Originally Posted by doublewing11
I spent a lot of time designing home thinking about late night events...............theater room is completely isolated from sleeping area and can not be heard even playing at reference levels. At times with four big, power 18" subs playing at full throttle, a slight low frequency rumble can be felt, not heard.
The key to design is the double door system. Rack is conveniently located at theater room entrance with 1/2 bath........this small airlock completely shuts down sound when door is closed from kitchen.
Believe me, the location of theater room is absolutely PERFECT for entertaining...............dining to kitchen to theater room is seamless....................
BTW, on backside of theater room to garage, there are two layers in theater room, and two layers outside in garage all with Green Glue. Theater room is clip..........while garage is not. Same goes to adjacent wall of theater room, kitchen, bath, and pantry. In other words, two layers of 5/8" drywall with Green Glue applied to dining room wall adjacent to bath and theater room to kitchen.
The quietest room in house is the pantry..................the theater room can be playing at full tilt and can't hear a peep. Extra attention to soundproofing is well worth it.
On another note, the biggest challenge I had was designing exterior look to meet our needs with so many different ceiling heights in home. 10 ft ceilings in house, 11 ft ceilings in theater room, 9 ft ceilings in kitchen/dining and 18 ft ceilings in great room. Was a design pain in the arse, but was well worth the additional effort to pull things together. I really like vertical variation in homes...............brings interest to overall design. I've enclosed an outside photo...........extremely hard to fit all those ceiling levels in a coherent exterior view.
Hope this helps.................
Very nice looking home. Nice thought process for trying to quiet down outside the theater. I've been on here for a long time and seen lot of things to quiet it down. The base seems to always leak out, not much you can really do unless the theater is a whole different building. Hmmmmm.....
Still love the layout, most theaters are put in a spare room, or remodeled a basement but, this gives a nice though to the whole thing. Maybe I will get a chance to build my own theater some day, I did design a handful when I was working for a A/V consulting firm and $100K plus ones... a lot of fun but, never my own (dedicated room type thing)
A well deigned home theater is not about spending $100K plus, it's about how it flows in modern day use. Someone who builds a theater and uses it once a month is nothing special in my eyes(besides gear of course) but, when it's in a home that it flows on part of every day life, where it will be used from watching the newest movie to even catching the news at 6pm some nights to playing a game on Xbox one on a week night.
As a lot of owner would know, if it's not in a easy to access room (basement corner, or attic type room), or easy to use, it does not get used as much as it should.
A system that could be used all the time and the flow that you have sure fits that type of use !
Thanks for posting and love the house !