I've picked up a couple new readers over the last 24 hours so I want to cover the principles of my theater construction :
- I am not flush with resources for this project - At least until next fall we are a single income family who just made the biggest purchase of their 13 year marriage which is this very large (for us) 2 story home in Northwest Indiana. We tried to limit the compromises but some had to be made and will continue to be needed until my three kids are all out of college.
- I do not own many tools and am not especially handy with them. My wife on the other hand LOOOOVES tools and working with her hands so who knows, this project may end up being more about her than me... I am still working out whether I will subcontract or buy tools and build myself.
- Layout basics : I have two options, both with their own unique problems -
1) a 25' by 12' by 7'9" space that has a beam and one HVAC vent 70" tall running right through the middle of the room which means the projector must be mounted low enough to circumnavigate the lower ceiling. joists run the length of the room which is good because I won't have a lot of headroom for soffits.
2) a 34' by 13' by 7'9" space that has two HVAC vents that run along one side of the room that service the first floor. Joists run across the room meaning soffits are a necessity.
the plan is to do three rows of seating (floor, riser and snack bar) although with the very low seating I have my doubts if that will actually work. You can flip through prior thread pages for drawings.
Construction (of the house) is currently scheduled to be complete in mid November. Theater construction will probably not start until early 2014 unless we sell our current house and then we might get a jump on it this holiday.
My current design really lacks a good understanding of HVAC and electric so as you look at drawings on previous pages and have pointers, please share! thanks in advance.