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post #121 of 229
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Some more progress.

Got the sink countertop tile installed. I am all ready to go for the bar top, but am waiting on some corner trim pieces for the Schluter trim that goes across the front. You can see the stainless steel trim on the sink counter, this will be the same trim used across the bar top. Really like this stuff, nice clean look and no tiling/grouting.

Also cut the holes for my main left, right, and center in-wall Deftech RLS II speakers.

Also hung a few more doors and started all the trim work. You can see examples of all this in the attached pictures. I have a busy couple of days ahead of me and am going to do a big push to have carpet installed on the week of January 9th (waiting to hear back from my carpet guy).

This is getting good! Can't wait to get all the speakers installed, the projector installed, and to fire up the projector. I need to place another order with Monoprice for some odds and ends.





post #122 of 229
Looking good! I love that paint color and, again, the stone on your fireplace looks awesome. I can't wait for you to install the DefTech speakers. I think you will be BLOWN away by their performance and matching the L/R/C was a great move. Have you decided on an AT screen yet?
post #123 of 229
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Looking good! I love that paint color and, again, the stone on your fireplace looks awesome. I can't wait for you to install the DefTech speakers. I think you will be BLOWN away by their performance and matching the L/R/C was a great move. Have you decided on an AT screen yet?

Thanks modest! The pictures from an iPhone don't really do the space justice, and yes, I have decided on an AT screen. I am going with the Seymour AV Centerstage XD AT screen material. I have seen one in person and it looked and sounded very nice. I am buying the Seymour screen material through Jamestown screen company. He buys the material direct from Seymour and then builds a fixed frame for the material that has an aluminum inner frame for bracing. It is hard to beat the price.

http://www.jamestownhometheaterscreen.com/

Really nice guy to work with as well and responsive even though he is very busy. He can also do custom sizes. I am going with a 125" screen. The Seymour screen has a 1.2 gain and it is too bad that there are no high powered AT screens out there for 3D. Would love a 2.0 gain or so.
post #124 of 229
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Thanks modest! The pictures from an iPhone don't really do the space justice, and yes, I have decided on an AT screen. I am going with the Seymour AV Centerstage XD AT screen material. I have seen one in person and it looked and sounded very nice. I am buying the Seymour screen material through Jamestown screen company. He buys the material direct from Seymour and then builds a fixed frame for the material that has an aluminum inner frame for bracing. It is hard to beat the price.

http://www.jamestownhometheaterscreen.com/

Really nice guy to work with as well and responsive even though he is very busy. He can also do custom sizes. I am going with a 125" screen. The Seymour screen has a 1.2 gain and it is too bad that there are no high powered AT screens out there for 3D. Would love a 2.0 gain or so.

Depending on your projector and throw distance, you might find that you have plenty of lumens to watch great 3D. I can see a future basement warming party at your place to check out your cool space I'll bring the beer!

Oh, thanks for the referal. I called and left a message for Jamestown.
post #125 of 229
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Depending on your projector and throw distance, you might find that you have plenty of lumens to watch great 3D. I can see a future basement warming party at your place to check out your cool space I'll bring the beer!

Oh, thanks for the referal. I called and left a message for Jamestown.

I think I will be okay with lumens, I have played with the projector using a 125" screen size and from my seating and throw distance. 3D is a blast, I was pretty reluctant a year or so ago, but am having fun with it. And I put additional bracing in the ceiling so I could have a flexible throw distance. Anywhere from 13-16' for throw distance.

I am totally open for a get together. Things are moving along. I have about 80% of the trim installed, have the bathroom vanity and toilet installed, have the bar sink in, all the light switches and recepticals are installed. Not looking forward to puttying and caulking all the trim. There is a lot!

Hoping to get the rest of the trim installed tomorrow and the bathroom door installed which needs some surgery. Also hope my wet bar trim pieces are in so I can get started...

Not enough time in the day....
post #126 of 229
I'd like do the same as you with my theater screen wall, ie. in wall speakers with an AT screen directly over it. I looked over the info on the screen you plan on using and see it requires a minimum of 2 inch space in front of the speakers and no direct air firing ports on speakers. How do you plan on mounting the AT screen to your wall and I assume you have no concerns how this will work with minimum clearance over your def techs? Thanks!
post #127 of 229
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I'd like do the same as you with my theater screen wall, ie. in wall speakers with an AT screen directly over it. I looked over the info on the screen you plan on using and see it requires a minimum of 2 inch space in front of the speakers and no direct air firing ports on speakers. How do you plan on mounting the AT screen to your wall and I assume you have no concerns how this will work with minimum clearance over your def techs? Thanks!

I actually called Chris at SeymourAV when I was researching options and he told me the inwall speakers would not be a problem with the screen right in front of them. I have actually been to a home theater design expo and several demos had inwall speakers right behind the screen and there was no issue. For non-in wall speakers I would be inclined to allow a few inches.

I will be happy to share my thoughts with you in a few weeks.

