Index to this thread- Installing a new window well with large windows in the basement- Building a mount for a heavy projector into the framing before drywall goes up- Installing a new steel I beam and moving a support post to widen the theater- Drywall complete and theater renders- Building 2 8 foot long DIY subs with 2 x 15" drivers each- Stage and risors framed. subwoofer is behind stage on the concrete so no sand.- Equipment room (man cave) completed- My plan for DIY speakers for the LCR- Cherry wood soffits ready for stain- DIY speaker pics and first test of the sub- DIY CH Masking system- The Home Office Project that got in the way of the theater- Cherry Columns- Lighted Marquee over Entrance- Furring and Treatments- Wood Stained pictures: No GOM yet- Stained and GOM up- Carpet Installed- 3rd row lighted counter- Berkline 12000 seats installed- Some things i have learned doing this project- The Office Part II- NEW 5/1/10 - Room TuningThe Boring backstory
i did a nice 17' x 17' theater in my old house. a couple years ago we had a significant medical crisis in the family and that really got us thinking about our priorities in life. after that we decided to sell the house we had built and buy something more modest. we call the house big red because it is covered in tacky red vinyl. we are thrilled to be here and feel blessed to have our kids in such a great neighborhood full of families with kids.
when we the made the decision described above i made sure my wife understood that doing this move would involve "a few consumer electronics purchases"
. now it is time to do the theater and i am excited.The widening the span in the basement
we have a typical midwestern basement with 9' ceilings and a steel column every 15'. after looking at a few of the larger theaters here (i really like the feel of art's) i decided that we would first increase the span of the theater by moving one of our steel columns. i have another thread on that but we had an engineer and our contractor work together and plan to add a 22' 8" x 31lb steel beam along side of the one that runs down the center of the house and with proper footer and posts we can have a 21' span between posts.
the other change we plan to make is to add a 15' x 8' window well to bring daylight into the basement. big cheap vinyl houses aren't typically walkouts like our old house was
we plan to use this new window opening to load the new steel beam into the basement.The Theater Plan
The theater will 21' x 27' inside. the front of the theater height will be set by the underside of the steel beam which is 8'. the back half of the room will be at 9'. i plan to do a starfield ceiling using the technique that sandman used. other facts:
- 3 rows of seating
- 3rd row will be a counter set at 28" table height with 4 conference room chairs and gooseneck lights on the countertop.
- plan to do a 12 1/2' wide CH screen
- i have a infocus 777 (333) that will be driven by a lumagen hdq and a panamorph.
- i plan to use an outlaw audio preamp.
- i am undecided on speakers but klipsh is a candidate.
- i am undecided on seating but am beginning the investigation.
- there will be a dedicated 15' x 6' projection booth behind the theater. i plan to have a glass window looking in from the hall and now that i see how cool this 777 looks i think i might throw an accent light on it.
the contractors started today. i am having them do the steelwork, mechanicals, framing, basic electrical and drywall. i will do trim and paint. to finsih the basement, add the steel beam, excavate and add the windows, framing, drywall and electrical the contractor we chose will charge use about $35000 (1800 sqft of finished space).
enough for now. thanks to all who have helped me along the way. i will try to keep this thread current with pictures.
I pic near completion