Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. While I made have provided a lot of the hands on experience to get it done, NYGF23 made a huge commitment of time to lead the planning of the finished look and learning new skills that he put to use during the project, I had him cutting boards, screwing up isolation clips, fastening the bottom plates (I think his favorite because he got to shoot the gun), Pulling wires into position, installing the insulation. Lifting one end of the drywall, caulking, painting, bringing in ALL the sand, Carrying all the gear/chairs around and gennerally helping whenever he could. Most important he brought his check book to the table. It is always more fun playing with other peoples money and I thank him for the opportunity to play with my tools one more time and to spend the time working with someone who truly has the passion. I wish it was just down the block as I'd be begging for an invitation for a good flick and some of the the Wife's great Salmon dish that I was luckily enough to sample a couple of times.
While there are a few tasks before he can fully enjoy his space he is getting really close to living his dream. Getting the granite counter will happen soon. He also needs to run the Denon through it's set-up paces and adjust the sound, program the remote, and hook up his hard wired ethernet connection.
At some point the neighbor who has a "beginner" grade theater (and very proud of it) and has been asking GF "how is the theater coming?" will need to be invited over and properly humbled. Not that we AVSer's are into oneupmanship. but sometimes you just need the mines bigger than yours ego fix.
Edited by BIGmouthinDC - 8/3/13 at 5:53pm