Originally Posted by Kurt Gross
I have a couple questions about your indoor theater project.
Carpet: I like the Stainmaster Silver Lake that you used. I have a 13x30 space that has a similar shaped stage and riser. We had Lowes come to measure it and their quote came back with about 40% waste. In other words, the amount of carpet that the square footage of the room measured out to was 40% less than what we had to buy. I know that the carpet comes in 12 foot width but they said that they were going to seam it across the room, rather than the length so that wasn't the problem. I called them and they said that is the amount that installer felt comfortable with. Do you know if you ran into a similar situation. Our quote was about $3000 for $3.44/square foot carpet plus pad and install.
Screen/Projector: Given our ceiling height and room width we are probably going to do a 2.35/2.40 screen. The theater store that seems the most knowledgeable of the ones that we have dealt with is pushing the Sony 50 with a Panamorph lens and a Stewart Firehawk 137 or 138 diagonal screen. (All very expensive!) They talk about the screen making process and longevity for the Firehawk versus others. This is all pretty new to me so I am looking for thoughts on this and advantages/disadvantages of various setups.
Seating: The store also talks about bench built (matching) Palisades seating versus standard. Ever head of that?
Carpet : I believe looking at my chart, my carpet cost $1661. We did not have Lowes do the install. We have a friend who did the install for us, and also provided his own pad as well. He measured out the space and gave us a number to get. I saw the leftovers and it was nowhere near 40% waste. The carpet itself + pad has a good squishy feel to it, being that it isn't as hard as people expect a basement carpet to be. Looks wise, I like it very much. It is also a very thick carpet, and because of the weaves has a thick backing to it. This makes going around corners or edges difficult. There are places where the cuts were made that were hard to keep hidden, and I have to watch my Dobies any time there are in there, as they love to get their teeth and claws into the loops. I have a mini scissor I use to cut any pulled loops. Also, the carpet thickness was a problem with the threshold/door. We had to trim the door height so it would not rub the carpet, and then the distance between the rubber seal under the door and the wood threshold was too great for them to touch and seal the gap. I would need to either raise the threshold to where people could trip on it, or get a "Drop" door seal. If I had to do it again, I'd get a uniform flat carpet, more like what BIG has at his place.
Projector/Screen/Seats : As far as what your store pushing stuff I'd take a step back and ignore them for now. First of all, your best bet is to start your own thread about your build (if you haven't already) and then state what you want. Your screen size and format for example, what the conditions for your room will be, the dimensions of everything, the throw, etc. Then mention things like if you want 3D, if you have any preference for 4K, etc. People will give you tons of advice. If you are using a lens, that can affect your projector choice. Not to mention, if your local store is not AVScience, you should be giving them a call. If nothing else, just to hear their prices and their advice... and their prices are very good. Anything at a local store will be more expensive. Chairs most of all. They probably have an expensive brand of seating they want to sell you, and I wouldn't buy any of it. Think about what seat configurations you want. Do you want butt kickers installed, do you want them to be manual or electric recline. Do you want seat dividers, do they need lighting or tables, how big are the people sitting in them? Then you talk to someone like Roman (On AVS forums here) and get chairs that way. The projector you get will directly dictate your screen. Are you going to get an AT screen, etc. Then you need to know much gain you need, etc. The nice thing about these forums is that people aren't trying to sell you on anything (well the AVScience guys might try just a little) but will give you mostly good advice, where as any salesman in a store has products to push.