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post #31 of 1641 Old 02-01-2007, 06:39 AM
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Hey Big,

Are you sure this is not your full time job? I know most contractors would charge crazy money for that kind of work. Can't wait to see the finishe product.

Keep up great work.
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Are you sure this is not your full time job? I know most contractors would charge crazy money for that kind of work.
Keep up great work.

Thanks everyone for the kind words. It keeps me motivated to finish.

JB, If I charged by the job I'd be making less than minimum wage. If I charged by the hour, my theater would cost more than the house is worth. So, I guess I'm doomed to consider it a hobby.
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Ok, here is the back of the napkin plan for the back bar.

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Big your a good artist and craftsman. Nice to see talent at work.
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BigMouthinDC,

That room is amazing. I have actually been looking at stages to use to copy a bit for my HT project and I keep coming back to the elegant, clean, and modern look of your stage. I actually live in MD probably about an hour from you. Is there any way you could help me adapt your design slightly for my room design? My room is not fully symetrical and I have only 89" to the ceiling, but I like the black fabric coated round projection at the ceiling and the simple black fabric background. Is that constructed with a false wall in the front to get the center channel under the screen and L/R speakers to the side? Is there other posts with the details of the stage area construction? Any help greatly appreciated.
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BigMouthinDC,

Is that constructed with a false wall in the front to get the center channel under the screen and L/R speakers to the side? Is there other posts with the details of the stage area construction? Any help greatly appreciated.

Yes, the Black area are all fabric panels that hide all the speakers. They make up a false wall that fill in the space between the two columns I created. My room isn't symmetrical either and I will post a few construction pics later today for you.

If you want, why don't you start a thread "help me design my stage" post a picture of the space and I'll comment, Maybe sketch something as well. I'm sure others will contribute.
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Man that is a good idea. I really want to see if I can adapt your design to fit my space. I would not be able to do the ceiling trim that you did in white, but maybe some others might have a few good additions. To start here is my drawing of the basement and theater room. The issue is that I need to leave 36" walkway to the left of the Theater seats and that is setting the centerline of the screen. It then leaves more room to the left than I want to take up to the right into the wetbar area. I also plan to build a little wall to finish the end of the stage on the right side. I am also struggling with where to start columns with sconces in the room and how many to install. I will try to start a thread tonight when I get home. I should add that the dashed lines to the right of the theater room is a small soffit that we are going to make simply to allow me to paint the theater room ceiling black without while leaving the rest of the basement celing a different color, so it can be moved. Also the dashed lines directly over the theater seats is the soffit that boxes around the HVAC ducts.

Thanks again for any help.

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Bigmouth,

I've had a tough time finding carpet like yours in this area. I'm moving to a new home in July and want to have a patterned carpet in my room. I really like the one you have. Who makes it and where did you get it? My media room is being finished by the builder. I just didn't have any carpet choices close to that one. I had to go with basic carpet and will want to change it out to something closer to yours.

I love your room btw. It definitely has more then a few elements of my dream theater in it. I especially love the color scheme and the lettering over the bar. Very nice!!
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Carpet:

Masland Carpet, Pattern: Quadrate

I still haven't installed it, wanted to finish the back end, but I'm getting close.
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I find it hard to believe that so many months have passed, time for an update.
I got the ceiling reworked, back wall of cabinets in, Marquee built, Signage Complete..

Today:

Big,

Where did you find the rounded light strip for your signage on the soffit/marquee?

I hate to do this but I really must borrow this idea for our game room area.

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Big,

Where did you find the rounded light strip for your signage on the soffit/marquee?

I hate to do this but I really must borrow this idea for our game room area.

Please borrow away, one day I'll call in a favor.

I got it at IKEA!!

Detals and pics of my approach here:
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Yeah I am going to spend the weekend in my basement pretending its yours.

I thought I had done so well until I see what my place should have looked like.

Beautiful work. BEAUTIFUL.
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Thanks,

Here we are today:

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drool.

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Hey Big!
So you went with metal studs for part of the bar. Any particular reason?
Also, why the intermediate 2x4 between some of the metal studs?
I'm planning my bar outside the theater itself, but like your plan.

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So you went with metal studs for part of the bar. Any particular reason?
Also, why the intermediate 2x4 between some of the metal studs?
Paul

Thanks for the feedback

On the metal studs I had good luck using the FlexC track to form the curve for the soffit and I just used them because I knew they would be straight and stay straight. I also got a heavier gauge then the HD brand.

