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post #211 of 389
I want to treat the ceiling bad but got to slow down this project costing me a lot moreeeee then expected.

Those seats are pretty nice I like the color. Something different . Lol l the basketball hoop over the fireplace cracks me up.
post #212 of 389
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In any project I do, I always exceed the budget by 30%.

Cables, equipment you forgot to buy, etc - adds up quickly.

The slower you do the project the easier is to buy stuff, it's easily $10K+ when you count your projector, screen, chairs, etc.

That hoop is actually a real hoop, made for indoors. It weighs over 100lbs (fun to mount that by myself). I have a 2-story greatroom in that room, so I can lob shots. It seems low, I could have mounted it much higher - but then the ceiling fan would get in the way of my shots - HAHAH. On my perfect shots, it barely touches the ceiling fan as it is.







A long time ago I had this in my great room, I hope to buy another one someday but it was 4K in price at the time...could'nt justify it based on playing time (once a month). Mcclure makes a cheaper one that's smaller in width/butcher block size and uses smaller pucks, not sure if I'd like that:



Edited by elmalloc - 12/12/12 at 3:33am
post #213 of 389
Indeed I always surpass my budget as well. Once you get everything all setup I'm going to have to check it out. Looks like the ultimate bachelor pad lol.

Your home has a great room. My Ryan does not unless I built a bigger model. I was actually going to build in Brunswick at first then ended up not. It's nice and countryish lol if that's even a word.
post #214 of 389
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That hoop is actually a real hoop, made for indoors. It weighs over 100lbs (fun to mount that by myself). I have a 2-story greatroom in that room, so I can lob shots. It seems low, I could have mounted it much higher - but then the ceiling fan would get in the way of my shots - HAHAH. On my perfect shots, it barely touches the ceiling fan as it is.


Decorating for bachelors! Totally envious! wink.gif



Reminds me of a guy who, shortly after a divorce, bought himself a train set for Christmas ... and nailed the tracks right to the top of his dining room table!

Just because he could! biggrin.gif
post #215 of 389
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Indeed I always surpass my budget as well. Once you get everything all setup I'm going to have to check it out. Looks like the ultimate bachelor pad lol.
Your home has a great room. My Ryan does not unless I built a bigger model. I was actually going to build in Brunswick at first then ended up not. It's nice and countryish lol if that's even a word.

It's called Brunstucky. There are a lot of hicks here. The first day I went to Giant Eagle, I saw a guy with a mullet. I have since seen none, but still, there are some hillbillies over here and I think some are racist. I don't care....I mind my own business. It was cheap to build here (30K less than North Olmsted, same house).
post #216 of 389
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Decorating for bachelors! Totally envious! wink.gif

Reminds me of a guy who, shortly after a divorce, bought himself a train set for Christmas ... and nailed the tracks right to the top of his dining room table!
Just because he could! biggrin.gif

HAHAA!!! I was so thinking of putting train tracks on the walls of this room for my Christmas decoration. The things I can do without a wife. But I also make many terrible decisions that a Woman could stereotypically help with (paint colors, furniture, etc). I only know what I don't like, not what I like.

For instance, I'm thinking of taking the black fabric panels in the theater room I'm making now, and using the burgundy/red for the whole room. I can't say until I do more of the red panels to just hover one over the black panels to see if I'd like it more...sigh.
post #217 of 389
You can always give me your black ones lol
post #218 of 389
Inspiration for your next game room, assuming you're still single.

post #219 of 389
space i hope that room isnt yours lol.. First the ceiling now this .
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space i hope that room isnt yours lol.. First the ceiling now this .

Unfortunately, it's not. A man can dream, though.
post #221 of 389
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Space,
HAHAHA Space! A long time ago in the AV123 forum, I asked people how much it would cost to create an underground bunker connected to my house, that was approximatley 15-18ft deep. Everyone came back with 100K excavation costs, why would you do that, etc.

Because I wanted to install an underground halfcourt basketball court. HAHAAHAH!!!!!! SOME PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!!!! I was willing to consider it for 30K. Usually only millionaires would consider that photo....

It's difficult to really understand how much height you need for a "home gym" like that. I would have been fine with just the 3 point line room. Rhino Courts makes a lot of indoor courts (and outdoor, like full tennis courts).

