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post #31 of 81
Just absolutely gorgeous! I envy your skill at trimming out a room. One thing for sure, I am not a trimmer, but I gave it my best shot with the Ye cinema. What technique did you use for sound isolation?
post #32 of 81
Very nice! I'm doing my best right now to not feel too envious.
post #33 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by carmbruster
With the exception of some optional treatments & tweaks, the Palace is finished. Thanks to everyone in the forum, you made the 16 month project easier. Credits at bottom of message. More pictures in my AVS gallery. I also have six pages of design and construction pictures at my web site.

http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501...Proscenium.JPG

http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501...Proscenium.jpg

http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501/3883503Back.JPG

Special thanks goes to Greywolf & MikeWh for the countless woodworking tips and tricks. You made me a better craftsman.

NittanyLionDen (my next door neighbor), thanks for the extra pair of hands, countless trips to Home Depot and helping me resolve some of the WAF issues.

Credits also go to the following members for advice and encouragement:
Z-Logics, Brian Ravnaas, MikeA, Larry Fine, BurkeLaShell, Brucer, ifeliciano, vshine, jhill32, ScottF200, BarryO, APorter, Frank D, Brett Wilson, CptnRandy, Art Sonneborn, Max Gault, dty, Fireball, Gator99, GTEdwards, Brian Hampton, poolboyclay, pcdoctor, PamW, ueb0258, McPheeA, BIGmouthinDC, Toxarch, DaveInBerlinNJ, tiptoen, Glacier991, bapenguin, sk8conz, Ted White, Fatman513, htjames, Tedd, Bobby_M, Airric, BigDanB, Max Spivak, chaz_m, brickie, curtisG, scottyb, MrSquid, Artisn, bob md, Ken Greene and maddogmc.

More pictures in my AVS gallery.
Very nice work and a genuine labor of love.
You mentioned there were WAF issues.
I would be curious to here what she thought then about the theater idea vs how she feels toward it now.
Love the woodwork and your color combination. ;)
Nice job!

Craig
post #34 of 81
Gives us all hope. My HT is still in my head, but I've got big plans...........

Enjoy.
post #35 of 81
Awesome job. You mentioned that it is 17x14x8. Wow, my room is 12x22x9 and feels like a bedroom with HT compared to yours. I wish I had the patience and skills you have. Very very well done.
post #36 of 81
Holy Crap! Why did I look at this!!!??? Now, I have to start over. It's beautiful man!
post #37 of 81
Carmbruster,

Beautiful!!! Great job.

A few questions for you. I noticed you used Dricore. That room back by the stairs, is that done in Dricore as well? The reason I ask is because I'm concerned with transition from a Dricore floor with carpet/padding to a non-Dricore floor and how much of a height difference there is. I'd go from Dricore/carpet/pad to an engineered wood floor and I'm worried that people will be tripping every time they walk into the HT room. When you framed out your doors (prior to drywall), did you add an extra inch to the height of the frame (probably 83" vs 82") to compensate for the Dricore or just hack off an inch at the bottom of the door?

Thanks.

Bud
post #38 of 81
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for all of the very kind comments. Here are Answers to some of your Questions:

What will be the first movie? We cheated and watched our first film after the projector and husbox were installed...July 4th. So, we watched Independence Day...not a great film IMO, but just the kind of thing you do on that holiday. I am planning a grand opening which will involve a movie marathon so I can cycle more people in...and since M. Night Shyamalan is more or less local to the area, I was thinking about showing his films (6th Sense, Unbreakable & The Village) and have him come and host it for me.

Technique for sound isolation? My objective was to keep sound out more than it was to keep sound in. Going underground and picking the right spot in the basement (away from all of the noise makers) helped a lot. For the central air blower in the basement, I put two insulated walls between the equipment and the theater. Everything else is just 2X4 studs w/ drywall both sides and fiberglass insulation in the middle. This has worked great for us...we never hear anything but the movie soundtrack and have not had any problems waking up the kids who are sleeping when we watch 80% of our films. Maybe as the kids get older and start using the theater, I will wish that I did more to keep the sound in, but I never thought of that until now...mental note for next theater.

