Man, time sure marches on!
I got the middle 3 of 6 to-do items done:
2) Re-do rear riser, make longer and into broadband bass absorber
4) Kitchenette cabinets where the play stuff is (ordered Hickory cabinets from HD) Sink/Microwave/misc snack storage.
I have a separate thread here for Fixing my riser: Broadband bass trap and from 5'6" to 7' deep and at Ethan Winer forum Home Theatre:Riser/other Broadband bass traps, that detour in the HT road took 3 weekends/late nights.
I installed (14) 4" x 14" vents: (1) on RH side, (4) on LH side, and (9) along back wall. Using REW I posted graphs of the vents shut and open, all my effort paid off with broadband absorption.
Picts and it definitely helped with the bass.
Next was carpeting:
Rear riser (dimable rope lights will eventually go under that carpet lip also, you can see plug for them)
Front LH/Center speaker close up showing pattern
Front wall shot:
(those 2 temp small tables hold my laptop/stuff as I took REW measurements each step)
With the dust from the riser re-do and the carpeting install, I cleaned my painted walls and had another detour.
Documented in this thread Best way to wipe dust marks off Behr Paint...
I learned more about paint that I wanted to know....
Not the easiest to see in these picts, but I've got the white milky chalk look others have posted about after just cleaning the walls with warm water and cloth:
Did some homework:
You can see where I painted Satin, Eggshell, and flat enamel (which my side walls had originally) on either side for comparison purposes
LH side wall direct shot & from 2nd row:
Ended up repainting the walls (flat paint), then drying for 3 days, I applied the "dead flat varnish" as topcoat for protection from any future burnishing.
Too many detours! But progress!
Kitchenette cabinets really makes the whole space more live-able!
Making the laminate top with hardwood edge trim, fun to do actually.
You might see I'm working on my 16:9 manual masking for my 2.35:1 screen in the background, that should get done tomorrow, just apply the black velvet, they hang by magnets.
We've had 3 parties so far with family/friends , still more tasks to do in priority ranking:
1) Full basement bath tile shower/tile floor/install cabinets/plumbing/toilet/etc
>>This will make the basement liveable for people sleeping in the bedroom and a MUST for parties, I'm hosting a NCAA Basketball party Sat 4/4 so been working on that
2) Acoustics for front wall/side wall/back wall
>>Audyssey EQ seems to help but I have to control those sound reflections the "proper way"
3) AV rack sliding shelf's media storage
>>When AV shelfs media storage done then I'll consider myself graduated from being LOGANED.
4) Grafik Eye as upgrade to manual dimmers
>>This I'm considering part of HT 1.x revision