I have been working on my basement build for a little over a year now. I have a bad habit of doing projects, taking pictures of the process with the intent on sharing my progress throughout and then never do. So I plan to make several posts consecutively to get up to date with my project.
Firstly, this is a new construction home that we had built. Construction was completed in January of 2018. I knew that I was going to be finishing the basement, but the theater portion was just a pipe dream at the time, so there were some things that I wish I would have done differently, such as going with a 9 foot ceiling in the basement as I did with the main floor. This is probably my biggest regret and I am sure I will mention it many times.
With that said, I knew that I wanted the biggest basement possible for my budget, which meant I was looking for a ranch floorplan, but the builder did me better and had a nice "ranch" floorplan that they added a second story to. For what it cost to add these two extra bedrooms and a bathroom, it was almost a no-brainer.
So with that extra space, it left me with an decently sized untouched basement that was all mine for the taking.
I am greedy and decided that the basement must include an 8 foot poker table, 8 foot pool table, a full wet bar and a theater area.
After much back and forth on a dedicated theater or not, I decided that an open layout including the theater was going to work better for our family.
Several layout revisions and many rolls of painter's tape later, I was able to work out a good layout that gave each of these areas a decent enough room that none should feel too tight or an afterthought. I also ended up with enough room for a bathroom (which I will honestly probably never get to building) and two ~200 square foot storage/utility areas.
So without further ado, here is some of the beginning work, started with framing out the outer walls.
As you can see from this image, I decided I was going to spray the ceiling black and keep it undrywalled. I like the look, but I have later decided that this will be a mistake for the theater area with the master bedroom directly above it.
Screen wall. You can also see my next mistake. Since at the time, I was not concerned about any sound proofing, I decided my screen / false wall would be the only wall here. Probably not the best idea, but this one, I am committed to now.