WAF issues & her thoughts before and after? My wife was always on board with the theater -- she knows that it is futile to try and stop me. This is our third theater and in our last two homes it really helped sell the house. The WAF issues were more about decorating. We did not see eye to eye on the carpet. She really liked a floral print that we saw. It was indeed beautiful and standing alone, probably more handsome than what we eventually went with. But, it wasn't consistent with the mood/feel that I was trying to create. Another acceptance issue has been trying to get her to accept the fact that she is going to make swags to go above the screen. She's mocked up 1 (of 7) and it looks awesome, but 6 more still need to be done and I wouldn't exactly describe her as being interested in doing them. I thought of doing them myself, but I'm more of the "New Yankee Workshop" type of person than I am a "Martha Stuart" type. At this point, she does like the theater, but I think the members of this forum probably appreciate it more fully.

Dricore, room transition, tripping and door jambs? Yes, the room has a dricore subfloor. It raises the floor 7/8". As such, when I installed the door jambs, they were raised by 7/8". The "back room" on the other side of the door is not yet finished, but it will be the site of the "V.I.P. Lounge" which will be a very classy bar/lounge. Right now, the floor is concrete and there is no threshold transition from the theater to the backroom. No one has ever tripped. When the room is finished, it too will have a dricore subfloor. I really love the product. It makes the room warmer and more comfortable while protecting the investment.
post #39 of 81
Wow. Very very nice work... envy abounds :)
post #40 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by carmbruster

WAF issues & her thoughts before and after? My wife was always on board with the theater -- she knows that it is futile to try and stop me. This is our third theater and in our last two homes it really helped sell the house. The WAF issues were more about decorating. We did not see eye to eye on the carpet. She really liked a floral print that we saw. It was indeed beautiful and standing alone, probably more handsome than what we eventually went with. But, it wasn't consistent with the mood/feel that I was trying to create. Another acceptance issue has been trying to get her to accept the fact that she is going to make swags to go above the screen. She's mocked up 1 (of 7) and it looks awesome, but 6 more still need to be done and I wouldn't exactly describe her as being interested in doing them. I thought of doing them myself, but I'm more of the "New Yankee Workshop" type of person than I am a "Martha Stuart" type. At this point, she does like the theater, but I think the members of this forum probably appreciate it more fully.


carmbruster,

The reason I asked the question about WAF issues is, in the beginning, my wife was pretty skeptical of the idea of a dedicated theater. While she was not against the idea completely, she was skeptical of all the nuances like a need for a decoupled room, double drywall, sand in the stage, floating ceiling and so on. Now that the project is nearing the point of sound treatments, she is genuinely excited. She in fact wants to make draps for the sides of the screen.
We are looking forward to spending a lot of time in our HT as I am sure you are to. Again, great job!

Craig
post #41 of 81
Hi Carm,
Great Job. I just noticed you are from Allentown. What area do you live? I am kinda 90% done with my HT room . I am going to install my safe and sound door today, then next week it the carpet.
cheers
Jay
post #42 of 81
VERY NICE WORK!!!

Ozzie
post #43 of 81
If Theo Kalomirakis is the father of home theatre, Camrbruster (AKA Chris) is the son of home theatre. Chris, now my next door neighbor, purchased his house through me. I'll never forget the first time I showed him the home. He went straight to the basement and said "This is it!" In my 50+ years, I never saw anything like that. Then one late August evening over a couple martinis, he introduced me to the passion of home theatre, sketching out rough plans on cocktail napkins not only for the Palace (which I am honoured with naming), but also drawing ideas for Metropolis, my first theatre .

After watching "I Robot" last night in The Palace, I realized that despite the rave reviews in this thread (which are spot on), the live experience far exceeds the virtual one in this forum. If you ever find yourselves in Lehigh Valley (PA), please consider looking Chris up and inviting yourselves over for a good film. You will find him incredibly generous in sharing his passion for home theatre, not to mention his fabulous martinis.

Chris, congratulations on a vision realized. Look forward to starting on the V.I.P. Lounge!
post #44 of 81
Chris,
WOW.
When I first looked at your posted finished room pics I was duly impressed but after looking at your construction pics I was blown away.
The level of detail and craftsmanship in the infrastructure of your room is stunning and has given me some insights that will surely drive my carpenter friend mad!

Thanks for the inspiration.
post #45 of 81
Very nice look and thoughtfully laid out. Congratulations!
post #46 of 81
Those are Irwin Marquee chairs and they are a great deal for the money.

What width are those? They come in 19, 20, 21, and 22"...
post #47 of 81
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by watchdoc
Those are Irwin Marquee chairs and they are a great deal for the money.

