My wife and I just purchased a house and it included a decently sized study. Neither of us work from home and instead of having a room that wouldn't be used except to house furniture, we decided we would prefer to turn it into a small media room/home theater room.
The dimensions of the room are 11'x16' with quite a few windows. The windows already have 1" wood blinds on them and we will be purchasing blockout curtains for the windows as well to control any ambient light. There is also a weird window that looks out into the living room. This will also have a blockout cloth on it. We are trying to control as much light as possible in this room to keep it as dark as possible. Most of our viewing will be taking place in the evening or at night due to both of us working during the day. The sun does not set or rise in any windows in the room. The only time the room will be used during the day will be the weekends and will most likely be for football games or sporting events where there will be ambient light due to the french doors being opened and people walking in and out. This isn't so much of a concern as I do have a 50" plasma in the living room if the screen is just too bad to watch with those doors open. I'm more looking to do this for me and the wife to enjoy after a long day at work.
I think I want to tackle a DIY screen. I'm relatively handy around the house and think I can figure it out. I'll make the frame out of 1x4 poplar wood and probably throw a sheet on it at first to determine how large a screen I want. From my measurements, I can fit a 113" screen at the max. This includes a 3" border of black velvet wrapped MDF as a border on the screen. I may lower the screen size, but I'll have to get the projector first. After determining the screen size I'm happy with, I'l get Sintra PVC to mount and then paint with a light, neutral gray to hopefully help with any ambient light we may have and to help boost black levels some.
So the problem is, I know exactly what I want to do, but I have no idea what projector to get! I would like to keep the projector between $1,000 and $2,000 at the high end. I could probably push it a little further though if it meant a significant bump in contrast and ambient light performance. I've attached a 3D model of the room that the projector will go in (I'm a little obsessed when it comes to projects like this lol). Any help is greatly appreciated...with all the reading I've done this weekend I think my head is about to explode!
This shows the furniture layout I have planned...this is subject to change. The ceilings are 10' high.
This image was before I finished everything but shows that weird window I was talking about that looks into the living room.