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post #1 of 754
Thread Starter 
I was amazed at my before and after pics. It's still not 100% finished but it just blows my mind at what it use to look like a year ago... Anyone else?

HT room looking into Bar: Before...


After...


Bar looking into HT: Before...


After...


Proscenium: Before...


After...
post #2 of 754
Very, very nice! What size is the room that you converted?
post #3 of 754
Room is beautiful.....layout is excellent. Curious on the the room size as well.
post #4 of 754
Thread Starter 
The bar/game room is 15x26 and the HT room is 15x24. For a 110" screen, the first row of Berks (088) viewing position is right at 12' and the second row of 090s is right at 18' or 19'...

Here's a pano that I finally got to line up correctly...


Anyone have some photos of before and after?
post #5 of 754
Buff,

I'll post my "After" shots when I get there! I'm a little ways off though.

Love your theater and basement, BTW.

Bud
post #6 of 754
Buff, your home theater is remarkable! Hopefully one day I'll be able to create an HT to somewhat compete with that. You asked for other people's before and after pictures, so here are mine, although they are definitely in an amateur class compared to you.

The Poor Man's Theater:
Before-


After-


Before-


After-


Please be gentle with any criticism :-) This was two years ago, and my budget was only $300 (not counting the $700 spent on the projector). I was renting the house from a friend so I didn't want to invest too much money knowing I was buying a house in the forseeable future.
post #7 of 754
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Originally Posted by JasonSmith View Post

Buff, your home theater is remarkable! Hopefully one day I'll be able to create an HT to somewhat compete with that. You asked for other people's before and after pictures, so here are mine, although they are definitely in an amateur class compared to you.

The Poor Man's Theater:
Before-

After-

Before-


After-


Please be gentle with any criticism :-) This was two years ago, and my budget was only $300 (not counting the $700 spent on the projector). I was renting the house from a friend so I didn't want to invest too much money knowing I was buying a house in the forseeable future.

no pics appear below your headings, my browser or link problem ?
post #8 of 754
I can see them (using by IE and FireFox).

Bud
post #9 of 754
Buff.


Fantastic bar and theater. Looks like the perfect place for Gwinnett's first home theater meet! I'll try and post a few later this week of my HT.

David
post #10 of 754
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Originally Posted by alexsmith2k View Post

no pics appear below your headings, my browser or link problem ?

Hmmm, I can see them using IE. In case anyone else is having problems, here are direct links:
http://www.viperdude.us/HT/1.JPG
http://www.viperdude.us/HT/7.JPG
http://www.viperdude.us/HT/screenold.JPG
http://www.viperdude.us/HT/screennew.JPG

Hope that helps.
post #11 of 754
Spectacular!
post #12 of 754
Before:


After:
post #13 of 754
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Originally Posted by BuffBakerGA View Post

The bar/game room is 15x26 and the HT room is 15x24. For a 110" screen, the first row of Berks (088) viewing position is right at 12' and the second row of 090s is right at 18' or 19'...

Here's a pano that I finally got to line up correctly...


Anyone have some photos of before and after?

So cool ! Just a great looking inviting facility ,congrats.

Art
post #14 of 754
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Originally Posted by BuffBakerGA View Post

Here's a pano that I finally got to line up correctly...


Anyone have some photos of before and after?

Holy crap! That's awesome! Great job!!
post #15 of 754
Wow. Now that is very impressive. Definitely puts to shame my theater. Here is my before and after.

Before


After
post #16 of 754
Buff,

Beautiful work! I will have a similarly designed room soon (assuming the building permit ever gets approved-- three months and counting). I have an existing 18' x 15' pool table/bar area and am adding a 25' x 15' HT addition. The HT will butt up against the existing room with the left HT wall partially open like yours. Here's my question, how are the acoustics with one wall open? Did you do something special to get proper balance, etc.?

Doug
post #17 of 754
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Originally Posted by HT Nitwit View Post

Wow. Now that is very impressive. Definitely puts to shame my theater. Here is my before and after.

Before


After


I absolutely love your room! I am wanting to do something similar to that as well, but with a darker carpet. What kind of equipment are you using?
post #18 of 754
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Originally Posted by COACH2369 View Post

I absolutely love your room! I am wanting to do something similar to that as well, but with a darker carpet. What kind of equipment are you using?

