So as I was cleaning out the room my college-bound son just vacated (adjoining the current HT space) I had an epiphany! Why not add to the current space, flip the orientation 90 degrees and have a bigger space. My wife was out of town and I thought she would dismiss it but when I casually brought it up to her she loved the idea!
So we are going from a 19.5' x 15.5' space with a window we are not allowed to remove:
To now a 16' 9" x 25" space (with a dedicated equipment closet in the corner - the back wall is almost 24' wide)
My wife was happy as her lounge area gains some width and it makes the door replacement easier on the contractor.
Now, of course I have a bigger space and need some ideas!! I'd though I'd turn to the AVS world and see what suggestions people had. Some features which may not be clear from the pictures are that the added space is actually 6" higher than the current space (the yellow area) so a built-in riser! The doors on each side of the back will stay although the french doors will be replaced with double solid core doors. The current single door is already solid-core.
Some ideas I've considered so far:
-2 rows of seating (somewhat as shown) with a bar-type table in the back or another row of stadium theater seats for parties?
-Taking out the equipment closet and creating a projection booth/equipment room in the back of the room.
So all suggestions, crazy or not, are welcome. (Sometimes, the crazier the better?)
Thanks in advance,