I'm thrilled to be starting construction on my DIY home theater. I present:
Currently Working on:
Three new doors to install
Baseboard, crown, and other wood trim
Links to updates:
We live in a 4 level split level. The space on the 4th (lowest) level is used for playing. As many of you have experienced, the home theater beast has awaken inside of me, and sequestered my existence. I. Must. Build.
Home theaters cost money. Loads of it. I must complete mine in phases since I only have 1 load. As soon as more makes itself available to me through some miracle or time, I will move on. Phase one will get me up and running and set the infrastructure for greater things. Phases 2+ will add style, a kitchenette, more acoustic treatments, more architectural pzazz.
I am an IT guy, so much of this DIY stuff will be a learning process for me. At least I'm good with the AV and technical stuff.
I even have a project plan!
REQS for Phase 1:
1. Awesome movie viewing (2D only for now, please thx).
2. For now, kids will be play in the area, so it must be somewhat protected against 3yo and 6 yo boys.
3. Looks good, clean!
5. Sounds good! I don't care about sound proofing, but I want to have good enough speakers so I can achieve optimum sound in the future with acoustical treatments.
4. Ready for future phases
5. Cost less than $8,000 (LOL I hit that mark a long time ago, guessing I'm up to around 12k at this point - 12/5/2012)
Here're the BEFORE shots!
The room is 90" tall concrete to joists. The beam you see running across the middle carries the support beam and HVAC.
Here are my DESIGN images:
(EDIT: I've updated this design image) Here's the old version1, version2,
I'm buying an RS45 for 2D image quality and CIH comparability. I've done ridiculous amounts of research for a year coming to this choice. I'm very excited! I will also be mounting this from the ceiling and putting some sort of cage around it. Either I will go with nice wood trim, or I was thinking maybe a metal cage like you sometimes see on speaker grills custom built. I do this because of the boys.
Seymour AT 11' foot wide screen. I may scale that down to 10' if it's not bright enough. We'll see. I will be building the frame myself. I will also build the masks myself using wood, felt, GOM and magnets. I also will make a curtain to help protect the screen from flying objects.
Other AV Gear
CHT SHO-10's for LCR
HSU VTF-15H sub
Surrounds (not bought yet, but considering just getting monoprice in-walls)
I have a bunch of av jack extension stuff to pull to a convenience jack in the room.
Edited by stevegravley - 3/4/13 at 12:08pm