Originally Posted by onesquin
Wow Dennis.. you're a real buzzkill!!!
That's the trouble with experts - they know what they're talking about...
Soooo much better to hear all of this before you put loads of money in only to find out it's not going to work!
But these are all real issues... I started working on a loose budget last night and was already at 20k without even thinking.
Good - you're got the first 20% of the budget done, then
My immediately family is 5 and I have had 15+ people watching sports/movies at my house many times, but you are right, I would be footing a huge bill for the 5% when 95% of the time seating for 8 and barstools at the back are good enough.
Exactly where I was at in my initial thinking. I didn't want to build a small theater, either. In reality, the majority of time the theater has been used (inviting 20+ people), it's been about 8-10 folks. Super Bowl will be different, but yeah, exception rather than the rule.
And if you're expecting big crowds to show up for Illini football, um, well
But do think about your usage model when sizing, which you're doing. Family of 5 with friends + kids? "Adults" with kids in another room?
This is not the exact way I thought we would start off as I am planning on hiring you as soon as I get the floorplans finalized with the builder.
Strongly recommend you speak with Dennis (or his team) personally *before* you finish the floorplan. Rough sketch with the limits is good, but get his expert input as to the final size (plus/minus a foot here or there), since you've got flexibility...