It's been a long journey to get where we are now in our house. My family has many hobbies including saltwater tanks, gaming, home theater and more which is why it makes sense to incorporate all of those things into our basement build. Like many of you fellow AVS members, I too have been lurking throughout this forum of incredible information over the years gathering as many ideas, tips and tricks from all of you as well as asking a million and a half questions throughout the way.
Questions I've asked throughout my research and build progress
How to secure projector mount to ceiling?
Chair rail height?
Acoustic treatment behind screen wall?
black and blue OR black and red??
Will the stage move?
What type of liner to hold sand in stage?
Carpet before or after false screen wall?
How far does your soffit come out from screen false wall?
Attach column to riser?
What LED strips do you guys use for long runs??
3" or 4" recessed lights in theater
LED soffit lights
Recessed lights in front of screen
Best popcorn butter?
Green Glue vs. Roofing Felt for stage/riser
Riser bass trap question
Recessed led's in soffits
Staggering drywall on OSB?
Rubber flooring question
Show me your recessed step lighting
Space between floor and drywall question..
What to put on concrete floor?
What caulk to use on OSB?
Stage and Riser gap question
First layer of plywood question
Led's around soffit question..
Atmos speaker placement question
How close can HDMI be to romex power wire?
Atmos speaker box hep
1/2" or 3/4" MDF for atmos speaker boxes??
Subwoofers on stage?
How much space between front and rear seats??
Plywood or drywall?
What's a good 4 zone programmable dimmer switch??
Where do you store the remotes??
Seatcraft Windsor vs. Grenada seats...Help me decide!!
Best seating options for $3,000
Return air question
How many dedicated breakers for an equipment room?
Venting equipment room?
Zone 2 help
Venting basement theater
So many obstacles so little time
Which Middle Atlantic Slim 5 rack??
Avs Forum t-shirts
Best in ceiling speakers for Atmos?
In a bit of a pickle with home theater decisions
Dolby Atmos demo disc for free
I've been working to finish the basement and saving up for the best gear I can get for our future theater. As of now, the theater will consist of the following:
20' long, 12' wide seating area, 14' wide screen area (after 1/2" plywood and 1/2" drywall)
11" wide x 7" tall
12' wide x 8' deep x 10.75" tall
15" wide x 6" deep
14' wide x 4' deep x 8.25" tall
1/2" foam insulation boards
1/2" OSB boards
1/2" MDF board for soffit
3/4" MDF board for columns
12/2 Romex wire
2x10's for riser outer frame
2x8's for riser inner joists
2x8's for the stage
2x4's for stage step
3.5 ml plastic for sand liner
51 50 lb. bags of dry sand
MH Ready Patch
Infinite tubes of Liquid Nails
3 Dayus 36" X 4" bass trap linear grilles for riser
Quarter round trim
Half round trim for led's
Schlage matte black Plymouth keyed door knob with Camelot Rosette
20 amp outlets
4 dedicated 20 amp breakers:
20 amp breaker for 3 subwoofer outlets
20 amp breaker for all lights and seat outlets
20 amp breaker for 2 outlets powering 3 Emotiva amps
20 amp breaker for rest of racked equipment
15 gallons Green Glue
Green Glue dispensing gun
Solid core door
Acoustic rubber floor mat
R-30 ceiling insulation
R-13 wall insulation
Grafik Eye 3000 series
Lutron GRX-IT-WH wireless controller
hitlights.com 65' led strip light kit with 150w power supply
Recessed step lights
4" Lithonia ultra thin 3000k recessed LED lights
3" Lithonia ultra thin 3000k recessed LED lights
4 column Portfolio wall sconces
Dual PB 12 plus SVS subs
SVS Ultra Center speaker
SVS Ultra Left/Right front speakers
4 Klipsch R3650 W-II in wall speakers for rear and side surround
4 Def Tech DI8R ceiling atmos speakers
5 Fusion Lagoon seats from Roman at rtheaters.com
500' 12G in-wall rated speaker wire from Monoprice
3 50' Mediabridge Ultra Series Subwoofer cables
20' Aurum Ultra series high speed HDMI cable with ethernet
2 6' Amazon Basics high speed HDMI cables
Epson 8350 projector
Peerless PRG-UNV black projector mount
MA slim 5 rack
2 Emotiva xpa 5 amps
Emotiva xpa 100 amp
Oppo 103D blu ray olayer
Marantz AV7702 receiver
Monster power center
Great Northern popcorn machine w/ cart
Custom MA rack shelves
Still to be determined
Joy Carpets Walk of Fame in black from flooringinc.com
flat Behr Dark Crimson red
flat Behr Black
During the years, I've been putting hours in this basement starting from nothing to what it is now. Some of you have seen what the basement used to look like and as of now....here's the transformation!!
There used to be a door at the bottom of the steps, so I ripped all that out and created an open area as well as an open stair ledge. At the bottom is a hutch in front of a large black curtain which hides the electric panels and water line entrance. Turn the corner and we have the poker table and the in-wall 65 gallon saltwater fish tank.
We were contemplating for awhile what color we wanted to paint the bathroom. One day we were at Lowes, seen this red on a color card and splurged with a gallon. It turned out great with the dark bronze fixtures, the custom pallet wall and tile flooring.
When we purchased this sectional from Weekends Only, we were under the impression that only 2 of the seats reclined. One day my niece was over playing the X Box with my son...they came running upstairs saying, "Did you know we have 3 recliners?" My first reaction, "what did you guys break?"..Come to find out there are actually 3 reclining seats!! So that's why my end was so heavy when my neighbor and myself hauled these down the stairs. The living room has the sectional to enjoy the X Box One and Amazon Firestick. A Denon receiver, Sony towers, center and sub woofer give an awesome gaming experience.
Now we come to the 3 slate pool table which was given to me from a female co-worker who's ex husband had it in their basement. She decided she would rather have a treadmill so asked me if I wanted it for free if I came and took it apart. Gotta love a deal from a mad ex wife!! Also have the in-wall movie/snack shelving along with a Great Northern popcorn machine which sits by the theater entrance. The opposite side of the door is the ticket booth that seconds as access to the furnace air filter and the back of the media rack. I still need to install a black curtain behind the usher and I'd like to get a custom illuminated sign for the theater to put next to her.
I hope you enjoy my theater build and look forward to any suggestions you guys may have. Post #2
is the most current up to date status of the build