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post #691 of 754
Nice batch of "before and afters" - we ll done gentlemen!
Brian when's the next party? smile.gif
post #692 of 754
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Originally Posted by habbequidam View Post

Finally finished my media console to finish off my media room/bonus room (ie not a dedicated theatre) but I'm quite happy with how it all turned out.

Late stages of room construction:



Finished Product:





Had to build the console myself because wow, there are like zero low profile consoles with glass fronts out there that will accommodate multiple large components and a large center channel. So I bit the bullet and built one. Pretty pleased considering I had zero woodworking experience...

Love the paint color. What is it?
post #693 of 754
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Originally Posted by cavalier240 View Post

Love the paint color. What is it?

It is Benjamin Moore Gray Mountain (1462)
post #694 of 754
I did not use tiles, I built a sheetrock ceiling which is painted with matt black color paint, it does not reflect at all. Anything that can reflect back to the screen should essentially be non-reflective paint or structure, walls, ceiling, soffits etc. I used white ceiling paint and under soffits because these areas have little or no scope to reflect towards the screen.

Additionally the Stewart Firehawk G3 screen I use has a gain of 1.3, this worked ideally for my scenario, negating a need to watch anything in total darkness; I can still have reasonable lighting on. The 100" projector screen, even if picture examined from as close as at 4' away, is sharper than my 42" bar area plasma TV and as good as the 50" LCD TV in the gym area The walls are painted with chianti matt paint (custom mixed) and these don't reflect either.
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Originally Posted by wraunch View Post

Oh sorry, looking at all the pics I thought that was someone else's theater. So you have black ceiling tiles near the screen? Is the ceiling a tan color around the tiles? Does that reflect too much you find? I am trying to decide if I should use my wine color wall paint for the bottom of my soffit and use the black for the inside of the soffit and the highest part of the ceiling inside the soffit or not.

Edited by Pinebaron - 7/30/13 at 5:38pm
post #695 of 754
Thanks Pine. So the ceiling on the bottom of your soffit is chiant or white?
post #696 of 754
Outside of theater

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After:
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Pictures look darker than it really is.
post #697 of 754
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Originally Posted by wraunch View Post

Thanks Pine. So the ceiling on the bottom of your soffit is chiant or white?
It's white all around . The side of soffit facing projection screen is black and chianti where sides face the gym or bar area.
post #698 of 754
We moved to a new house with unfinished basement recently so we had to start from scratch...

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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I have a brewery in the room behind the bar:

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More pictures and complete step by step of the build here.

Kal
Edited by kal - 12/12/13 at 12:55pm
post #699 of 754
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Originally Posted by kal View Post

We moved to a new house with unfinished basement recently so we had to start from scratch...

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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I have a brewery in the room behind the bar:

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That's an amazing space
post #700 of 754
Thanks!

If you're curious, I have a complete day by day blog with 100's of pictures of the construction process available in my signature (I don't want to derail this thread).

Kal
post #701 of 754
I wish we had a smiley for my jaw hitting the floor. The theater . . . the BREWERY! eek.gif
post #702 of 754
I am sick to the stomach viewing this thread. Are these achievable for the working man? Or are you guys like millionaires or something?

To the ones who have converted basements or attics, and have these giant projectors, speakers, and luxurious seating:

1) - What do you do for a living?

2) - What is your salary (if this isn't too personal)?

3) - Nobody has mentioned soundproofing in this thread. Is there any sophisticated soundproofing apparatus at work? Like, are you able to have that incredibly deafening cinema sound when watching a film at the cinema, with no sound escaping to other parts of the house/neighbours/etc?

4) - How much do these rooms cost? Do you have to hire lots of contractors in and tradesmen, or do you all have the DIY skill to carry out the work yourself?

PLEASE RESPOND! I MUST KNOW ANSWERS TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS!!!
post #703 of 754
Kal.....That is just amazing! Your design and decorating is top notch! Did you do all the design and decorating or did you hire somebody? Your brewery is awesome and for some reason it reminds me of Breaking Bad when they are in the underground lab. That is because of the top notch equipment, nothing else lol.
post #704 of 754
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Originally Posted by Pain Infliction View Post

Kal.....That is just amazing! Your design and decorating is top notch! Did you do all the design and decorating or did you hire somebody?

