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post #61 of 1619
looking good!

I've had those came Calavera sconces picked out for years now. I started looking again at lights and I still keep going back to them.
post #62 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Thanks,

You have good taste.

The hard part for us is to now select color schemes. We are leaning toward Reds and Browns - with plenty of wood trim (walnut to cherry shades).
post #63 of 1619
Craig, any updates to the HT ceiling? Tray looks awesome.
post #64 of 1619
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QueenDVD2,

Nothing new yet

However; just got an email stating that my Ceilinglume decorative tiles are shipping today. And yesterday; I received my ceiling link track materials, also picked up some flat black paint and primer for the ceiling drywall that surrounds the trayed area.
post #65 of 1619
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Damn - The ceilume tiles came , but were damaged in shipment by UPS.
The nice people at Empire West are on it and I am confident that will have them replaced soon.
post #66 of 1619
Quote:
Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Damn - The ceilume tiles came , but were damaged in shipment by UPS.
The nice people at Empire West are on it and I am confident that will have them replaced soon.

Well crap... always sucks to get yourself all stoked up about getting something and then it comes in broken.

Place looks like its gonna be a fun place to play and hang out. You'll be done before you know it. Damn good feeling to be past the drywall stage...
post #67 of 1619
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Wazzy,

Thanks for the positive comments. Getting past drywall was a huge motivator for me.
So much so >> that I actually temporarily mounted my RS1 PJ and watched a movie and some HD OTA.

Took it back down when I heard the ceilume tiles were on the way.

At this rate; in another couple of months - I just might be to your point of completion. Hoping to have all ofthe big jobs finished by Superbowl....
post #68 of 1619
Hey Craig,

Great job! Looks really nice, and yes I am one of those people that lurks around here but doesn't post. It gets a little intimidating seeing all of the great work that everyone else is doing, but it's also inspiring. So I am about to begin a project of my own (I think). Your set up is similar to my situation in that it is located on one side of the basement, and you're keeping things somewhat open to the rest of the basement. I'm calling mine a dedicated theater "space" as opposed to just a dedicated theater. My problem is that I have only 7'2" from the concrete floor to the bottom of the ceiling joists, and then some plumbing that is in the way as well.

Are you going to do anything on top of the concrete such as dricore, etc. or just go with a pad and carpet? Also, I noticed that it doesn't seem that you worried too much as far as sound isolation/reduction goes (eg. DD/GG, Hattrack, etc.). Are you pretty satisfied with just insulation and drywall? I can't do a whole lot because of my low ceilings and the fact that the room is opened up to the rest of the basement which includes the stairwell leading to the kitchen upstairs; and my dilemma about this has kept me from getting started. "Paralysis by analysis"
post #69 of 1619
Hey Craig,

Just poked through your thread, and am really impressed with all the work you've done. I was dealing with a similar issue in my HT room with a water meter, and that's why I have the equipment rack in the room at the front left. Glad you were able to resolve yours and still keep it looking really sharp.

The drywall really makes your place look like it's getting close to finished (hey, we all know there's lots left, lol), but the motivation is nice.

Keep up the great work!

Mike
post #70 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Korkster,

Thanks for checking out my thread.

As for ceiling height (I was bit luckier), after much work in moving "only" electrical conduits and incorporating soffitts > I was able to free up 7'10" in my HT room.

My thoughts on soundproofing my arrangement:

I had an open space - so it would be impossible to get the full benefit of DD, GG, etc..Besides; my space was in the basement and all the sleeping rooms were 2 floors away. I did stuff the overhead soffits with R25 to help block noise coming in from above. The result; overhead noise (kitchen activites & foot-traffic,from above have been reduced by about 70%, If I crank a nice "bassy" movie from below > the noise going up into the kitchen and family rooms seem to be reduced by 50~60%

I considered dri-core but I am taking a pass. I have lived here 11 years and have never had water in my basement. I will be going with pad and carpet direct on a painted/sealed floor. I hope I do not miss the thermal advantages of the dricore?

