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Theater is done! Pictures of "The Uptown Paridiso"  

post #1 of 87
Thread Starter 
Well, my odyssey is over. It's been about a year since I started the demolition of an area in my partially finished basement that would ultimately become the home theater. Many will recognize Dennis Erskine's signature design elements.

I want to thank everyone on the forum whose ideas and concepts I've shamelessly ripped off for this project. My apologies in advance for the low quality photos.

Kirk


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post #2 of 87
Very Nice!:)
post #3 of 87
Yes, VERY nice indeed. Thanks for the finished pics, I am at pre drywall stage right now and need to see finished pics like this to get me over the hump ;)

Great color schemes, is that a silver? What brand and colors did you use?

EDIT: More questions. what are your room dimensions, and what is the screen size? Looks so sweet.

Thanks, Brett
post #4 of 87
Another nice DE HT! Many hours of enjoyment in there. Congrats.

Did you do the woodtrim work yourself? Some interesting terminations on the stairs and above the door. Always like seeing different styles.

If you consider those low quality photos I'd be curisous in HQ ones!! I suspect that 800x600 or 1024x728 may be better for most but you can always do a right click and Save Picture As to put them on the HD and use something that autosizes them. Nice to see some details, tho, in the bigger pictures.
post #5 of 87
Great Job!
post #6 of 87
That's beautiful! Congrats....

I'll second the request for more info on the color scheme -- line of fabric, color, paint, etc. Gorgeous door and woodwork as well. Any details would be appreciated.

Are those Berkline 090's?

Now it's our turn to shamelessly rip you off :D
post #7 of 87
Awesome job, now you have to devulge more details like everyone says. Dimensions, equipment, challenges, tips....
post #8 of 87
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the kind words guys. Choosing the color scheme was actually one of the hardest parts of the whole project. I ended up soliciting the help of my sister-in-law who has an eye for fashion/design. The colors are:

GOM Shagreen Neptune- above chair rail
GOM 701 New Spruce- below chair rail
trim work painted with Behr Premium Plus Metallic Silver
Carpet- DFC Sydney Atlantis and Fabrica Pointille #6047 High Society for stage

For the columns, that's actually red striped mahogany veneer over the MDF, stained with Minwax Red Mahogany. Doors are also stained that color. The columns are probably the design element I'm most proud of. I had never tried veneering before, and was a bit nervous working with that contact cement! The effect I was trying to achieve was to make it appear as if the column was one giant piece of solid mahogany. To pull this off, I used a round over bit with my router and took down the two front edges of the MDF. Then I had to actually wrap a single sheet of the veneer around base of each coulumn. No margin for error there! The net result though turned out absolutely beautiful. There are no telltale black seams at the edges.

Scott, the trim work is actually the one aspect of the construction that I hired out. The guy did a beautiful job. Check out how the crown meets the door casing.

jwater- yes those are the Berkline 090's. Unbelievably comfortable.

Kirk

P.S. I'm trying to finish up my construction website that has details on each phase of the construction. I'll try to post the url soon.
post #9 of 87
Wow! How beautifully and tastefully done. Very refined.
You should be VERY proud!
Yeah, we'd love details.
post #10 of 87
Thread Starter 
Here's the link to my admittedly primitive construction web site. I'll try to get the remainder of the pictures up today.

HT Construction
post #11 of 87
Thanks for all the info as well as the Website. Another amazing HT from the hands of an AVSForum member.

- Brett
post #12 of 87
As some one else mentioned, it is a well refined design and the construction is well done. The neutral color scheme of GOM and mahogany column and silver finish for the molding has given your room a great sense of luxury yet modern and rich. Congratulations for this wonderful theater.
post #13 of 87
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Originally posted by Kirk
<snip>Scott, the trim work is actually the one aspect of the construction that I hired out. The guy did a beautiful job. Check out how the crown meets the door casing.<snip>
Indeed I noticed the door. Tough problem that he solved with the top of your door so close to your ceiling. I don't recall seeing stairs done like that before but it is like when you get a new car. I'm doing mine this weekend and I'm going to try to notch that 2" lip out and run a vertical piece there. Lot of crown in that room. I wonder if they charge more for natural stained wood vs painted since painting allows for some imperfections to be hidden. He did a very nice job indeed.
post #14 of 87
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Originally posted by Kirk
Here's the link to my admittedly primitive construction web site. I'll try to get the remainder of the pictures up today.