Thanks for the compliments! We spent about 6 months with a local design/build company called 'JustBasements' coming up with a layout that worked for us. I put together a ~45 page document of detailed specifications and requirements and this company was still willing to work with me. wink.gif

We knew exactly what we wanted and the style we wanted, but it was difficult getting the various items (HT/bar/brewery/bathroom/sauna/movie storage) to fit into the space when we were designing it ourselves because of the awkwardly located central staircase:



Their people then did the build as well. There was no way I was going to try to undertake this one myself given the scale. At the end of the day I was still working 2-4 hours/day on it in the evenings over a period of ~6 months doing all the "small" things and blogging about the entire build. I did all the low voltage wiring and the brewery (it's not something they'd ever done before). We worked with their designers to pick the finishes and wall colours. All of the decorating and furniture we picked and bought ourselves. Other than the projector, all of the HT equipment and seating I had already from my previous HT. I still need to finish off with the accoustical paneling around the screen... the ones in the photos are left overs from the previous HT. I have all the fabric samples and ideas in my head - just need to find a day to get things ordered and start building/installing them.

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Your brewery is awesome and for some reason it reminds me of Breaking Bad when they are in the underground lab. That is because of the top notch equipment, nothing else lol.

I love that series! (Can't wait to see the second half of the last season to finally close it off). The brewery is my own design - I wanted something 100% electric so it could be used indoors, with all off-the-shelf industrial grade products so that it would be easily serviceable and last forever. In a previous life I used to design manufacturing plant floor system the same way so it was pretty straight forward as nothing like this existed commercially. I ended up putting up the complete plans on my brewing website so others could use the ideas and now there are hundreds of similar setups out there which always surprises me when I stop and think about it.

Kal
post #705 of 754
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Originally Posted by SiberianKhatru View Post

I am sick to the stomach viewing this thread. Are these achievable for the working man? Or are you guys like millionaires or something?

To the ones who have converted basements or attics, and have these giant projectors, speakers, and luxurious seating:

1) - What do you do for a living?

2) - What is your salary (if this isn't too personal)?

3) - Nobody has mentioned soundproofing in this thread. Is there any sophisticated soundproofing apparatus at work? Like, are you able to have that incredibly deafening cinema sound when watching a film at the cinema, with no sound escaping to other parts of the house/neighbours/etc?

4) - How much do these rooms cost? Do you have to hire lots of contractors in and tradesmen, or do you all have the DIY skill to carry out the work yourself?

PLEASE RESPOND! I MUST KNOW ANSWERS TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS!!!

Grab a case of beer, some popcorn and start reading. There are weeks (maybe months) worth of reading on this forum that'll answer your questions.

Welcome! smile.gif
post #706 of 754
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Originally Posted by NickTheGreat View Post

Grab a case of beer, some popcorn and start reading. There are weeks (maybe months) worth of reading on this forum that'll answer your questions.

+1.

I first got interested in 2-channel audio in 1986. Then my love for Home Theatre started around 1990 when I saw my first projector (CRT projector at the time, showing 480i). I was in awe that this is something you could have in your home and knew that one day I'd have to have something like that. The price tag put me off (and the fact that I lived in an apartment) until finally in 2000 I bought my first house and an inexpensive used CRT projector to replace my 32" tube TV. I was absolutely giddy and couldn't believe what I had and the fact that I built and set up everything myself (it took hundreds of hours).

What we do for a living or how much money we make is irrelevant. Some of the people that have the most money invested have done so over 10+ years and have 'average' jobs. My HT equipment was most certainly bought in baby steps. I started off simple and then upgraded over time: Replaced the simple receiver with separates in 1997, replaced the 32" tube TV with a CRT projector in 2000 and built an HTPC to drive it, built the screen myself for $100 (still using it), got HT seating in 2003, replaced the projector with a better CRT proejctor in 2005, learnt how to do my own greyscale calbration in 2006 after tons of reading, replaced my entry level speakers in 2006 with higher end models, bought a PS3 as a Blu-ray player in 2007, then finally a replaced the CRT projectior with a JVC digital in 2012.

The pictures I posted above are also the result of thousands of hours (if not tens of thousands of hours) of reading, writing, and dreaming about HT (and the open-concept media room I was fond of). I'm sure many of the people in this thread are the same. Just look at their post counts and how long they've been on the forum. Everyone's needs are different. Everyone's budgets are different. Start reading, start doing research. You can built a lot of this yourself, there are deals to be had, and so forth. Nick is certainly right about the "start reading" part. I spend 4 months reading on AVS every day in the fall of 2000 before I bought my first used CRT projector for about $2000. If you want it NOW, you're going to pay through the nose. If you're willing to invest a lot of time and research, you may barely even notice what it costs you as you build and upgrade over time.