Woke up today with a fever, and am hoping I am better so I can keep working tomorrow since I am off from work...

Will also post some pics later today of some of the progress.
post #128 of 229
thanks a lot, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how it works with near zero clearance, I could always do a very thin false wall, but want every inch of depth in the seating area I can muster. I will be doing in walls like you though because I want a fairly big screen 120 or so and don't want a significant depth false wall.
post #129 of 229
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Some quick updates. Here is a shot of the bathroom. Vanity came from Ikea, faucet we found on Amazon. Plumber hated us The vanity required the plumber to run the lines more to the side and this is also a floating vanity with large storage doors. He pulled it off



Some more pics:





We had a hard time finding scounces we liked. Went to the local Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc. No luck. Then my wife found some she loved online at West Elm, but they were not going to be in stock until March.

Then I went to a different Home Depot in Plymouth, MN and they had the lights that you see in the pics. Very happy with them and the price compared to the West Elm lights
post #130 of 229
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Here is a shot of the bar area. I am going to get all the tile layed today. As you can see, I have the trim ready to go (it is a pain working with metal, metal snips, hacksaws, etc).

You can also see a shot of the installed sink in the background with the faucet. Really turned out nice.

I have also been trimming like a mad man and have about 80% of the trim installed. Sharing a few picks (just look over the mess). Also sending a pic of the in-ceiling surrounds hole. The speakers are Deftech RSS-III's. You actually have to add bracing in the ceiling since the speakers are hefty (they are bipole). Should have all the speakers installed in about a week, just before carpet.

Looks like my screen is running behind schedule. James is super busy and is waiting on more material from Seymour AV. Gonna be disappointed if it is not here by Jan 17th....





post #131 of 229
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Some pics of the completed bar (still need to grout). Like the way it turned out, nice clean look. I would have preferred Granite or Quartz, but this was about 1/3rd the cost on an already blown budget. Styles change and in a few years we can rip it out knowing we did not spend that much. I would estimate about $120 on tile, $150 on the stainless steel trim, and another $20 on the accent pieces in the middle plus grout and mortar. So maybe $300 out the door? And that includes the bar and sink area. Still need to buy some backsplash tiles, and that will probably cost another $100-150.



post #132 of 229
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Some pics of the completed bar (still need to grout). Like the way it turned out, nice clean look. I would have preferred Granite or Quartz, but this was about 1/3rd the cost on an already blown budget.

Looks very nice indeed! 1/3rd the cost? Try about 1/10th. The quarts or granite would have been considerably more than you think probably unless you have really contacts or an in somewhere...

Kal
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Looks very nice indeed! 1/3rd the cost? Try about 1/10th. The quarts or granite would have been considerably more than you think probably unless you have really contacts or an in somewhere...

Kal

Kal, you are quite right. We did not even bother getting quotes on granite or quartz, but I am guessing around $40-50sq ft installed for medium grade? That would put me around $1500 minimum or so..
post #134 of 229
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Kal, you are quite right. We did not even bother getting quotes on granite or quartz, but I am guessing around $40-50sq ft installed for medium grade? That would put me around $1500 minimum or so..

Good question - I'm not sure. It just seems that whenever we consider doing granite or quarts instead of tile the prices are in the $1000's instead of in the $100's.

We're designing a new basement (including bar/HT/brewery/bathroom) in the next few months so I've been keeping an eye on your progress and may steal a few ideas. Looks good so far!

Kal
post #135 of 229
This is looking amazing. I love the stone work.
post #136 of 229
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Good question - I'm not sure. It just seems that whenever we consider doing granite or quarts instead of tile the prices are in the $1000's instead of in the $100's.

We're designing a new basement (including bar/HT/brewery/bathroom) in the next few months so I've been keeping an eye on your progress and may steal a few ideas. Looks good so far!

Kal

Thanks Kal. I am amazed what they are doing with tile. They have tile flooring that looks identical to hardwood. I really considered buying some and putting down some underfloor heating.

Thanks for the kind words, and feel free to ping me if you have any questions.
post #137 of 229
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This is looking amazing. I love the stone work.

Thanks man. Too bad you don't live near me so I could have picked your brain on installing concrete countertops
post #138 of 229
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Some pics of the completed bar (still need to grout). Like the way it turned out, nice clean look. I would have preferred Granite or Quartz, but this was about 1/3rd the cost on an already blown budget. Styles change and in a few years we can rip it out knowing we did not spend that much. I would estimate about $120 on tile, $150 on the stainless steel trim, and another $20 on the accent pieces in the middle plus grout and mortar. So maybe $300 out the door? And that includes the bar and sink area. Still need to buy some backsplash tiles, and that will probably cost another $100-150.

I think it looks great, but not nearly as good as it will with some cold ones on it. Very creative.
post #139 of 229
Ack-bk,

You have made a ton of progress in 6+ months. Well done. Having looked at the Deftecs when I was looking to upgrade my speakers last February I really liked them. I ultimately went with a different brand, but would love to hear your impression once you have them set-up in your theater.
post #140 of 229
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Ack-bk,

You have made a ton of progress in 6+ months. Well done. Having looked at the Deftecs when I was looking to upgrade my speakers last February I really liked them. I ultimately went with a different brand, but would love to hear your impression once you have them set-up in your theater.