What width are those? They come in 19, 20, 21, and 22"...
Yes they were a great deal! These chairs let you comfortably fit a lot of people in a smaller space while taking it easy on your wallet. They are 22" which means that the standards are installed on 24" centers. These chairs were refurbished in my choice of fabric with all new arm rests/seat back shell/seat bottom shell and freshly painted standards. The front row are rockers (new standards), the back row are fixed (used standards w/ fresh coat of paint). All eight including delivery cost less than a couple of couches.
post #48 of 81
Wow! What a great theater! I am feverishly working to complete mine. Carpet comes Thursday!!!

Yes I have the same seats also purchased from Custom Ken 2 years ago and stored until now. Mine are blue. I can't beleive he passed away. That is too bad. I was thinking about giving him a call to ask him again about making stands for the chairs since I don't want to bolt the first row to the floor. I am saddened to hear this. Do you know how long ago it happened and are they still in business? Their seats are really the best value. I think mine are new, but might be refurbished, they cost me under a grand for 10 shipped, I got a good deal since I think the blue was not popular.
post #49 of 81
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by shahram72
Wow! What a great theater! I am feverishly working to complete mine. Carpet comes Thursday!!!

Yes I have the same seats also purchased from Custom Ken 2 years ago and stored until now. Mine are blue. I can't beleive he passed away. That is too bad. I was thinking about giving him a call to ask him again about making stands for the chairs since I don't want to bolt the first row to the floor. I am saddened to hear this. Do you know how long ago it happened and are they still in business? Their seats are really the best value. I think mine are new, but might be refurbished, they cost me under a grand for 10 shipped, I got a good deal since I think the blue was not popular.
Ken passed away late summer/early autumn 2004. His wife Bonnie took my order in December of 2004 and shipped in Jan/Feb '05 timeframe. So, as of then, she was in business.
post #50 of 81
I spoke to bonnie just yesterday and they are still in business. Ironically, I'm buying the same chairs. She only has 19" and 20" available now and no rockers. They are available in black, red, or maroon.
post #51 of 81
Thread Starter 
Someone asked about the color scheme. Here are the details:

Ceiling Paint = Behr's Hawaiian Cinder Latex Flat Enamel (Home Depot)

Seat Fabric = Black Cherry Shire (From Kustom Ken), Irwin Seats

Carpet = Miliken Brand from Home Depot, Garnet Color, Checkpoint Pattern

Curtains= Georgia Stage Theatrical Velour, Medoc Color

Woodwork = Behr's Claire de Lune (Home Depot) Semigloss with highlights in American Accent's Metallic Gold (Home Depot)

Wallcovering is a damask style...not sure of pattern name, but here is some info on roll: "Paperez", "20049412", "0 40339 31483 6" ,
"www.eisenhartwallcoverings.com".
post #52 of 81
Thread Starter 
42 of you participated in the Swags Vs. Straight Pleats Poll and the verdict is in. Thank you very much for participating. Swags beat out straight pleats by a vote of 24 to 18. It was a narrow margin and straight pleats would have been much easier, but I had to honour your preference (or should I say my wife had to honour it). It took an act of God to get her to make the swags, but once she started, it only took two hours.



http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501...SwagsClose.jpg

http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501/38835SwagsLong.jpg
post #53 of 81
The new curtains are certainly a great addition to your theater.
You better re-thank your wife. :)

Craig
post #54 of 81
* * * * * < - - 5 Gold Stars

'Icing on the Cake'....

You have got to be really proud of your wife's efforts, give that woman a 'big 'ol hug.

Bravo
post #55 of 81
Spectacular!
post #56 of 81
"Spectacular" "5-Stars"
Ditto to all the above! The swags give your area quite an elegant look.
Very impressive work...
Best regards
Don
post #57 of 81
Just jaw dropping Awesome.
Jay
post #58 of 81
You definitely did the room up right!....Looks AWESOME! Love everything about it.

What color of red is that? and who makes it? It's the exact color I'm looking for, for my theater.

GREAT JOB!

Dan M.
post #59 of 81
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Dan_Morez
What color of red is that? and who makes it? It's the exact color I'm looking for, for my theater.
Dan,
Thanks for the nice comments. The color information (click here) was posted above.
post #60 of 81
Great job, looks like a real theater....now have fun and enjoy it.
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