We really debated about creating a dedicated theater room where the playroom is and extending that room further out. But with three very young kids we decided with the playroom and a large open media room. That said, I am still going with a projector, screen, etc. Going to make this a fun place to hang out and have movie nights and sports parties.
Once the kids are older I will shoot for the dedicated theater room (something to plan for).
125" Seymour AV AT Screen
3x Deftech RLS II In-wall Speakers (LCR)
2x Deftech RSS III In-ceiling Speaker (LR Surrounds)
2x Deftech BP2X Bipole Surrounds (Rear)
Acer HD9500 3D projector
Denon 1911 Receiver
Panasonic BDT-210 BD Player
DirecTV HD Reciver (whole house HD DVR)
Edited by ack_bk - 9/13/12 at 8:23am
I must have auditioned 12+ in-wall speakers before going with the Deftech's. Really liked the sound these put out and they are efficient and will play clean or the space. We don't listen to movies at reference level, so I think this setup will be more than adequate for now. I am planning to upgrade the projector in the next 6-9 months, and will also be looking to build two DIY subs down the road. But one thing at a time
I am framing the space myself (about 85% done and will post pics soon).
The HVAC is done (hired out).
The plumbing will be hired out (by code in my city I have to have a licensed plumber install PEX pipes and they have to be licensed to work on said piping).
Electrical will be mostly hired out (I will hang most of the fixtures and will install Lutron Spacer system for zoned canned lights in the media/rec room).
I will run all the AV wiring
I will do all the insulation.
Drywall is being hired out.
I will do all the finish work.
I will tile the bar area, bathroom, and shower myself.
I will do all the painting.
A mix of DIY and contractors. Will be pulling permits for everything and will do everything by code. So a mix of DIY and hiring out.
Not going to do double drywall, green glue, on this build. Would have liked too, but this is not a dedicated theater and several of the walls were completed by the builder already. Luckily all the bedrooms are on the top floor of a two story home, so that should really help with sound at night. I am insulating all wall cavities and will be using solid core doors throughout. Will also use 5/8" drywall on the ceilings and all my speakers are enclosed so there should be little speaker loss in the wall cavities.
Time is short with three young kids, so I will try and push through and get this done. My goal is to finish by the end of September. Let's see what happens