Someday when I'm really old I might have enough land to actually do that. I was crazy enough to put a putting green in the backyard, I am crazy enough to put a tennis court.

Doc Holliday,
Unfortunately I make every frame for it's particular spot. My room (FOR WHATEVER REASON) can vary a whole inch in height. It was partially finished by the original builder (Ryan) is my only excuse right now.

Instead of having a possible 1" gap on the top of the ceiling in some parts, I measure every frame and cut each individually. Each is 4' wide (so I cut a bunch of bracing strips), but the height of each frame varies! You as the viewer would never know, but as a perfectionist there are many small details we have to take account for. =( I'm not planning on using any trim, which slows the process down.

I tested hte Conquest last night with 4 of the frames attached and no rattling from the frames perspective - GOOD!
Edited by elmalloc - 12/12/12 at 11:06am
post #222 of 389
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Alright, I finished one sidewall with canvas duck cloth fabric. This took weeks. I will not do this again in my main theater room.

If you have any questions, let me know.












post #223 of 389
Looks pretty good to me. I couldn't only imagine how much work it is.i can't even get myself to build me some corner bass traps.
post #224 of 389
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Thanks!

You can do it, those won't be that hard. That will only help your boomy bass though, I don't believe it will do much to keep the bass in your room.
post #225 of 389
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OK got a big time bonus at the christmas party this year (along with this award). The benefits of working in a 50 employee company:


Everyone asks me what I'm doing in my basement/etc, and I tell them I'm seeing all this crazy crap on the AVSForum that I'm trying to live up to. They don't understand why for the most part. I tell them you must work hard and take everyday as your last, but hope there's a tomorrow. With the recent events in CT, we all must obtain this knowledge.

The award was about 10K. The problem in the audio/video world, is this can amount to chump change if you're doing a theater room. Does anyone realize how much money we spend into this "hobby"?

About 4 years ago I bought my first projector, the Sim2 HT380. Retail was 15K I think. I hung it up in the basement, painted the front wall black (except for the screen area) - that's it. White walls, light carpet. Picture looked fantastic. My coworker told me over the summer he pumped 50K into his theater room - and used the JVC RS1, which was 3K at the time.

I asked in my head, what is he spending 50K and so little on the "engine"? His room looks spectacular, comparative to many of the dedicated builds here.

But I'm driving a ferrari. Maybe they think I have Kmart tires on my Ferrari, it may be true....but my projector trounced his (at the time). The question is, how much is all the look and feel worth to you...many of us can blow money too fast.
post #226 of 389
You can't say it any better. When it comes to CT it's just straight "messed up"
Knowone at that age should ever have to go through something like that.

That aside congrats in your award. What do you do for a living? We spend crazy amount in these rooms for sure. I myself right now probably have over 10 to 15k in my room. It's a luxury to have for sure it's not something we need. If we could all take $100 dollars from all our rooms we could make a lot of family's happy over this holiday.
post #227 of 389
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I am a software architect and do consulting work (mainly around Cleveland, but I've traveled to Buffalo recently for some months out of the year). I basically got this award for that, when I'm out of town - there really isn't much to do other than work (and drink). Like 70-75 hour work weeks for 3 months. I had a goal in mind, if I can get through this, I can nearly pay off that fricking putting green that I always wanted since I was 20. So I swallowed the pill and worked. The pain of working that much OT lingered for a few months afterwards. I know some doctors work that routinely, it definitely can change your personality after some time.

I believe in my Optoma room I have done a good job of minimizing costs. My Sim2 room is going to cost me a chunk, the projector itself was expensive enough. I'm worried that I won't be able to convince myself to go AT screen unless it's 4K resolution, and at that point the price will just be too high for admission for me.

I'm more about simplistic designs, but I wish I could do some of the crazier things I see people have in this forum.

I do enjoy life's luxuries, and I wish I could help a family that wasn't able to have a good christmas for their kids - I would gladly be santa and buy something for their kids unknowingly. I don't like the programs as much because I'm not connected to what's happening, sure take my money - I want a little more satisfaction than that.