Here is some more on the soffit and creating the curve:
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As for the wood I'm planning on a foot-rail and those 4 locations are where I'm planning on attaching the brackets.



Tomorrow I'm going to start putting on a skin. I have some 11/32 plywood and I'm going to put on 2 layers glued together. Then I'm going to form a smaller panel on the front (again 2 layers) then take that layer to a commercial upholstery shop to have then put on a diamond tufted pattern.

I'm a little concerned that the plywood may be too stiff and I might have to go thinner (3 layers) or get some of the specialty bendable materials instead.
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Paul a couple more details FYI



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Big,

You may have answered this already, but where did you get your lettering from? Is it made of stainless, aluminum, or something else?

Thanks,
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One last update:

I've revised my plan a bit. The end panels are going to look like the front of my Berkline 099s. The bar front will have a diamond tufted panel like the booth below.

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I've been out a few months due to back surgery. First chance to check up on things and I had to see what you have been up to.

Your work is looking incredible, no surprise there!

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Neb: sorry to hear that you were in for repairs.

Recently, I had carpet installed and it cost me an arm and a leg.

I'm planning on waiting until the room is done and furnished and I'll post a Recap Thread of all the details. But right now you wouldn't believe it, but Masland carpet shipped a piece with a big flaw right in the middle of the room.

They had to send out an inspector they just couldn't believe that something sneaked out of the factory with all their quality controls. The verdict is they are replacing the carpet.

Couple shots of the carpet






Shots of the oops. There should be a loop pile square instead of the cut pile in the middle:




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What color is your carpet? It looks like 3 different colors in those 3 different pictures.

We put Masland in our room as well. We went with the Rhumba pattern, which I think you were looking at way back when. It turned out quite nice, but did cost a bit.

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Big,

Even with the flaw the carpeting really makes the room. Great work!

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It's Quadrate pattern, Union Square color.

It's basically a one color grey yarn but looks different depending on whether it's cut pile or loop. It's also different shading depending on which direction you stand. The first two pics are the closest less a little of the yellow cast form the lights.

I goosed the last two pics to exaggerate the problem area.
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Big -

I know you have a keen eye, but who REALLY spotted that flaw? I know MY wife would have spotted that thing while it was still rolled up on the truck!

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Big -
I know you have a keen eye, but who REALLY spotted that flaw?
Tom

It was me. As the carpet went down I noticed something. At first I thought it as a crush mark and would spring up. Toward the end of the day when all the scraps were picked up an the carpet was vacuumed it was pretty noticeable.

During the final walk around I pointed it out to the 2 guys (who at by that time had worked 11 hours none stop, complaining about my stage) they said "don't worry it's just a crush mark".

I told my wife that I thought the carpet had a flaw and she spotted it in about 5 seconds.

After they left I got out a work light and got on my hands and knees and could pretty much tell what the problem was. The manager came by the next business day and was expecting to just fluff it up with some cleaner and couldn't believe it.

He e-mailed my pictures to the company and they couldn't believe it. They hired some independent "inspector" from West Va to drive over and inspect it. That was a full day round trip for him (cha ching!). He showed up with his wife who had a great interest in how to do the Linacoustic walls, He had a dinky little pocket digital camera and he snapped a shot.

His conclusion was that at the mill something got behind the carpet raising it up and that section got sheared.

So the replacement carpet is on it's way. The two poor guys who layed it, get to do it all over. Luckily the don't need to do the stairs, riser or stage.
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OK, things are moving along so I thought I'd put up a few more pics before my grand finale.

I'm big into the theory of first impressions and here is a shot coming down the stairs to my space:



Still need to skin the bar, add the stainless steel foot rail, counter tops, tile the back-splash, get the blackout shade in, furniture and poster frames.

And now a bunch of other shots:









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Absolutely fantastic.

If you're not the envy of the neighborhood, you soon will be.
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Thanks for the feedback.

Funny thing. Next door there is a kid who on the way home from the theater last week asked his parents "When do you think the Arbor Oak Cinema will open?". I think I'll be a bigger hit with the kids.

I'm planning on making sure I have an appropriate DVD on hand for next years first Snow Day.
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Absoultly stunning and having seen the space before these latest updates I can only think how better it is in real life.

Great job - truly one of the best on the forum.

I'm on my 3rd house 1st HT so I got 2 more houses to be able master my skills

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