In an effort to help push me further along a basement remodel, and to document progress I am starting a build thread.
Back story: My family purchased our home in Fall 2013. One of my buying "must haves" was a good basement layout for a future bar and theater area, as well as space for the kids to have to themselves. After visiting 80+ homes over the span of 6 months, we found exactly the home we wanted. As someone who values function over form. I was quick to purchase my projector, speakers, sub, and build a DIY screen. Once you have a functioning spot for games and movies, what else do you need? Well, it turns out I'd like to have some walls, maybe a real sectional, some dedicated lighting, and some soundproofing to help drone out the footfall from above. The strangest thing about the basement is that all the interior walls have been finished. I have light fixtures, ceiling fans, outlets, trim, and best of all a fully finished ceiling! After going back and forth with how to address these issues I decided to start a tear out of my ceiling with plans on rewiring the 6 lights all connected to one switch. I also expected there to be nothing above my drywall since footfall is so loud. Once I started wtih the tear out I saw not only was there insulation already up there, there was also a 2" piece of foam. Since I am getting this much noise with all that up there...not too sure about trying to go the soundproofing route. This leads us to the next section...
Plans: I have some good space to work with. I plan on doing the following sections in an open concept:
13x13 Excersise Room
14x14 Kids room (Separated by Wall)
All dimensions are approx, before walls go up.
I plan on creating a family theater section. Complete with Fireplace, 60" Flatscreen, and 7.2 surround sound. There will be a soffit all around to give some separation from the rest of the ceiling. The soffit will house my projector and motorized screen, which will come down infront of the fireplace and flat panel. Still deciding on my screen wall, whether to do built in cabinets to house speakers or keep them floor standing. Either way I'll probably go with an AT screen so the speakers are behind the screen when down. I haven't decided on whether I want to go with a Rack housed separately or just put my components in the built in shelving on the screen wall. Depending on WAF I will go with either a large sectional or theater seating in an X^XX^X format. Either way, I plan on building a cinebar behind for additional seating. I'd like 4-6 recessed lights/sconces? on a dimmer dedicated to the theater. Crown molding around soffit with rope light on switch. Carpet.
This room should just be simply framing, carpet, and electrical wiring. I do want to run A/V for a wall mounted TV. I'd like dedicated lighting. Carpet with Rubber flooring over.
There is a perfect 6x10 bump out for a bar outside of the 13x15 space. In the bar I plan on doing cabinets along the back wall with a mini fridge. I do not want to break into the concrete below for plumbing, but have seen pumps that can handle waste going back up to the drain in the kitchen. My sink should in the kitchen should be directly above and about 8 feet to the left. If I can figure the drain pump out, my wife would appreciate having a sink in the basement. Above the sink between two cabinets I'd like to mount another TV. There will be a bar at the opening of the bump with stools. In the bigger 13x15 area I'd like a full size air hockey table. Dedicated lighting for bigger area, plus lighting for bar with pendants over bar itself. Likely to use vinyl tile in a wood look.
There is an existing wall separating the kids room from the open space, but it only goes up approx 6.5" then its open air above. I'll be filling that in so there is a full wall there. The kids room is were my electrical panel is located. My panel now is full with single switches, not sure if I can double up on a switch or if I'd like to put in a subpanel. The kids room will have bookshelves, seating, craft table, and another TV station. Open to flooring. Will not always be a kids room, cannot be technically considered a bedroom.
I have a rather large storage room that doubles as the bathroom now. I am not planning on doing anything in there with this build but am open to suggestions. My wife would like to have a finished bathroom down there with sink, toilet, and shower. So that we can turn the kids room into a bedroom for guests. With the layout of my hot water heater and furnace, I'm not sure I have much room to create a finished space.
Very skeptical of what I can achieve within my budget. Original owner used 2x4's as furring to attach drywall to joists. I get a lot of footfall and would like to cut that down. I am not overly concerned with other noise getting in or out. Plan on doing single layer of 5/8 GG to the subfloor of my kitchen above the theater area. I will fill the joist cavities with r19 and reuse the existing foam up there as well. Then attach single layer 5/8 to the 2x4 furring. At the top of the stairs is a single louvered door. That will be replaced with a solid core door and something to gap the bottom. I cannot put a door at the bottom of the steps. In my demo I did not remove the dryall from the soffits in the basement and plan on not treating them. Again its mostly the footfall I am concerend with. Hopefully the GG and drywall on the subfloor helps in that regard.
Currently owned equipment:
Pioneer SP-52 series towers
Pioneer SP-22 center channel
Pioneer SP-32 bookshelves (Originally planned for 5.1 probably will be used elsewhere)
Klipsch RW-12D subwoofer (Will purchase another or DIY two for the subs)
Pioneer VSX 1122 AVR
Centurylink Prism HDDVR
120" DIY Flexi-White Screen
50' Monoprice Sub Cable
100' Monoprice 12AWG speaker wire
24 GLS Banana clips
Harmony 650 Remote
Future purchase equipment:
3 Wall Mounted TV's
4x In ceiling speakers for surround
Roku or Apple TV
120+" Motorized AT Screen
Here is a picture I created in Room Sketcher of what I current plans look like:
I'll post pics of the ceiling demo and overall room layout when I get home.
Thank you to everyone thats offered advice thus far and a big thank you to everyone that will offer advice and support in the coming months.