Here is the "TLDR-CLC". (To Long Didn't Read - Current Level of Completion)
Alright heres the story...
My brother found this house for me in august of 2008. Id been working for a small company flipping houses and managing rentals, so I've got some experience in contracting. Its a two story brick home right on main street in a tiny little town (one stop light).
It was banked owned and they wanted almost nothing for it...problem is...haha it was a total redo. Long story short, My wife and I didn't have the cash to buy the home, so my parents purchased it and are fronting the money for the reno, but I am doing all the work on it. When I say all the work, haha i mean all. The only thing I've had hired out was the new ductwork for the existing furnace. (the old duct work was a mess but thats another story.)
Putting a dedicated theater in an old home like this is a challenge...especially when you have next to no extra money to spend. But I'm making do. The main reason for this post is to show the progression of my theater that im finally getting to start on after about 1.5 years of reno to the rest of the house. I think ill include some other pictures of the rest of the reno as well.
I'm hoping for some moral support as well! The rest of my family doesn't feel the same passion for home theater that i do.
Here is an old post that i had started a while back with some before and afters mostly of the upstairs.
I'm not going to be able to go full tilt like a lot of you other dedicated HTers out there. Sound proofing and acoustical treatments are not in the budget for this theater, however I do see a projector in my near future :-)
On to the Pics
This is what i have to work with...its not Ideal by ANY means...what-so-ever...in any universe anywhere. But its what i have to work with....
Room size is 12.5'X17' approx.
You can see here ive started putting up the bulkhead im building to go all the way around the room. The bulkhead is solving a lot of problems i was having with putting an HT in the this room. It allows for an easy place to run cables and wiring, im going to be able to add mood lighting etc, and in some of the next pictures you'll see i have a curved wall to deal with, which was going to cause a huge problem for the crown molding i wanted to install in the room.
I found this incredible 7.5" crown molding that i wanted to use to hide rope lighting behind, but the curve was going to mess with that, so building a bulkhead around the room gives me a nice square place to mount it.
this is a picture of the arch without the doors looking out from the room.
and the same arch looking in, again without the doors on.
Like i said, not ideal, lots of windows and doors getting in the way. I have blackout curtains already made for all the windows, and the doors for the arch way at least will allows us to close that room up, to separate it from the living room and kitchen areas.
My 42" panasonic will be mounted above the fire place, the center will have to sit on the mantel angeled down slightly and the L/R mains flanking each side.
The surrounds will have to be mounted near the ceiling in the back.
My gear is no where near what a lot of you have, but for the money I have in it i dare you to find something that sounds better.
I realize my 42" panny is too small for this size room, but at the time i bought it i was living in a tiny little apartment, which is why i have the panasonic pt-ae4000u on my wish list! The plan is to mount a motorized screen on the bottom of the bulkhead above the fireplace and it will come down in front of the TV for movie time.
The room dimensions are approximately 12.5X17 so i dont want to call it small...lets go with.. cozy.
Let me know what you all think, i know im crazy for putting an HT in this room, but ive already got all my equipment and im gonna use it, so i might as well make the most of it.
Edited by premiertrussman - 11/27/13 at 8:20am