1 more important item to add:
Treat this as a project, make a timeline of things you need to do, and a schedule to do them in.
"Most" people here who DIY seem to be on the 1-2 year minimum turnaround time from HT "start" - planning thru completion, as part time work.
Many skills can be learned, or if you are not comfortable some can be contracted out while you do some.
Hence you establishing a budget is good, but so much more work needs to be done in planning and build phase before spending that $$$
As reference to my HT and it's budget/real costs
Front Proj: Sony VPL-VW60; say $4k for PJ for 2014/2015 PJ (my swag at when you might be done)
+ a-lens UH380 on slide, ; if you are going this route $2k for a b-stock, or more for new
with Darbee Darblet video processor; $300, suggest wait till after your HT initially done
A/V: Denon AVR-4520CI ; approx $2.2k
Emotiva XPA-3 amp; $600 - I have 11.3 set-up so needed this as no AVR currently has 11 amps, mine has 9
Screen: 130" DIY 2.35:1 curved screen
; $600-ish, if you buy $1k or so
11.3 speakers: Paradigm Monitor 9's for front, CC-390 center, 4 ADP-390 for rear and back surround, Monitor bookshelf for wides/fronts.; I have about $4k in these, maybe slightly more.
>>Consider DIY speakers via the DIY sound group
subwoofer: 4 x 15" IB array on Sub1, plus 18" and 15" Stereo Integrity cubes on Sub2; My IB sub $1.3k, the 2 added cube subs $800, total $2.1k
>>Again DIY soundgroup has sub cubes, or better yet now Parts Express
is carrying them with drivers bundled to save $$
speaker wire: 500 feet of 14ga/4c, all runs equal length.; $250? (copper prices change too fast)
Seats: 2 rows thru Roman $2.5kDIY Acoustics
My gear + acoustics + seats total comes to $23k-ish, then add in carpet + pad ($2k top tier), drywall/soundproofing/etc ($2k), AV rack ($500), remotes ($500), $500 12ga/14ga wiring, lighting $500 (fixtures & what not, also add $750 if grafik eye), misc stuff $1k (riser, a-lens slide
, etc) .
So yea $30k you should budget for seems ballpark, w/o labor of others.
For reference, that $30k gave me this, and it took 4 years initially, then 3 more for "upgrades" and applying lessons learned:
front view .............. ......................................................Rear view:
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