Edit: Room is 95% Done.
Editing to add some before and after photos....Build Log from the start continues below :
Also....to answer a common question, The Pit is my wife's name for the room as in...
"Are you going to spend another night down there working in that Pit ?"
Construction has started in our Home Theater Project. We are building a dedicated theater in an unfinished part of our basement. Half of the basement is already finished and will be converted into a toy room for the kids. Therefore, the stairs, bathroom, etc are already in place so construction will consist of building just the theater and bar/concession area. The unfinished part of the basement (37 X 13) currently opens into two additional rooms. The first room is 10X12 that sits under our sun room. This room will serve as the equipment room. The second room is 12X18 utility room and contains the furnace and hot water heater. This room will also serve as storage. We will be adding a new door into the utility room so it can be accessed without going through the theater.
We moved into this house in October of 2004, and I have reading the forum and planning this Home Theater since about then. Much thanks to all of the forum members who have posted and/or answered my questions on design, construction, etc. I hope to be able to do the same for other members as well from what I learn on this project.
The layout I designed for the theater can be seen below (minus the bar/concession area). The layout was basically dictated by the 3 foundation walls and the other finished part of the basement. This left a 37X13 space to work with. The entry into the theater will consist of a 8X12 bar/concession area that will open into the 29X13 Home Theater.
Additional Inspiriation for the theater layout and column design was taken from Francis Ford Coppola's home theater that can be seen pictured here:http://www.stevecaseydesign.com/dlahd2ksys.pdf
This add was actually in an old Home Theater magazine that I cut out and saved.
Home Theater Specs: 29X13 Dedicated Front Projection Home Theater with finished dimensions of approx 28.5 X 12.5. Sound control will be addressed with RSIC clips for the side wall framing (DC04) and for the ceiling (DC01), double layer 5/8 drywall and green glue on walls and ceiling. The acoustical treatment will consist of the standard linacoustic/batting covered with GOM.
Other Specs (Original from 1/06) :
Audio: 7.1 System (Paradigm Studio 100's)
(currently using Sanyo Z2)
Screen: Carada 110" diag Brilliant White.
Light Control: (X-10 system. 3 zones (2 for recessed, 1 for wall sconces)
Seating: 2 rows of 3 Berkline 90's w/ auto recline and bass shakers
Riser: Riser for 2nd Row of seats. Height 14in.
Stage: Stage and proscenium. Paradigm 100's will be behind Proscenium.
PreAmp/Amp: Fosgate Audionics FAP-T1+/Sherbourn 7/2100A
DVD: HTPC (already built) with MCE 2005 and My Movies for ripped DVD collection
TIVO: HD Tivo + MCE's HD ability.
Multichannel Audio: Pioneer Elite 59avi.
Here is the design and layout for the theater:
The biggest obstacle in the project was the HVAC ductwork (and returns) that ran through the basement. To tackle this, we had the ductwork re-routed and moved to the side wall. We will cover the trunk in a soffit, and build a matching one on the other side. There is also a support beam that runs across the room (towards the rear) We will build a soffit around this as well, and connect it to side soffits. Once the stage is completed, we will finish the soffits to a complete square and add a few recessed lights for the stage.
In the location that the HVAC trunk ran under the suport beam, we are going to build a small bookcase. I'm hoping that once the soffits and bookcase are completd, it will look like we designed the room that way, and you won't be able to tell we hid the HVAC trunk inside. Here are pics of the re-routed HVAC trunk and place where it goes under the support beam: