Well, we are finally close to bid out on my yard project, so I spent Sunday power-washing all the mold off my composite deck. We plan to paint the support structure, so a wash was over due. This takes several hours (composite is NOT maintenance free), and it turns out that the ground below the deck got saturated with water, which in turn flooded my basement. We are talking a ton condensation on the slab, a couple of puddles in the unfinished area, and likely a couple in the kids playroom. The playroom has a wood floating floor which was a buckled mess when we found it this morning. Some of the joints were discolored in a way that suggests there are puddles beneath. Yard drainage was already in the landscaping plans, but we hadn't had an intrusion prior to this. Obviously we will be beefing that up even more.
So, now the humidifiers are running, and my wife has been reading up on the internet and she thinks the floor will be a loss. So now we'll need to put some of the yard money into dricore and most likely carpet. We'll probably phase the yard project to accommodate the new expenses.
What that does to the theater time-line, who knows, doesn't help on the freeing up money front. We have been thinking we might give up on the small dedicated room in favor of using the playroom as a multi-function space. This will mean a drop screen, a sectional and a lot less sound isolation, but it might be more practical for the space we have, and how our family is operating. The proposed theater room would become a gym. We have a couple pieces of exercise equipment, and they are getting used. These will be dislocated when we add a bath to the basement. Which is something that we want to add soon if we are going to further enjoy the patio and other outdoor improvements as well as whatever indoor entertaining space we add to the basement.
I have been kicking this idea around for a couple weeks. My wife has said its 100% my call, which is nice. The upside of the non-dedicated is I could get it up and running a lot sooner. My wife is ok with darkening up the room to a certain extent, as well as adding more light control (its a walk out). The playroom is a much bigger space, an would create some opportunities (and challenges). Interesting times.