Dale.... oh my... wasn't prepared for so much praise in one post. I think I'll have to soak it up over a few days.
The lateral bracing vs. wiring.... yes, I definitely see your point, but my main concern is sound proofing so I don't want more holes in the walls than needed. I have electrical outlets in the rear wall so I don't see that I really need any more. Any other electrical wires needed (lights) will be drawn on the outside of walls (in soffits or similar). In stark contrast with many others, I'm not allergic to see a cable.
About red carpet... That's a concession to my wife. She would have wanted the chairs red, but they weren't available in red (at least not at the time I saw the deal on them). But I have given thought to doing it dual color; red on the back platform and black in front of the screen. I'll float that for approval in a year's time or however long it takes to get to the carpet.
Yes, everything has been built by me so far. Oh, sure the kids have handed me a tool or a few screws now and then when they've been around checking out the goings on. The inner-acoustic design was done by the designer of the loudspeakers, unfortunately having to change the room dimensions for soundproofing probably invalidates that in parts, but I don't really feel for spending that money again "for the same thing", so I think I'll have to use my own head for how to adapt it. I'm not feeling that I will be able to do a good job with wall-to-wall carpeting, so when we get there, I'll have to fork up some cash for professionals... With that said.... I'm not close to being a professional with any of this, I'm a computer engineer, so if this thread can help push the message "Yes, you can!" then I'm extra happy. Plan and discuss first, let things mature in head and/or on paper and then go slow and carefully. I try to envision the difficult parts before they happen and if I can make them go away by changing design/picking other materials then I'll do that.
My 1st language is Swedish (Scanian dialect). I have been feeling extra crippled during this thread, it's quite obvious that we never learned the words for building construction in school so I've had to learn a word or fifteen...
I'm happy the thread has been polite, some minor funny bashing is quite ok in my book. I'm the first one to call myself a dumbass, though, so no one else needs to drop by to deliver the 'news'.
No apologies needed - I'm very happy after reading it.
And - Welcome to AVS!Edited by Nightlord - 9/11/13 at 11:50pm