It has been awhile since I have posted. I visited a fellow AVSer’s theater about an hour away with my current house layout and the addition plans shown above. After admiring his theater with its awesome image and superb sound quality, we turned attention to my sketches. After a brief pause, the paraphrased wisdom was, “If you don’t build an addition, you can spend more on quality theater components.” That resonated so much better than my wife’s comments…”We don’t need a house addition, we just need to change where the walls are.” OK, so that feels like some buy in from her, so I started working on where I can move the walls around inside of the existing space.
Due to house having a very open floor plan, I have very few restrictions imposed by load bearing walls. I have spent a fair amount of time working on the remodel options that fall outside of any HT induced changes. These include trying to make a larger laundry room which forces rethinking the Walk in Closet, more pantry space, etc.
I have been leaning on my AVS friend via email bouncing things off of him and have gotten some great advice. So much so, that I am getting lost trying to find things in email when I go back looking. Hopefully, he won’t mind taking the conversation public, so I can keep myself organized.
Focusing on the Home Theater portion:
The best theater option (if better a theater is the only consideration) combines two smaller rooms, a 13’ x 10’ bedroom and a 10x10 room that I currently use as a den, plus a portion of a 3 foot hallway. Here is a before picture of the area without the windows shown. The front BR has 3 exterior CBS walls. The red wall looks like it is load bearing to me. (Photos upcoming)
Here is an exterior view of the front room. Interior vaulted ceilings will make this interesting (more about that later). If you look closely, you can just make out the outline on the bathroom window which is the 3rd narrow room shown in the floor plan above.
Here is one version of the largest theater area that I could create using the two rooms. The back, white, wall would be 6” wide SS 2x4 construction. In this version I was trying to preserve corners for base traps and have two doors for added sound isolation. The bedroom window in the previous picture becomes the screen wall. That load bearing wall (located about 10’ from the front window- hence the 10’ measurement shown) will need a beam and structural support columns. I don’t have columns shown.
I have not put too much thought into the layout yet. One reason is the interior roof lines.