So a while ago I was able to get some cash from our government to do an eco-energy audit. This led me to tear all the walls down in my basement, as well as replacing my furnace and air conditioner. I had to rip down all my exterior walls and rebuild them. The old walls where studded with 2x2 and I had to change it over to 2x4 to make enough room for the right R value insulation levels, that the government wanted. When tearing down all the walls and rebuilding them, I found myself thinking a lot of this space I was not using anything for but storage. I have always been a fan of home theater and video games. I would often find myself looking at cool basement and theater spaces. I decided to build my basement into a lounge and media room. My space isn’t very large, as well as my house is very awkwardly laid out. All the rooms in my house are long and narrow. But these are things I will have to deal with when building my two rooms. Just to give anyone that is reading this a heads up, I have completed the first room which I call the gentlemen’s lounge. I am currently working on my media room (I call it a media room because I am not putting the money and technology that most people on this forum do. This is because of limited budget). I will give quick notes on what I did, to the best I can remember.
Unfortunately I don’t believe I have picture of the room before I started (I will have to maybe search and see if I have any kicking somewhere). The room before I started was just a dry walled room with very cheap tongue and groove pine slates on the ceiling. The walls where banged up from the young boy that live there before shooting hockey pucks down there. There was a carpet laid down there but it wasn’t meant for that room so it didn’t quite fit properly. The room also had a closet I took out to make the room a bit more square.
After studding and insulating and installing the vapor barrier, I wanted to make this room a little more solid. I wasn’t totally sure how I was going to finish all the walls. I knew I wanted to install some Wayne Scotting. So I apply ½ play wood over all the walls. I also put safe n sound in the rafters on the ceiling to help with some noise. I know it would be sound proof but it did help in the end. Then I measured and started putting veneered plywood on the walls (Oak). I AM NOT A CARPENTER BY ANY MEAN. But it’s amazing on what wood filler and glue can do for your room. The veneered ply took me a long time; the stairs seem to be the most difficult. I decided to do the rest of the wall just in drywall, due to my budget being eaten up quickly. Trimming came next, which really started making the room come together. I stained by hand and had a buddy help me spray the clear coat on.
The ceiling was done by making a floating island of sorts. I thought I would try to make it so around this floating island I could have removable ceiling in case I have to pull any type of wire or anything. I used laminate, on the ceiling, as well as around it so I could easily lift them when I have to pull wire.
The carpet was the only thing I didn’t do myself.
I also installed LED lighting in the crown molding that will like up around the out and inner ring around the floating island. The led control is also hooked up to a music controller so it will pulse with music coming from the in ceiling speakers. I will try to get some picture of this one, I don’t have any right now. I also bought a candle stick holder from the UK and drilled it out and ran some wires to it. The gargoyle now holds a large clear crystal that I installed a single RGB LED light that will light up.
There is a TV mounted on one of the walls, this room isn’t meant for just TV but more of a lounge for when I finish the media room. I was thinking, when all the guys come over for some UFC on the projector (media room). The ladies can hang out in the gentlemen’s lounge. This room is control with Control4, all lighing LED lights TV and speakers are all controlled.
Without further gibber gabber I will post some picture for this room. Please take note that all photos have been taken on an iphone so some are blurry.
this wall you can see the plywood base before the drywall went up
like I said unfortunatley I dont think I have any earlier pics but i will look for some
This picture below is a good pick of the floating island base
more wood before trim
start of the trim
the stairs by far the hardest part
Trimming these agles seemed difficult at times. I am not a carpenter
looking a little closer to what I first hope it would be
I put some fake posts in, because that just looks cool
this was the start of the stain
OH! yes there are hidden doors. the one by the stars goes to my electrical room and panel room. The other is where the media room will be
My house is a side split so my ceillings are 10 foot, alot of people seem to like that, is doesn't feel like a basement as much.
I will do my best to post my progress on my media room as soon as possible and maybe some more pics of this room.
Edited by ClayliketheDIRT - 10/16/13 at 6:35pm