You said these threads were inspiring you - so just jump in and go for it. I am at the 18month point > I may or may not make my 2 year target - but every week is a step (or two) closer


paceQUOTE=korkster;14648351]Hey Craig,

Great job! Looks really nice, and yes I am one of those people that lurks around here but doesn't post. It gets a little intimidating seeing all of the great work that everyone else is doing, but it's also inspiring. So I am about to begin a project of my own (I think). Your set up is similar to my situation in that it is located on one side of the basement, and you're keeping things somewhat open to the rest of the basement. I'm calling mine a dedicated theater "space" as opposed to just a dedicated theater. My problem is that I have only 7'2" from the concrete floor to the bottom of the ceiling joists, and then some plumbing that is in the way as well.

Are you going to do anything on top of the concrete such as dricore, etc. or just go with a pad and carpet? Also, I noticed that it doesn't seem that you worried too much as far as sound isolation/reduction goes (eg. DD/GG, Hattrack, etc.). Are you pretty satisfied with just insulation and drywall? I can't do a whole lot because of my low ceilings and the fact that the room is opened up to the rest of the basement which includes the stairwell leading to the kitchen upstairs; and my dilemma about this has kept me from getting started. "Paralysis by analysis"[/quote]
post #71 of 1619
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Thanks BlaXXXima!

So it appears to be a very rainy weekend here in No. Illinois. Nice excuse to work in the basement instead of outdoors. So here I am at the keyboard thinking about going to the basement and "becoming one" with either black paint for a theater ceiling surround, or go after firring strips and ceiling tiles in an adjacent room..?

Wait a minute; I get the impression there are many friends with updates on this forum that I need to go checkout first

Cheers!
Craig - Cuzed2
post #72 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Wishing all a Good Day!

So for the last few weeks - the work has been steady, albeit NOT at breakneck speeds. First up was to finish the 2' drywall ceiling border in flat black (one coat primer, and 2 topcoats).



After temporarily mounting my RS-1 and testing screen size and placement > I decided to locate the PJ closer to the rear wall (from 11' back to about 16.5' back). Very thankful that I anticipated this possibiity and had a raceway and some reinforced bracing already in place behind the ceiling drywall.

This was also a good time to install my 7.1 rear seakers (Klipsch 6/5" in-ceiling style). So much for photographong a black ceiling - believe it or not there are 2 speakers, a chief ceiling mount, and a PJ power recepatacle hiding in this photo:



Next a side note; the Ceilume company (Empire West) was very responsive - they air shipped replacement tiles to me. The initial shipment was damaged by UPS - great service from Ceilume!

Below is the ceiling-link grid system (from Kensa -another great product), installed and ready for tiles:



First tile installed above EQ rack:



3 hours later and almost done (the most time-consumng part was "fine-tuning" the postion of the can lights)



And lastly the finished product - despite the dust and my poor photo lighting.



Two out of 3 celings are now finished, this week will be a tossup between:
1) setting up and checking out my new-used marantz 7002,
2) or finshing the celing in the adjoining room, or...maybe both....

Thanks for looking!
post #73 of 1619
Very nice job on the ceiling cuz. The Stratfords have a classic look and really add character to the room.
post #74 of 1619
The ceiling looks great!!! I love the black. I originally wanted to paint my drop ceiling tiles in my theater area, but the wife had a bird, so white they stayed.

Keep up the good work. It's coming along nicely!
post #75 of 1619
Thread Starter 
QueenDVD2,

Thanks; BTW - I check the latest on your build daily.
Continues to inspire, and looks GREAT!
post #76 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Johnny15,

Appreciate the views and comments. I couldn't believe my wife was OK with black ceilings in this room. So far So good!