Those that hire someone and pay for everything in one step are usually not the ones you'll see posting here. That's not what AVS is about. If they don't have time or interest to do the HT research themselves, they're re definitely not going to be posting here. I've always found the most high end / well designed home theatres are in fact not those built 'turn-key' by someone else, but ones where the homeowner was instrumental in the design/construction/calibration/etc, where it's obvious they've put in 1000's of hours of research. The attention to detail shows. These people are truly passionate about HT.

Good luck!

Kal
post #707 of 754
Kal, you are awesome. That is all

/mancrush
post #708 of 754
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Originally Posted by kal View Post

I have a brewery in the room behind the bar:
Need a new best friend? How's your current one working out for you? I'm probably cooler (and I'll clean)... cool.gif


awesome basement!
post #709 of 754
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Originally Posted by UGAd13 View Post

I'm probably cooler (and I'll clean)... cool.gif
Hired! My current ones tend to spill too much. I need to reboot with some cleaner friends. wink.gif

Kal
post #710 of 754
Thanks for the reply, guys. I get where you're coming from, Kal, and fully intend to research this subject. After all, even if one has unlimited funding, isn't it reassuring to know you're getting the best equipment based on one's own expert knowledge, rather than what somebody else is deciding?

However, I do not feel my enquiring into the careers and salary of certain individuals to be irrelevant, sir.

I wasn't speaking generally of all the HTs you see on this site, but specifically these luxurious, highly sophisticated ones, like the gentlemen with the brewery. There's no way that build was crafted in pieces with upgrades here and there, and is clearly a creation that was built over one period of time, with a lot of funding behind it. That's what I strive for.

That being said, would you kindly point me in the way of where to start acquiring this knowledge from humble beginnings, sir?
post #711 of 754
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Originally Posted by SiberianKhatru View Post

That being said, would you kindly point me in the way of where to start acquiring this knowledge from humble beginnings, sir?
Put aside a couple of hours day, every day, and starting reading here at AVS.

Kal
post #712 of 754
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Originally Posted by kal View Post

Put aside a couple of hours day, every day, and starting reading here at AVS.

Kal

Haha I got that, sir. I just meant is there a beginner section on where to learn the basics first?

Cheers.
post #713 of 754
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Originally Posted by SiberianKhatru View Post

Haha I got that, sir. I just meant is there a beginner section on where to learn the basics first?

Cheers.

Here is the dedicated build forum.

http://www.avsforum.com/f/19/dedicated-theater-design-construction

Go through the stickies and then find threads of builds you like and read through those.

If you want to learn about different equipment check the appropriate sub forums for those.
post #714 of 754
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Originally Posted by SiberianKhatru View Post

I just meant is there a beginner section on where to learn the basics first?

The first post of this build thread has a ton of information you might find useful. You probably want to take a quick peek inside the Acoustical Treatment Master Thread. You'll most likely walk away scratching your head, perhaps in tears, but it's a rite of passage nonetheless.
post #715 of 754
Thank you, gentlemen. I will take a look in between studying IT!
post #716 of 754
It's been over two years now. Still Lovin my 5 year old 60 inch elite plasma. Paradigm speakers and hsu sub

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post #717 of 754
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Originally Posted by gregdpw View Post

It's been over two years now. Still Lovin my 5 year old 60 inch elite plasma. Paradigm speakers and hsu sub

Simple and clean... I love it!
post #718 of 754
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Originally Posted by gregdpw View Post

It's been over two years now. Still Lovin my 5 year old 60 inch elite plasma. Paradigm speakers and hsu sub

Looks great!

I'm doing pretty much the same thing for my rack. Just curious, how do you have the back of the rack closed off, or are you leaving it open?
post #719 of 754
All I did was velcro some black felt behind the rack. And it has worked out perfectly. I am not worried about the look becuase I rarly ever go in my unfinished part of the basement.

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post #720 of 754
Good idea and likewise, I could care less about look as mine backs into the mechanical room also. It is near the furnace/blower though so I might to provide a little more sound blocking than felt. Nice thing is I can mess with it even once all the rest is done to get hat figured out.
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