So, I happily dwelled at our previous home for 14 years. Then, one day (OK many, many, many days) my wife came in and said... "The kids are coming into their teen years and although our house is great, I want to have a place by the lake, so we know who they are around and what trouble they might get into". She basically wanted us to be the fun house.... - with lots of surveillance cameras. With a daughter it's keep your friends close and your enemies closer + we have surveillance and a big dog!
Shockingly, we found a new 7 home development on a very popular large Lake in our area with it's own dock, 150 foot off the water and a good 12,500 sq ft view lot. We bought in. Unfortunately the Developer proved to lack core ethics and the first contracted builder was a bust. The new contractor is proving to be professional. I was able to source a good LVE guy and we have had a good 6 months to develop a plan, wire, and build. Only now am I willing to share the build as my blood pressure is coming down and we go forward.
The house is good size at about 5400 sq. ft. On three levels. The Media Room is 17'4" Long and 15' 9" Wide. That's a little too square for me but it is what I had to work with. Ceilings are 10' High but I raised the entire floor 5" and created a framed floor to hide power to the seats and speaker wire for transducers for my Crowson Technology Transducers. Also the rear part of the room is raised an additional 7" and there is a counter for bar stool viewing. I have never been a fan of the traditional theater room seating systems but rather want a large U Shaped Sectional for hanging with the Family and a Bar Area for Sports. I figure the room will comfortably hold 9 or 10 people. The room has separate Zoned Heating and A/C so we don't get hot in the room.
I intend to place a 16:9 133 Inch Diagonal Screen in the room and either go with an Epson or JVC E-Shift Projector. The room is wired for 13.2 Sound in a Dolby Atmos configuration. The additional 2 Speakers are for Wide, if we ever have a reasonable priced Pre that can do that. Seriously, I am only configuring for 7.4.2 and given the small size of the room, that's all it will ever have. But when walls are open, wire like the bejeezus. The fronts will be my trusty B&W 803S's as well as the matching center. All other speakers are B&W CI Series CWM 7.4's (Side and Rear Surround) and CI 600 Series CCM 683's for the 4 Atmos Speakers. Subs are 2 SVS Sealed Ultra 13.5s; great Sub and easily can handle this mid size room. I will use a Marantz 8802A for the Pre and need a few more channels of amplification.
In the back of the room, I have my Media Access Room, measuring 9' by 6' by 9' tall. It has the entire home LVE system ending there. The home itself has roughly 40 Cat 6 Network Lines, 16 Cat 5 Lines (For Intercom), 14 Video Locations which comprise 2 Cat 6, 1 Coax, Power), There also is more Cat 6 Wiring for Security and Surveillance as well as the Security and Surveilance gear being housed in this room. This room is also ventilated. We are going kind of cheap material on insulation. The room has 2 by 6 interior as well as exterior walls, we crammed them full of insulation, blown and batted on 3/4s of the room. Also, we are using a good quality sound board material instead of plain old wall board and we have double sealed the soffit's with 2 separate layers of wallboard. In addition the Atmos speakers utilize B&Ws matching wall boxes. B&W is fair in not attempting to say these boxes matter at all for sound but rather they are designed for sound isolation only and they look the part at least. The floor is carpeted and I may use some type of further sound material at finish. (Open to suggestions). The room is in the corner of th house and will be mostly isolated. We are installing a Sound Deadened 8'ft by 30" entry door as well.
There is more to this build than the Media Room but it's my baby! We also will end up with a 12 to 16 Zone Audio System, Full Lutron Homeworks QS Lighting, Wireless Shade Control, Integrated Surveillance and Security, Exterior Landscaping Control, Intercom, automated locks, and eventually some voice control stuff if it proves reliable? I will post some pictures next and am happy to take advice.
I am pretty good at following technology and can design fairly well. What I lack is the skill and patience to trim out and simply am not particularly handy so design is on me and my LVE consultant, labor is on the builder. Only now am I ready to go. Floors are in, insulation is in, sound board and wall board starts on Monday.
Finally, two of my friends are building at the same time. It is my job to have the house to watch the Seahawks. They are to supply the toys. One of them bought a new Mastercraft X10 last year and the other just took delivery of a 2016 Mastercraft X30 with all but the GoPro mount as an option. I do the games, they handle the ski boats. Not a bad deal for us! I will probably get a Party Pontoon Boat to latch up to in the Lake with the neighbors. It's a fantastic ski Lake and my son loves the sport.
So here it goes!!!!!!! Media Room budget is $20K, Media Access Room Budget is $50K (Includes distributed Video and Home Control), Smart Lighting $40K. BTW, Wife thinks I am overkilling it on lighting control. I agree but it's a bucket list thing for me to have a functioning high quality smart home. I'll forego what we call out here, "The Seattle Camry -aka Tesla S". I choose a wired home.