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I've begun! This is my second go around and I'm sure I learned a ton from prior mistakes. Plus, starting with a new house that has square walls made of concrete should help. Still, though, I thought it prudent to hire a designer so I'd have a good foundation. Mark Ye of DCP created the plans for the theater portion of the basement and I'm anxious to see it come together. I'm sure he and Dennis will cringe as I make modifications to their plans in the interest of cost. I'm going to do my best to limit the cost savings to the equipment and not the room!

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I've started framing tonight and got a couple walls done before I ran out of lumber. The rest is being delivered tomorrow and I'll start photos then.

I will be doing most of the work except the plumbing (because I just don't like it). The theater will feature a 136" wide 2.35:1 screen. I'll get more details on equipment, etc as the thread progresses. Thanks to everyone on the forum for all their support and advice. I'm sure I'll have 100 more questions as things move along...

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Fantastic....

Looking forward to watching this build come together

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looks interesting. Can't wait to see some progress.


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I agree. A nice, big 136" scope screen would look fantastic. Just look at Art's big scope setup. Looking forward to seeing this one build out.

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I only hope mine will be a fraction of what Art's turned out to be but thanks for the encouragement.

I removed the top-down elevation at the request of DCP. Although I had express and written permission to post it, they changed their mind and asked me to remove it.

I'll try to get reacquainted with sketchup and do a rough drawing if I have time.

I just hauled 200+ pieces of dimensional lumber into the basement by myself and I have to say that I don't think I'm up for much more work tonight. I'll post some pics in a week or so when I've made substantial progress.
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I really am going to get some photos up soon!!

In the meantime, I got a quote for drywall. The quote is $5800. That includes labor and all materials except RSIC clips and green glue (about $2500 more that I will pay directly).

The total area is 600 sq. ft of theater with 9 ft ceiling and a 500 sq. ft bar and bathroom with 9' ceilings. They will only be mudding the upper 2/3 of the bar walls as I will be wainscoting the lower 1/3 and tiling the ceiling with faux tin.
Drywall in the theater is double layers of 5/8" with no mud.

I'm not sure of the total number of sheets, but I calculate ~150.

It seemed very reasonable to me given that 5/8" 9' sheets of drywall are $11 or more and 1/2" 9' sheets are $10 or more.

Anyone got an opinion as to whether that's high or low? I'm getting another bid or two, but I really liked this guy and he was very knowledgeable...
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DCP no longer exists.

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DCP no longer exists.

I was going to call in a couple weeks to talk about having you do plans......

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Great than no one to sue me if I post those pdfs... =)
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DCP no longer exists; however, The Erskine Group (PM me) is razor focused on plans, acoustics, design and build. Same me. Less, ahem, hassle.

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Here's a few shots so far:

Cuezze Theater Site

I'm finally in a position (financially and time-wise) to make some real progress. Things should start to come together quickly over the next 2-3 months!
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I did the radii last week. I decided to kerf 2x for the stage and the riser. That was a huge pain but it worked well. I'm not sure if there was any advantage to just using hardboard but that's what the plans called for!

I Started decking the first level riser tonight. I decided to use 3/4 over 3/4 rather than 3/4 over 1/2 over 3/4. But, as a twist, I used my extra green glue between layers (1 tube/sheet). I hope it works. There was no way to high-mount by cold air returns so I had to run them through two cavities in the riser. I hope this ends up alright.

FWIW, Lowes had in-home delivery of the 3/4 cdx for $2.00 per sheet. They carried it up 5 stairs and down one flight and placed it in the theater. That was money well spent. I'm gonna ask a couple of teenagers in the neighborhood to lug down the 4000 lbs of sand coming next week. I'll try to have more picks soon, but I'm tired

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