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House build is finally underway. The theatre is above the double garage on the far right. It's a Dennis Erskine design with clear dimensions inside the acoustic shell of 9650 x 6350 x 3475mm (31'8" x 20'10" x 11'5").

Photo shows the foundations complete ready for forming up the ground floor slab.

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Keep the pictures coming. We don't often get to see the other ways of building a house. Is there a concrete footer under the stacked block foundation?
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First reply from BIG ... woo hoo ! Now I know my thread's made it !

We didn't do any bore holes before starting so the engineer's design was for concrete strip footings bearing on the soil about 600mm below ground level.

When they started digging it became obvious that just below this level, and covering the entire block, was weathered sandstone. So they dug a little deeper and then poured the concrete strip footings on rock.

This makes for an excellent foundation and hopefully I won't have any settlement issues. The only problem with the rock is digging under the driveway for the OSD tank is now going to be expensive !
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What have I started with the name....

Good luck with the build, cant wait until its finished, beers on Greg and I

......we lost the first 5 weeks of our build photos on a dodgy memory card.....back them up regularly. Tip - if you can take a photo every day from the same spot, strings together into a nice fast view album

Edit: Big if you're interested I can dig up some of our foundation photos if I can find em
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Tip - if you can take a photo every day from the same spot, strings together into a nice fast view album

Every day ??!! I think you overestimate the speed of our builder !

All photos reside on a NAS with Raid 5 at home, plus backup to ext HD at home and portable HD kept at office. I think we're covered !
post #6 of 497
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Floor plans ...





Garage slab to be poured Tue and the rest on Wed ... woo hoo !!
post #7 of 497
I might have to jump on a plane to see this one when it's finished.
Have to decided on the audio for a room this size?
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dang ya'll are rich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I might have to jump on a plane to see this one when it's finished.
Have to decided on the audio for a room this size?

Ah,
I remember now.
Seaton!!!
Looks like another one to get to use them before me. My Cat's arrived Dec 09' and I still don't have them in a theater.
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Peter - got plans yet from Dennis? even just a hint? or are you holding out on us?
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I might have to jump on a plane to see this one when it's finished.
Have to decided on the audio for a room this size?

You're very welcome to come and visit and being from SA your price of entry will be a six pack of Coopers !

Speakers will be either Seaton or Procella ... both have plenty of output for this room. I'm losing about 1m at the front for baffle wall and screen wall, and about 1m at the rear for equipment, storage and some Erskine "secret sauce" !!
post #12 of 497
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Peter - got plans yet from Dennis? even just a hint? or are you holding out on us?

Hi Peter,

I received my 95% drawings from Dennis ages ago, but I need to finalise speakers before he finishes them. I don't think I'll be posting Dennis' drawings but I will post my Sketchup model.

One idea I've got floating around in my head is to have the aesthetics reflect the acoustics ... the walls are being covered in fabric wrapped panels (no surprises there !) which run from column to column and are about 600mm high. There are three types of panels (absorber / diffuser / combo) which I'm thinking of doing in three shades of blue. Dennis' design has the three types arranged in what looks like an almost random pattern (but is obviously very carefully designed and laid out by him). For some strange reason I think it'd be cool to have the colour scheme match the purpose of each of the panels. I'll be putting this into Sketchup shortly to see how it looks !! Hopefully not hideous !!!
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You're very welcome to come and visit and being from SA your price of entry will be a six pack of Coopers !

Speakers will be either Seaton or Procella ... both have plenty of output for this room. I'm losing about 1m at the front for baffle wall and screen wall, and about 1m at the rear for equipment, storage and some Erskine "secret sauce" !!

Thanks Peter I will certainly be up for that.
I might have to re-think the size of room I want Dennis to design for me down the track.
So your room will end up what I was wanting about 7.5m long.
post #14 of 497
Sketchup is all I was after

I thought you'd decided on the Seatons?

Interesting idea with the fabric - what type of fabric are you using? I think it could look good. Depends how you're going to integrate it all i.e. the fabric and non fabric bits....I've struggled with this. Have you seen this thread? it might give you some ideas:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1185472

Are you getting quest panels or RPG ones?
post #15 of 497
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Thanks Peter I will certainly be up for that.
I might have to re-think the size of room I want Dennis to design for me down the track.
So your room will end up what I was wanting about 7.5m long.

Yes it will appear to be a 7.5m long room. I'm putting in two rows of four seats so there's plenty of room and hopefully it'll feel quite spacious, even when full.
post #16 of 497
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Sketchup is all I was after

I thought you'd decided on the Seatons?

Interesting idea with the fabric - what type of fabric are you using? I think it could look good. Depends how you're going to integrate it all i.e. the fabric and non fabric bits....I've struggled with this. Have you seen this thread? it might give you some ideas:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1185472

Are you getting quest panels or RPG ones?

I had decided on the Seatons, but then I ran into Gerben at CEDIA here in Sydney and he's really after me to use his stuff. I will definitely make a decision in the next few weeks, as I need to get it all on order.

I haven't finalised the fabric yet but GOM FR701 is the obvious choice, and I understand you got yours from the US. I may go down this route as well.

Dennis has spec'd the Quest panels and I have a quote from the guys in Melbourne for all of them, however I may DIY the absorbers and diffusors. The combo panel is apparently not DIY'able.
post #17 of 497
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Have you seen this thread? it might give you some ideas:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1185472

Yes I had seen that thread ... some really nice stuff. Once I get my Sketchup stuff posted, I'll certainly be asking for more design ideas. Aesthetics is not my strong suit .. after all I'm an engineer !
post #18 of 497
Hey there Peter! Great to see some progress. I love the way Peter the Greek loads me up for beers without even asking!
That is going to be one impressive theatre. I couldn't help but look at the front and rear windows and think that council insisted they be there. Buggers like that. Even still, you are going to rattle around in that theatre with two rows of seating. I am sure Dennis has come up with something special for you.
Will be watching this Thread. Going to pilfer all your good ideas!
Cheers
Greg.
post #19 of 497
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I have a quote from the guys in Melbourne for all of them,

Interesting.....they wouldn't get me a small quantity.....so annoying.

Yep, dont buy GOM from them its 3x the price, shipped from the US....really
post #20 of 497
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We have a slab ...

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Hey Peter, looking great. Bet you are loving these blue skies! Most slabs make homes look small. That is one good sized slab. Your home is going to bs massive! Frame will be up before you know it.
post #22 of 497
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Most of the ground floor frames are on site so I expect they'll start on Monday.

Doing my "no rain" dance at every opportunity !!!
post #23 of 497
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And this was the old house just after they started demolition ...

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Any new photos Peter? BTW, you should have danced a little harder with this rain we are now having!
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Yeah, where's the daily update!?

Downunder Swimming Pool Mk II....

.....I was walking up George St this morning and a bus went past at about 50kms...1/2 a foot of water.....you can picture the rest....I hate working in the city when it rains....
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Peter, kind of serves him right for pinching the name of your build thread! Karma home theater style
post #27 of 497
That looks more like a dig site at Pompeii than the humble beginnings of a home theater! :-) All joking aside, keep the updates coming and good luck.

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post #28 of 497
Looking awesome Pete. Keen to see the progress as it moves along.

From a fellow Sydney sider, what suburb you building this in?
post #29 of 497
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Hi Guys,

Been away for the last week and obviously my "no rain" dance doesn't work from long distance. Back now ... blue skies ... more photos tomorrow.
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Looking awesome Pete. Keen to see the progress as it moves along.

From a fellow Sydney sider, what suburb you building this in?

We're in Frenchs Forest.
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