A little about me - I am pretty familiar with this world having worked at a custom HT installer and have followed this forum since I was a wee boy. I have aquired some equipment over the years, now a newer home with a room showing potential for a dedicated HT, and just enough time and money to scratch the itch. I am an avid woodworker/DIY'er and plan to undertake nearly all of this myself and enlist my neighborhood grunt labor as needed! So, here goes nothing!
Here are some basics:
The entire space is about 11'10" in width by 29'10" in depth with the main celing height @ 7'8". There is a bulkhead housing the main I-beam, and HVAC supply ducts along with various plumibng and wiring - none of which can be moved (easily). The height in this area is ~ 6'8". I will attempt to add a few pics of the space as well as my rough sketch of the room and adjoining rooms/wall construction. I have a waste line occupying the future side wall of the build which creates an issue since it is not even tightly routed against the poured wall (plan is to custom frame this wall out such that the stud surface is proud of the waste line by ~1" to not give up as much room width - this is what was done when the room was finished by the builder, before I laid waste to it all...). The room also has a narrow to wider transition in the center of the room, which I plan to give up as shown in the plan attached.
I am planning on creating a hallway to connect my basement woodshop/utility room to my basement door to make my life easier moving lumber, projects in the future and disconnecting any traffic flow thru my HT. So, this leaves the rough overall size of the HT room to be ~11ft x ~25ft. I plan to project on the "short" wall due to the bulkhead messing up reasonable projector throwing distances.
I am looking to create a soundproofed, dedicated room for 75% movies, 15% music, and 10% gaming (for future me and my kids eventually). I would like to have the main HT in the front with 2-3 HT seating in the front row, a riser for the entire rear of the room for a family friendly couch and/or seating inthe back to support gaming. I woudl like to plan for (considering I may not do it short term or long) a discrete gaming rig on the left and right rear sides at the extreme rear of the HT room. Perhaps just a connectivity plate on each wall for the essentials (power, HDMI, legacy I/O) with a 40" or so flat screen and even a small HTIB style surround sound. I would then plan to wire network provisions for those (2) and the primary theater to be used for multiplayer gaming.
Here is what I am planning on buying in the future, or DIY'ing, and what I already own regarding equipment.
Screen: DIY, acoustically transparent, ~115" diagonal, 2.40:1 screen (Would like to discuss later regarding the constant area idea)
Pro/Amp(s): I own and old Outlaw Model 950 processor, and (7) M200 monoblock amps (200wpc), plan to upgrade the pro. once ready
Mains (own): Paradigm Studio 100v2
Center (own): Paradigm Studio CC (would like to move to LCR all being Studio 100's)
Surrounds (own): Paradigm Studio 40's (x2) and Studio 20's (x2)
Sub(s) (own): Paradigm Servo15, PS-1000
All else: Monster powercenter (old), DVD, gaming systems, etc.
I am bearly done with the demo work - at least what is needed to start some relocation and planning processes. I am relocating an HVAC return vent to the future hallway to aide in the heating and cooling for the rest of the basement while also removing it from my list of problems from the new room. After that, I plan to start some basic framing and conduit routing in the ceiling joists prior to the clips and channel on the celing. Then some insulation, more framing, etc. My xmas list is full of items like whisper clips, RSIC-DC04, green glue, etc.
Questions as of now
1. Any alternatives for layout ideas or criticism from what I have on paper so far (sorry it is just paper for now, AutoCAD and 3d is in work).
2. Soundproofing - plan to simply space off framing on poured walls and then use ply/OSB first layer, GG, then DW (no clips or channel) - From various posts I have read, it seems Ted and others are saying this is all that is required for concrete foundation walls. I have seen others uing foamboard on exterior walls first, then airgap, then framing. What is best?. For back wall I plan to just build a double wall of 2x4 framing. For the shared interior wall with my bathroom area, I am looking for ideas. I am planning on just staggerstuding and the aligning my "new" wall toward the rear of the room with this staggered wall. Alternatively, I could use clips and channel for the shared wall and then transition to no clips/channel for the back half of the wall (not sure if this is recommended however). Celing will be clips and channel with ply/OSB, GG, then DW.
3. Planing on creating a double door entry way with the rack in betwen. It makes the wiring simple and short runs to the stage area.
Pics of room and crude layout sketch attached (hopefully, I am new at this!)
Edited by PApilgrim - 12/27/13 at 9:43am