Been a longtime reader over the years, but I have a potential big project!
So, my wife and I are considering purchasing a new construction home here west of Orlando, and the floorplan includes a 14 x 17 loft area on the second floor.
The floorplan of the house is here: http://imgur.com/a/kH8d0
I'd very much like to turn this space into as much of a dedicated home theater as possible, despite that there's one side of the space open to the rest of the second floor (and the rest of the house), so I'm curious if there are others that have built home theaters into similar spaces? Would it make sense to build out a wall to enclose the space, or is it possible to have a three wall theater room without being too terrible sounding/looking? Not sure what the approximate cost would be to build a wall if I did. I also have those three windows on the back to contend with - but it's possible I could just ask the builder to omit those.
I would love recommendations for custom builders/designers in the greater Orlando area, if anyone knows one or has past experience with one they were pleased with. I want someone that can be there during construction to ensure that wall insulation and wiring and anything else structural is correct during the build.
I like clean and traditional design, and darker colors - particularly maroons/browns/dark greys. Ceiling crown molding, a coffered or tray ceiling, wainscoting, decorative columns, and lighted wall sconces are what I'm hoping to include. I will probably do a 4-seat on a riser with loveseat for middle two chairs, and then some pillows/beanbag type chairs in front for the kids. Ideally, all front speakers would be hidden behind a 100' or larger screen (maybe building a false wall for the screen to sit on?), and likely ceiling mount rear surrounds.
Hoping to keep the budget at or around $10k.
I've been collecting idea/images on Pinterest for styling, layout, colors, carpeting, seating, etc. that I admire, and are striving towards: https://www.pinterest.com/nathanchase/home-theater/
Having a home theater has been a lifelong dream since I was a kid. I love seeing what everyone here has done with their spaces and really want to commit to a quality room. This will be my gift to myself (and my family) for my 40s.
Any advice on designs and/or layout (or suggestions of who to ask for help!) would be most appreciated! Thank you for reading!