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Before and After Reno pic's - Media & Billiards

post #1 of 28
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I undertook the project of gutting existing basement and designing and installing media and billiards room. Most of the ideas were generated through much of the work from those of you on AVS. I will try to post some before and after pic's of project to do my part in contributing ideas to others.
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This is the first project that I have done that I have actually taken before and after pic's. I will begin with a few of the before pic's, which was the existing basement that I decided to gut and start from scratch.
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It is amazing what you find when removing prior construction. It is amazing how much work is involved in a project when you have to repair things that were not done correctly. I took advantage of rewiring and adding circuits to better isolate outlets/switches.





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post #5 of 28
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I started with relocating the mechanicals. The old furnace was removed and replaced with higher efficiency unit. I relocated furnace and water utilities to open area for new media room. One of the best things that I did, from reading others projects, was adding cold air returns and register vents in all rooms. This has made a huge difference in keeping lower level balanced with house, not near as cold.









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post #6 of 28
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Framed a spare bedroom and bathroom in lower level. Spent time laying out basement to hide ALL of the steel structural posts within walls. Insulated all of the ceilings and walls.





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post #7 of 28
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Things finally started to take shape with drywall. I utilized Middle Atlantic racks for media room and have wiring setup for 7.1. Rear speakers were routed in ceiling and back wall of theater room. The incorporated wall pockets in the billiards room to allow for pool cues to be stored. I added a backbar to the end of billiards room. I have had alot of positive comments on this layout as well as the amount of lighting that I added. I setup 6 circuits for lighting in this area(Cans on 2-seperate circuits, sconces, pool table light/wall pocket lights, back bar lights, hall lights). I used standard switches in this room, but used Lutron IR-dimmer controls with master in the media room.





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post #8 of 28
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Time for the wife to pick out paints. One of the more difficult things with project was trying to setup media room to be a comfortable family room. My wife didnt want a theater room in our basement. I think the compromise we came up with has fit our family well. The layout really is functional for our purposes. This ruled out the red paint for media room. We went the conservative earth tones.





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post #9 of 28
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I decided to finish the basement with oak trim and a darker stain. Incorporated crown molding in both the media and billiards room. Framed and trimmed out the wall pockets in billiards room and finished doorways with 6-panel oak doors.





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post #10 of 28
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I installed cabinets for backbar and had granite counter installed. I left space for a beverage center and wine cooler. By removing the old bar and installing backbar it provided more functionality for us and allows for more space for billiards table. I also had cat5 cable routed and AV cables routed to allow for small TV to be connected above sink. There is already (1) IR receiver that i added in this room connected to main system in back media room, but thought I might want another small receiver at TV.




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post #11 of 28
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Starting to get equipment setup. Currently running my Yamaha and Sony PS3 for setup. I choose a 100" elite screens fixed frame screen. Decided with a 3yr old that it might be wise to go with an inexpensive screen to begin with. I was very pleased with quality of screen and ease of assembly. Very nice design and engineering. I am using a Mits HC3000 DLP projector, which I am please with for the price. I am using my Klipsch towers and center channel and incorporating Klipsch rear wall/ceiling speakers. I have yet to choose a subwoofer for system.
It will be some time before I am able to get all of the equipment that I want, but will incorporate over time.



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post #12 of 28
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Currently have things working in media room, but not yet where I want it to be. I have to install cabinet doors over media center audio components and get my speakers positioned in their new homes. Overall screen size seems to be appropriate for size of room and audio is not bad considering unique dynamics of room.
I hope that everyone enjoys the pictures and hopefully there are a few ideas that may help others as much of this has come from others on AVS forum. Thanks for all the ideas and I will post additional pics as system is completed.





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post #13 of 28
I really like it! I just wish I had more time and $ to do what I want to do, but hey, that's life right? Looks fantastic!
post #14 of 28
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Thanks! The time was the key with this project. I spent over 2yrs working on project, which was nice as it allowed for many changes for the better. Many ideas were taken from looking at pic's on this forum. I hope life brings you time, $, and a theater room! Best of luck and thanks for the feedback.
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Looks awesome!
post #16 of 28
Looking great! Where did you end up putting your front left and front right speakers?

Keep the pictures coming. I'm especially interested in how you blend in your game room. Do you have a floor plan?

Also, you probably found this out already... but all work comes to a temporary halt once you fire up that projector. For me, "temporary" has been about 3 months.
post #17 of 28
Panzer.

Very nice before and after thread! And the space you have created looks great !!

I had to cringe at one of your before photos, the one with the scary Romex wiring; Looks like you have done a nice job of fixing some previous sins.
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Thanks for the feedback guys! I have built in cabinets on either side of projection screen that contain openings for my front Klipsch towers as well as Middle Atlantic equipment racks on the upper section. These are currently framed in, but am working on getting the cabinet face doors. You are so right about project slowing down once projector is in operation!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually did make it a point not to even temp.connect any AV equipment until all of the trim was installed. I am glad that I did that or project would really be looking incomplete.
The wiring, which was a mess is now back in order. I took opportunity to add and seperate circuits. I have 2-circuits specifically dedicated to AV system(1-power conditioner, 1-general rack power), Wetbar refrigerator circuits are also setup on isolated circuits. I had alot of comments during rough frame stage about the amount of romex that I was run to feed all of the can lights. I am glad now that I added all of these lights and seperated them on isolated circuits.
I will post some additional pic's of AV racks, etc once I get them organized. I have been too busy watching Disney Pixar bluray's with the little guy!!
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It has been a couple years, but have had a few friends asking about basement project and thought I would update finished photos to site. There has been much information that I obtained from this site on what to and what not to do, which assisted me with this project. I have been pleased with outcome and only have a couple of things that I would do differently next time.
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Final pictures of my billiards room with backbar. Backbar TV is wired direct to AV system in media room and has IR controls to allow for operation. 6 different lighting circuits were added in this room to allow for a nice combination of scenes.
post #22 of 28
That is a sweet setup. I really miss playing pool.

I am in the middle of finishing my walk up wet bar and am on the hunt for under mount refrigerators, can you tell me more about the ones you have? Also, how cold do they get?
post #23 of 28
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I spent alot of time and research looking for affordable built in fridges. I also was concerned about temperature as I like to have beer really cold and heard many complaints about fridges not having ability to maintain a low temp. I went with Stainless Avanti beverage fridge. They are lockable and have low range of 34degress. I have been extremely happy with these and they were half the cost of most other built in's.
post #24 of 28
Very nice. The billiards area is outstanding.
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Panzer55, how is the noise level on the under cabinet mount refrigerator? I am glad the temp is cold for beer (I like mine cold!) but I also here units are often noisy. Hoping yours are quiet.
post #26 of 28
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Both are very quiet, you really have a hard time hearing if they are running. There is an indicator light that turns on if they are running and unless the door is open you really cant tell if they are running or not. I am able to fit 84 cans of soda, 8 bottles of water, and (4) 2-liter bottles of soda in one of the fridges. The other holds the same but with beer and wine. I have been very pleased with operation and appearance. They also have locks on them which is nice for keeping the alcohol under key.
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Thanks Panzer55...I meant to also ask to confirm...is this the model you have? Model BCA5102SS-1 If not, please specify the model.

Also, where did you purchase this?

Thanks again, you have helped me solidify what I will be buying.
post #28 of 28
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Product Name Price QTY Total

Avanti BCA5102SS1 24" Built-In All Refrigerator with 5.3 cu. ft. Capacity, Auto Defrost, Adjustable Thermostat and Digital Display

AppliancesConnection.com
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