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post #31 of 122
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Still going on the insulation of the concrete walls, though that is almost complete. I also took the advice of many other threads and slowed down to make some more detailed plans. I'll post those as soon as I have an opportunity. Should be able to resume framing work this weekend (only have 2-3 hours a night, with a lot of interuptions between!)
post #32 of 122
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Here is a plan for the finished basement:

post #33 of 122
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Here's a photo of the measuring device.


I have one of these too. It's nice for measuring long distances across the basement. Can't figure out how to get it to read in Feet, inches instead of Feet then decimals of a foot. Can it even do this? Kind of drives me nuts. If all else fails I can use the laser to entertain my Chocolate Lab .

Nice plan so far. What are you planning on putting in the kids area?
post #34 of 122
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The bottom right button toggles between three measuring modes, feet and inches, feet and decimals of a foot, and decimals. The default is feet an decimals of a foot. Take a measurement, then while it is displaying the result use the button to toggle to feet and inches. the unit will remain in the mode it was last used in as well.

The kids area will have my old Mitsubishi 55" projection TV built in under the stairs, with a 360 and PS3 attached. There will also be a game table, and a wall of bookshelves the length of the wall under the window to house board games and books.
post #35 of 122
Thanks for the info! Guess I didn't try that hard after all to change the units.

It was a good idea to have the kids area on the other side of the stairwell. Keeps them away from the theater while you are trying to watch a game/movie.
post #36 of 122
Nice that the builder put in a conduit run from the attic to the basement. For most builders in South Jersey, it's an option and they charge extra for it. Whatever the charge though, it's an option well worth the small price...think future proof.
post #37 of 122
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Thanks for the info! Guess I didn't try that hard after all to change the units.

It was a good idea to have the kids area on the other side of the stairwell. Keeps them away from the theater while you are trying to watch a game/movie.

Really love how your space turned out. I'm really struggling with a partial drop/drywall ceiling like yours versus a full drywall. yours looks very good, are you happy with the decision?
post #38 of 122
I am happy with the mixed ceiling choice. In a perfect world I would rather have all drywall up there but I don't have the perfect space there. I have a lot of pipes up there including some of my shut off valves for the kitchen above (odd place to have them I know). I just wanted to be able to get to them easily should the need arise.

When I had people touring the basement during our Oktoberfest party over a half dozen people commented on the suspended ceiling tiles. It was usually something like "I really like these tiles. They are not like the ugly ones we had in highschool". I do not regret my decision.
post #39 of 122
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Made some progress this past week:
Here's a Russound multi room AV distribution system. Was looking for IR solutions and have this system in my main living space. Realized that for the price of an IR repeating system I could also distribute some audio. Picked it up on ebay for a song!


Finally, some items from Monoprice
post #40 of 122
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Screen wall framed! I've moved on to the soffits. Almost time to wire!
post #41 of 122
Sorry if I missed this, but have you thought about closing up the theater area due to sound. Then, adding one entrance into it. In addition, possibly decoupling walls or double dry-wall?
post #42 of 122
I put the same foam insulation up on my concrete blocks and the inspector says I need to put poly over the foam insulation. No matter what I show him or tell him, he will not approve until this is done. I am afraid of the moisture trapping...pretty sad
post #43 of 122
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I put the same foam insulation up on my concrete blocks and the inspector says I need to put poly over the foam insulation. No matter what I show him or tell him, he will not approve until this is done. I am afraid of the moisture trapping...pretty sad

Did you explain the possibility of moisture being trapped? It's more likely to happen with concrete blocks than a poured concrete wall?

Skip the permit process - useless in my opinion, and if you're in the house for next 5+ years maintaining it and with a market rebound, it will sell without the permits!
post #44 of 122
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Sorry if I missed this, but have you thought about closing up the theater area due to sound. Then, adding one entrance into it. In addition, possibly decoupling walls or double dry-wall?

