Another basement to movie room build thread
I've been meaning to make a thread for this, but never got around to it.
In January of this year I started working on my unfinished basement. I decided to create the theater I always wanted. It doesn't hurt that I also like to build things. It is all in a second home. That means both a monetary AND time budget were being strained.
I ended up doing everything myself except for two items. We had to extend the HVAC system. The home is only a few years old and we planned the HVAC to include a future basement. The original installer came back to extend the ducts and wire dampers in for another zone.
The other item I hired out was the final spackling of the walls. I brought it to about 80-90% and couldn't do more. This is a weak point for me, and I became tired of wasting time to get it right. I already had a contractor working on some other things around the house, and he was able to finish the job quickly.
It is still a work in progress. I still need to do trim work and finish some items. I started building the bar last week, and have work to do there. Once the epoxy top fully cures, I will install the kegerator and tap tower.
Some build info:
*It is a walkout basement. The walkout side is what I am finishing. The other half will remain unfinished as a workroom/laundry room/storage area.
*I used Tyroc as a sub-floor and am very happy with the way that worked out.
*Ceiling is Armstrong laminate planks (very easy to work with) over 5/8 sheetrock. I used 5/8 on ceiling and walls to reduce sound transmission.
*Floor is laminate wood planks.
*Hi-hats are dimmable LEDs hi-hats. Pretty amazing that they throw so much light but only use 12.5 watts of power each
Some equipment details:
*Screen is a SeymourAV 120" wide motorized.
*Speakers are Klipsch in-wall
*Subwoofer is SV Sound. I am using one, but wired the room for two.
*Projector is a Sony HW-40ES positioned about 16' from screen
*Receiver is a Pioneer 1523
*Setup is for 7.1. I am using the two extra amps on the Pioneer to power a pair of outdoor speakers.
*Theater chairs are from Roman at Ultimate Home Theater
*Kegerator is Marvel with a 2-faucet system. This is on the kegerator now, but will be installed under the bar with the tower on the bar.
*2nd row seating is raised on a platform I built from extra 2x6s and plywood, covered in carpet.
All the wiring is running through the soffit. The soffit was necessary (as was the lowered section of ceiling) due to the HVAC ductwork. The bonus is that I can still access the entire chase from the unfinished side of the basement.
All equipment is in the space under the stairs, behind the bar area. This keeps everything out of the way. Of course, it poses a problem for remotes. Anticipating this, I wired an extra Cat6 cable to a box on the front wall next to the screen. I just purchased an IT extender/repeater which I will install soon. I just point the remote at the wall plate which is wired to bring the IR signal back to the equipment area.
It is still a work in progress, but I think it is coming along well.
Here are some "Before" and "Now" photos.
There are two shots of the bar and three of the room. Have a slideshow file showing more in between photos and will post a link when those files are processed.
It has been an interesting journey. Let me know if there are any questions. Enjoy...
Last edited by jrm21; 12-03-2014 at 12:33 PM.