When we bought the house last year the basement was partially framed but basically 2 very large rooms. I finished up the framing creating an office, utility room, left a storage room unfinished for now and finally created a large media / entertaining room with a partially completed wet bar & mini fridge in the back.
I contracted out the electrical & drywall due to timing constraints and the fact that I can't stand mud work. However I did the framing, insulation, low voltage wiring, trim work, painting, cabinet installs etc. myself. Still got more to do but at least the space is now usable. I still need to do the counter tops and bar top.
I'm planning on building the equipment console in the next few weeks that will sit under the plasma. The plans call for something similar to a BDI but sized to provide the necessary airflow and space for my receiver and other components as well as provide media storage. One thing that did get overlooked was no outlet in the floor as at the time I hadn't considered powered recliners
. We'll probably just put an area rug in front of the chairs and run the cord up front under the yet to be built media stand.
I finished up the acoustic panels a couple of weeks ago and they made a HUGE difference in the room. The panel frames are made from 3/4" ply and are 2.5" thick with 2" OC703 and I've got 4.5" frames with 4" of OC703 covering the corners. The extra 1/2" provides the stapling ledge and make it easy to hang the panels. The fabric is a polyester from JoAnn's the was $6.99/yd. and I had a 40% off coupon! Also got a nice pneumatic stapler from Menards for only $29.99. Saved about $300 by building my own panels which, when combined with the savings from building my own console, will more than cover the cost of the new table saw
The pictures don't really show the true colors as the walls are a fairly dark gray green with a slightly lighter ceiling. The image has had the colors adjusted to better reflect what they look like. Hopefully the ceiling won't be too much of an issue down the road when I go to a projector as I pre-wired for that as well.
I'm still looking at preferred light control solutions for daytime use but think I've settled on light blocking pleated blinds. I've thought about building a panel for the windows but I still have more corner panels to construct first.