The theater is fully functional at this point. Still todo:
- bass trap over door
- wall panels
All right, I've been lurking since January and absorbing ideas and inspiration. Now it's time to start my thread. I've been working on the room for 5 months now, so it'll take me a few posts to bring things up to date. I've been snapping pics the whole time.
I want to thank everyone with a 'my home theater build' thread (Sandman, Swithey, etc. More than I can remember or name). Watching you all try different ideas and make mistakes and fix them has made the whole thing a lot less intimidating.
My HT is a conversion of an existing 16x21' 10' ceiling media room put in by the previous owner. That has huge advantages in this case. While I really don't like what he ended up with, and the finish build quality was low everywhere an inspector or the homeowner wouldn't think to look, the structure was a great starting point. The room was built into attic space reserved for a 'future room'. The floor of this room rides on long 2x8's that are suspended about 4" above the 2x6 ceiling of the rooms below. The ceiling of the rooms below (master closet and laundry room) have the original blown in insulation, and the floor has R30 pink stuff between the joists. So the floor isolation is pretty good.
2+ sides of room (screen wall, right wall, and part of the left wall) face open attic that I have good access to. The back of the left wall is a double wall with a guest bathroom (2x4, 4" space, 2x4, both wall insulated now), and the back wall has 19" of space to the guest bedroom behind (both walls insulated). The right side has the roof leaning in from about the middle of the theater back, starting at about 5' and sloping up to the ceiling. The right rear has a wierd little alcove kicked out with a low ceiling as the roof slopes down.
So, it is pretty well isolated to begin with. Unfortunately, it was divided into TWO ROOMS! Rather than a nice home theater, they had a weird shaped little TV room (with the TV in the corner and speakers in alcoves high in the wall) and a weird little closet room with a big skylight. Sketch and pictures:
From the door towards the TV corner. The new screen will be to the left of the TV, the TV corner squared off.
Front of the room looking back at the door to the weird room.
Interior of the weird room:
Since I moved into this house 2 years ago, I've had my eye on this room. My wife finally got comfortable with the idea over Christmas. In January, I got an architect to verify that the wall wasn't structural, got some permits, and pulled out the sawzall!
I had a general plan to rip out that closet room, match the complex ceiling work, and put in a home theater, but no specifics. It's been evolving since then while I destroyed things.
The general plan, as it stands today:
- 16x21' room (screen to back wall), with 2'+ of space for speakers/bass traps behind the screen wall.
- better isolation: double drywall/GG on all the walls, another layer of 3/4" OSB with GG on the floor, better door.
- 11' wide 2.35:1 AT SMX screen. (I'll likely project a 16x9 100" wide picture to begin with)
- 1080p <$7k projector (RS1?)
- 2 rows of 4 recliners (Berkline 088? Comparable individual recliners?), second row on a riser.
- Stage in front of the screen for the kids (4 and 6) to perform on.
- 7.2 audio. Looking at HSU subs right now, and considering DIY speakers.
More to come.