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More pics and renders.

Last night a installed more soffits but couldn't work too long due to valentines dinner plans.

Here is the latest progress picture.



Today I experimented with the google program sketch-up and came up with a quick front and back render of the room.





They are crude but give an idea of the concept. I think I am going to integrate the MAME machine into the Plasma/LCD wall.



The wife named the bar/game room area "The Rusty Anchor" in keeping with the Nautical theme we have at our house. I am heading over to Ikea tonight to try and find the curved light like BigMouthinDC has for his letters on the soffit.


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The Rusty Anchor.... I like that. Is that the name of ship or a bar you've been to in Savannah?

A ship name would be cool, I've seen some good ones like:

Stiff Ripples
Sea Mo' Butt
Smells Like Fish
Sea Hagg
Sea My Johnson
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LOL!

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Bud - have another beer..... Sea my Johnson????

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Bud - have another beer..... Sea my Johnson????

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Reminds me of the urban legend that went around about a British childrens show called Captain Pugwash that had characters called Master Bates, Seaman Staines, and Roger the Cabin Boy (it didn't but many people believe it did).

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I updated the renders above to better reflect the room colors and changed to a rounded soffit design.

This weekend I should be able to get all of the soffit and columns completed.

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Here is another option that I am considering for the MAME machine. This probably will not fly due to the imbalance it creates on the wall.


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Here is another option that I am considering for the MAME machine. This probably will not fly due to the imbalance it creates on the wall.


Have you considered going with a 21st century looking MAME machine?

32" flat panel hung on the wall and wall mounted shelf with the MAME controller built in. This would have limited obtrusion into the room but still keep the same gaming experience (minus the cabinet of course). AND -- it might pass the WAF test

As for the PC, just go with a mini-case design (like one the size of a Mac-mini but the PC equivalent - Shuttle, AOpen or even a real Mac-Mini running bootcamp) depending on what is on the other side of that wall, put it there get a VGA extender and put the PC in the bar area to the left.

Just some food for thought
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Steve, those are some sweet ideas. I may have to incorporate a few of those. Even if you don't want the shelf, you could place it on a table, and just have a port near by to plug into, when not playing, you can hide it away in a cupboard.

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Steve, those are some sweet ideas. I may have to incorporate a few of those. Even if you don't want the shelf, you could place it on a table, and just have a port near by to plug into, when not playing, you can hide it away in a cupboard.


hmmm....definately some great ideas...

I am going to go down to work on the basement now and will think about those for a while.

Steve - I am absolutely going with that x-arcade controller.

PM me your address. I have something to send you on Monday.

Thanks guys.

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Jason,
Great looking place, after so much work to get a quality product at least look into the quality you can get by building your own controls for your mame machine. Check out the Build your own arcade controls forum. You can get better components than the ones in the X-arcade and build yourself a custom control panel that maybe mounts to the wall with a hanger system or something. It's at least worth looking into. I just ordered some controls yesterday and I am going to make a control panel for mame and then maybe build a whole cabinet later.

Good work, and good luck on the future projects,
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Great pics. Plenty of inspiration here on the site.

Regarding the Mame controller, Check out SlikStik website. They make a sweet controller deck. Great unit, complete with drivers required to config your system.

I had them custom build a Quad or four player unit for me.

Can't post pics yet. Need 4 more posts before it will lift the restriction.
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Jason,
very nice design for your bar area - I like it!

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@BFauska - I will definitely have to look into that. Are you going to post pictures of your progress? I would like to see your build if so. Thanks man.

@wuudogg - will do. Welcome to the forum.

@Zinema - Thanks Mike! I will have pictures tomorrow.

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Got a lot done on Saturday but not so much done on Sunday. Busy weekend so I will have to post updated pictures tomorrow.

Tonight I just have to attach the rounded soffit to the ceiling and begin running power wire for the LED lights.

I got the LED lights that BigMouthinDC found at Ikea. They were on clearance so I picked up 2 boxes. They were on sale for $19.99 each.

Status:
- all soffits are built and installed (minus the rounded soffit which goes in tonight)
- bar has b-board (wainscoting) installed

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Just finished installing the rounded front soffit. You can't really tell from the photo but the soffit is nicely rounded.

Tomorrow - I will begin to install my pvc moulding that will hold the LED lights in front of the soffit and put in all the new can lights around the soffit. I may even get to the pendant lights (maybe).


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Think you'll put a sink in? I think you can do it by putting a pump in your workshop and tying into the other waste pipes. You wouldn't need to put it in the floor either. Instant wet bar!

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That has been the debate lately. To sink or not to sink.

I am still don't know if we would use it enough to justify putting in all the extra time to include it. I do have a spot picked out for it in the event I decide to put it in...just still don't know.

Most of the peeps I know that have a sink in the basement use it mostly to empty out cups/cans. If that is the case then I have the bathroom sink right around the corner for that.

Anybody have thoughts on this? I am definitely not putting in a dishwasher but will most likely hook up the ice maker on the fridge.