Thanks! I actually wanted to do a darker carpet in the room, too. But there were many factors that did not allow me to do this. Mainly because my house is very open and there is no real way to redo the carpet without it clashing horrendously with the stuff I have upstairs. There are no doors for going into the basement and an open area to look down to the basement from the hallway, so everything is open for one to see.

As for the equipment, here it is:
BenQ8700+ DLP projector
Carada 110" Brilliant white screen
Paradigm Studio 100 v2s
Paradigm Studio CC v2
Paradigm Studio ADP450 v2
Paradigm Studio 20 v2
Sunfire Solitaire 10 True EQ sub
Denon AVR 3803
B&K Reference 200.7 (200x7) amp
Denon DVD 3910
Sony 300 disc CD changer
Dish Network 811 HD satellite tuner
Geffen DVI switcher
JVC tape deck
Xbox
PS2
server computer w/ bluetooth key board and mouse
Adcom power filter
X10 IR receiver for for controlling lighting
and finally..... Logitech Harmony 880 remote
post #19 of 754
You have some very nice equipment! I think I am going to bust out my before and after pics tonight and post them..
post #20 of 754
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Originally Posted by HT Nitwit View Post

Thanks! I actually wanted to do a darker carpet in the room, too. But there were many factors that did not allow me to do this. Mainly because my house is very open and there is no real way to redo the carpet without it clashing horrendously with the stuff I have upstairs. There are no doors for going into the basement and an open area to look down to the basement from the hallway, so everything is open for one to see.

I love your room as well and was also looking for a little more info...

What are the dimensions of the room? And how of the theater is open to the hallway? It looks quite dark in the screen area... Do you have a problem with light and sound control with that openness?

I keep flipping back and forth between an open rear wall in my theater and closing it up. Coming in here keeps convincing me to close it up tight though I think that the openness will serve my family better...

Great job. BuffBaker's theater is truly stunning as well and the first time I have pictures of that space finished. What a great thread...
post #21 of 754
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the positive support... Let me just say that the wife had absolutely no idea it was going to turn out this nice and she was shocked that I was able to made all of the decisions without her I hope she doesn't expect this with all of my projects...

Chinadog: You'll be finished before you know it. (I've been following your progress on your thread) Keep hacking at it...

JasonSmith: I love how you decided to painted the blocks. It has that "back office of the Sopranos" look to it.

David: I'll have to check with Congress/Wife Right now I'm just trying to get it 100% completed before the SuperBowl...

Clarence: Very nice. Did you faux the walls or is that wallpaper? I see you went the stain route as well. This was my first time working with this much stain and the only thing that I didn't like about it was that I had to do 2 coats and we had to have perfect cuts...

Nitwit: I like your colors. I like how you decided to keep the closet and make it into a rack rather than rip it out. Way to make an existing room work. How do you like the Paradigms? I've got the monitor set and love it...

Bucsroom: The acoustics are great. Once the carpet and chairs went in it really quieted the room. I was worried about the sound as well but the Yamaha's auto calibrating (YPAO) system takes care of most of it. The open route was the best route because will entertaining, it keeps all the guests in the same area so everybody feels included. After New Years, our neighborhood club house party ended a 1am so every one decided to head up to my house. We put in a live concert dvd and some watched, some threw darts, and some just keep on drinking. They didn't leave to 4:30am...

Keep the pictures coming. Hopefully these pictures will help some people who are on the fence with their own designs and layouts...
post #22 of 754
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Originally Posted by BuffBakerGA View Post

Nitwit: I like your colors. I like how you decided to keep the closet and make it into a rack rather than rip it out. Way to make an existing room work. How do you like the Paradigms? I've got the monitor set and love it...

Thanks! I wish I could have come away with a design as nice as yours, but the budget was eaten up mostly by the equipment.