Scout's staff, it has been a lot of weekends and long nights after work. Quite frankly I am tired of the basement right now, but one more big push and I will have carpet installed Tuesday of next week, and then just a bunch of little things to do.

I listened to a number of inwall speakers, and would have loved the Triad Gold series speakers (my #1 choice) or some of the RBH speakers (big fan of RBH and have owned them in the past). But the Deftech's were better for the budget and I liked them for home theater.

Will definitely share my impressions once they are installed and I watch the first movie. Speakers and new Denon receiver have been sitting in the box for months, along with a new projector... Can't wait!
post #141 of 229
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I will be posting over the big push, but here is just a quick list of things I have to do over the next 6 days:
- Finish trimming out two doors and some small areas
- Finish filling nail holes and caulking trim
- Touch up all the trim with paint
- Another coat of paint on all the doors
- Touch up all the walls and ceiling with paint
- Build the media rack shelves (and paint)
- Grout the bar top
- Install the door knobs
- Paint the hallway/stairway from the main floor to the basement
- Install skirtboard and trim on the stairs
- Install the projector mount
- Install the speakers along with all the face plates for the wires
- Finish some tile work in the shower and do some touch up grout work
- Install backsplash in bathroom
- Finish installing the cabinets (uppers, drawers, and all doors) in the bar area
- Install the pendant lights in the bar area and lights in the bedroom, closet, main hallway, and playroom.


I am sure there is more.. But I would love to get all the above accomplished over the next week before carpet. For sure all the trim and painting needs to get done along with the grout for the bar before carpet.
post #142 of 229
Excellent Progress, looking beautiful! Keep up the awesome work!

I'm currently down, been having some health issues over the past two weeks, might have gall blader removed, we will see...

Looking awesome!
post #143 of 229
Looking good Ack.
post #144 of 229
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Excellent Progress, looking beautiful! Keep up the awesome work!

I'm currently down, been having some health issues over the past two weeks, might have gall blader removed, we will see...

Looking awesome!

Chad. Really sorry to hear about your health issues. Hopefully you can get healthy and back on your feet completely. Let me know if you need help once you are ready to start working again.
post #145 of 229
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Been plugging away at the trim and have most of it puttied and caulked and have started painting. Have about 25% of the trim painted and the first coat of paint on all the doors.


Plan on more painting tonight and the big plans for tomorrow are:
- Install the skirt board and trim on the stairs. This is a pain. The builder should have left a consistent 3/4" gap for me to install a 3/4" skirtboard, but he did not. In many places it is less than 3/4" so I have decided to go with ripping 1/2" birch plywood )it will be primed and painted white), and then putting a trim piece on the top. Hopefully this will go fast....
- Finish trimming out a few doors and small spots.
- Build the shelves for the AV rack. Going to buy the already painted white melamine wood at Home Depot that has the bullnose for the front.
- More calking and puttying.

The doors are 6 panel doors and have taken longer than I thought to paint. They were primed when I bought them, but they are just sucking up paint and I probably should have put another coat of primer on them before painting. The trim already has 2 coats of paint, but am putting on a light touch up coat.

I also spent a few minutes last night figuring out the projector mount. It is going to be cake. The projector mount was made for my projector so it is very straight forward. I do need to get on a ladder with a laser level and try and get the projector centered just right for mounting. I am really glad I added extra bracing in the ceiling for the projector mount, it will save lots of time and ensure I have a good solid mount. Thank you AVS forum..

One more thing... My custom Seymour AV XD screen on a Jamestown frame (ordered it from Jamestown) shipped and will be here Monday according to UPS. I cannot say enough about James. He was very responsive and helpful the whole way...

Carpet is set to be installed Tuesday..

There is a ton to do between now and Tuesday, but this time next week I should be watching movies

I will post pictures once I get everything ready for Tuesday and I get the mess cleaned up.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel....
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So close, yet so far ...
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So close, yet so far ...

Nice find
post #148 of 229
Looking great as usual! Again, that bar top turned out killer. It looks so cosmopolitan. I think you'll be doing a disservice to serve draft beer from that bar You're stuck with serving either 18-year old single malt scotches or great martinis

Oh, and I'm looking forward to your first review of those speakers in your room.
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Looking great as usual! Again, that bar top turned out killer. It looks so cosmopolitan. I think you'll be doing a disservice to serve draft beer from that bar You're stuck with serving either 18-year old single malt scotches or great martinis

As long as you stay away from serving Bud Light or Coors Light, I don't see the problem with serving draft beer from a nice bar!

Kal
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As long as you stay away from serving Bud Light or Coors Light, I don't see the problem with serving draft beer from a nice bar!

Kal

Here here!!

Just kegged my surly furious and Irish red!

Killer
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