Thought about a closed dedicated theater space as we definately have the room, but we had an open plan in our last basement, and found that worked for us. We typically use the theater area as a family, so there is not an issue with disturbing others late at night, etc. In addition, the theater area is right below the den, which has no living space above it. That all said, I have been considering Double drywall in the theater area and green glue/isolation channels simply to keep it a bit quiter. I am more concerend that my wife is not in favor of carpet, so reverb/echo may become a significant challenge!
post #45 of 122
looking good, have a firm answer on a display devise?
post #46 of 122
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I bought a Sharp DT-510 projector at a great price that the wife is not fond of, so that is going back. Sadly, no!
post #47 of 122
What did your wife not like about the dt-510. It is on my short list of projectors.
Thanks,
Shaun
post #48 of 122
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What did your wife not like about the dt-510. It is on my short list of projectors.
Thanks,
Shaun

Well, I could provide a much more intelligent response if she would would actually look at a projected image. We had an old projector years ago that was not nearly bright enough, and that has jaded her perception overall of projectors as display devices. So, her reaction is not specific to the dt-510 at all, which to me seemed like an excellent bargain, but more to use of a projector at all. I got some receptivity to the concept of having both a flat panel display with a drop down projector screen, all for well under the cost of a new LaserVue, so I have not returned it just yet...that said, I also have not opened the box...
post #49 of 122
davboy,

This is a nice build thread. What will be the finished dimeNsion of your theater? How about screen size?

IMO - it was an excellent move on your part to pause and go with the foam board before framing.

Wish I would have done the same. Instead my framing got ahead of my planning.
I then went with a 2nd best combination of:
cutting the foam board to slide between studs, and/or left an air gap at the foundation wall and then used roll fiberglass without a vapor barrier.
post #50 of 122
Great thread. How did you decide to attach the foam board to the walls? I missed that part of the posts.
post #51 of 122
Davboy,
Interesting thread. I'm just the next town over from you. I'm also in the process of finishing my basement with a media room. I haven't posted about it yet, but I see your addressing many of the same issues I have. Did Flaherty build your house? I have to say your doing a much better job of planning your work than me.
post #52 of 122
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Davboy,
Interesting thread. I'm just the next town over from you. I'm also in the process of finishing my basement with a media room. I haven't posted about it yet, but I see your addressing many of the same issues I have. Did Flaherty build your house? I have to say your doing a much better job of planning your work than me.

Our home was built by Castletown builders, who I've been quite please with. I've been traveling a bunch for work so have not posted lately, my apologies!
post #53 of 122
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Great thread. How did you decide to attach the foam board to the walls? I missed that part of the posts.

I simply used Heavy Duty construction adhesive that indicated it was compatible with Foam board. I would glue the boards up, tape the seams, construct the wall in front of them leaving a 4" gap, then wedges several scraps of wood between the the wall studs and the board while the glue dried. 24-48 hours later I'd remove the scrap pieces, and the Foam board won't budge.

I'm very, very close to finishing the framing and moving on to the more fun work of running all the cables, etc! Drywall is within sight, but I still haven't decided if I'm going to sub that out or tackle it myself. I really don't like dry walling!
post #54 of 122
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Finished all the framing this week. I'll take photos and post them prior to starting the electric and AV wiring. The weekends are booked solid through Christmas, but since the wiring can be done without disturbing the kids with noise, I might put a few late nights in so I can drywall right after the holidays.

Found a couple deals on some dated equipment at Tweeter. Bought two of the original Yamaha Sound projectors (YSP 1) for $125 apiece. They do not have the auto set up function the newer models have, but they do have the 40 speaker configuration. Set one up in what will be the kids area and it sounds terrific once calibrated. While its pretty dated equipment, they kids aren't in to bad of shape playing games on the 55 inch Mitsubishi big screen with the sound projector. I'm surprised how loud the sound projector actually gets without distortion. Built the old rear projector into the wall under the stairs, so it almost looks like a flat panel, and it still has a really nice picture so long as you calibrate it a couple times a year.
post #55 of 122
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Can't believe it's May, I need to get re-engaged!!!
post #56 of 122
Looks like a good start so far. Don't give up on the projector, I didn't see the actual dimensions of your theater area but from the pictures it looks big enough to need a projector. I had the same problem as you, my wife thought I was buying a projector like the "old not very bright" one at work. Once I got ours hook up so she could actually see it in action she has been pleased with it.
post #57 of 122
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Can't believe it's May, I need to get re-engaged!!!

Stopping by for your 6 month check up?!

We want some pictures!!!
post #58 of 122
Nice house, but that giant picture above the tv looks awful!
post #59 of 122
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Nice house, but that giant picture above the tv looks awful!

I wouldn't put it so indelicately...but...yeah it's certainly not ideal. There's a strong visual competition between the big picture and the TV right below it.
post #60 of 122
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Drywall is finally going up!!! Slow but steady progress!
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