A bit late with my updates. Have spent the last several weeks travelling; but am able to report some progress.
** Purchased my speaker setup, as follows:
2 Klipsch RF 35 towers (new)
Klispch RC-7 center (ebay) will go above screen
Klipsch RS 35s (ebay) will go into columns
SVS 20-39 tower subwoofer (ebay)
** I have run smurftubes for cable raceways, have started populating my structured wiring box and "plumbed" interconnecting raceways into my equipment closet.
** Reworked my screen area and adjacent sidewalls to better accomodate speakers, hide water meter utilities, and to improve the asthetics (curtains,etc - see photos below).
** Added a soffit above the screen to house my center channel.
** As for my PJ plan. I was leaning towards an Epson. However; last week I had a consulting visit from a custom installer. He seemed pleased with my plan and strongly suggest that I "study up" and consider the new SONY VPL 40 - I'm now leaning in that direction. It was also suggested that in order to maximize PJ brightness that I consider mounting my PJ CLOSER to the screen. Therefore I have roughed in a second ceiling mounting position (12' from screen instead of 18') and ran the power conduit and raceways accordingly.
** I am now in the process of getting ready for a drywaller to do his magic. Problem is; everytime I am about to start stuffing insulation > I get another "Gee wouldn't that be nice to build-in idea" As for insulation; please note I have added foam board to the bottom 1 foot, the upper ~7 foot will be unfaced bat insulation (have never had water in this basement, a "just-in -case" measure).
In the final 2 photos below you will see my concept photos - I apologize as I did not have my sketchup program avaialabe - I used powerpoint from my travel laptop.
Thanks for looking, questions, and any suggestions you may have to share!