Unfortunately I had to leave the closet there, because of a sump pit and all the plumbing for that. If I could have gotten away with it, the closet would have been gone and the audio rack would have been built into the right wall, which is the HVAC room. Then I could have gone with a bigger screen

I love the Paradigms. I tested the speakers in store, but I found someone on another forum selling the 100, CC and 20s (only a month used). I got one hell of a deal for all 5. Later I found out the same guy was selling his other speakers he bought to replace the paradigms and he was joking he wanted his old ones back, because he blew it and got rid of his best speakers. And once I picked up some ADP450s off ebay, I completed the set. I won't replace these anytime soon
post #23 of 754
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Originally Posted by SuperRabbit0 View Post

I love your room as well and was also looking for a little more info...

What are the dimensions of the room? And how of the theater is open to the hallway? It looks quite dark in the screen area... Do you have a problem with light and sound control with that openness?

I keep flipping back and forth between an open rear wall in my theater and closing it up. Coming in here keeps convincing me to close it up tight though I think that the openness will serve my family better...

My theater is 15'x26'. It's quite deep. I still have plenty of room to do a bar table, like BuffBakerGA (I love that idea). No problem with light and sound control. Here are a few pics to get a better perspective of the theater and the issue with openess. The openess of the area limited me to the carpet type than light control. Here are a few pics to give you an idea.

The back of the theater (ignore the stuff on the floor). It is all put away. Also all those remotes are now gone. The small window in the back has been blocked up with a felt covered sheet of plywood with a handle, which is behind the velvet red curtains


Here is one way to deal with the light issue if a lot of light does try to come down the steps. If need be, the curtains can be closed.


And here is how the stairway is open.


And a view of the stairs and openess from the first floor (just before I moved in).
post #24 of 754
Buff,

Your room is awesome! Well done. My wife would also love it.

Here are some before and after's of the Bridge:









-Gary.
post #25 of 754
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Originally Posted by greighn View Post

Buff,

Your room is awesome! Well done. My wife would also love it.

Here are some before and after's of the Bridge:









-Gary.

Now that is the ultimate transformation! Beautiful!
post #26 of 754
Thread Starter 
Gary, I must compliment you on your great taste in carpet...



Never in a million years would I have thought that was what the bridge looked like before. I guess I always thought you were just out cruising the galaxy...

JB
post #27 of 754
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Originally Posted by greighn View Post

Buff,

Your room is awesome! Well done. My wife would also love it.

Here are some before and after's of the Bridge:

-Gary.

Wow. Not sure why but I wouldn't have thought your theater was carved out of "regular" basement. What an unbelievable transformation...
post #28 of 754
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Originally Posted by BuffBakerGA View Post

The bar/game room is 15x26 and the HT room is 15x24. For a 110" screen, the first row of Berks (088) viewing position is right at 12' and the second row of 090s is right at 18' or 19'...

Here's a pano that I finally got to line up correctly...


Anyone have some photos of before and after?


Buff.... Your theater is Awsome!!!! Very Very similar to what I'd like to do, although I dont have as much room but yu have given me lots of ideas.
What equipment are you using? (Projector, screen, audio, etc) ? Was that bar hand built?

All I can say is WOW!
post #29 of 754
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Originally Posted by BuffBakerGA View Post

Clarence: Very nice. Did you faux the walls or is that wallpaper? I see you went the stain route as well. This was my first time working with this much stain and the only thing that I didn't like about it was that I had to do 2 coats and we had to have perfect cuts...

The top half is patterned drapery fabric. The bottom half is black suede. On top of 1" Linacoustic sound treatment insulation. We did 5 coats of mahogany stain on th echair rail, crown moulding, and baseboards.

My next project is a 3rd row bar just like you've got. I like the raised ledge on the back edge... that might help keep a plate of nachos or a pint of beer from falling onto the 2nd row.
post #30 of 754
Buff,

Question for you on the wood trim around your riser. Is it recessed at all into the top of the riser or did you just mitre and secure to the top of the riser? I think that's a wonderful touch. Instead of having the carpet just come up over the riser (with or without a lip), it gives it a nice finished look. Looks like the carpet is pretty much even with the top of the wood. I purposely did not route the ply on top of the riser and stage, I was going to just add some half round to create a lip, but I like the wood look at least for the riser.

Also, is that a standard piece of wood rounded over or did you pick it up somewhere?

Bud
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