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post #1 of 26 Old 01-13-2008, 08:44 PM - Thread Starter
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we bought our new house in 11/06 with this room in mind as a home theater. Wife is not going to let me tear down the walls and start from scratch, so I am working with what I got. Began working on this fairly steadily over the last month.

I am going to also keep track of my spending on here as well. I don't have a specific budget in mind, but I would say my theater is going to be on the cheaper side of the average here on these boards.

I'll start with some pictures of what the room looked like when we bought it.
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Here is the room when we first bought the house. One of the pictures is from the front and the other looking to the back.


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about a week after moving in...if anyone is interested in a 51" Hitachi 51SWX20B, PM me.



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Installed Middle Atlantic rack in wall of existing closet back in February 2007. Had to reframe this portion of the wall to accomodate the rack. Also purchase some custom shelves from stayonline.com and some wiretrack channels to run cabling around the room behind the baseboards (not pictured).

Shelves - $211
Rack - $160
Wiretracks - $90

Total Paid - $461






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Perfect setup for gaming and movies. Now the tweaking begins. I know how our place looked when we first moved in bare walls no window treatments it takes a few months but you will have it deck out in know time

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So that catches us up through about Christmas, when the wife surprised me with a Mitsubishi HC1500 projector. Of course, this made me want to move a little quicker on the room and move towards a dedicated theater room. I am looking to close in the room. I will upload the plans once I get them done.

Here are some pics of the projector and the frame I built myself. When my wife found out how much the screens were she about flipped, so now I am building a diy screen. Frame is 3 1/4 x 1/2 baseboard from Home Depot. Screen size is 120". Purchased custom cut matte white da-lite material from projectorpeople.com. Haven't received this yet. Covered the existing window with some so-called black-out material, at least that's what the Jo-Ann's employee said it was. It does seem to glow a little when the sun shines through it, but the screen will be covering this, so I don't think this will be noticed.

Also had an electrician put outlet in the ceiling to accommodate the projector and began painting the back wall black.

Previous total - $461

Projector - $815 shipped
Universal ceiling mount - $115
Electrician outlet install - $150
Baseboard for screen frame - $46
Screen material - $266 shipped
Mounting hardware - $30
Ralph Lauren Bone Black paint - $28
Paint materials - $15
Velvet material - $40
Black out material - $36
Black electrical outlets $10
15" HDMI cable - $26 (monoprice)
Recessed cable outlets - $6 (monoprice)

New total - $2044

Projector mounted


Screen wrapped in velvet


Wall painted (first coat) and screen frame up against wall
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one of the main questions I have with my plans, is whether or not to build a soffit around the sides and the front of the room. my ceilings are only 8' high, so i'm concerned that the soffits will hang too low. thinking that I will just build some columns along the sides.

what do you guys think? soffit or not?
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ok, so i finished painting the corners of the wall and mounted the screen frame. I hung a sheet on the frame for a Rock Band party we had the other night. Still waiting on the screen from projectorpeople.com/da-lite.

it's amazing how dirty the wall looks in the mounting picture. i can't see any of the dirt until i saw this picture.





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Looks like you are making good progress!

On you soffits question, will be you be putting in a riser for a second row? If so you will definitely have height problems. If I had a higher ceiling I would have added soffits throughout my room. Unless the soffits provide some kind of an acoustical advantage, I believe that it is personal preference if you want them or not.

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hadn't thought about that, good point. i think the columns alone will work. here are my preliminary plans. need to add the columns to this diagram.

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Instead of a coffee table? Maybe some matching small ottomans? I did this and they work fantastic for putting your feet up, using as a table like we even eat dinner in there some times using them, or even extra seating if it gets crowded.

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finally, the screen material came in yesterday. took the frame down and stapled the screen down. man, what a difference the material makes when you've been viewing on a white cheap sheet. Also installed the recessed outlets in the closet and up near the projector. Will post pictures tonight.

Also switched from Comcast to DirecTV this weekend. If anybody needs a Middle Atlantic custom shelf for the Motorola DCT-6200, let me know.

Forgot 1 thing in my budget:

2nd subwoofer - $108
Total spent - $2152
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Got the screen in and installed the recessed outlets. Have begun the framing process on the little walkway on the left side of the room, but don't have pictures yet. This walkway has carpet. Should I install the framing over the carpet for sound dampening or cut it out?

Need to work on the contrast on the HC1500 with this matte white screen. Bright frames really turn all the blacks to gray. Otherwise, for the price, it can't be beat. Super bright even with some ambient light.





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wow, can't believe it's been a year since i touched this. hurricane ike gave us a chance to really start moving on the room. my contractor said he could get most of the work done with the little amount of insurance left over. here are some pics of the framing. the pictures suck since they are from my phone.

Also purchased the following over the last few months.

Samsung BDP-1400 - $300
Sony 7.1 Receiver - $300
PureAV rack mount power conditioner - $200



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more pics of the framing and sheetrock completed today



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new sconces are in place

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your wife gives awesome gifts. i wonder if she knew what she was in for when she gave you the projector.

room is looking great.
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riser in place. and some painting going on. hopefully i'll eventually get some pics with a real camera, instead of the blackberry.



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painting is 99% done. here are some better pictures.







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actually, my wife says the painting is 99% done. i still want to paint the ceiling black. we'll see how that goes. will begin building the columns this weekend.
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The room is looking good, looks like you are getting close to the finish! Painting the ceiling does make a big difference. Plus painting it black will tie the whole room together with the colors you have. If it was left white, I could see it being somewhat of a distraction while watching a movie.

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That is a cozy little second row you got going there...

What are your plans for surround speakers in that area?
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the only thing i would done is pull the seats forward and use the where the rear seats sit as the entrance way, having it the way you have it at present is going to make the sound, sound stunted in delivery since the rear speakers are in front of the rear chairs...

not a bad build if you dan't mind me saying it...
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actually, now that i have purchased a 7.1 system, the speaker locations in that original design are wrong. I am going to move the 2 showing up to the middle of the room for the surrounds and install the rear speakers in that back cubby area. i realize that there may be some issues with the walls blocking the rears at some points, but most people will be sitting in the middle of the room. here are some pictures of the columns going up.





throwing in a pic of the new slate floor in the kitchen just because i can't get over how sweet it looks. new cabinets and countertops in the coming months.

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more pics of columns. side columns almost complete. What do you guys think of the speaker height? Currently, the speakers are at 66" off the floor. Is that too high? I can still move them right now, so some input would be nice.



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How did this ever turn out?
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