HT Construction
Lovin' it! Can't wait to see the rest! You've been officially 'bookmarked!'

So how does it sound?

^_^
post #15 of 87
Schweet.:cool:


So when do we get to come over for a viewing? I'll bring the beer, unless of course that is against house rules.
post #16 of 87
That looks great!

I didn't see you mention the room dimensions? Looks to be very close to what mine will end up being...

-Greg
post #17 of 87
Kirk - Can I assume your sub(s) is/are behind the screenwall wth the center channel?
post #18 of 87
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by rmcgirr83
Schweet.:cool:


So when do we get to come over for a viewing? I'll bring the beer, unless of course that is against house rules.
It is against house rules to show up without the beer. :D

Chirpie-

The room sounds fantastic, (another DE hallmark), and I haven't even really had time yet to do a full calibration. One of the most telling comments came from my college roomate who was recently in town from Chicago. The first thing he said when he came into the room (after the pride-instilling "Holy Sh!t!") was that he could immediately notice a difference in how our voices sounded when conversing. That is actually a great observation and an example of how a properly treated room should sound. You actually are able to hear the full timbre of a person's voice, without any annoying slap echo, unwanted room reflections, or resonances. It's somewhat difficult to describe, but once you hear it for the first time you quickly realize something is different. BTW, I noticed the same thing when I stepped into Jeff M's (a/k/a TheBland) home theater which was also a DE design.

Snakehunter-

My DefTech 2002 towers, which are behind the proscenium, each have built in 250 watt PowerField 12" subwoofers. So far no need for an additional sub, but I provided for cabling behind the screenwall just in case. Center channel is behind the screen too.
post #19 of 87
Looks Great !

With the MDF in the window, how did you solve the condensation/rot problem?
post #20 of 87
looks good, also like the carpet
post #21 of 87
Bravo! Very nice job. I can't wait to get my 090's in, boy those look comfy. :)

We've got a lot of Michigan theaters takin over here. MI is going to be the new HT capitol! Guess we have nothing better to do during the cold winter months.
post #22 of 87
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Originally posted by Kirk
Here's the link to my admittedly primitive construction web site. I'll try to get the remainder of the pictures up today.

HT Construction
Your standards are high, Kirk! Nothing shabby about that web site... very interesting following through the construction phases. Added my bookmark already.
post #23 of 87
I was truly inspired by going through the construction pictures and I would hope that you write an article and submit to one of the home improvement magazines. Your documentation is great.

One thought went through my mind. A lot has been discussed on this forum about building codes, fire-stopping and egress. It didn't appear that any of that went into your theater as I assume you flew below the radar on this old house. I also spotted the glass block windows which I assume don't open enough to escape.

As piece of mind I hope that you have connected a fire alarm to another at the top of the stairs so that if your family is watching a movie you will have plenty of warning to evacuate. With a well built theater like yours with the sound proofing and airtight nature it would be possible for the flames to literally be licking at the door or at least blocking the stairway before you ever knew what was happening.
post #24 of 87
Wow!!! Kirk, amazing job. The seats, trim, layout, colors are all very well done. The fact that with all of that aesthetic work that the sound is tamed is icing on the cake..

I am looking forward to coming over (beer in hand) to see and hear things for myself..

You really did a nice job, obviously not skimping on the decor (and equipment for that matter). You should be really proud of this job!!

Looking forward to seeing you at the AVS HT meet next week!!!

* Speaking of icing on the cake, the Grafik-Eye is just one of those accessories that achieves that !!

Congrats!
post #25 of 87
Amazing job! I'm very impressed by the clean lines and the color choices of the room. The crown molding is a beautiful touch as is the raised-panel door. Those seats look mighty comfy, too.

Kudos and Cheers!

- Ed.
post #26 of 87
Beautiful room, great job I love the clean lines !

Art
post #27 of 87
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for all of the kind words.

Some have asked for room dimensions so here they are (from face of framing): 19' 11 1/4" x 12' 10 1/2" x 6' 8".

BIGmouth-

I plan on hardwiring a smoke detector very soon.

Kirk
post #28 of 87
what is a good source for wood veneer?
post #29 of 87
Thread Starter 
ArtisTech-

Try OakwoodVeneer.com

I found them on the internet and then as luck would have it, they wound up being located in Berkley, MI, just a stone's throw away from me. They have a HUGE selection of veneers.

Kirk
post #30 of 87
Kirk,

Very nice! I am really impressed with it all, but the mahogany really makes it for me!
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