So it begins. A little background is in order. This is my second house but my first HT room since the old home was too small and the money wasn't there for such things. I have always appreciated good audio and picture quality so when we closed on the new house I claimed most of the unfinished basement as "The Man Cave". After some prodding the wife finally agreed to allow the process of finishing off the basement to begin. I have done 95% of the work alone and are really only planning on farming out the drywall, carpet and tile install to the pro's. I get a kick out of remodeling so it's been something I enjoy since I was young.
The name "Fog Valley Cinema" comes from the local climate. We live in the hilly area of Southeastern PA about 980 feet in the air. For some reason or another it is foggy here A LOT. Once you come off the hill the fog disappears. There is a golf course right behind us that you can barely see some days because of the fog.
The basement is somewhere in the area of 1500+ square feet total. We finished off about 1300 square feet of it. When we moved in it was just poured concrete walls with a stairwell off to one side. There are 4 full windows and a double door to the outside (makes getting materials in rather easy ). Most of it is below grade and thus it keeps itself at around 55 - 65 degrees most of the year. The house was new construction but a spec home. By the time we saw it 98% of it was already completed.
We plan on putting in a home theater, sitting area for coffee/chatting (this we call our Starbucks), a dry kitchen area, 3 closets, a powder room, an area for unfinished storage, a window seat, a small area for our "outside cafe"/pub table, and finally a dedicated room for the wife to do her sewing/quilting in. This little room got me some comfy pillows and a pair of kick ass heavy velvet HT curtains.
Due to WAF I was not allowed to completely close off the HT. She says it would pinch off the basement too much and to a degree she is right. So it is open on two sides to the rest of the basement. This made sound proofing less of an issue for me, although I am considering putting in some acoustical treatments in some key spots.
Light control is reasonable since most of the windows will not come into play for the HT. My wife made some roman style curtains for the windows in the exterior door since these shine directly onto the screen.
The progress will seem quick here but I have been nipping away at the theater since March of 2007. As of today (01/17/2010) the theater is nearly complete. Just have some additional decorating to do and to finish off a ledge in the sewing room that you will see below. There is always some little project to work on down here though. I'm still seriously considering making one of the closet doors into a ticket booth.
UPDATED.... Theater Equipment List (as of 01-10-2014):
* Samsung BP-UP5000 Combo BluRay/HD DVD Player
* Philips DVP-5982 Standard Def DVD player (for intros)
* Belkin PureAV PF60 Power Station
* Berklines 45004's for a curved 4 and 3 configuration, motorized and with mini butt kickers installed
* Butt Kicker Amps (2)
* Carada 110" BW Criterion Screen with 1.4 gain.
* Carada 110" Masquerade Horizontal Masking System
* Lutron RadioRA lighting control system for entire basement
* Onkyo TX-SR805 AV Receiver with Onkyo DS-A2X iPod dock
* SVS 20-39 PCi Sub
* Axiom Speakers: M60's, VP150 center, QS8's (in a 7.1 set-up)
* Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB
* Direct TV H21-100 HD receiver
* Nintendo Wii (with a nicely placed, i.e. hidden, sensor bar)
* Philips Pronto TSU-9400 Universal Remote
* Buffalo IR distribution system
* Cables from Monoprice (custom length sub cable from Blue Jeans Cable)
* Custom Marquee Letters from Sign-A-Rama. Marquee platform built by me.
* iVIEW 3500 STB DTV convertor box
* Antennas Direct C2-V-CJM ClearStream 2-V Long Range UHF/VHF Indoor/Outdoor DTV Antenna with 20-Inch Mount
* Channel Master 3414 4 Outputs Distribution Amplifier
Enjoy the pics and feel free to chime in. That's what forums are for.
Basement as it looked when we moved in.
Behind the stairs
Tools starting to gather
The nook back there will become the kitchen area
This will eventually become the screen wall
Edited by Driving_Hamster - 1/10/14 at 5:53pm