Hey all, Please feel free to holler at me if this is too early to be asking questions. I keep opening threads once a thought hits me, but I keep thinking I should put them all in the same place.
We are stepping up to a larger home with a large yard, and a 9ft basement ceiling. The more I look, it does not have the ideal theatre space I thought it did at first, but it meets all of our family's needs. Now I need to figure out how to maximize a theatre space while minimizing cost and rework. The base house cost exceeded our initial budget, so if I ask to move something structurally for the theatre, it will directly take away from cupboards/finishes by our builder.
We signed the blueprints yesterday and have an estimated January or February finish date. The HVAC, plumbing, and electric are not yet set in stone, so I come to you asking for adjustments to maximize a theatre space.
The upstairs had been reconfigured a bit pushing the spare bathroom down to the left:
Here is option 1:
•Red is the theatre location
•Light blue my estimated HVAC/water lines
•Green triangle is the door
I am guessing the screen wall will be on the right outside wall.
Here is option 2:
•Red is the estimated room
•Green triangles are possible door locations
•Light blue is the estimated HVAC/water trunks
•Blue circles are the problem... What to do with the support pole in the center of the room? the span is ~20 feet.
Here is option 3:
•Red is the estimated room
•Green triangles are doors
•Light blue are estimated locations for HVAC and the hot water tank
In this option, north of the beam in the middle of the red square is a morning room with 8 windows, a sliding door, with no second floor. South of this beam and directly above it is the sink/garbage disposal, on the west wall, by the green triangle is the gas stove with hood, and a bathroom in the space to the left.
In the theatre space I would have the window moved somewhere outside of the theatre. We want either a stage with screen wall, or an IB chamber with screen wall, but even with a room within a room design I worry about the windows directly above it, and all of the HVAC/wastewater pipes above the main section of the room loosening over the years.
Going into this option one was was the best in my mind thinking the 2nd floor pipes would not be an issue. But now thinking about the trunk linesrunning up what would be the right side of the theatre would ruin the dedicated space look. can this be gotten around?
With option two, I have to tell them now and incur a cost to reengineer a support beam without the pole in the center of the room. But I can request utilities to be moved to the front left of the basement and use the front right as the theatre screen area. Maybe make a decorative cover for the steel support in the ceiling somehow?
Option three seems possible beacuse the morning room does not have anything above it and would be the screen area. But the middle of the room to the door would be a nightmare with the kitchen above it. No room within a room if I have to access the water pipes, gas line, etc...
All ideas, and opinions are welcome. We are locked in to this house now, so how do I make the most of it.