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That has been the debate lately. To sink or not to sink.

I am still don't know if we would use it enough to justify putting in all the extra time to include it. I do have a spot picked out for it in the event I decide to put it in...just still don't know.

Most of the peeps I know that have a sink in the basement use it mostly to empty out cups/cans. If that is the case then I have the bathroom sink right around the corner for that.

Anybody have thoughts on this? I am definitely not putting in a dishwasher but will most likely hook up the ice maker on the fridge.

I sunk. ;-)

Use it alot:

- Rinse off utensils after slicing limes for Coronas
- Cleanup after making drinks with fresh fruit
- Useful for having a sponge/rag to wipe down bar
- Rinse out blender container between making different drink types
- The occasional recipe that calls for some water
- Hand washing after handling liquids/juices and getting sticky
- Rinsing out the jigger and shaker between drink recipes
- Simply a place to pour out the leftover ice-melt from a glass when somebody wants a refill
- etc..


And the icemaker on the fridge is a MUST....

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I sunk. ;-)

Use it alot:

- Rinse off utensils after slicing limes for Coronas
- Cleanup after making drinks with fresh fruit
- Useful for having a sponge/rag to wipe down bar
- Rinse out blender container between making different drink types
- The occasional recipe that calls for some water
- Hand washing after handling liquids/juices and getting sticky
- Rinsing out the jigger and shaker between drink recipes
- Simply a place to pour out the leftover ice-melt from a glass when somebody wants a refill
- etc..


And the icemaker on the fridge is a MUST....

-- HIJACK ALERT --

Steve,

Did you ever consider putting a garbage disposal in as well? I'm not sure one is ever really needed but wanted to ask.
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Interesting comment Steve. Since I have a disposer upstairs and not in the bar, I have to watch what I put in the sink. After the (not so) Super Bowl party, I also put scraps from plates down the sink like 10 times. I should have put one in just for that reason.

Jason, really consider it, you won't regret having it later, but you might regret not having it.

I use it for all those half drunk beers I never finish ..... oh, wait, that was the nightmare I had last night ....

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Good feedback. I will run it through the WAF machine. I installed my PVC moulding on the ceiling in front of the rounded soffit and got the LED lights installed. I should have all of the new can lights and pendants installed and powered up by tonight. Pics tomorrow.

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-- HIJACK ALERT --

Steve,

Did you ever consider putting a garbage disposal in as well? I'm not sure one is ever really needed but wanted to ask.

I did, but it never really happened. I've not really needed it thus far, as most of my prep/waste down inthe bar is liquid. Sure wuuldn't hurt tho.

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Small update. Last night the wifes new kitchen curtain rods/curtains came in so I had less time in the game room than expected. I did manage to cut in the round electrical boxes and hang both new pendant lights. I am pleased with the look but do need to adjust the right light a little bit tonight when I get home. It is about 1/4" higher than the left light.

I decided to mount them behind the soffit. They look better in person than in my picture but it will give you an idea.


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We have bushed nickel throughout the entire house so I choose to use a 3" brushed nickel can lights to spruce up the new kitchenette area.

Here is what I will hopefully get to hang up tonight:



The cool thing about these lights is that the light lens can be aimed.

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Ok - Here is a picture of the curved LED light strip that has about a 99% chance of being removed tonight when I get home.

The wife hates it and says the light looks like a grow light.

She also thinks that due to the fact that the register is in the way and that I have the cap between the light and soffit that it just doesn't look good. I actually think I agree with her but I wanted to add this so bad after seeing how cool it looked in BigMouthinDC's basement.

So - I am now thinking that I will mount 2 of the Nickel can lights in front of the soffit and just aim the lens of each towards the soffit. Should look better and still allow me to put up the letters and name the space.

Any thoughts, opinions or suggestions?


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Sorry, my design is not working for you. I do notice a couple of things. First I don't think it's long enough for the amount of signage you showed in your sketch. and second I don't think you angled the LEDs down enough to put the sweet spot in the middle of the soffit which might have taken a little off that cap.

Another thing to consider is the final colors that you plan for the soffit and letters. I'm using a blue/grey/graphite scheme with silver/steel metallic accents and that color LED works for us. I actually tried some xenon bulbs in miniature 12v fixtures and the yellowish cast makes the graphite look like brown mud.

So, if it's any consolation my light stript is the second iteration. The first system, I put up we hated too.
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Yeah - me too. I really like it but agree it is definitely not long enough. That damn vent is the reason for that. I still may figure a way to salvage it but if not, my back-up plan is to use the lights in the future concession cabinet that will be placed on the right wall. The lights will match the salt water fish tank nicely.

Or - maybe I can talk the wife into moving...hmmm...I do have a lot of cool ideas for my next theater and game room. #1 being a bigger space.

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Or - maybe I can talk the wife into moving...hmmm...I do have a lot of cool ideas for my next theater and game room. #1 being a bigger space.

Come on Jason, finish this one first!

I agree that 2 or 3 can lights in front of the soffit aimed towards it will look better imo.

Looking good so far!

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