I have procrastinated waaay too long in starting this thread. We started this project well over a year ago. It began w/ us just wanting to finish the basement, and me wanting a media room to hang a front projector. As we went along, it turned more and more into a dedicated room.
We paid someone to finish the basement, since my DIY skills pretty much involved knowing how to sign a check. During the build out, I hung out on these forums way too much, and started stressing about how to do things right. The DIY kicked in when it came time to do the low voltage wiring. It took me forever, but that started me off with the desire to do more and more things myself.
The design was done "ready, fire, aim style". If I had to do it all over again, I would have done it a lot different. There were many mistakes made, but I did a lot of things right. The smartest move was in hiring bpape out to do the acoustical design before sheetrock went up.
I'll throw in more information as this thread grows. Right now, the room is technically finished (i.e. inspection is complete, and the room is useable), but I still have the acoustical treatments to build and integrate into the room, and I want it done in a way that is going to make the room look more like a real HT instead of a media room.
My current bland state from the rear of the room:
Shot of the side wall:
Shot of the back:
Currently we just have one row of three seats. Due to the double doors (bad design) and the equipment closet being located in the room(more bad design), there isn't a whole lot of room left for another row. I think for now we are just going to get a bar height table, and a couple of bar chairs to put in the rear of the room. We also plan on throwing a couple of bean bags in the front.
The front wall is going to 6" of OC703 everywhere the screen is not. So the screen will get put into a shadow box. I'll likely use black GOM or Dazian cloth for the screen wall.
The part I am trying to figure out now, is how to make the side walls look nicer. We were originally going to just make simple 2'x4' acoustical panels wrapped in fabric, and hang them on the walls like pictures, but I am now more motivated to do go for a more finished look.
I am thinking about putting in columns where the sconces are. Those sconces are 14" wide, and that looks roughly the width I would want the columns. We'll replace those sconces with something narrower or potentially use some glass or something in part of the column and turn the column into a big light fixture. We have a wetbar outside of the theater room, and I was thinking of making the columns match that color.
Wet bar on the other side of the room:
We may want to end up replacing the trim with something in the same color as well.
If we go with the columns, I am not sure what to do in between them as far as the panels go. I need to draw something up to give some of my current thoughts, but I am thinking some panels like the ones used by GPowers, or perhaps doing different sized ones like you see in Sandman's theater.
In the past I was too shy to ask, so I am starting this thread now, to hopefully get this phase of the HT done right. So any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, direction would be helpful ;-)
Also, if you have any questions on the details of the construction/equipment or whatever, I'll be happy to answer.