seal up exhaust
- Buy projector, hang sheet and show some movies (just kidding)
- Have a solid plan in place, enjoy being outside!
- Framing, drywall, wiring.
So, that's where I'm at for now. I'll do my best to keep the information flowing. I've learned a ton reading through other's builds and I really appreciate the time taken to document the process.