So I went back over the model a lot today with Tony. And he did quite a few updates. Now that its actually time to construct the 'theater', meaning the stage, riser, columns, etc. we wanted to recheck everything. A few changes:
We modeled in a riser built out of 2x12s with a step. After some calculations we realized that was too large. Were now planning on making it out of 2x6s. It will not have a step anymore. Im keeping the stage at 12 inches high with a 6 inch step. The ceiling soffit matches the stage design.
Im leaning heavily towards using the Hue lighting system, which adds up in costs quick so I reduced the number of planned lights.
We also has planned on having a 12 inch deep soffit, but after reading dozens of threads we thought it was too tall for my room. My ceiling is just over 7.5 feet tall after all the sound proofing. We reduced the soffit to 6 inches high. I originally planned on having a rope light tray half way up the soffit. Now, the rope light tray is just at the bottom of the soffit. I think it will still look nice.
He then got stuck having to remodel all panels and trim, etc. since the soffit height changed.
We also planned mostly how we are going to build the soffit. Im not sure if I want to paint MDF brown, or stain wood. I went to home depot today and bought the wood, and stain. I also brought in the fabric for the panels and had it color matched. Ill paint both and post pics for votes. Stained wood i think always looks nicer but it would be so much easier to paint all the trim, crown, waynes coating, then staining it all. Also, I want the soffits to have access panels for future wiring. Im having trouble with that design because we reduced the width of the soffit down to about 10 inches, from 18. So by the time you have the lights and the 3.5 inch acoustic panels there doesnt leave much of an opening for access. The reason I want the soffit smaller is because I think it will space out the ceiling panels better. They look better with the extra room. I know im not explaining this well but when I get pictures of the model ill post them.