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post #1 of 443 Old 05-24-2007, 04:21 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok guys.

I'll skip the drama, and start over.

I started in May of '07 in building a garage on my lot next to my house.

Originally I wanted to put in a second story for some office space, theater room etc. The city nazis put an end to that with their height restrictions, so I decided to do the next best thing, build down.

One of the main benefits of this, at least from a HT perspective is I got a theater room that is actually UNDER the driveway. Meaning that all walls, floors, ceilings (except one wall) are concrete.

Just a warning, I didn't take the time to just put in the theater pics here, so you will have to endure the pictures of the entire project

First, we started by clearing out the RV pad that ran along the side of the house.



Then start digging a big hole







Here you can see the tunnel to the main house



AH! Found the gas line.. I'm sure this whole project is OSHA approved.



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Wow, that's insane... I am going to have to keep my eye on this thread! Keep us posted as it goes. I somehow think this will be a long one.... Do you plan on building the HT space yourself once the major construction is done? Have any plans you can share?
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Can't find the pic with all the forms built up, it was a huge mess, here's the final foundation.



After a 2.5 month wait, we finally get steel delivered.





(I'm skipping all the drama here, and we were out of town for two weeks when the B-decking went down over the beams, and the rebar reinforced concrete was poured over the beams)

Framing





Ah yes.. the drama with the power. We had to completely destroy the front yard to run 400 amp service to the house, and then across the yard again to the garage. (wife was thrilled)

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It's definitely a good size.... You'll probably get some "sound" advice from the acoustic people on your dimmensions, but right now I'm off to buy shares in Green Glue!!! You're going to need a lot! :-)
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Boy you just can't trust those Utah gophers can ya!

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Being surrounded in concrete, under a garage, I don't think you will need GG.
Where in utah are you? Out around Rosecrest? I live in West Valley. I'll be following this thread.
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This is the way to do a theater! I look forward to your construction thread. How much into sound are you? Have you thought about speakers and subwoofers yet?
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Getting a new driveway poured...



Inside garage sheetrock pics



Workbench area, wired for TV in the corner



Some of the work being done in the theater room (under the driveway)




Fast Forward.. here's how everything looks today.. all these were taken this afternoon

Out front



Side door.

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Oh. I was trying to guess by the mountains. looks like a nice area.
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Wow makes my 25 by 55 by 11 feet deep hole in the back yard for my future theater seem small. I will defiantly follow you progress. It sound like we are on the same time table.

Good luck.
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Another Utah theater boy here -- holy cow, I joked with my wife that I was going to add a bunker (HT) to our house someday. You went out and did it!!! Sweet.

And, Ryan-T, I don't have any pics, but I'm just above Rosecrest in Herriman. We have a great view of another hole that's almost but not quite as big as utah997's -- it's called the Bingham Copper Pit! LOL!


(P.S. For those not familiar with Utah, the Bingham Copper Pit is the largest open copper pit in the world -- and completely dominates the western mountains in the Salt Lake Valley....it's massive.)

Utah997, are you only going to have access to the theater from the hallway to the basement of your house, or can you get there from the detached garage, too?

Good luck. This should be awesome! I'll be following (and coveting)
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The things people will do just to have a dedicated theater!


Awesome.....just awesome.
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Inside, paint job just finished...



Mofo t-5 lights man, way small but we have 7 banks of the six lights in there, it's like a freakin' operating room man.. very bright



Workbench area



Heater for the 5 degree days in Utah man



And now.. downstairs in the "bunker" area, this is the door in the garage just to the right of the workbench area that leads downstairs. This is the door that I wanted to put a coke machine in front of.



Down the staircase...



A pic of the main area directly under the garage, all set up to be a home gym.



A shot to the left, room on the right is the office, on the left is a bathroom.



A look down the hall to the home theater room



Inside the theater

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You guys make ME look insane... which is actually an accomplishment. I'm jealous.

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Cool deal. You should be able to have a lot of fun dressing up the hallway leading to the theater. The trend here (and I'm sure everywhere) is to do the suspended slab in the main garage so you can have access to underneath for either theater, storage, gym, money vault, etc.

When we were building two years ago, I found out that that was possible about a week too late. Oh well. I was way over budget anyway. I am jealous that you won't have to worry about any noise issues and you'll have amazing space to work with.
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All the mofo home automation wiring. I seriously don't even know what half of it is for..



Storage room



From the main house, looking down the secret tunnel



Around the corner and down into the bunker



That's it so far..

About 1,200 sq feet of garage space, and about 2,350 of space underneath.

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Great project. Following this!

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That's awesome! A secret hidden underground home theater accessible via a tunnel from your house. You should have a hidden tunnel entrance in your house behind a bookcase or something. I love it.

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And you could have it only open up when you pull ona certain book or play a certain tune on the piano. Then you could have the Mission Impossible theme playing as you run down the hallway towards the theater!! :-)
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Do you have any plans that you can post so we can get an idea of what's to come?

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You are hoping to have yours done by 2011 also?

It

It sure feels that way. We are about 3 mouth behind already and the basement is only dug. I am dreaming it will be done buy the christmas. Never happen 2012 if were lucky.
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That is so cool!

I think it is every man's dream to have a room with a secret hidden entrance. I don't care what country you're from.
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Hi Utah 997

Man, anything worth doing is worth over-doing. Big project! It should look awesome when you're done.

I think the Berklines will nicely match that bottom two feet of silt at the bottom of the hole.

Good luck !

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It sure feels that way. We are about 3 mouth behind already and the basement is only dug. I am dreaming it will be done buy the christmas. Never happen 2012 if were lucky. Here is a pic of my hole in the yard

Not to hijack the thread.. but that is freakin nuts. I hope your walls are poured by now. I wouldn't let any kids in the hole. That soil is way too sandy to be doing that.. imho.

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(we are now officially UNDER our neighbors driveway)

Seriously? Your basement is extending below the neighbor's driveway? What does he think of that?

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I'm hooked, man thats what I call demo...

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I see a hole like that and I'm thinking SHELTER.
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kids ??? I'm worried about the footer of his house giving way!

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