Originally Posted by Tedd
Would it be possible to remove the mantle and remove a few courses of stone? Then you could do the mantel mount.
Another option might be to wall of the fireplace and simply host an acoustically transparent screen and screen wall. I don't know if a dedicated room
is something you want, but I can see a lot of potential options.
A good plan will work around the obstacles and turn them into features. You could effectively hide the doors, yet keep accessibility with a dedicated
room, where inexpensive speaker grill fabric walls could hide things like what looks to be access portals and the doors, and even the support posts could
be worked into a design. If you can add some more details such as measurements and height, and all obstacles to your floor plan, I could whip up some
floor plan ideas.
This would be awesome help. Unfortunately I'm not in the house until mid-July. I was able to take some basic measurements last time I was there, but had big picture house stuff on my mind and didn't do detailed measurements of the basement with a home theater in mind entirely.
Originally Posted by htnoobnc
Are these load bearing walls? If not, why not change the layout a bit?
No, but there are columns there. Additionally, the other side has the laundry and hot water heater. It COULD be moved, but it would increase the expense significantly.
Originally Posted by Tedd
I expect the load bearing walls are south to north, with those two columns supporting a header above. And I also expect there's a header above the pair of doors.
I also don't think we're seeing the entire basement as there appears to be light shining under the filled in door, in the last picture where the shelves
run over what I suspect was a door opening. Much of what would make sense, is about traffic flow and uses of the space outside the family room or theater.
You're correct about what are likely the load bearing walls.
The light shining under the filled in door would be where the laundry room is in the third picture. They just moved it in more. The doors to the right (that I'm worried about blocking) are to the furnace room and a cedar coat closet.
Originally Posted by ckronengold
Looks like a great layout for building a false wall in front of the fireplace and getting a screen and projector. You could go with the pull down TV mount, but that can turn into an awfully expensive approach depending on which model you chose. I'd start with a 100" motorized screen from Silver Ticket for the same price as a TV mount. Leave the TV upstairs and get the screen!
I had a similar dilemma in my previous house, minus the fireplace. Lally poles and support beams in the wall, and a laundry / storage area on the other side. I also thought about pushing out into the laundry, but there were too many HVAC / pipes in the ceiling to make it a reasonable project. You can't really push out into the laundry / water heater area because that creates new column issues. Plus, then you'd have the HVAC in your theater as well.
I think a false wall could work. It's a tension because my wife really like fireplaces, so I think she'd be unhappy about hiding the fireplace entirely.
Your situation sounds very similar to mine. As you can see in the third pic, pushing the wall out would gain me some space, but it would still have 2 columns (4th pic) and I'd have to soffit the HVAC/pipes. You're dead on about pushing out. Unless I wanted to go all out and move the hot water heater and laundry to the northeast corner, then I don't think it's an option.
Some of it comes down to cost as well. I'm fine putting SOME money over time to upgrade this thing, but it seems a shame to gut something like this when the other solutions present major expenses for not much benefit.
I did just get a guy to sell me a Vutec 110 motorized screen for next to nothing. I'm really considering it now, if not I have a friend who said he'd take the screen if I back out and try to make the OLED work.
Lastly, just in case it helps, this are a few more pics of the other areas of the basement (I don't think there's much to work with really). The top right corner of the layout map I don't want to finish for a home theater as it would be small and it's right next to the water and piping that I would need for a bathroom install down there that I plan to do at some point.