Originally Posted by the Son
What was the deciding factor in the direction of your room layout? My first thought would have been opposite. Where the sliding door is would be my back wall. Then I might have considered mirroring the bathroom inset on the other side of the double door and made it an equipment room. That would create an alcove for the double doors, even out the room dimensions, and (possibly?) improve the wides/heights/sides placement options.
But again, cool room! Wish I had a room I could do that with.
Good questions. I swapped the room around a few times in sketchup and stood around in the empty room trying to envision how things would turn out. I kept coming back to the layout that I currently have. There are issues with both layouts. Reasons I went with my layout:
1) I like entering a theater at the back, not up front by the screen.
2) I thought it would be easier dealing with the sliding glass doors by having them behind the screen wall. The sliding glass doors are both a light source and source of unwanted sound from outside. I'm going to insulate them and throw drywall over them. It seemed best to hide them behind the false wall.
3) I can have a larger back row seating area. If the riser was on the narrower wall with the sliding glass door, after putting in steps, I would lose 2 or 3 feet of seating.
4) I couldn't figure out how to place wide speakers if the layout was reversed. Seemed the left wide speaker would have to be at the double doors.
5) The screen can be perfectly centered on the wall.
6) Building an equipment room was beyond the scope of this build, though I did consider it and discussed it with my wife. We've decided that everything will be easily reversible when and if we sell the house by removing a few screws and patching up some small holes. Also, I prefer to have the equipment opposite the screen wall on the wall housing the projector. Makes for shorter cable runs to the projector and it makes for a less distracting screen wall when watching a movie - no blinking lights, etc.
I think those were the main reasons for the current layout. I have had a few friends walk through the theater room and they nearly always ask the same thing. Why are you going to cover up the sliding glass door? Why did you put that speaker in front of the window? It's kind of hard for me to explain the audyssey DSX 11.1 layout to them and the necessity to have speakers in specified locations and the need for a quiet, light controlled room. Hopefully the end product will be answer enough.
I appreciate your interest in this build. I know it pales in comparison to many of the builds in this forum. My emphasis is really on the quality of the movie viewing experience. Hopefully, the room will be comfortable enough to be in, though I have no delusions that it will be a "show piece" room.