The dedicated subforum is about taking control of your dreams and making them happen. There is a certain personality type that lives in here.
Edited by elmalloc - 12/16/12 at 5:21am
post #228 of 389
I work crazy hours to. Sometimes 84 hours a week but in a factory.
Did you go to school for your job? About 10 years ago I was about to go to ITT tech for computer engineer but they wanted 42k for 2 years . I was only 21 at the time And backed out. I completely regret it now.
post #229 of 389
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Yes, I went to case western. It was expensive. I regret not going to graduate school.

I'm working with 2 sub-projects now.

1) Does anyone know who I can consult with who could help me design a double door entry way?

2) I don't know what to do with some of my unfinished space. I probably should put a bathroom in, but I kind of want a TV and small kitchen there instead. For home value, it will be terrible to not have a bathroom in that living space.


I will clean that up for you guys so we can see the area better.

I like the fridge/microwave/sink combo here (without dishwasher) - I think I can implement it:





Edited by elmalloc - 12/29/12 at 2:20pm
post #230 of 389
Ahh you can't go wrong with Case lol.

That's a nice little setup I like it as well. Why not do a bathroom sink in a small area and turn the other area into a snack bar
post #231 of 389
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I've seen the snack bars, I could probably build one (if you want to come over and help HAHAH), but I had a gumball machine in my theatr once and realized wow - I barely eat out of this thing. Once a month I'll have a party with people over. How quickly do these gumballs get stale?

The snack bar would kind of be for looks only. I guess I could put my popcorn machine on top of it?

post #232 of 389
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This entry way looks cool, it uses 2 architectural illuminated columns that are 1K each though:
post #233 of 389
Honestly I have no handy man skills at all . Thank god my girlfriends brother is a contractor lol. Right now he's doing 100k job for someone in brecksville so he's tied up. Agree snack bar is mostly for looks. But then again most of our stuff is lol. The doors are nice but not work 1k a piece in my opinion.

What a long night just got off a 12 hour work shift
post #234 of 389
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You can do whatever he's doing, just watch lol. At some point you may get tired of paying him money for things you can do yourself, at least, it took over a year for me to reach that point.
post #235 of 389
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Does anyone have any idea on how to improve the look of my fabric? Should I consider putting a horizontal bottom row (maybe 2ft high?) in black for the side wall to bring the colors together? Or do 2 ft of red on the back wall to bring that back there? Should I redo the whole room in the same color?
Edited by elmalloc - 12/21/12 at 10:23am
post #236 of 389
I think it looks great. Once you get the front wall done, I think you'll feel better about it.

Any plans for a dark area rug in front of your seats? You won't get much light spill/reflections off your dark red panels, but that floor is a different story.
post #237 of 389
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Thanks! Actually the other side wall isn't done yet either, it's hard for me to visualize the completion. Even though I have an idea, I guess my dreams don't have color in them. The front wall, I have syfabrics triple plush velvet to do still. That will make the front and back walls match.

Good point regarding the stage area. One of the main reasons I went with laminate flooring here, is so under floor heating would be effective. My basement was ridiculously cold before I demolished it. Putting rigid foam, 1/2" OSB, and radiant electric heating mats underneath the laminate has definitely warmed it up. I can see myself living down here playing video games after work.

I turned the projector on recently and yeah, the floor reflects. It's a shame, as I have enough knowledge about this, and I built this room from scratch after demolishing. I thought, I just need 4ft+ of stage carpeted and it will be "OK", but I ended up not having that much stage. I should have designed it better. I could do a mini step down (2x2) to extend the stage area and carpet it.

Any mistakes I make here will not be duplicated in the actual theater room across from it. smile.gif
post #238 of 389
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Any mistakes I make here will not be duplicated in the actual theater room across from it.)

Yes, I keep reading about these two theaters that will be residing in your basement but must have missed the original explanation. Are you a glutton for punishment? Simply enjoy a challenge? Clinically insane? Or is this simply the home theater version of the multiplex?smile.gif

FYI-I've got the same Triple Plush Velvet that I need to wrap around my screen wall panels. Maybe next week.
post #239 of 389
Ok damn both of you. Ell did you order your fabric? I went to Joans today and they had some velvit but not sure if it will work. It looked pretty black compared to the others.

Got some good progress done today. Moved some outlets ran my monster power strips that I got cheap from amazon. Real good deal. Going to try to do some cleanup tommorow and rub audyssey for the first time ever xt32
post #240 of 389
Take my approach Elmo cheap but brings the room out.

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