Thanks Vik. No, I will have acoustic treatments on the doors that match the walls.
Thanks Damelon. I definitely got lots of inspiration from your build. I started out years ago drooling over Sandman's theater and then incorporated several of your improvements. Just to save you the shock later - I will be doing red and black fabric on the walls (surprise, surprise). Of course I had to do the veneer so that something was different than yours . I just hope my theater turns out half as nice as yours did.
Thanks for the tip on the fabric. I noticed the first column I mocked up was tight even without the fabric. I am trying to figure out how much space is right.
Sandman's theater is still one of the top home theaters out there. Especially if you consider that it was DIY (with the help of friends). I love the round columns and really wanted to do something similar, but trying to find the right curved plywood was costly. Plus, the speakers I am building wouldn't fit in them well. It was a worthwhile compromise. The other compromise I made was not having the star ceiling. My ceiling height is too low to even consider it.
Mario's theater is stunning. Nothing over the top design wise - just perfectly executed. The fit and finish appears to be top notch.
I have 4 zones of can lights - behind the screen, screen wash, sides and rear. I also wired for step lights, but really like the LED strips people have put under the lip. Lastly, I will have an LED rope light in a lip around the perimeter of the soffit. I wanted color changing 120V LEDs, but that isn't cost effective at this point, so I will likely just go with red dimmable LEDs.
I am building my own frames. I am layering plywood and MDF so that I can chamfer the edges. I am looking at a similar pattern to you and Sandman for the panels. I will have one narrow black horizontal panel above the top trim. There will be side-by-side vertical red panels above the chair rail. Lastly, I am going to do a couple of horizontal black panels at the bottom above the base trim. I was wondering how the fabric would hold up over time. I am debating painting the frames to help hide them behind the fabric. I'm not sure if it is worth the effort. I am hoping the panel building goes quickly. I feel like I am finally getting close. I would love to knock a bunch of the panels out over Memorial Day weekend.
I confirmed with Bryan that I do not want to put paper on the front bass traps. He said that you want 100% absorption on the front wall and only want to reflect highs in the rear of the theater. I am going to stick with the original plan unless measurements show otherwise.
I continued to make some progress this week. I finished up the frames for the speaker/column grills. I have 4 of them covered in fabric. The columns look great with the grills in place. I am really glad I took the time to put the black dividing stripes between the trim. It really ties the column together.
The four rear columns are deeper because they will house my surround speakers. I wanted room to angle them if necessary.
The front columns are "false columns". They really are only there to balance out the look of the room, so they are only half as deep.
Since there is a false column right inside the door, I decide that would be a great place to mount my scene selector to control the lights in the room (besides using a remote). I had to develop a bracket to mount the electrical box so that it could be hidden behind the fabric on the column.
This is one of the two columns I still need to put the fabric on. I have it cut for both, so hopefully I can finish up during the week.
I had previously cut a bunch of strips of MDF for my acoustic panels. I finally picked up the plywood for the frames today and cut all of the strips. Now I have everything I need to finish the panels. I glued up the first two today. Once the glue is completely dry, I will chamfer the edges before wrapping them with fabric. I hope to take advantage of the long weekend and knock several panels out.
It may be time to start calling carpet installers to discuss pricing and measuring...
Another weekend is gone, but the good news is that I am continuing to make some progress. Now I definitely feel like I am over the hump.
Earlier in the week I ordered my z-wave switches for the theater. Unfortunately, they are on back order until mid June. I did get my scene selector switch and got it installed this weekend. Of course, I can't really do anything with it without the other switches.
Once everything is complete. I plan to order some custom buttons for the switch. Leviton will custom laser etch them for you..
The big project for the weekend was working on the acoustic panels. I glued up several panels during the week and got several installed this weekend. It totally changes the look of the room. I can now really see what the room is going to look like. I am extremely happy with the look of the panels. I finished several vertical red panels and one of the horizontal black panels at the top of the room.
One of my biggest worries was that the GOM fabric was that it would look too much like burlap. That isn't the case at all. On a larger scale, you don't focus on the pattern/weave of the fabric at all. Just the color. It looks great. I cut some of the wood for more panels. I hope to glue up several more during the week. If I can finish up the trim on the rear wall, I may go ahead and call to have the room measured for carpet.
Thanks Mfusick and Tim.
The red fabric is 418 Claret Accent. There is OC 703 behind portions of the panels based on my acoustic plan. I put batting behind the open areas. Each panel has a drop of construction adhesive in each corner and one in the middle of each long side to ensure they don't pop off. I held them in place with pin nails in each corner to allow the adhesive to dry. The pins have no head, so you can't see them at all.
I was a little worried about the frames showing through the fabric, but it isn't an issue at all. You can only slightly see them with the work light shined directly on them. With the normal room lighting there is no issue.
A suggestion for anyone getting ready to make fabric panels - stock up on staples .
I already have 36 z-wave switches/dimmers/controllers in my house, so I will be integrating with my existing network. The theater will have 6 different lighting areas (behind screen, screen wash, sides, rear, steps and rope lights). Everything will be integrated through my HAI system which will house all of the code. Currently I have a series of rules that adjust lighting throughout the house.
At one point I was playing with CQC and touch panels. I really like the ability to customize my system, but it was costly and the touch panels were bulky and required a full pc to power them. I have since switched to iRule. It still allows for full customization and I will be able to integrate my lighting controls directly with other theater functions. If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, it really isn't that costly and allows for full customization.
I have a Harmony remote in my family room. It was really nice when all of my components needed to be controlled separately. My wife and kids could simply hit one button and have everything turn on and switch to the correct input. For simple installs, it works great. Unfortunately, as you have figured out, it has its limitations. The battery is starting to have issues on mine. I think I am going to swap it for an old iPod touch with iRule when the time comes.