With a little luck I iwll be done by Superbowl...??
post #77 of 1619
Great thread! Where did you purchase the orange flexible conduit you used? Love the ceiling!
post #78 of 1619
Thread Starter 
DavBoy,

Thanks - appreciate the feedback,
The orange raceway came from Smarthome. It is manufactured by Carlon
post #79 of 1619
Thanks! pricey, are you happy you used it versus conventional PVC?
post #80 of 1619
Cool drop ceiling, I dont normally like them!
post #81 of 1619
Thread Starter 
davboy,

The main reason I went the pricey "orange" route instead of the grey PVC was for code reasons:

Went to my local HD and was about to buy the grey PVC when I learned that I could have some code difficulties - apparently the grey PVC is designed and rated for outdoor use (something about fire ratings and toxic fumes). Still not sure I believe this >> However; I decided to play it safe and go with what was approved for my local building code.
post #82 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Thanks!

Drywall ceiling was my first choice - However; I had too compromise as there were way too many things up above that either needed to be moved or i would need access to someday.

As it turned out I bet I spent 2 extra months moving electrical to the sides of the room where it could be soffited - this was done so that I could preserve a ceiling height of 7'7".
post #83 of 1619
At this rate, YOU will beat me to the punch (I'll be waiting on an RS20). Nice progress.
post #84 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Got my ceilings finished, doors cut & installed (more construction photos later).

Decided it was time to appreciate the recent round of efforts by taking a viewing break!

Finished my homemade screen over the weekend; DW on an Aluminum "80/20" frame.

A big thanks to "20fan":
He has a nice thread going over on the DIY screen forum for this slick aluminum frame idea. Got the screen wall mounted just in time to see GB stomp the Bears

My screen dimensions areas follows:
-Viewable area 57" x 101.5"
-Overall size is 61" (delivered width of the DW) x 105.5".
- 2" border

For cutting the DW; a few tips that resulted in a very clean edge:
Bought a new plywood blade for my skill saw, taped the "cut line" on both sides, and cut from the unfinished side (finished side down).

I used contact cement to attach a 2" border. Here are the supplies.



I meant to take a photo showing how I masked off the inner edge of the border with painters tape. This kept the contact cement off the viewable area and made it much easier to get a nice straight edge with the border.


The finished result:



And Temporarily Mounted (screen will be coming down so that I can install linacoustic, GOM, trim work, and finish the drapery valance on top):



The following are HD-Ota shots from a JVC RS-1. Sorry did not have time to put up any 1080p blu-ray material. (will also make my excuses in advance; did not use a tripod, my first attempts at screen shots, and have not yet tweaked the PJ with Video Essentials Essentials disc).

First up - 1080i from Fox sports:



Remainder are 720p from PBS:







post #85 of 1619
Very nice screen shots. I'm so jealous. Choking on your dust...heck, I can't even make up my mind on the screen choice. You must be so psyched. Ceiling looks just as great as ever.
post #86 of 1619
place is coming together... ceiling looks nice and so does the DW screen.... I had one for a while until it met with an untimely accident during the build.... great screen material...

can't wait for more pics...
post #87 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Queen / Wazzey,

Thanks for the encouragement. Yours are 2 of many builds that help keep everyone motivated. I will add my latest construction photos next.

Wazzey - will soon be sharing some 1080p shots from Transorfmers.
post #88 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Finally - got my Blu-Ray player (slightly used Samsung 1400) up and running with the DIY screen. I thought the Video would be the biggest Wow factor > the new Audio formats might be the bigger story.

Following are from Transformers/Blu-ray via JVC RS1 (note; the pixelation you might see below is most likely from my old 2Mb Elph camera.) In real time I have to get to about 4' from the screen to see pixels.









post #89 of 1619
Really looks nice. I love the ceiling and the DIY screen looks quite good!
post #90 of 1619
Thread Starter 
Here's the Latest. Items left to be done:

Trim
liacoustic and GOM on screen wall
Surround speaker columns
Paint, Carpet, Stair Railing
(possibly tile work and wet bar**?)

First photos are taken at the bottom of the stair landing. **Still haven't decided if this room will be an exersize room, or will become a pub room with some form of wet bar (behind the running machine and cabinet I have plumbing stubbed in).

Opinions Anyone?





Eq. closet - wiring needs to be dressed:





Next Up are from the Theater Room:









Final photos are the from the adjacent open area game room



and the future drink-ledge at the end of the game room

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